Does anyone have an update on Mr. Sepulveda?

Does anyone have an update on Mr. Sepulveda?

Joined: June 15th, 2005, 3:34 am

November 6th, 2007, 7:52 pm #1

His injuries as listed in the previous post are quite substantial, and would seem to indicate he is NOT anywhere near getting well soon. Any one of the disc injuries could set him up for multiple surgeries, and the need gets compounded by the vertebral fractures. They often have to wait for the inflammation of the initial trauma to subside before planning an effective intervention strategy, so I suspect they might not even fully know what course options are available, and which are ruled out by sequellae. And then, of course, there are the risks inherent in surgery itself.

On the other hand, horse folk are a breed apart. Nephew of mine got his face quite literally kicked in while cutting cattle competitively, and was back out there training with steel plates and a drain in his face. And one of my favorite on-site EMT stories is a rodeo guy who gets gored in the thigh, recieves a rip up the adductor hiatus about 2 inches deep and a foot long, only to show up at the check-in table looking for a stapler. Staples it shut himself, before going back out there to finish the competition. So there's a good chance Mr. Sepulveda may muscle through some of the discomfort, having different definitions and reference experiences of what injuries like this mean.

I don't wanna be the gloom-&-doomer, but having been a Physicians Assistant in a spine surgeons office, I can't help but think about him damn near daily. ANy news from him or his family on the prognosis and treatment plan?

Let us know if you can; it'd be greatly appreciated.

Dave
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Joined: June 17th, 2006, 1:33 am

November 6th, 2007, 8:55 pm #2

I was wondering that as well.

CT

but that's just my opinion I could be wrong.
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November 7th, 2007, 9:54 am #3

His injuries as listed in the previous post are quite substantial, and would seem to indicate he is NOT anywhere near getting well soon. Any one of the disc injuries could set him up for multiple surgeries, and the need gets compounded by the vertebral fractures. They often have to wait for the inflammation of the initial trauma to subside before planning an effective intervention strategy, so I suspect they might not even fully know what course options are available, and which are ruled out by sequellae. And then, of course, there are the risks inherent in surgery itself.

On the other hand, horse folk are a breed apart. Nephew of mine got his face quite literally kicked in while cutting cattle competitively, and was back out there training with steel plates and a drain in his face. And one of my favorite on-site EMT stories is a rodeo guy who gets gored in the thigh, recieves a rip up the adductor hiatus about 2 inches deep and a foot long, only to show up at the check-in table looking for a stapler. Staples it shut himself, before going back out there to finish the competition. So there's a good chance Mr. Sepulveda may muscle through some of the discomfort, having different definitions and reference experiences of what injuries like this mean.

I don't wanna be the gloom-&-doomer, but having been a Physicians Assistant in a spine surgeons office, I can't help but think about him damn near daily. ANy news from him or his family on the prognosis and treatment plan?

Let us know if you can; it'd be greatly appreciated.

Dave
I just had a mail from Mr. Tommy Burks who said he will be updating me soon so as soon as he does I will post the update here, if someone else doesn't get there first.

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November 9th, 2007, 12:32 am #4

His injuries as listed in the previous post are quite substantial, and would seem to indicate he is NOT anywhere near getting well soon. Any one of the disc injuries could set him up for multiple surgeries, and the need gets compounded by the vertebral fractures. They often have to wait for the inflammation of the initial trauma to subside before planning an effective intervention strategy, so I suspect they might not even fully know what course options are available, and which are ruled out by sequellae. And then, of course, there are the risks inherent in surgery itself.

On the other hand, horse folk are a breed apart. Nephew of mine got his face quite literally kicked in while cutting cattle competitively, and was back out there training with steel plates and a drain in his face. And one of my favorite on-site EMT stories is a rodeo guy who gets gored in the thigh, recieves a rip up the adductor hiatus about 2 inches deep and a foot long, only to show up at the check-in table looking for a stapler. Staples it shut himself, before going back out there to finish the competition. So there's a good chance Mr. Sepulveda may muscle through some of the discomfort, having different definitions and reference experiences of what injuries like this mean.

I don't wanna be the gloom-&-doomer, but having been a Physicians Assistant in a spine surgeons office, I can't help but think about him damn near daily. ANy news from him or his family on the prognosis and treatment plan?

Let us know if you can; it'd be greatly appreciated.

Dave
Here is the latest update received. John and I have been practitioners for many years!

"I am getting around now with the aid of a walker and a cane. I am in a brace to help keep the fractures from separating in hopes they will fuse together well enough thus avoiding surgery. I also have a torn hamstring in my right leg as well as some contusions in my back. I am still in some pain but not nearly as much as last week. I have a doctors appointment next week to re-evaluate my injuries and to see what my next course of action will be towards recovery."


Dave Simmons
Twin Dragon Kenpo Karate
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e-mail: twindragondave@hotmail.com
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Joined: June 17th, 2006, 1:33 am

November 9th, 2007, 12:45 am #5

Sounds like relatively good news.

CT

but that's just my opinion I could be wrong.
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November 9th, 2007, 3:31 pm #6

Here is the latest update received. John and I have been practitioners for many years!

"I am getting around now with the aid of a walker and a cane. I am in a brace to help keep the fractures from separating in hopes they will fuse together well enough thus avoiding surgery. I also have a torn hamstring in my right leg as well as some contusions in my back. I am still in some pain but not nearly as much as last week. I have a doctors appointment next week to re-evaluate my injuries and to see what my next course of action will be towards recovery."


Dave Simmons
Twin Dragon Kenpo Karate
http://www.mnkenpokarate.com
e-mail: twindragondave@hotmail.com
Good outlook there. Hopefully he will pull through ok. THanx Mr. Simmons!

Yours in Kenpo,

Dave Mondo
Integrated Kenpo Karate Academies

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Joined: June 15th, 2005, 3:34 am

November 9th, 2007, 4:56 pm #7

Here is the latest update received. John and I have been practitioners for many years!

"I am getting around now with the aid of a walker and a cane. I am in a brace to help keep the fractures from separating in hopes they will fuse together well enough thus avoiding surgery. I also have a torn hamstring in my right leg as well as some contusions in my back. I am still in some pain but not nearly as much as last week. I have a doctors appointment next week to re-evaluate my injuries and to see what my next course of action will be towards recovery."


Dave Simmons
Twin Dragon Kenpo Karate
http://www.mnkenpokarate.com
e-mail: twindragondave@hotmail.com
Mr. Sepulveda's injuries are quite substantial, and should not be minimized. I am pleased to see he is doing as well as he is; it bodes well for a better prognosis.

D.
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