My BPI nightmare

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My BPI nightmare

Bradhalford91
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14 Feb 2018, 11:32 #1

Hi my names Brad, I had an accident on the 27th of August 2017 which I have absolutely no recollection of due to the concussion I also ended up with. All I can remember is waking up on a stretcher with my mrs standing over me as we were meant to be meeting at a carvery after I’d been out for a nice Sunday ride. Then some idiot decided he was going to pull out of a junction 100 yards down the road from it so that’s how the mrs came to find me laying in the middle of the road. Luckily for me the guy that was in the car behind me saw the whole thing and stopped to stay with me until I left in the ambulance. About a week ago I finally plucked the courage up to give him a call as I was dreading reliving the accident as it’s taken so much away from me. He confirmed that I was riding sensibly within the speed limit and the guy just pulled out on me and I had no where to go, which gave me some closure as I had been told that from the police report but for some reason I still felt guilty that I had put my mrs, who was 5 months pregnant at the time with our second child, in this situation where she’s now got 3 of us to look after. I couldn’t and still can’t lift my left arm up as the muscles in my arm and shoulder stopped working and have now wasted away to skin and bone, I’ve lost over 4 stone since and that’s also been hard to deal with as I loved the gym and loved being a big guy but watching myself waste away has been emotionaly difficult. I was misdiagnosed in the hospital as having over stretched some nerves but when I had my surgery 4 days before Christmas they found that I had avulsed a couple of nerves from my spine. I’m one nerve transfer down and have got my next on the 23rd which was meant to be the 9th but the NHS cancelled on me. Everything has just got a bit much lately, I’m trying to not take many of the tablets they gave me as the side effects aren’t great but the pain is so bad at times that I end up screaming out. It feels like I’m being torchered which is grinding me down on a daily bases. Obviously I’ve got to try and look at the positives like I’m still alive and although my thumb and forefinger are extremely hypersensitive and the pain gets unbearable, I’ve still got some use of my hand which I know I’m extremely lucky to have. I’ve had a rough time with the insurance companies as they did nothing until I kicked off this week, it took them 5 months to allocate me to the right department. I used to pull in big underground cables by hand for virgin media and was earning good money for my young family but I obviously haven’t been able to work and it’s not looking like I’ll be able to do that again which is a massive blow as that was my skill set. I’ve just been struggling to cope with it all lately and would appreciate any advice that anyone’s willing to give.

Cheers Brad
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neilrf
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14 Feb 2018, 22:32 #2

Hi Brad, welcome aboard. We spoke on the phone a few days ago and whilst you may be feeling physically weak at the moment`I know from talking to you that you are mentally strong. You're due back at Stanmore on the 23rd so I guess you'll be offered rehab there at some point afterwards - let us know if you are and we'll arrange a visit - would be good to meet up.
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Bradhalford91
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15 Feb 2018, 06:48 #3

Thanks Neil, I’d just like to say how lucky we all our that your late wife started this foundation and that your a good guy for carrying it on. I’ve felt like I was having to cope with this all on my own but since I found this page and have had a good chat with you and the yeti, I know I’m not alone and that on its own helps. Yeah I’m back at Stanmore on the 23rd for hopefully the last transfer but I’m not going to get my hopes up yet just in case. Thanks again for your help. Brad
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15 Feb 2018, 11:27 #4

Brad,

My names mark ridley. I had my accident in 2014 with my ex partner. I know how your feeling an where yiur minds at. I had pretty much the same thing happen to me. Private message me on Riddas1988@gmail.com ill pass you my number an you can call me when ever you please!! Sorry for short reply am at work.

Remeber anytime pal

Riddas
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01armed
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15 Feb 2018, 12:35 #5

Hey Brad,
I feel your pain. Mine was 6 1/2 years ago. All 5 nerve avulsed. My right, dominant, arm and hand are dead.
The pain I feel in my Phantom arm is actually the broken nerves in my spine just dancing around. It makes me want to scream sometimes. I am on Gavapentin and Tramadol. I only take enough to dull the pain because if I take enough to kill it I get too fuzzy. I came home from hospital with Oxy and Morphine but I threw those out.
That's the bad news.
The good is that I have gotten, after losing 50 lbs. in hospital, my muscles back. I thought after 6 months to a year I was back. I wasn't. It too two years to come close and five to completely come back. I also broke my back in two places so that added to mine. I still don't have stamina to do anything for more than two or three hours but I still try.
That right there is what I see in your letter, you still try. That will keep you going.
I built a 1957 Chevy truck in my garage. That was my muscle builder and gave me a goal. Get yourself something like that to do till you can get back to the workforce.
Hope this helps,
Bill Lee
billvxii@gmail.com
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15 Feb 2018, 13:31 #6

01armed wrote: Hey Brad,
I feel your pain. Mine was 6 1/2 years ago. All 5 nerve avulsed. My right, dominant, arm and hand are dead.
The pain I feel in my Phantom arm is actually the broken nerves in my spine just dancing around. It makes me want to scream sometimes. I am on Gavapentin and Tramadol. I only take enough to dull the pain because if I take enough to kill it I get too fuzzy. I came home from hospital with Oxy and Morphine but I threw those out.
That's the bad news.
The good is that I have gotten, after losing 50 lbs. in hospital, my muscles back. I thought after 6 months to a year I was back. I wasn't. It too two years to come close and five to completely come back. I also broke my back in two places so that added to mine. I still don't have stamina to do anything for more than two or three hours but I still try.
That right there is what I see in your letter,  you still try. That will keep you going.
I built a 1957 Chevy truck in my garage. That was my muscle builder and gave me a goal. Get yourself something like that to do till you can get back to the workforce.
Hope this helps,
Bill Lee
billvxii@gmail.com
Hey brad my name is Jerry and on April 8th 2017 me and my girlfriend were riding about 30 mph getting ready to see my grandmother who was in the emergency room and I had a suv turn out in front of me he hit me and then ran my right arm over I was never able to talk to anyone that was around the scene at the time to describe what happened but I do know that it broke every bone in my girlfriends right arm and me I had a bpi brachial plexus injury in which I was told that my c5 c6 t1 n t2 nerves were severely stretched and for 8 months I was told that I needed to wait for it to come back naturally then after my big mri all my doctors in my town of Albany Georgia told me there was no hope and nothing else that they can help me with and actually stopped making me appointments I felt like my life had stopped I had only been back for a few months from Hawaii where I was a welder fabricator and now my dominant arm is done for and it happened 3 weeks after my 26th birthday I had not found the job I wanted so I was jobless and I didn’t have any medical insurance fml. Then I went to Emory hospital in Atlanta Georgia and Man they are life savers as we stand they told me that I’ll be having surgery on March 26th of this year and I ost all my muscle in my shoulder my for arm and my biceps but I never gave up I manually worked my arm with my left arm it sucks bad but I have faith that the surgery will do justice bc as of right now my c7 Is the absolute worst but I’m making it I now have a little baby girl on the way and Man it’s scary af because it kinda make you feel like half the man you used to be but you’re not buddy if you have a great woman that will help you and love you then it’ll get easier my email address is dunegoonz2014@gmail.com you’re more then welcome to email me and chat back and forth
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Yesterday, 23:46 #7

Hi brad.

I know you have spoken to neil and ewan. I am another memeber of the committee. And your accident and diagnosis sound remarkably similar to me.

There is always hope. And more things can be done to give you movement over the years.

If you need to chat you pm me through the charity facebook account which is "tbpi-uk"

Take care
Ed
333 I'M A DEVIL DOING A HALF ARSED JOB
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