One week ago, while playing in my Friday Night Adult Hockey League I was checked from behind which sent me head first into the boards knocking me unconscious for a short period of time.
I was immediately taken by ambulance to The Royal Columbian Hospital where I spent the next 16 hours in Emergency and was taken very well care of by all the Nurses & Doctors on shift.
On Saturday I had a series of test including a CT Scan and a MRI, afterwards they brought in a Neurosurgeon who assessed the images and he determined that I needed to be brought into surgery right away.
That Saturday evening I was taken into surgery and had a spinal cord operation on my neck to relieve the pressure of compressed discs / ruptured discs that were pinching off vital nerves and spinal cord fluid.
The operation was deemed semi successful as it did relieve most of the pain that I had in my hands and fingers but I currently still have limited mobility at this moment which you can imagine is a concern.
In the coming days I will be returning to see the Neurosurgeon where we will decide together if I need to have further surgery or any other options that are available to me.
Moving forward, I just want to make sure everybody understands that our team is still training very hard to be ready for our bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle and is still fundraising to reach our goal of $25,000.00 for The Ride To Conquer Cancer / BC Cancer Foundation.
Although my training schedule has been hindered slightly I promise you that I am still fully committed to be at the starting line on June 16th and crossing the finish line in Seattle with the rest of my team June 17th……….I absolutely guarantee it!!