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Her Second Surgery

In the morning she underwent another 4 hours of surgery from the back of her neck to stabilize her spine. We saw her right after the surgery; she was conscious but not fully able to comprehend. In the morning she underwent another 4 hours of surgery from the back of her neck to stabilize her spine. We saw her right after the surgery; she was conscious but not fully able to comprehend. She wasn’t really sure how much operation she had under gone or what was really “technically” going on with her body. She was obviously aware that she couldn’t feel her legs; she had no feeling from her nipple area down. Although she can move her shoulders and wrists she has no fine motor skills in her elbows or fingers. One of the main concerns was that the intercostals muscles in her rib cage were paralyzed, so her diaphragm was doing all the work. She was hooked up to a respirator and they weren’t positive if she would ever be able to breathe on her own again. The surgeon came and talked with her while we were all there. So we would all be up to date on how the surgeries went and what we could expect. He explained that the surgeries went well and that her spinal cord had not been severed but it had been damaged. In the actual accident she had dislocated her spine and broken the bones in her neck. So after the second surgery her neck was stable and her spine back in the right position, he also said that it’s to early to tell if she would ever be able to walk or feel her legs again. He also said out that there is a chance for anything. The thing I have noticed about doctors since being here and talking with so many of them is that they always prepare you for the worst. The information they give you is what they have seen statistically and based on textbook procedures. I know my mom; you all know that she is the most amazing fighter. I have never seen her go after something in her life and not achieve it. And even if she doesn’t achieve her intended goal she takes her lessons as blessings and makes the very best of every situation. I have learned the spine isn’t regenerative but with your faith, will power and constant work she can train herself to use her nerve ways to send messages to parts of her body. So after one night and one day in the recovery room they moved her into the Intensive Care Unit where she spent the afternoon and night. They slowly started weaning her off of the breathing machine. She was starting to do some of the breathing on her own, such a huge step, already accomplished.

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.