Can You Wiggle Your Toes?

Hi everyone. This popped into my mind last night and thought it worthy enough to include here. So…When initially hospitalized after my car accident, I was continually asked the same question. Every morning the doctors would make their daily rounds and when they surrounded my bed, I was asked “Can you wiggle your toes?” Why?

As I have written previously about, one injury I ‘suffered’ was a spinal column injury. My first cervical vertebrae (aka a “C-1”) was fractured. It was a clear break that required laying flat with sand bags on each side of my head.

One of the common injuries sustained after a fractured C-1 is paralysis. How did I know? I asked.

First, the doctors would remove the sheets from covering my feet. One would feel my toe temperature to see how well my blood was circulating. Then, it was time to show whether or not my toes could move. “Can you wiggle your toes?” I heard. It took all the energy I had to show them I could.

Picture a pair of feet here….

I do not remember how much my toes moved, only that they moved. The doctors all exhaled signs of relief when this happened. I silently did so.

When first introduced to this technique, I was too drugged to wonder what was going on. As I regained some of my faculties, I began getting annoyed with this daily question. “What do you mean can I wiggle my toes?! Of course I can,” I would think. After I found out why I was being asked it, my annoyance turned into interest and strong concern.

I am one of the lucky individuals who did not experience any level of paralysis from this fracture. I have always been grateful for how some medical information/status was held back from me during my initial hospitalization stays. It was for the betterment.

Hopefully, this helps others going through the same thing.

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This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Shortness of Breath As A Symptom

Hello everyone. It’s always interesting to read about taking care of your health and what the “experts” say. Sometimes it can bring on more questions than answers, though. The topic I will discuss here involves having shortness of breath as a “symptom”.

Start reading about heart disease and related heart problems. A common indication is listed as having shortness of breath. Articles recommend contacting your doctor when you find breathing difficult.

Many times, shortness of breath can signify more serious health conditions. This is according to studies by the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and others.

My question is, what if a person has a fractured C-1 included in their medical history? (A fractured C-1 is a fracture of the first cervical vertebrae. The cervical area is located in your neck. In layman terms, a fractured C-1 means you “broke your neck”. )

FYI: When I discuss the topic, I use the wording C-1 since the “broken neck” phrase is creepy. Anyways.. A fractured C-1 usually results in breathing difficulties.

Here is my question: What if a person lives with breathing difficulties for the majority of their live? My cervical fracture, for instance, happened 40+ years ago.

How is one supposed to tell whether it is a symptom of heart disease or just a part of life? This is truly perplexing to me. I certainly am not running to the doctor every time I have shortness of breath. I’d keep the profession in business.

My shortness of breath occurs daily. To some extent, it exists.

I am just pondering here. Anyone have any answers they would like to share?

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Book excerpt: After Effects of A Fractured C-1

Here is another excerpt from my upcoming book:

One of the injuries I sustained during my car accident was a fractured C-1 (broken neck). The C-1 is the first cervical vertebrae. In many cases, fracturing his vertebrae results in paralysis. Luckily, I did not experience this.

I was initially treated by having to lay flat with sand bags on each side of my head. My head was immobilized this way. This treatment lasted for six weeks.

After my immobilization period, I needed to wear a soft collar whenever I was up moving around. I did not need it when I was laying down. (Seeing that there was a velcro closure in the back, it would have been too uncomfortable wearing this while in the prone position). My soft collar was foam rubber incased in a cotton stretch blend. I needed to wear this for about two months.

Ever since my C-1 injury, sudden movement of my head causes me ill health. I can experience headaches, nausea, confusion and vision problems. I’m not a lot of fun to be around when this happens (that’s an understatement).

This is one of the main reasons I end up driving most of the time. Not many people are good drivers and I am tired of finding that out the hard way. 😕