Help heal Dustin’s back

Update posted by Rosemarie Machetto On Nov 25, 2017

At long last we get to see the report from the doctor in East London who we visited last year November. I took some sceen shots to share with everyone.

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Update posted by Rosemarie Machetto On Jan 29, 2017

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....😔

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Update posted by Rosemarie Machetto On Dec 27, 2016

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
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Update posted by Rosemarie Machetto On Dec 16, 2016

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💞💖💓

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Update posted by Rosemarie Machetto On Nov 27, 2016

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.

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Update posted by Rosemarie Machetto On Nov 06, 2016

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

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Update posted by Rosemarie Machetto On Nov 01, 2016

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

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Update posted by Rosemarie Machetto On Aug 10, 2016

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

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Thank you so much for your comments and your positivity for Dustin. He says lol hehehe Thank you for following my angel. xxx

Rosemarie Machetto

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The nerves regrow at 1 mm a month, terribly slow. In this world of immediate fixes, it is hard to accept. The point is they ARE regrowing, nothing has moved in the spine(such a positive sign!) and he is healing. That doesn’t make it any easier to bear though. If I could take the pain away, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I pray Dustan will hang in there and see this through. Again, it does end. Physical Therapy should be able to help with the calcification and pinched nerve pain, etc. Please tell him this for me, "The Dude Abides" LOL He should understand!! Denise

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Update posted by Rosemarie Machetto On Jul 30, 2016

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Thank you anonymous may God bless you for your kindness. Your gift is much appreciated. Thank you love Rose

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Thank you anonymous. Soooo appreciated, made me cry with thankfulness. XXX

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Thank you so much Brett for your generous donation. We appreciate your help. Thank you again😊

Rosemarie Machetto

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Thank you anonymous, I appreciate your help from the bottom of my heart. May God bless u 100 fold. XXXX😊

Rosemarie Machetto

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Thank you Denise for your generous donation. You are 1 very brave lady. God definitely had you in the palm of his hand while you went through all those difficulties & challenges. Thank you for inspiring me, as you know depression is right there constantly because all normality of life is taken away. So my role as bread winner, playing an active role in my daughters life and athlete has been taken away, but life carries on, bills roll in, and no one except my family and I are effected. Keep my family and myself in your prayers and I will keep you in mine. God bless you Denise, thank you for your love and caring. Love Dustin

Rosemarie Machetto

Posted On Aug 04, 2016

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Dustin, I've noticed in some of your comments you sounded-well, hopeless. I have been thru something similar. I fell off of my roof, on cement. I had broken my pelvis,in five places. I crushed my coccyx, and crushed and completely broke my left wrist. (I'm left handed, go figure) I was taken by ambulance (horrible pain) to a hospital that had the one surgeon in my state that could repair my wrist. She said it was like piecing together a jig saw puzzle. She did an excellent job, I have almost full use of my left hand. My pelvis was left to mend itself as they told me surgery was too risky. Well, 8 months later, after not even being able to walk or sit I was again working as a retail pharmacist. I wish I could say everything healed perfectly but it did not. Walking is painful, but I CAN WALK! I had to get off of the pain medication-that was very hard & took awhile. But I'm off of it. I can make it with Ibuprofen 400mg, 4x day. I cannot work anymore. I lost my house and my first born son died at 43 years old. Only when that happened, did I give up on living. And I tried to die. I was still on pain meds at that point. I know the pain patch you were/are on. I was on it along with oral pain meds. When my son died, I no longer felt I could endure one more hour with the physical and emotional pain I was in. As I was taking handfuls of pills, I was praying-trying to make peace with God. I said "God, I know you don't want me to go thru any more pain. Please forgive me.I said this each time I emptied a bottle of pills.I didn't think it was possible to have pain all around you, inside of you too; but it is. One of my sisters found me. Why am I telling you all of this. I want you to know I understand. I've also learned that the medication you are on(and need to be on) changes how you think. It makes you feel hopeless with no end in sight. But it does end, Dustin. You will get better. You must hang on, if not for yourself right now, do it for your family and all of us that love you. Of course you have unbearable pain-you broke your back!! Everything is shifted and your body is trying to compensate. Look toward that pain free day! It could be right around the corner!! Love, Denise

Denise Redman

Backed with $50.00 On Aug 03, 2016

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