I guess a lot has happened since my last blog post. I took a tumble in my boat which caused a burning sensation in my left arm so my GP prescribed some steroids and it fixed up that problem within a week. I was provisioning my boat for my long sail at the time. I was going to cruise down the Caribbean, pass through the Panama Canal and then on to the rest of the world, right? But, the Gods love to **** up a good plan. Miami VA starts calling me back to back and I'm ignoring it because I'm filling my water and fuel tanks. I'm so out of here! But, my daughter is an emergency contact, so they called her and I never ignore her calls. Ugh, turns out that the MRI that my GP ordered for 'just in case' has them all in a panic and they are literally begging me to go up to the main VA hospital in Miami before I set sail. The nurses serious tone was enough to make me take it seriously, sooo I went to see the neurosurgeon they needed me to see and he destroyed my dream!
Long story short, by some miracle i wasn't showing any symptoms yet, but my c-spine from c1-t1 had stenosis so badly that I would have woken one day, paralyzed from the neck down. Surgery was 3 weeks later and I woke up as a tetraplegic. Fun Times!
I've worked my butt off for the last 2 years to regain partial use of my hands and arms but I will never be able to lift my head, which means zero balance. I might not be able to finish my dream of sailing around the world, but as long as there are wheelchair accessible hostels and hotels, I'll just have to wheel the world in my chair.
(Shakes a fist to the sky) Screw You Gods!!