Some folks do recover

Wikipedia describes one possible cause of cauda equina syndrome:

CES can be caused by lumbar spinal stenosis, which is when the diameter of the spinal canal narrows. This could be the result of a degenerative process of the spine (such as osteoarthritis) or a developmental defect which is present at birth. In the most severe cases of spondylolisthesis cauda equina syndrome can result.

Ann Wheeler, CES suffererI know from spinal stenosis; I had some serious surgery to correct the matter. I did not, however, develop CES. Now I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should have:

A mother who was inspired by a near-death experience to get “body confident” and go on 20-mile hikes in just a bikini and boots is facing a backlash from other women.

Ann Wheeler, from Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, suffers from Cauda Equina syndrome — a rare spinal condition that can cause paralysis.

The 59-year-old claims that the post-op experience motivated her to take up walking and wild swimming as natural pain management as she believes it is as strong as traditional painkillers.

Surgery, you may be certain, sucks:

After undergoing a gruelling five-hour op five years ago, Ann explained she technically died after all her bodily functions shut down.

She explained: “A male nurse helped me get out of bed the following day, I said I didn’t feel very well and the next thing I was out. I remember a doctor working on my chest. When I came to he said ‘welcome back, you’re back with us’. I also remember going down a black hole — it was then my bodily functions had shut down. I turned my life around after that — it took six months to get me walking again but now I can walk 78 miles in three days.”

I’m not walking after four months. Maybe I should have had my bodily functions shut down.

(Via Interested-Participant.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    3 November 2016 · 9:08 pm

    “backlash from other women”

    People ask me why I don’t have more female friends. Some days, I think it’s a wonder I have ANY. What could they POSSIBLY backlash about?

  2. CGHill »

    3 November 2016 · 10:14 pm

    According to turn-of-the-half-century literature, the supreme feminine compliment is Instant Dislike.

  3. okie1701 »

    4 November 2016 · 12:36 am

    I was in ICU and couldn’t get my oxygen level up. They gave me albuterol, I didn’t react well. I remember fighting the nurses while trying to get across the hallway to where the air was. I don’t know if my bodily functions shut down but they did relax…*cough* Not my proudest moment. =)

  4. fillyjonk »

    4 November 2016 · 6:03 am

    I still don’t get the idea of snarking about or backlashing-at someone who is frankly amazing. Jealousy, I suppose. (Quoting my mom once again: “I raised you kids to be too *nice*”)

    Not surprised I’m out of step with how women are “supposed” to behave.

  5. McG »

    4 November 2016 · 7:57 am

    Apparently it was a thing in the late ’60s, early ’70s to stereotype girls/women as Always Nice.

    My mother, who’d grown up in the ’30s, made no bones about that being BS.

  6. fillyjonk »

    4 November 2016 · 8:08 am

    Oh, I don’t deny that women (people in general, really) are Terrible, but they could at least make an effort not to be.

  7. nightfly »

    4 November 2016 · 11:05 am

    What was it Hendrix said?

    Anger – he smiles, towering
    In shining metallic purple armor
    Queen Jealousy, evny waits behind him
    Her fiery green gown glaring at the grassy ground

    Yet another example of one of Morgan’s Things I Know – people who succeed are a rebuke to those who fail from lack of effort, whose only life skill is making excuses. Those successes become the bitter enemies of excuse-makers because they prove that the excuses are lies.

  8. ETat »

    5 November 2016 · 11:22 am

    Well, you can say what you want about me – but seriously, what is to be jealous about? If she was engaged in this self-prescribed therapy just for her own instinctive healing reasons, fine – but no, she’s doing it “to inspire other women not be ashamed of their bodies”. Why she needs publicity and posing (quite unattractively, to say the least) for national and world press?
    Seems the vanity is the last thing that leaves the body, even if the body is in everyday pain, as she claims.

    I steer away from “everyday heroes”. I guess, I was overfed with them in my Soviet childhood. Have a heartburn for life.

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