Dear friends and family,
It’s Spencer here, wanting to give you my own personal update. It’s been about 8 days since I’ve left the hospital in Iowa City and endured a less than pleasant car ride home to Highland Park to begin a long recovery. Armed with the tv remote, an Xbox controller and my laptop, I’ve claimed the living room as my new temporary bedroom with a hospital bed awkwardly sitting between the two couches. Each day is better than the one before. Each day brings me more energy and endurance.
I’m not able to get my back brace on and off by myself, and I can only raise the head of my bed to 30 degrees without it; so for now my parents are a big help. My mom has especially been incredible through all of this. She is a tremendously strong woman that has been constantly by my side, helping me keep my sanity through this all. I am trying to walk everyday so I can build up my strength and endurance. My legs are weak but I can feel the strength slowly returning.
I want to thank each and every person who has sent a card, a kind word of reassurance or goodies and gifts to me at the hospital. All of these gestures have helped me to feel supported and encouraged to work hard to improve. My roommates and friends have been incredible through this all. I realize how truly fortunate I am to be surrounded by such caring people.
I have been afforded a fortunate gift of not being paralyzed and for that I am so grateful. I am grateful and want to thank the first responders that attended to me when I fell because if they had not reacted so instinctively to calm me and to keep me from moving, I may have tried to get up and caused irreversible damage to my spine. Thanks to the paramedics and rescue workers for using their expertise to get me to the hospital quickly (even though they had to cut off my favorite jeans and pullover!).
It was my lucky day that Dr. Hitchon, my neurosurgeon was on call in the ER the night I fell. I benefitted from his years of experience performing many such surgeries. Thanks to the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital, who were exceptionally skilled in healing me; I am so thankful for each of them who cared for me. Thanks to my girlfriend Jamie, who has also helped me keep my sanity through this all, and was constantly by my side in the hospital. She has an incredibly calming nature, and I am so grateful to have her. I’ve got a couple long months ahead of me, but look forward to easing back into my normal life. I’ll check in with everyone periodically to provide an update on my recovery! Thanks again for all the support and good wishes.