Received the narrative below from DCB's Wife Christine. Valuable lessons here!...
"DCB is out of HDU, now on a side ward -managing to eat with assistance.
With hindsight he has had this problem for a while but we believed it was a rotator
cuff injury. Last Friday he had been having problems with his waterworks but kept
it to himself, he then had a stumble in the bathroom and fell hard back down on
the toilet and hitting his back off the seat & cistern. The extra damage
seems to have been caused by his head going further back than normal as he
fell, like whiplash. This has 'bashed' his already damaged spinal column. At
the time we didn't know & he got himself back to bed. By 3.20 I'd called
NHS 24 & an ambulance was on its way. They were looking into the weakness
in his legs (& then arms). As the paralysis advanced they knew they had to
do something & he was rushed to the Western General for an MRI which
revealed the full extent of the spinal injury. They put him on steroids to try & reduce
swelling on the spinal column & then performed surgery on Friday.
The lesson we would want everyone to learn is that we must try & avoid
self-diagnosis of injuries (guys in particular). Radiating shoulder pain can be
an indicator of disc problems but we all think we can sort things ourselves,
David was going to a physio for his 'sore' shoulder - without seeing the doctor
of course. Fine to try & fix some of the ailments we have by exercise etc,
but always check things out with the medical people as well!"
It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it. - Arnold Toynbee