If the Portland Trailblazers picked Rebound Orthopedics, I want to be on the same team!
I’ve been out of commission the last couple of weeks preparing for a 5th surgery on my right shoulder. The last three days at Legacy Salmon Creek represented one of the toughest tests of resilience and mindfulness for me in a long time. My surgery was complicated some years ago with a total shoulder replacement that became infected and had to be removed. Dr. Gregory D. Gramstad pictured above has been my surgeon for 7 years now, helping me through the gruelling and emotional decisions of what to do next and weighing the risks. As an active person physically for all my life, losing mobility due to arthritis has been a scary thought indeed. I have felt confident in the medical technology and procedures connected with joint replacement, but there are risks. My shoulder is an example of risk taking the lead with a nasty slow growing infection initially that required treatment. This time my plastic socket came loose floating around in my shoulder, causing havoc and pain. The other part of the treatment mix is the added challenges of trauma-informed care. The team of medical professionals led by Dr. Gramstad were well aware of my long history of anxiety and depression. They included my special needs as critical to a holistic approach that was necessary in keeping a close eye on my emotional stability. All the assistants and nurses were also trauma-informed and constantly checked in with me to help avoid panic attacks. My wife, Judy, stayed in my room with me for the entire hospital stay. I had every imaging test conceivable, including an MRI “torture chamber.” This was a must to try to isolate the potential infection or possibly cancer in my shoulder. Extra loving care and anti-anxiety medication were on hand making a huge difference in my well being during this highly intense and traumatic hospital visit.
The good news back in the safety and comfort of our home in Depoe Bay, is reflecting on the wonderful care received during this most recent medical challenge. My left shoulder feels pretty good now. So far, no infection has appeared that would add bigger complications. I am very grateful to have the best medical resources available to me, especially all the caring and loving medical professionals who helped me through each and every moment of three difficult days at Legacy Salmon Creek. I am especially grateful to my wife and best friend, Judy, for sticking with me for the entire time, staying in my room with me 24/7. Once again, Dr. Greg D. Gramstad and his team left no stone unturned and gave me a sense of comfort the entire way.
The measure of my healing and overall wellness right now is best illustrated by revisiting my hospital stay, including writing about the wonderful treatment received by the best medical professionals and staff in the world at Rebound and Legacy. I am now able to get back to the work I love with Neighbors for Kids, and in helping others who are challenged in life after trauma… My work on this planet is not nearly finished, so good health and well being is a huge blessing at this moment…and in looking forward to making a difference in the world for a long time to come…
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