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dean_arnold
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   Posted 7/3/2005 9:54 PM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Greetings,
On July 29 of last year I was struck down be a massive stroke caused by an AVM located deep on my brain stem. This was completely unexpected because I had no idea this potential time bomb existed in my head. I was 46 years old when it hemorrhaged causing a right-side stroke that completely disabled my ability to talk, swallow, see, move my neck, arms and legs, and eventually my lungs shutdown. I was rushed to our local hospital but was soon rushed via helicopter to Methodist hospital in the Houston Medical Center. I was immediately admitted to NICU where I was quickly tied to a ventilator. I remained in NICU for 8 weeks where met with 5 specialists, each having a role in keeping me alive. I began physical therapy after leaving NICU and continue for 12 weeks. Now it’s been almost one year since the stroke and I have gained back most of my strength but not all of my movement is back. I still very move slow, and have dizzy spells and balance problems when I walk. In November I began 12 sessions of Novalus shaped-beam radiographic treatment. The doctor will not be able to tell if the treatment was effective for at least one year. Perhaps as many a 3 years for results. Initially that bothered me but now I now taking time in stride. I have gone from a totally desperate situation where my wife was told to plan for the worst while I was being read my last rights. Through the ups and downs of therapy and recovery, I feel the risk has lessened but the physical imparities remain. My story is not unlike many I have read on the internet. People who have suffered a life changing event and have refocused their priorities and commitments to faith, their family and friends. Please e-mail be if you have a questions.
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   Posted 7/4/2005 5:18 AM (GMT -8)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
It is wonderful that internet allows people to form a community like this.

Generally speaking, with radiosurgical treatment of AVM’s we expect ablation within two years. I don’t frankly know whether fractionating the treatment into 12 treatments changes that outlook.


Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311
buddy@swrads.org or cmedbery@coxinet.net

Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
Southwest Radiation Oncology
1011 N. Dewey Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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