Proud dad (divorced--30+yrs, filing was most difficult thing I've ever done but unhappy for many yrs) of4 adult kids, all out of college, well into careers, all married, well into families as I am already "Pops" to 11 grandkids from 1 to 8. Been an athlete my entire life and by time I was 16, I had broken my neck, c6 and c7, lower back l4 and l5, my left shoulder 3 times and had major recon sgy at 15 yrs old for chronic posterior dislocation. Iwas playing varsity QB at 14--freshman, put in Long Island Hall of Fame last year as stillhold hitting records and fielding, all state thrd baseman, all long island as soph-Jr at second base . Still have highest 3 yr batting avg varsity in ny state history, lots f hall of famers--mlb type included, was nice humbling honor. Came to TX on baseball and academic scholarships and had 3 more chances to sign with pro teams, almost signed withphillies out of hs. So banged up, felt certain i would make it to bigs and do well but career would be short as I gave body to the game whatever sport it was, Football caused most injuries but I have run into and almost rhrough steel fences playing tennis--Have BBA and MBA, and 13 yrswith 2 fortune 50 cos before stg my own firm in Austin,Tx.Retired CEO of company I founded in 1983 and along with a great staff built it into one of the top 3 companies of over 1300 similar firms in the USA. At annual convention, that yearin Mauii, we were named top 3 for the decade of the 90's. I had couple offers for firm before that, had number more come in. I negotiated for my staff first, me last and probably worst financial deal for me but best for staff. 2002, broke neck again, 04, back (broken 8 vert) ankle in many places, tore achilles tendon in half but worst was shattering my rt heel, hardest bone in body to break, I did it!--10+ orthos said amputate, found 2 capable and willing to attemot the sgy. 6 1/2-7 hrs. 6-8 weeks later,
CRPS__RSD set in but was undx'd for 3 yrs. Most painful thing known to man--why 75% are dead wi 2-3 yrs and at 6yrs now, among 2-3% survivors, maybe only one with semblance of life. On fentanyl 75 mcg patch (150'x's the potency of morphine) helps little bit/ take hydro for breakthru but 20 would not help, limit self to 3/day. Nor sure of any help at all. In Corpus Christi as I type, in fact running my STS unit on arms, hands now.Working with DR Rhodes, the inventor of the machine and one who holds patent on it and the second generation model which I'll trade this for next month. Truly see it as my last earthly chance of getting "quality of life" back. Few know as sites write that Dr Rhodes seeing someone ery close to him losing careeer, life, eerything to crps--rsd pr rsds as dr rhodes calls it (bit more diff to type have 6 electrodes on hands)--he is that person and today, altough my age has 6 yr old twins--ihave twins also but lots older--he also has 2 yr old--and much yngr wife than him or would not have happened. He rides hias horse daily herding cattle---the nicest, mostcaring, obv most indstg doc I have had the pleasure--as is entire staFF. IST DAY WAS long 7 hrs but never far from my next comfly leather stuffed recliner which staff made sure or doc thatI was reclined and feet up immed.--fe;t like normal one hour appt in Austin.Sat, afer fitst full day of trtmts was best pain day I can remember. My avg pain w/meds ranks just above cutting leg off w/o anisthetic, the abg pain--in now, is double the worst point of pain in ntl childbirth as high pain scales rate it.Never dlvd a baby , just made them but I did pass gallstones for 19 yrs--daily. Doc kept saying it was radiaitng pain from my ulcer--I said no--one day you'll see, he did in emergency sgy, the most gangrenous matl.seen at seton hosp in 30yrs and 10 mins from rupr\turing.