IAmA 25 year old guy who just broke his spine and has no sensation from the chest down. Ask me anything.
I was test riding dirtbikes at the local pro motocross track. I got a little squirrely over a jump and another bike landed directly on my back from 25 ft in the air. I instantly knew that my back was broken. I was airlifted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Immediately they took x-rays and an MRI. Turns out when my spine separated part of it hit my aorta and caused an anuerysm. I was all drugged up on morphine as the doctor told me I might not make it through the surgery. It was 7 hours and I woke up with tubes in my nose and mouth, but I woke up. I know a lot of redditors don't believe in God, but I believe He saved me that day. If anything would have happened differently I would be dead. About a week after my surgery I started getting intense fevers. The doctors told me I had an infection. For 2 weeks they have been giving me every test imaginable from MRI's to spinal taps, to tubes up my nose and into my lungs. They still haven't figured out what it is, but I'm getting better finally. It was quite a rough 2 weeks though. This whole thing has been a life changing experience. I expected it to really affect my mood, but for some reason I feel better than ever. I have been working relentlessly to improve. I want to share that inspiration with everyone. I want to try more things. I want to explore more. I just realized how awesome and important life is. I was headed down the wrong path and I think this injury put me back on the right one. Now I need to help others see how important and awesome life can be.
Thank you all for the encouragement. This is the kind of stuff that keeps me going. It also gives me something to do while I am sitting around in the hospital.
No I cannot get a woody at the moment.
I am not claiming this is strictly an act of God and that if I was left laying on the track I would have miraculously healed on my own. There were and are obviously a ton of people who have given me a chance to get where I am. I had some of the best surgeons in the world perform on me and without them I would have died. You better believe I thanked every one of them. I simply believe there was some divine intervention that kept me alive long enough for everyone else to save me. I believe there are some energies in the world we cannot measure or explain but are definitely there. This is how I see God.
I am going to start working on a website today that will be much more comprehensive and will be updated with stories and videos as I progress through my life from here on out.
I just found out I will be able to get a boner, and I will be able to have children. Greatest news ever!
Here is proof: http://imgur.com/bx3DALd
And here is a meme I made of myself just for fun: http://imgur.com/2fS9KFJ