I not only hit my head, but I felt my right shoulder blade also hit, and landed super=hard on the base of my spine.
Of course, I was traumatized, stunned, and in shock. I thought it took me about 4 or more minutes to be able to turn on my side and get up. I immediately called 911. I had no concept of the time, I was confused and did not really feel present.
Within minutes the EMTs arrived after my call to 911. I recognized the lead paramedic. He had lied and mistreated me before - except I cannot recall the exact emergency event. At the time, he lied to me, but I did not know he was lying so I never thought to check or with whom to check. I wanted to be taken to Scripps Memorial in Encinitas, NOT to Tri-City Hospital. This same paramedic told me, "It is against the law for the Oceanside Paramedics to leave Oceanside. We have to take you to Tri-City. Since I can be really naive, I accepted this as true. The ambulance took me to Tri-City ER. Instead of wheeling me in a gurney off the ambulance and parking me in the hallway or into an exam room - he put me in a wheelchair and wheeled me into the waiting room, telling me he would check me in with the Triage Nurse. He walked over to her cubicle, stood their leaning in, flirting with her for about five minutes, nodding toward me and saying something I could not hear from where he had parked me in the wheelchair.
I only learned when I drove myself to Scripps Memorial on April 29, 2016 to the ER because I was in intense pain from severe muscle spasms and shooting nerve pains all the way down my left leg to the tip of my toes for about 10 days!
I had been examined by my Orthopedic Surgeon who told me it was not coming from my hips, but he diagnosed these symptoms as coming from my lumbar spine area. He gave me a prescription for Norco and Valium 5 mg.
The Norco and the Valium did reduce the length of the previously very long (30-40 second long muscle and nerve spasms), but not enough.
I had told him that I had done nothing to injure my back. I woke up one morning. Walked into my living room and sat down (not plopped) on my sofa when the first massive muscle spasm and shooting nerve pain shot down my left leg for at least a minute! I screamed in unbearable pain!
On April 29, 2016, I called and was immediately seen by my healing Chiropractor on an urgent basis. I told him my sudden onset of symptoms and thought maybe I had a pinched nerve. I asked him to check me, please. I was truly in physical agony.
He had me stand on his electric chiropractic adjustment table and began to lower it, but before he could even get it all the way flat, I was screaming out in pain because of the muscle and nerve pain in my entire left leg.
He immediately stood the table up and told me. I was worn out from the pain and he helped me step off the bottom of the upright table.
"Jussta, I cannot even touch you! This is extremely serious and I want you to immediately go to the ER! Do not go to Tri-City!" I believed him because he has truly helped my health since 2001.
I KNEW I could NOT call 911 because they would take me to Tri-City because of the lead paramedic telling me it was against the law for them to leave Oceanside.
I immediately drove home. I was able to drive because all my symptoms were in my left leg. I quickly packed a large purse/shoulder bag and drove down to Scripps Memorial Encinitas. Scripps had received a massive multi-million donation. The ER entrance was in a different place, the ER waiting room, the check-in counter, the Triage Room were totally different and so beautiful.
I checked in at the ER desk and told the person my symptoms and I was told these symptoms were extremely serious and to immediately get to Scripps Memorial ER.
I was immediately taken to an exam room. I remember the ER doctor assigned to my case asking me why I waited so long - (I guess it was about ten days since that morning with the onset of the symptoms). I told him about my Orthopedic Surgeon, the Norco and the 5 mg of Valium, but I couldn't take the pain anymore!
I do not recall if there were x-rays taken of my lumbar spine and hips, but I will never, ever forget the 3 hour 15 minute MRI of my lumbar spine with and without contrast! I was injected with 40 mg of Valium (enough to knock out a horse) which did nothing. I screamed in pain anytime I tried to straighten my left leg on the MRI table. They told the doctor and he ordered Morphine via IV.
Only then, was I able to straighten both my legs on the table. I was a bit freaked out when the tech duct taped my ankles together! This was supposed to take about an hour and 15 minutes a nurse told me later. It took 3 hours and 15 minutes! Anyone ever heard or gone through an MRI that long? It is pure, unadulterated torture with that banging.
I was returned to my exam room and the ER doctor came in with the preliminary report from the radiologist. He was NOT smiling.
The MRI both with and without contrast revealed that I have multiple bulging disks in my lumbar spine and one is bulging so much it is causing my spinal cord to curve and rub against the other side of the vertebral wall!. I remember him saying, serious, urgent - and they were underlined by the Radiologist. I was told to immediately find a spinal surgeon. All my SP - the bottom portion of the spine were not separated by disks, rather the MRI revealed they were stacked on top of one another!
I tried to find the surgeon that did two lumbar disk surgeries on me, but he had left the practice, and no longer took any of my insurance. So I called for a referral from Scripps that took about two weeks to even get an appointment with one of them on the list. He works for Scripps Memorial, but bills out of his office.
More to follow....believe me, the miscommunication, the ridiculous decisions, my going along with them from the first spinal surgeon ordering me to go for physical therapy first, and telling me, maybe the disk will go back in.
I looked at him wondering what fantasy-land he lived in, or which planet. I could not believe my ears, but I went along with it and was assessed and had two physical therapy sessions. The last one during the day on June 11, 2016.
I have so much writing to do for another pressing matter, this will keep you wondering and interested and me trying to get out of what I truly have to write.
Remember, DENIAL ain't no river!