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The family and friends of MaryBeth Davis are uniting to raise money to help her purchase a FES bike and a lighter manual wheelchair.

My Spinal Cord Injury Story

Hi! My name is Mary Beth Davis (a.k.a. Boogie). I’m 21 years old and a full-time student at OSU-Stillwater pursuing my bachelor’s in Zoology so that I can enliven my lifelong dream of being a veterinarian. I’m your average young adult, with the exception that I use a wheelchair to get around and not my feet. Let me tell you my story.

The afternoon of Friday, August 27th, 2010, I was headed to my parents for the weekend. It was the end of the first week of my junior semester at OSU, as well as my first semester at Stillwater having transferred from OSU-OKC. I finally had my own apartment, my own bills, and was eager to start a fresh new year at school. Unfortunately, I never made it home that day.

Upon leaving Stillwater, headed out on highway 51, I drove my truck off the interstate, flipping it twice and rolling it down a steep hill. The impact forced the cab of the truck down to steering wheel level leaving me in a rather “squished” and awkward position. Little did I understand at the time that the “squished” and awkward position had resulted in fractured vertebrae in my neck at the c6 and c7 level, as well as a bruised spinal cord. After the hour it took to cut me out of the vehicle, I was Medi-flighted to OU-ICU. They immediately stabilized my neck with a tong device and set me up for surgery within the next couple of days. Along with the cervical fusion in my neck, I had two stint surgeries to repair a torn carotid artery in my neck. After two weeks in ICU, I headed to in-patient rehabilitation at Jim Thorpe in the south part of OKC. My first couple weeks at JT were very slow, and, simply put, useless. I was so tired and drugged out on medication that I couldn’t stay awake for therapy. After finally regaining some strength and stamina, I began my recovery process. Let me explain that a high injury level such as mine results in paralysis form above the chest down. I had trouble raising my arms at all and I couldn’t move the fingers on my hands. I felt like a living, immobile corpse. Fortunately, God heard my prayers of complete distress and grief. Within a month I could move ALL of my upper extremities, arms and fingers.

On October 27th (exactly two months), I was released to go home. Home was a relief, but definitely a bittersweet adjustment. I saw everything through different eyes. Nothing felt the same. It was time to find an outpatient therapy where I could begin the real work. I’m currently at out-patient JT at Baptist Integris in OKC. I’ve been there for approximately seven months and love it. Being 11months post injury, I’ve seen far more recovery than I even expected. My upper body is incredibly strong and my left hand is 100% normal, only my right retained some weakness and atrophy. I’ve gained some sensory sensation below my level of injury and am working on strengthening my very weak but awakening upper and lower abdominal muscles. In order to strengthen and possibly “wake-up” my lover abdominals and lower extremities, my close friends and family are trying to start a fundraiser that will allow me to purchase an FES bike. The FES bike helps with muscle tone, circulation, and in some cases helps spinal cord injuries with nerve regeneration. Also, we need to purchase a new, lighter manual wheelchair so that I can independently transfer and break down my chair to put in my vehicle myself. Lastly, we are planning to go to Project Walk in Carlsbad, California, the summer of 2012. This is a recovery center focused specifically on spinal cord injuries. While there, I will take on a personalized and intense physical work out that is adjusted to my specific level of injury. It is my hope that you will help me in continuing my recovery process in order to reach my ultimate goal of one day walking again. I will walk again someday, it just takes time. Until then, I’m going to finish up at school and keep a positive outlook on recovery! Anything is possible, and I’m a firm believer in never giving up. I appreciate your given time and thank you for any contribution you can offer!
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