Mr Barrie White
29th March 2021
One Sunday Morning around 2010 I awoke with a painful and somewhat paralysed right leg and right buttocks, this caused me great concern and worry. After time and consequent test and ultimate MRI scan it was confirmed that there was evidence of an haemorrhagic lesion within the substance of the spinal cord at the D10 level.
After a time this led itself to settle down and my life returned to relative normality, time went by and within the symptoms gradually deteriorated with numbness in the right leg becoming the norm and a gradual numbing of the toes in my left leg, after further consultations with Mr White and in-depth discussions around 2017 we came very close to deciding on operating , a further MRI investigation was carried out and although my symptoms had some what deteriorated it was found that there was not any major change in the appearance/ size of the Cavernoma , after a great deal of soul searching and discussions I therefore decided to decline surgery and try to carry on.
Around the middle of 2020 things took a considerable change for the worse not only the inability to control my right leg, but the onset of terrible pain in my left leg, needless to say this had a adverse effect on my mental and physical state with a downward spiral seeming more and more the outcome, friends and family could see that I was in a dark place and struggling to cope.
Around the same time I started to notice that I was beginning to loose control of my Bladder this combined with the inability to gain access to the toilet in time led to a degree of incontinence, this was also combined with the inability to open my bowels in a controlled manner.
I consequently reached a point in early March of 2021 where I had to reach out again and contacted my GP Mr Jones of Northgate surgery, who relayed my concerns to Mr White.
Everything happened so fast and on the 4th of March I was admitted to the Queens Medical Centre for an overnight stay and MRI scan, this confirmed that although the lesion hadn't grown considerably my spinal cord was under extreme pressure and beginning to tire.
On the 5th of March I was informed by Mr Will Sage that Mr white was prepared to operate post hast on the 10th of March the following Wednesday, this time I did not hesitate and said ok (lets go for it).
Around 9am on the 10th of March 2021 I was in the theatre.
Surgery took around 3 hours or so and in the early afternoon of the 10th I was awoken. Looking at my feet i started to move them and realised I had motor skills.
Although I felt numb in my lower limbs, the pain and discomfort I had experienced for what seemed like forever had gone.
Later Mr White came to visit me and said it had gone well with the removal of the Cavernoma being uncomplicated and hadn't bled, tears of relief followed along with a 5 day period of complete bedrest without moving.
Gradually I was sat up and eventually managed to get myself into the chair I was gradually remobilised and by the 20th March I was up and about and discharged from hospital to carry on my convalescence and rehabilitation at home.
As I write this as of the 29th March I gradually continue to improve being able to potter about even venturing into my garden workshop to check on my fishing tackle which I look forward to using again.
I cannot put into words how much I owe to Mr White and his team, all the nurses and care assistants that helped me so so much, the care I received has been second to none.
Many many thanks