I am usually very private about what I have been through in dealing with my left hand injury. However I have decided that posting my experience may be both therapuetic for myself and possibly can give someone out there the kind of hope that I desperately needed years ago.
It was 2 years ago when my left arm fell through a glass table. I was rushed to the hospital and emergency surgery was performed. While it was incredibly painful, I thought this minor incident was over.
Then about two weeks later the removal of the cast revealed that I had contracted MRSA (an antibiotic resistant superbug) during the hospital procedure.
I was rushed to the number one micro surgeon in the country in order to save what was left of my arm. When I awoke from the anesthesia, I was told that all my anterior tendons, ateries, and nerves were no longer connected.
I guess this is where Ill mention that my entire life I have had a goal of becoming a dentist. My father was a dentist and my dream was to carry on that tradition.
My doctors told me that treatments could leave me with the ability to pinch w/ my thumb and index finger, however they told me it was in my best interest to plan on a second career. I never protested, but I can safely say that I never chose any second career option.
After 5 surguries to reconnect nerves and reroute multiple tendons (two include controlling my thumb with my pinky and index fingers) I began to realize how truly limited I was. But I also saw an opportunity to not allow this injury to own me by becoming more serious about therapy than I had ever been about anything.
For the last 2 years I have spent at least 6-8 hours a day working on giving my hand flexability, strength, and feeling. There was truly nothing special to my approach besides a day to day commitment that bordered OCD.
I went to visit my doctors about 5 months ago and after viewing my progress they declared me to be the most successful patient they ever had. For the first time they encouraged me to follow my dream and apply to dental school.
So that brings me to today, where in about 1 month I will be starting Dental School at Nova Southeaster University. I know this is only the begining of my journey but I retain the same hope and determination that have gotten me to this point.
Really, I just hope someone out there reads about my experience and decides that they can be better than what their doctor just says they will be. The biggest mistake I ever made was asking what was the best case prognosis. Instead challenge yourself to show everone else what a real best case scenrio should look like...
Thanks for reading!
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