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My journey with chronic pain began in October of 2009, when a spinal cord injury was inflicted upon me from medical harm and negligence. I was not sedated in the least, not even with a valium, as the needle from a lumbar puncture was driven into my cauda equina puncturing my spinal nerves and ripping the dura sac by the hand of the doctor performing the procedure without an assistant, who got off balance. I had a very dear friend in the room with me holding my hands as this happened. My life was forever changed.
This left me diagnosed with adhesive arachnoiditis, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), gastroparesis, and a list of approximately 30 plus other diagnoses collected along the way. Throughout my journey, I have suffered torturous levels of pain that have left me in the emergency room countless times, and numerous one- and two-week hospital admissions. I’m not sure at the time of writing this how many times I had learn how to walk again, constantly retraining my brain and pushing myself along the way. The year of 2013 found me fighting for my life and instead of the former label that followed me being Arkansas’ Animal Whisperer, I was labeled as a poster child for medical malpractice and neglect.
I quickly realized early on the importance of keeping a daily journal documenting and describing my pain and sensations along with my medication and supplemental intake. As time went by, I began to document almost every aspect of my life in hopes of figuring out triggers, and to also establish a more cohesive relationship with the professionals overseeing my healthcare and wellbeing by providing clear, concise, and accurate documentation.
Many times, when our pain levels peak, or have been consistently high for days at a time, it becomes difficult to process or relay information. Our bodies become exhausted, and our brains are filled with the fog. In times of extreme flares, it can be too painful to even speak. Keeping a current medical journal will expedite communication with your physicians and healthcare providers while providing them with written documented details that may have otherwise been forgotten or overlooked.
My hope is for this medical journal to serve as a vessel empowering and improving the lives of chronic pain sufferers while also establishing a more cohesive patient and healthcare physician relationship.
Blessings, Love, and Light.