here's what went down. I was in a motorcycle accident on 9-24-05 , Not paying attention to the road , hit some gravel in a corner. I was life flighted to trauma hospital. (C-2 is your neck, C-1 is when they hang ya) I has fractured C-2,C-5 C-7, T-4 and T-5, with canal compromise, All broken ribs on the right side , colloasped right lung , was in a coma when they put me in the chopper. Spent about 2 weeks in a coma , then another 4 weeks or so in an induced coma. . I spent 6 weeks or so in ICU. They put one of those halo's on me that screws to your head. Had to wear that thing for 14 weeks. I don't remember a day in the ICU ward , just alot of wierd dreams that I still can remember like they were last night. When i first got to the tramua unit , I could only move my two left fingers. The neuro doctors told everybody I would only be able to turn my head the rest of my life and end up in a nursing home. Thank God they were wrong. Took about 4 weeks or so for my arms and hands to start working , By time I left ICU ward , only T-4 and T-5 were the injury, Thank God. Also had pneumonia, high fevers and other problems in ICU. I could not eat for 2 months or drink water or anything for 2 1/2 months. I finally passed the swallow test for eating. That was cool. Food tasted like crap first couple days. lol I finally went to a regular floor for couple days to dry out and halucinate from all the crap they put you on. lol. Then they put me in rehab and I had a rude awakening to my new life. I worked real hard to get better. One day they dropped me in rehab on my halo and ripped 3 screws out. Talk about pain. lol Had to get that contraption remounted, that didn't feel good to good either. I spent 3 months in rehab learning the usual stuff. I now can do just about everything, but get my legs in bed and take a shower on my own. About 2 months in the hospital neuro dept. decided it was time to repair T4and T5, just a co-incidence the day after they dropped me. Well , we got bad info on the surgeon at the hospital, So we had it set up at another hospital. We also asked the ortho dept. for their opinion, They said the bones were stable, so I went with them and said no to the operation. After getting home and reading stuff here (great site) and other places. Ortho only cared about the bones being stable. Now 6 months later i have a couple of appointments in another month to see some neuro surgeons. Im told this is no easy operation. So by the time i get the operation 8 or 9 months will have passed to take the pressure off my cord. I went in for the operation. Was kinda scared. It took them 8 or so hours to do what they did. They lined up my spine and put in rods. I wonder if they took a lunch break. lol The tramua hospital clasiffied me as Asia A , C-5 tetrapiligic. The list goes on of all the crap I had to deal with , but enough for now lol. My life changed in one second. I have to mention my girlfriend who was there everyday at the hospital for hours and helps me at home. Thank God for her.