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The Soldier and the Squirrel introduces children to the Purple Heart

through a loving story of a friendship between a newly wounded soldier

and Rocky the squirrel with his backyard friends. This story began as a

blog during my first year in bed after my incident. With much

encouragement, it is now a book and has been placed in the

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. Please watch the video

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Friday
Jul262013

Today Is SCS Surgery

Today is my official Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant surgery (SCS). A device will be implanted in the flank of my back. Cords, or "leads", will be attached to it and they will be carefully inserted up through the epidural space of my spine. Half way through the surgery, I will be woken up enough to tell the doctor if the electricity is covering my lower pain areas properly. Then they will knock me out again and finish up. The device will be operated by a remote I will control that sends commands for electrical impulses that will be conducted through the leads to block pain signals from my lower body from getting to my brain. I underwent a trial surgery that resulted in 60% reduction in lower body pain. It will take six months for the device to seal within the tissues of my back.

Don flew home from production in Memphis. The greatest gift of all.


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