We’re live from The Neurologic Relief
Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas and today is really a bittersweet day for
me. Marty is graduating and going home to California! And you have an amazing story, so I am going to let you tell your story. Well, I fell down the stairs seven years ago and
broke my arm in two places and cracked my head open and CRPS set in immediately. I had two casts cut off because my hand kept swelling up, and just started going to
doctors. And I was fortunate to get diagnosed within about three months, but
by that point I was frozen from my fingertips to my shoulder. My hand was
more like a catcher’s mitt, it was huge. And my quality of life was pretty nil.
Not real good. I started having treatment then and had lots, but not a
whole lot (of success) – some success on some. I’ve had 50+ nerve blocks and 20 lumbar
blocks. Two years after I did my hand, I sprained my ankle and it traveled to my foot. I’ve had ketamine, I’ve had blocks, I’ve had therapy upon therapy upon
therapy. Massage therapy, neurotherapy. Boy, you didn’t give up on those nerve blocks, did you?
I mean, I did two a week for almost five months. And the block made it numb
and it gave them the ability to (because I have Allodynia so bad) to work my hand to try
and get some movement back, and it did. It gave me a quality of life back
because I had none for a quite a while. So, the blocks helped for that, but they
were very hard on my on my neck. I lots of scar tissue now on my neck from so
many blocks there. We’ve figured out that we’ve spent between two
hospitalizations – one an accidental overdose, one a purposeful overdose, and
all my treatments – we’ve spent nearly a million dollars. Between insurance and us
we probably spent two hundred thousand, us, maybe. But
with insurance the total amount of money between drugs and treatments have been
close to a million dollars and still didn’t get to where I need to be until I got
here. And as I said one time I had an accidental overdose that I was in the
hospital for a week. The second time was a purposeful overdose that put
me on life support for a while, but I’m still here. And when I
came here my pain level heavily drugged was about a seven. And I’m leaving here
with no drugs and less than a one. Most of the time a zero. I’m excited to be a part of life versus
being on the fringes of life. I knew that I would always participate in life but there was
always a heavy toll to pay for it. And I have grandchildren – I can play with
them places besides pool now. I can hold them and do more than read books and do
puzzles. I can go on adventures with my husband who likes to do lots of
adventures and to not be afraid of them. Bill, do you want to come up here? You’re such a big part of her journey. Sorry, Marty, I didn’t mean to interrupt you. No, that’s my journey. It’s been quite a journey. I am and truly surprised and I
want to say thank you to everybody, because Martha didn’t die it by herself.
She liked coming here. She came home every day and she said oh this
person, and that person, and we have a person in there, their journey. She
couldn’t have done it without the support. And then I got here thinking
that we’re gonna see a chiropractor, which no offense, but I’ve never been a
big fan. But it’s so many things. It’s nutrition – Dr. Hannelie
brilliant, absolutely brilliant. A brilliant doctor. The physical therapy, I wanted to
try it – you’re all Olympic athletes in my mind. To have enough internal strength to
face him and whoever else does it every day, you’re all athletes. The vagus nerve,
I didn’t know anything about the vagus nerve. First day, she had some results.
I threw up every day for seven years and week two of vagus nerve therapy, I have not vomited since. I mean, amazing.
But we don’t know what it does. Maybe you know what it does, but if you were to tell me, it wouldn’t sink in anyways, not all that bright with that kind of thing. But it is just so much more than what we thought it would
be. Then you go to the biofeedback and the emotional support, and it’s just
so much much more than just jan office where you go get a checkup. So yeah, I want to thank everybody for all the help Martha got, because I get my life back too. I get my wife back like she was when I first met her.
But for those of you that are the caretaker or loved one, your journey is different than theirs, but you get the phone call and is it
something really bad, or not? And not having to have that fear anymore is
really, really a good thing. Thank you. I love working with you guys so much. I’m so proud of you. It’s so hard just not to bawl. You deserve to ring this bell. This is really bitterswee. I mean, I have so many wonderful relationships here – with patients, with caregivers, with
the staff. It’s – I can’t talk about. It’s just so much. The
whole synergy, the energy, the love, the compassion, the understanding that’s here is
beyond words. You can’t replicate it. It’s spectacular. Just before we go I
know it was touch and go, you almost lost your life. I almost lost
my life. I was on life support, I was intubated. And you tried. You went to Italy. I went to Italy for neridronate, (Itried)a spinal cord stimulator. And you’re here because of
Tanya. Thanks, Tanya! You met in Italy. And if anyone’s watching this
today and they’re in the bad place anchoring hope on your moment, What
would you say? About the money – the hugeness of this decision.
The money is a huge piece, but the quality that you get, you can’t put a
price tag on it. I have my health, I have my life, I have I can go
forward. That’s something I couldn’t buy. And so the money that we spent here,
I would mortgage my house. I wouldn’t sell my children, but I would think about it.
You can’t put a price tag on the quality and seeing how so I’ve gone to Italy, I’ve done
so much treatment, and it was money being wasted. It didn’t do anything. And the amount of drugs that I’ve taken – I can think again. I have dignity, I have integrity. I
can go forward in life in a way that I didn’t. I came here with no hope. I
tried so much that it failed that I when I came here I’m like, okay one more thing,
we’ll see . And by week two I’m like, boy, this is starting to work. I can feel
some difference. I mean, it was it was amazing. So the money is a
very small piece of the quality that you get here, that’s my opinion. And Bill’s, and
everybody else’s that’s here, I think. Thank you for what you’ve built here. It’s pretty phenomenal. One patient like you makes it all worth it.