Monday, July 21, 2008

Avoid The Foley!!

So, Where has Deathlok been?

Wow! Where do I start? The last week has been incredible.

Wednesday, June 9th, I to a Vacation Day from work. . .. (that I’ll show me). I got up early and went to the Chiropractor. While getting my neck adjusted, I became REALLY REALLY Dizzy. I sat up and the vertigo made the nausea come. I couldn’t shake it. After about an hour (or so it seemed), the Doctor called my wife. She came and picked me up. I went home and went to bed. My wife called my family doctor, who ordered me something for the nausea. The next day, I went to the family doctor and got something for the vertigo. I felt better, but still a little off.

By Saturday, I wasn’t any better. I got up, made breakfast and went to lie down again. My wife saw me and said, “That’s enough! It’s been four days and your back in bed. We’re going to the hospital. I, of course, said “Okay, as soon as this show is over!”
“No! Now!” was the reply.

So we sent over to the local hospital. It happens to be the one that my wife works at. Very nice. We should be home in time to see our friend’s band tonight.

After a quick CAT scan, the hospital, says, “We might want to keep him over night.”

WHAT!!! Okay, I didn’t see that coming.

Later, they are talking in the hall and they tell my wife that they are deciding whether I should stay or go to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia (on the countries leading Neuro hospitals). My wife quickly says, “JEFF!”

I’m thinking, “Let’s get in the car!”. . . . . . . . .No! Here comes the ambulance! Then some more scans and more doctor chat and the story changes. They decided that I needed to be helicoptered over the JEFF. WHAT!!! Collar. . . . Board. . . .and off we go!!


It turns out that after a long night of tests and retests in the Neuro ICU, I had what they termed a Stroke. To be more exact, for me at least, I have a blood clot in the artery that goes from my neck to my brain. All the Neurologists and Neurosurgeons concur that the Chiro visit caused the clot/tear thing.

They all look puzzled because I am alive. At the very least, I should be in a coma. The only deficit that I had was that I was hungry and they wouldn’t feed me. Odd!!

More tests. . . . . .

Turns out that I have a second clot and they are going to have to open up my head a little. Between the damage and the surgery, the doctors predict that Wyatt might have a shot at beating me in the Fantasy League Hockey this year.

Another turn. . . . ..

As it turns out the second clot in the Basilar Artery is odd. . . .like 20-25 years old. They have never seen this injury on a LIVING patient. More exams. . . . . . It looks like the old injury caused my brain to form offshoots of blood circulation. Hmmmm! That is how I survived. Technically, I should have been dead 25 years ago.

Turn again. . . . They speculate that without the new pathways from the old injury, the new injury, would have been deadly of vegetative. So, the old injury saved me from the new injury. I tell everyone that I grew new brain.

They have been regulating my blood and thinning it out. I have to be careful and drink little for three to six months. OUCH!! I was drinking so much 25 years ago, I think that helped save me.

There are more miracles that have happened this week, but they are for later. Needless to say I am more than lucky to be alive. I’m like my own FINAL DESTINATION IV.

Believe in God? After this week, I think that I have PROVEN THE EXISTENCE OF GOD!!

More when I’m up for it. . . . .

Thanks For the Well Wishes. . . .


At 11:03 PM, Blogger Big Bad Wolf said...

Dude, seriously...somebody up there (and quite obviously more than a few down here) loves ya.

Having a family caregiver in the med profession will help immensely (it did for my step dad when he had his triple bypass) and just remember to do what the doctor says. Take it easy, take your time getting better and make every moment count.

Get well soon 'Lok and keep checking to let us know how you're doing.

At 1:12 AM, Blogger RT said...

When do your superhero powers kick in? I got stuff for you to do!

WOW! Dude! I just don't have any words.

I'm praying for you.

You are a walking miracle.

At 1:57 AM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

You scared the frakkin' shiite out of us, chief. Seriously. Don't do that shit again!!!

At 8:11 AM, Blogger USA_Admiral said...


I agree with Wyatt; Don't do that again.

I am praying for ya Dude.

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing. Your here for a reason, man.

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! You sure showed them doctors what they know. I'm proud of ya DL.

Speaking of which... shouldn't they be paying you for teaching them?

Get some rest and stay away from the barium supply.

Best wishes,


At 9:07 AM, Blogger Deanna said...

So glad that you are home and recovering! I won't tell you how lucky you are because we both know you aren't lucky... God had his hand on you BIG TIME!

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Snigglefrits said...

Glad you're home Deathlok and hope you have a super speedy recovery.

My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your's.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Freddie said...

You don't know me... Big Bad Wolf sent me over.

Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery, and all the additional luck you might need.

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Ssssteve said...

Wow, I would say God is looking out for you! Take care!!

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome home. Rest up for MWE.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Captain America said...

Does this mean Anne Margaret ISN'T coming?

Glad your back dude!

At 3:24 PM, Blogger momster said...

I agree with Wyatt please don't ever do this again and please do what ever the doctors tell so that it never ever happens again. I am so glad you are home I will continue to pray for you. Please get better so you can finish "In Blog We Trust." OK?

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Ed McKeogh said...

Wow. Just... wow. I'd pray for you, but I think something get lost in translation to You-Know-Who, and people wind up with ears on their forehead and toes on their chin. Messy. Be well.

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow it sure is a miracle from God.
After frist hearing about your problem on Wyatt's blog. I have been praying for you.I am glad you are getting better. take care and god Bless.Rick

At 7:48 AM, Blogger chris said...

Welcome home. I'll drink your Guinness for you while you recover. What are brothers for?

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

WOW! DL, you are one lucky SOB :-) Obviously having a loving wife that works in a hospital helps too! Get weel man!

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Token Asian said...

Sooooooo, that's how you got your name, DEATHlok!!!!!!! So do you know how you got your old injury?

I close this comment with a dedication to you... Prefab Sprout's "Life's a Miracle." I'll e-mail it to ya--give it a listen!

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous linda said...

I'm glad you didn't give your wife any static about going to the hospital! I hope you are continuing to get better!

At 4:42 AM, Anonymous chrome 49 said...

Welcome home. Rest up for MWE. PhotoScape


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