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  1. 5150sick

    5150sick Under Ground Hustler Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    Hi, my name is Tom.

    I use the screen name 5150sick on VULive and ‘other’ forums so I chose it for this wonderful place as well.

    I quit smoking analogs and started vaping August 20th 2012.

    I have a long story so I will start at the beginning. I started smoking when I was 15 like most of us it was because most of my friends were starting to smoke and it was a way to socialize with the other kids at school.

    I had a near fatal car accident in 1993 when I was 18 years old. I broke all 4 limbs, shattered my left hip and pelvis, broke my right wrist, ankle, femur, both bones in both forearms, and had a collapsed lung. Everything healed except my left hip/pelvis. Toward the end of 1994 I got a total hip fusion meaning my hip would no longer bend at the joint. It was so badly damaged, the science & technology of 1994 plus the fact that I was only 19 years old played the role in the doctors decision not to give me a (plastic was being used at the time) hip replacement.

    Fast forward 10 years to November 2004 I was 29 years old and my back was totally blown out from using it to walk for 10 years instead of the hip that was fused. I was maxed out on my pain medications, still in pain, and just getting worse.

    I lucked out when the girl at the pain management clinic’s desk told me about a doctor whose office happened to be directly across the street that could possibly help me with my problem. The doctor did a great job of breaking down my hip fusion and switching it to a hip replacement. The damage to my back was already done but at least it wasn’t getting worse at such a fast rate.

    I moved from Baltimore MD to Central Florida in 2009. Everything was well until January of 2011. I woke up in the middle of the night to go out and smoke and noticed my left leg hurt really badly when I put weight on it. I was hoping I had just pulled a muscle as I went back to bed. When I woke up that morning I could not put any weight on the left leg at all. All of my specialists were up north and I only had a family doctor and pain management doctor in Florida. My mother had heard good things about a doctor in Clermont Florida who worked out of South Lake Hospital. I couldn’t walk so this doctor was my only choice on such short notice. I went to see him and the x-rays showed that the titanium hip stem had broke right at the spot where the ball part ends and my real bone started at. It was hanging on by a thread so I had to go in and get my 2nd hip replacement surgery which is often called a hip revision surgery. I was 35 years old and within 6.5 years I was already on my 2nd ’20 to 30 year’ hip replacement.

    Everything seemed to go fine. I was on crutches 2 weeks later and the doctor shook my hand and said “enjoy your new hip, see you in 30 years or so”. It wasn’t even a week later I woke up one night and the side of my Adidas pants were soaked. I went to the bathroom to check to find the laceration opened up in a small spot and an orange/yellowish liquid leaking out. I went to the hip doctor the next day for an emergency visit and he ran a bunch of tests and took culture of the fluid and come to find out I had acquired a hospital born infection (a superbug) while at the hospital.

    This is where the nightmare began


    I will edit this at a later date to finish the long story that got me to vaping.

    Stay Tuned: Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel
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    Part 2 of 4 (or 5)

    So starting at Easter weekend 2011 the doctor took me in for surgery. He reopened the 15” laceration down my left thigh and cleaned all the gunk out, packed it with a special antibiotic and put some kind of packing in there that looked like a pink sponge. I was then reawakened from surgery without the wound being sewed back up. The next day I had the same surgery but he sewed about 2 inches shut on each end. The 3rd and final day which was Easter Sunday I had the same surgery again this time the wound was sewed all the way back up. This was a very painful, border lining on torturous weekend long 3 part surgery.

    I was given a picc line with IV antibiotics. The round of daptomycin (the antibiotic used) was supposed to be administered for 6 weeks. During this time I acquired anemia, a known side effect. So I was given blood transfusions to keep my blood levels up. Also I had drainage leaking out of my thigh. By the time the 1st rounds of antibiotics were over I had cellulitis in my left thigh and I had 5 holes in it from a pencil sized hole all the way up to the size if a nickel. These holes constantly drained fluid. I also had a fever that dipped from 96.6 to 105.3 but that was once at the very highest. I took 5 ibuprofen, went back to sleep, and prayed that I woke up the next morning!


    That’s part 2 stay tuned for the rest of the story. Same vape time, same vape channel! :)


    The doctor kept trying to save the hip when the infectious disease doctor was telling me that the hip can only be saved 2 or 3% of the time and it would have already started healing by now so the hip needs to come out then they need to kill the infection and put another hip in after the infection is gone and hasn't returned for a few months.

    For some reason the hip doctor kept trying to treat an infection in a way that it couldn't be treated for a year and a half!
    During this year and a half I had seen things happen to my body that no human being should have to see.
    On three separate occasions my thigh swelled up to a softball sized lump, ripped open and all kinds of crazy looking stuff just gushed out of it and totally covered my bathroom.
    I was actually catching handfuls of dead flesh and sitting them on my bathroom counter.
    Pieces of dead bone, black blood clots, it was horrible.
    I managed to photograph these occurrences the last 2 times as proof that it happened how I said it did.
    I was truly dying and I knew it when my temperature would change by 6 or 7 degrees in a 5 minute time period.
    My fingertips and lips would get numb and I would start shivering.
    I live in Central Florida and remember during the hottest week in the summer of 2011 I was so cold I laid in the 100+ degree sun with a sweat suit on just shivering like it was 20 below and I forgot my jacket!
    I was thinking “this is bullshit and if I am going to die I want to go now because I can’t take this shit”


    Finally in August of 2012 (a year and 8 months after receiving the infected hip) the thigh area started swelling up again.
    I was sent by ambulance to a decent hospital to a real doctor that specializes in infected joint replacement.
    He told me if I do not quit smoking I will have a way higher chance of dying from this infection because the smoke lowers your resistance and lessens your chances of my body killing off the infection with IV antibiotics.
    The new infectious disease Doctor truthfully told me that I had about a 85 to 90% chance that the infection would leave.
    He said around 9 out of 10 patients make it.
    So I figured in order to not end up the 1 of 10 that didn't make it I would do everything exactly how this new team of Doctors told me to.
    I got the whole hip and pelvis removed and didn't have any left joint at all while they tried to kill the infection.
    I was told that the infection hides in the metal because metal is actually porous and the bacteria can hide in there and then the metal gets glazed over with a bodily fluid.
    The antibiotics kill the infection in the skin, bone, flesh, etc.
    Then a couple weeks after getting sewn back up the bacteria comes back out and attacks.
    Then the infection starts all over again.
    That is the reason the hip, pelvis, and everything metal have to come out before the infection can be properly treated.


    That’s part 3 stay tuned for the rest of the story. Same vape time, same vape channel! :)


    Finally returning for part 4 (Dec, 23rd, 2014. Here we go.

    I had bought a cheap no name gas station cigalike (it was 2012 and ecigs were just starting to become popular) I figured it would at least maybe take the edge off when I was at the hospital on the patch which barely keeps me from totally flipping out while being stuck there.
    At night after the night nurse left after taking my vitals around midnight they would let me rest until 5am unless I called them for some reason.
    The cigalike worked so well that by the second night I was on my netbook and ordered a kit from Totallywicked. It was called the "Tornado-t" which is a $70.00 ego-t kit. But when i got home from the hospital it was there waiting for me. I chose the 'titan range menthol' juice and I sometimes still use it in my tanks today to reminisce
    Last time I tried it I stuck the eliquid into my old protank 1 and vamo (which was a killer setup in 2012) and it felt like I was trying to suck vapor through a pin hole!
    I then noticed I WAS trying to suck vapor through a pin hole.o_O
    So my last tobacco cigarette was on Aug 20th 2012.
    It was 5 minutes before I went in the hospital to get the 3rd and final hip replacement put in...... TBC

    Vaping has come a long way and I really want to be able to enjoy the advances in vaping technology and hope our government doesn't force us back underground.

    EDIT:

    This is supposed to last me forever???:(:(:(

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  2. VapinChevy

    VapinChevy Abnormal Chevy Guy Silver Contributor Member For 3 Years Reviewer

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    Welcome 5150sick :D
     
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  3. allby

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    Welcome I hope it gets better for you. I'm no stranger to back surgery and pain but nowhere near the level you've endured. I truly hope you're journey gets better
     
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    Bahas Bronze Contributor Member For 2 Years

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    Thank you for all you do.
     
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  5. DB Cigs

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    Hey, thanks man!
    Thanks.
     
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    John Q Public Bronze Contributor Member For 3 Years

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    At least you have your health.



    You gotta laugh thru the crap. It's the only way to make it thru.
     
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  7. 5150sick

    5150sick Under Ground Hustler Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    You are absolutely right. Laughing it off is the only thing that kept me from giving up hope.
     
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    5150sick Under Ground Hustler Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    When ever I went to the hospital i always saw many who were way worse off than me.
    i have talked to people on my floor for days only to see a 'code blue' alarm and see them carried off dead to the morgue.
    I got through it by seeing how strong the ones who were way worse off than me were showing their strength.

    In 1993 the guy next to me in the 2 patient room had full blown aids and died right next to me in bed.
    I totally respected him because when the nurses would come in he would refuse treatment and not let them touch him until after they took care of me.
     
  9. madmonkey

    madmonkey The Road Warrior VU Donator Silver Contributor

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    Wow!...I've been having health problems the last year but nowhere even close to touching anything like you've gone threw....you sir are an inspiration to me and thank you for sharing your story. I am glad you made it threw and hope for you all the best in this new year. Stay strong...you are an inspiration to us all!
     
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    5150sick Under Ground Hustler Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    I really need to come in an finish my OP but it pretty much has everything.
    Once members started showing up and I actually started moderating I never had the time.
     
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    I think the fact you're here, you're positive, and you're still going strong says it all. I sincerely wish and hope all the best for you and nothing but strength and better health and even better days ahead. Thank you again for sharing your story...I was having a "downer" day and it made me shut up and buck up and realize I have nothing to complain for. I don't know what else to say other than thank you
     
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    Hello! Thanks for sharing. I'm a nurse (don't judge if you've had bad experiences with my kind!) and I can appreciate what you've been through.
     
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    5150sick Under Ground Hustler Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    Actually most of the nurses were the most helpful of all throughout the whole experience.
    I had a home nurse that would come to my house 2 to 3 times a week to clean my picc line, draw blood, and make sure i had the proper bandages and supplies.
    The home nurses came 4 or 5 separate times for close to a month each time.
    Nurses are the ones who helped keep me alive, clean, happy (as i could be) & healthy.
     
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    In my experience, attitude is key in healing. It's hard to stay positive dealing with chronic conditions and pain, so I congratulate you for persevering! It also helps to have good nurses to cheer ya on ;) But you get all the kudos!
     
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    That was an excellent read. It's stories like this one, genuine and true, that keeps me well grounded to the harsh realities of life and the absurdities that act as diversions from the truth that encompass our path. At any moment in time an accident can happen that will alter our lives forever, despite how immortal we may think we are, we're still a frail species. There's no early preparation or foresight that can predict the inevitable circumstances of chance, it's only after the fact that we are left to deal with the outcome. I'm happy that you were able to get in touch with the right medical specialist to address your affliction and that you were able to get quality care. Perhaps that tragedy was part of the path that ultimately led to your epiphany in quitting smoking. At 40 you still have your whole life ahead of you. We all did stupid things when we were young in order to "fit in" with a bunch of miscreants whom at that time we considered to be our best friends but as time moved forward clarity and wisdom took their rightful place. We realized just how rare it is to find and maintain true an unconditional friendships and that the best friend you can ever have is yourself first. I knew many who turned their lives over to the tobacco corporations so that the industry could prosper while poison would disseminate throughout their bodies, killing them slowly with each passing minute. None of us will escape the Grim Reaper but at the very least we can try to enjoy the little time we have and devote our lives towards meaningful and fulfilling ventures. These days it's nice to have extra money to devote to charities and helping those less fortunate giving meaning to our lives and knowing that we will leave the world a slightly better place. Your fate was your guide towards complete self restoration on August 20, 2012 and now you must fulfill your destiny. May strength, courage and determination guide your destiny Tom.
     
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    Man and I thought I had issues dude I am so sorry I just wow!
     
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    5150sick Under Ground Hustler Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    Nope, it's a breeze;)
     
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    5150sick Under Ground Hustler Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    BTW Sorry for the shot of my ballsack on the right XRAY in my Bio.
     
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    Made ya look:D
     
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    What a journey! Hi!
     
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