Welcome Suzanne Edwards!
This week I’ve had news that Suzanne Edwards will arrive in Kunming from London at the end of October. Suzanne will be the first SCI patient from England. Here’s a recent London newspaper story about her lovely family:
I’m really looking forward to meeting Suzanne and her parents after corresponding with her for several months. And Suzanne has a terrific blog that I hope my own readers will enjoy …
As you can see, she has the kind of gung-ho attitude that should enable her to make the most of the SCI rehab program here in Kunming.
Suzanne also has a lower level injury than my own, and thus she is perhaps the ideal candidate for the Kunming walking program. She wants to work very hard on her rehab, an attitude that will surely serve her well over here in China!
Apropos my chronic pain, we are presently waiting for the Kunming Medical School lab to receive the reagents needed to test my Lithium blood serum levels. Then I can get cracking on the China SCI Lithium protocol.
Meanwhile, in recent days I’ve gotten started with acupuncture treatments and will soon find out if I am what’s known as a “responder.”
Given how accustomed I have unfortunately become to continuous pain, it’s probably no surprise that the acupuncture needles don’t bother me much … in fact, hardly at all.
I will be using acupuncture to initially target the acute post-surgical neck pain that has surprisingly persisted for months and which is causing the acute radial pain in my neck that spirals down through my right arm. We hypothesize that is most likely a muscle pushing on a nerve. This is a really debiltating problem for me, so if I am a “responder” then we will continue acupuncture to work on the neuropathic pain issue in case the lithium does not work for me.
My thinking is to give acupuncture a fair chance, perhaps a couple of months. I’ll be working with accomplished practitioners from China and Japan, and I am also grateful to be working with an experienced American practitioner who lives presently in Kunming.
The Knee – Take 3
Since my last post, there have been further developments regarding my broken leg. It turns out that both my femur and tibia were severely fractured here in June. Those are the two strong bones in the body! To be more specific I had a distal femur fracture and a proximal tibial shaft fracture.
Because the injury was not initially diagnosed or treated correctly, my leg has healed in a permanently deformed position, a condition known in the orthopedic world as Genu Recurvatum … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genu_recurvatum.
It is not yet clear how or even if this leg could be surgically repaired, because the ligaments have been so hyper-extended that they may not be able to return to their original size and shape. Here’s what my broken leg looks like today:
Compare the normal left leg to my hyper-extended broken right leg.
So my parents have ordered a custom-designed titanium leg brace from Germany that is expected to arrive here in Kunming this coming week. With the new leg brace, I hope to get standing safely again and may even, finally, be able to participate in the Kunming walking program.