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    New injury to husband

    On Saturday, January 8, my husband was working on the furnace in the basement. While coming up the stair, he slipped and fell backwards down the stairs, hitting Hz head on the landing and sustaining a fracture of his c3 vertebra. Needless to say we are frantic about this. It is hard to get information, however we know that he is paralyzed and unable to breathe on his own. He is still in the ICU, and will be there a while longer until they think is is stable enough to move out.

    Our doctor, a family friend has been candid, however, and has not been encouraging, saying that these kinds of injuries likely result in permanent paralysis.

    I guess I am just looking for a kind word or some encouragement.

    Thanks in advance,

    Jenna

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    Jenna, my sincerest sympathies. You're in the very earliest stages of the injury, there's really no way to tell how much return of function/ sensation your husband will have. That will take a very long time to play out. Was he given methylprednisolone? Right now pneumonia and skin breakdown will be major issues to watch for.

    I'm sure KLD will chime in here, she's an expert on the various California spinal cord facilities. A regular ICU is not the best place to be.

    Good luck to you. It's a terrifying position to be in, and we're here to help.

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    I wish I had the right words for you, unfortunatly it's a long road traveled. I broke my c5/c6 vertebrae in Aug 2009 and still am learning new things as I go. The love of my wife and kids help me hang in there. Is he a complete or incomplete injury. Also this website is full of info never be afraid to ask any question no matter what it is. Good luck in his recovery process.

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    I'm sorry to hear of your husband's accident. My husband fell from a tree and fractured C 4, 5,6 and had injury to the C3 area of his spinal cord in 2008.
    He was 45 at the time.
    Unfortunately he is paralyzed from the shoulders down and has respiratory issues.
    We have good days and bad days, but we are grateful for each one.

    I have learned that there are no identical spinal cord injuries. It is too soon to know what will happen to your husband.
    Please let us know how things are going.

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    Jenna, sorry ya had to look for this site, but good ya found it early. The dr's will chime in here soon, it's awful, the way your life changes sooo quickly. This spot has good people and good responses, hope for you and your hubby, good luck.

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    Jenna,
    I echo the others in saying how very sorry we are about your husband's accident and the unfortunate need for you to seek our advice. As Scraper1 has indicated it's very important that your husband obtain the best medical care from specialists who understands the urgency, and who also have the expertise in treating spinal cord injuries. This will give your husband every possible chance at the best outcome. Please surround yourself with supportive family and friends during through his difficult time. The forum SCI Nurses and Dr Young specialize in the area of SCI research and treatment. They soon will chime in to give you invaluable information and resources for your area. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
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    Jenna, Sorry to hear about your husband. Welcome...you have found the right place. You will learn things that you never thought that you would know about spinal cord injuries and even more. This is a great place for information and comfort.

    Medical care is most important to his recovery along with you support and love. Take it one day at a time. It is a long road ahead for both of you - but you can do it together.

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    Good luck Jenna, it's far too early to say how much feeling and movement your husband will get back, I hope his Dr's are being overly pessimistic.

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    Hi Jenna and welcome to the forum, where you will find a great deal of help.

    The prognosis will depend on the "completeness" of the injury. Only time will tell. Treatment at a specialist unit is very important.
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    Sorry to hear about your husband's accident, Jenna. You're probably beside yourself with worry, right now. I echo what others on this thread have said about getting specialized help early on, and only time will tell how much return (recovery) your husband will experience. Every case if different. If you have specific questions, don't be afraid to post them on this forum -- there are lots of very knowledgable and friendly people on here. All the best to you and your husband.
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