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« on: December 13, 2008, 08:09:34 PM »

My husband is in training currently for his deployment to Afghanistan late next month. They have been practicing reflexive firing techniques in full battle rattle. (There is 40lbs of body armor plus whatever other stuff he has to carry like ammo ect.). The technique is done in a sort of a hunched over stance. This time last year he was just starting to recover from a herniated lumbar disc. (He was injured 10-07) After a couple days of riding in cattle cars over pot hole filled gravel roads and firing hunched over in the cold he started having some back/leg pain Thursday morning. Then Thursday night he couldn't sleep because he was in so much pain. He went to sick call Friday and was sent to the Army hospital at Madigan for tests. They have done the x-rays and next week he has an MRI on Wed, then the "diagnosis" on Friday. He is in a great deal of pain and really upset/depressed. They have him on "profile" but it isn't good enough in my estimation. He still has to bend over and scrub toilets and clean the barracks. And being the hard worker his is, my husband is doing what they tell him to do. The last time he herniated his disc he rehabbed himself pretty quickly, but it was really painful.(he was back to army standards and passing his PT tests within 5 months) He hasn't even been recovered from his disc injury for 10 months yet! And this time we don't know if this was just muscle strain, re-herniation of the disc or the effects of the nerve damage from the last herniation. He is on a pretty high dosage of painkillers that are just taking the edge off at the moment. If he is re-injured they will have to rehab him again. Then there is a good possibility that he will be in the rear detachment and commute from home to work. It would be wonderful to have him home, but I don't want him in pain either. My husband is concerned about being able to provide for us financially if he has to go on disability. And I can't go back into the workforce until November of next year because of the pregnancy. (We are due in July, and I need a couple months to establish feeding routines).

The army is not always known for making the proper diagnosis. They often send sick people off as "well people." I would appreciate it if you could pray that the doctors will make the proper diagnosis. This is a lose/lose and win/win situation. If is he OK he will be deployed as scheduled, good-he is OK, bad-we will miss him. If he is re-injured he will have to go thru months of rehab at home, good-we see him, bad-he is in a great deal of pain. I don't even know what to think of all this.
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2008, 08:28:00 PM »

I have a bad back myself, so I can definitely sympathise! He's been added to our list for prayers...
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2008, 08:28:46 PM »

Lord have mercy on Your servant.

(Initially, I thought you meant "my husband is back"! I pray that comes to pass soon as well!)
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2008, 08:30:26 PM »

Lord have mercy on Quinault's Husband and heal your servant of his unrelenting back pain.  May the Holy Spirit guide the doctors responsible for his medical care and upkeep.

Amen!
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2008, 09:03:00 PM »

My husband is in training currently for his deployment to Afghanistan late next month. They have been practicing reflexive firing techniques in full battle rattle. (There is 40lbs of body armor plus whatever other stuff he has to carry like ammo ect.). The technique is done in a sort of a hunched over stance. This time last year he was just starting to recover from a herniated lumbar disc. (He was injured 10-07) After a couple days of riding in cattle cars over pot hole filled gravel roads and firing hunched over in the cold he started having some back/leg pain Thursday morning. Then Thursday night he couldn't sleep because he was in so much pain. He went to sick call Friday and was sent to the Army hospital at Madigan for tests. They have done the x-rays and next week he has an MRI on Wed, then the "diagnosis" on Friday. He is in a great deal of pain and really upset/depressed. They have him on "profile" but it isn't good enough in my estimation. He still has to bend over and scrub toilets and clean the barracks. And being the hard worker his is, my husband is doing what they tell him to do. The last time he herniated his disc he rehabbed himself pretty quickly, but it was really painful.(he was back to army standards and passing his PT tests within 5 months) He hasn't even been recovered from his disc injury for 10 months yet! And this time we don't know if this was just muscle strain, re-herniation of the disc or the effects of the nerve damage from the last herniation. He is on a pretty high dosage of painkillers that are just taking the edge off at the moment. If he is re-injured they will have to rehab him again. Then there is a good possibility that he will be in the rear detachment and commute from home to work. It would be wonderful to have him home, but I don't want him in pain either. My husband is concerned about being able to provide for us financially if he has to go on disability. And I can't go back into the workforce until November of next year because of the pregnancy. (We are due in July, and I need a couple months to establish feeding routines).

The army is not always known for making the proper diagnosis. They often send sick people off as "well people." I would appreciate it if you could pray that the doctors will make the proper diagnosis. This is a lose/lose and win/win situation. If is he OK he will be deployed as scheduled, good-he is OK, bad-we will miss him. If he is re-injured he will have to go thru months of rehab at home, good-we see him, bad-he is in a great deal of pain. I don't even know what to think of all this.

Lord have mercy!
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2008, 09:11:28 PM »

Lord, have mercy!
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2008, 12:20:12 AM »

Lord, have mercy on Quinault's husband and on all who serve in the armed forces!
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2008, 02:21:08 AM »

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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2008, 04:56:19 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2008, 08:49:30 AM »

Lord have mercy on Your servants Quinault and her husband, and all their family.
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2008, 06:18:51 PM »

Quinault, I was just thinking of you and your family quite a bit lately and wondering how everyone is doing! I want you to know you all are in my thoughts and prayers!!
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2008, 06:40:11 PM »

Lord have mercy on our Quinault/Nez Perce brother and sister and their family!
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« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2008, 05:44:28 PM »

He arrived for his diagnosis today only to find that the offices were closed for the day. I pick him up Monday and then will have to take him back down next Tuesday for the new appointment.
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« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2009, 02:42:51 AM »

The results are in and the x-rays and MRI are "clean." But he is still having sciatic pain. He was born with something similar to club feet (but not club foot) and had to wear orthodic shoes as a baby/toddler. Now we are wondering if he has piriformis from the foot condition as a baby, or even from the car accident last year. Piriformis is quite treatable, so there is no way he will be left in the rear detachment to stay home for the deployment. He is still in a great deal of pain, but he has hope that will subside.

Honestly, I am taking this VERY badly. To have the hope that my husband will be home for a year, and then have it taken away is pretty shattering for me. (And I am sure the raging pregnancy hormones aren't helping). I am glad that he should be OK, but I am absolutely crushed that he has to leave tomorrow for a year.

Thank you for the prayers for his leg/back problems.

If you could pray that I can keep it together for everyone until tomorrow night when I have the kids asleep after he is gone that would be nice. Then I can fall to pieces quietly without freaking out my kids.
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« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2009, 03:00:18 AM »

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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2009, 11:24:23 AM »

Lots of love and support to you and your children, Quin! Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2009, 06:20:11 PM »

The case manager wouldn't get back to him after repeated attempts over the course of a week and they leave the country in less than 2 weeks so he went on sick call again. Turns out he has two herniated lumbar discs. The MRI person didn't have him in the right position during the MRI to see the damage.  The herniation isn't enough to warrant surgery so he has to go with everyone else. He is going to a base which has neurologists, orthopedists and physical therapy available for him so he will receive treatment in about a month or so. Until then he just has to deal with it. Last year he only had one disc herniation, two cheers for the army making the number even Roll Eyes  Angry One would think doubling the number of herniated discs in about a year would be cause for concern, apparently it isn't. I am really wondering what the long plane rides will do to him. Sitting is nearly the worst thing you can do with this type of herniation.

He has put in a request to go to our first ultrasound on the 15th which we are sure they will deny. But it would be wonderful if they would let him have the day off (He is living on base, so they would have to release him for the day trusting he will come back).

Since it is an MI unit there is no departure ceremony. They don't release when these units go anywhere. So unless I can sneak down for a quick visit I wont see him until his scheduled leave  in late July around our due date.
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« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2009, 11:28:32 PM »

Lord have mercy!

I wish I could just give you a big hug and a shoulder to cry on, as you sound like you really need it right now.

I will pray for you and your family.
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