My name is Erin Knapper and three years ago I injured my back. I was trying to deal with it until I could save up enough sick leave at work to have surgery. Beginning of January I ended up having COVID-19 and exhausted all the leave I had. Early March my back started acting up and I couldn’t walk upright or stand for very long and had to call in to work. Finally in April I was able to get in for a new MRI and once my neurosurgeon saw the images he admitted me that moment and told me I was having surgery the next day. May 12, 2021 I had a laminectomy on my L4-L5 disc. Surgery went great and I felt better than before. One week later, May 18, 2021, I ended up having a horrible migraine and was brought to the ER. They diagnosed me with a spinal fluid leak and admitted me to the hospital. I had almost a week stay in the hospital and ended up getting a blood patch to fix the leak. I was discharged on May 22, 2021. I will for sure be out of work until atleast June 28, 2021. My 6 week post op check up is June 25th and I will find out then. All of this time off since March is all unpaid. My husband and I just purchased our first home and now are trying to deal with all of this and loss of pay. Any help that we receive would be so appreciated! Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my story. Love to all!
Recent update: May 25, 2021 I was admitted into the hospital again with migraines. I had another MRI done and found there was some more spinal fluid and figured out the blood patch didn’t work. I had to go back in for emergency surgery on May 26th. They cleaned everything up and found the leak. I had a little fragment of bone floating around in there and that tore the membrane and caused the leak. It was all patched up and fixed and I am hoping to be discharged on May 30, 2021. It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions. I’m hoping this fixed everything finally and I can start my healing process now and be my best self! Much love!