We are raising funds for Dustin's immediate expenses eg. Medicine, doctors fees, physio etc.... and the support of his family in this trying time.
Dustin was on a training cycle on mothers day, the 8 May, when a security van hit him from behind. His body was thrown into the air, and he landed on his back. He has a broken T12. He has lost 30% bone height. His legiments, disk and bones are all broken. He is in tremedous pain. This is a very frustrating position to be in after being such an active athlete.
Thank for taking the time to read about his plight.
Please friends keep sharing and helping, if you can. The lawyers have no answers for me yet and told me if I requested a mri, it would be for my own account. My son's back seems to be deteriating and no one cares, life goes on...South Africa really sux. I have heard of a few other cyclists that have been knocked off there bikes(I heard that cyclist has died)....life goes on except for the injured party and their family, their lives change drastically....sorry I'm moaning....
Please pray for my son Dusti, his pain is extremely bad today. Since the drive to & from East London, he has deteriorate & has had more aching pain, worsening daily, with the numb tingling across the lower back, as if a nerve is pinching or pressing where it shouldnt. The pain is draining and causing very deep lows. Please keep him in your prayers and thoughts, including his little family...thank you so much xxx
The doctor said that nothing has moved but the pain is permanent and somehow he must just try and live with it, the alternative is, they would send him for an mri and operate, but if they start that now, it will make matters worse and he would have to continue having back ops every couple of years so we are going to try avoid that for as long as we possibly can. He has very limited movement and can't do all the activities he enjoyed before. At the site of the injury he has a very light sensation of pins and needles 24/7. The doc said he can start going to the physio again so that the physio can help work on the different areas and maybe that will help with the pain . Please keep praying for my wonderful gentle giant
Well the East London trip is now behind us...sjoe, what a day was wed, 23 Nov. The lawyer hired us a vehicle to drive up to see the raf medico-legal orthopaedic surgen.
The trip 1 way is 320 & sumthing kms. The road isn't great with stop/goes and road conditions and plenty trucks. We were nearly wiped out by 2 trucks drifting onto our side of the road. We arrived at about midnight on the 22nd, at the sponsored bnb, Tidewaters Guesthouse, after getting rental at 7pm. When Dustin climbed out the vehicle, his back made 2 loud bone cracking sounds as he stood upright, he could hardly walk to the room, shuffling along then up the stairs sideways. He went over to the bed and slowly managed to ly down to try stretch the back out. His only painkiller a panado fizzy. In the morning at 10am we saw orthopaedic surgen for about 15min then having and waiting for x-rays, -+5hrs. Drove back, arrived late, very bad road, a few accidents. Dustin in so much pain from the road trip. Now we wait for results, and the lawyer to let us know where to from here. We just thank God for His travel mercies there and back.
Just an update....we went to court on the 3rd Nov and the driver of the security bakkie that drove into the back of Dustin, was found guilty and fined. The prosecutor said that the company is liable for the bike and cycling gear, and we must get a lawyer to handle that case. The raf is still busy with Dustin's personal injuries claim, but that will take time because they must work out the extent his injury has, and will effect his quality of life, independence, mobility, work, sleep, pain, body health including physically and mentally, monetary strains and stresses. So much to take into consideration.... it has affected his entire life and well being. Please keep up all the prayers...we appreciate everyones love and kindness. God bless u all for caring xxxx
Dustin has been summoned by the state as a witness in the accident that broke his back, on Thursday 3rd Nov'16. Then on the 23rd of Nov'16 he has to go up to East London for the RAF orthropod to check out the damage done to his spine for the claim. Not looking forward to the long trip at all.
Dustin is in a tremendous amount of pain and it seems to be getting gradually worse....we think it is muscular fatigue that the doctor explained to us in the beginning. The numbness behind his right knee caused through a pinched nerve in his back when he fell and landed just above the cocsyx bouncing onto the back with a jolt that fractured the spine. He thought he had DVT again behind the knee because the pain was so bad, he has managed with ice and hot water bottle and rubbing to get that feeling away....but it is a worry .... What was it?
Some days he cant bend at all and other days he can, Which is such an aggravation. His shoulder seems to droop more when he is in pain. With the pain and the limited training allowed he has put on a few kilograms and that has not helped the mood or pain.
Please im asking for big prayers for this awesome guy of mine. He really deserves to live a happy painfree/stressfree life especially at this age.
Thank you my human angels for everything. Luv Rose XXX
We saw the doc yesterday. He made Dusti do some exercises, then he push down on each vertebra checking for pain, & told Dustin to bend forward to stretch the spine while feeling how each vertebra moves and for stability. He told us he is happy with T12's stability. The xrays were great nothing has moved. The docs only worry is the constant pain of the muscles holding the spine, he says they can take about 2 years to reposition themselves into their new home or fatigue completely, then he would have to operate. Dusti has been complaining about his shoulder and it looks like its drooping more and more since that accident, the doc showed us his xray and told us that the shoulder is calcifying and that is causing the pain, and said he was expecting this to happen. He said he would refer us to a shoulder specialist. The other thing we were worried about was the numbness behind his knee going down the leg, caused through him landing so hard on the ground, it squished the bone just above the coccyx, pinching the nerve. The doc said he thinks we should take it as permanent, because of nerve damage. Dusti has been given alot more freedom but must just monitor pain and anything causing discomfort while training. He isnt allowed to pick up his daughter yet, the most he is allowed to lift is 5kg and do body squats. We praise Jesus for all the positivity and healing. This week we will go to physio to get more ideas of the types of exercises he can do. Please keep up ur prayers, we appreciate you all so much
Please friends keep sharing and helping, if you can. The lawyers have no answers for me yet and told me if I requested a mri, it would be for my own account. My son's back seems to be deteriating and no one cares, life goes on...South Africa really s…