Dr. William Waugh
It has been four years now since my C-2 fracture suffered in a fall. The days on the ventilator, the months of being fed while in a wheelchair, the frozen shoulders, all are becoming distant memories. Oh, am reminded daily that I cannot jog or run, ride a bike, use a fork correctly (chopsticks definitely out), and that I need some help dressing. But I am mobile and I can drive. I even went back to work on a limited basis.
When I am asked how I improved I really do not have the answer other than, my “over the top” optimism, my wife’s help and constant encouragement, therapy and hard work despite the pain, and a whole lot of luck, all have played a part in my recovery. I also think that the body has the innate ability to heal itself if given the chance. Your body wants to get better if you help it along. Also, I do not think that there is a time line where no further improvement will occur as I continue to be able to do new things every so often even four years out. And, finally, with research and knowledge gained through organizations such as Kali’s Cure for Paralysis Foundation, the devastating effects of spinal cord injury may become distant memories for all of us who are afflicted.
William Waugh, DO