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Amputation?!?!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 | Types of Metals | No Comments

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Recently I was told a lady in PA had repeated gone to her orthopaedic surgeon due to pain, soreness, over all fatigue, as lifelessness crept into her body over an extended period of time. Dire health issues stemmed after her knee replacement. She did not recall having any health issues prior to her Nickel-Cobalt-Chromium knee replacement.

The lady said her leg was starting to swell with a nasty rash and the pain was unbearable. Instead of the orthopaedic surgeon checking to see if the types of metal were the core issue of her declining health, he refused to do a knee revision. He did not believe the patient’s health issues were directly related to a severely infected knee after her replacement.

Her knee infection became so bad… the orthopaedic surgeon, in his professional opinion, instructed her that he was going to have to amputate her leg.

I have “repeatedly” stated Steel Standing’s support for physicians in attempts to share metal allergy stories directly related to joint replacements to help “educate” others.

This story absolutely broke my heart!!!

NOT everyone will experience metal allergies from surgical implants such as joint replacements, dental implants, plates, screws, wires, pacemakers, etc. But what if someone you loved WAS allergic to a metal implanted into their body and they slowly began to lose their quality of life/health? Based on personal experience, I would EVERY thing possible to help my Mother and she recovered! I pray everyone can recover.

PLEASE become more acutely aware of what is happening with metal allergy issues! Share information.

I did not read her medical file, nor am I a clinician. I can’t reveal any more information. But here are the facts shared: She had a TKR (Total Knee Replacement) with the same metals that were slowly draining my Mother’s life. She did not have any other health issues until she had a knee replacement. This lady lost a leg just above her knee although she repeatedly pleaded for help. Perhaps a second opinion was in order, but when people “trust” their doctors and are adamantly devoted to them, you pray their doctor knows best!

I didn’t ask if she had sought a second opinion. I was speechless and deeply saddened for her outcome.

Could her knee have been saved in this day and age of technology, testing and better monitoring as she expressed repeated pleas with pain and suffering?

C. Davis

Author of Steel Standing

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Total Joint Replacement: What to ask?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | Health Care In General, Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

The following hyperlink will carry you to an AAOS site with good questions. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00375

But there are some questions missing you might want to include in your list.

Does or did your orthopedic surgeon or dentist ask if you were allergic to metal, any types of metals? Known what metals are being placed in your body. This web site is constantly getting emails from those who already have metal implants, relate to the symptom as shared with my mother’s case, then recognize they are experiencing the same. ONLY then does it seem a patient will listen or ask question before allowing any type of metal placed in their body.

Please note: Not everyone is sensitive to metals! But what if you are one of the ones that are sensitive to Nickel? Cobalt? Chromium in metal implants should be marked off everyone’s list! It causes renal and digestive failure EVEN if you are NOT allergic to Chromium. Google the facts!

Patch testing is being referred to a great deal lately as shared by many of our followers. It seems most orthopedic surgeons are advising their patients to have a patch test which is a skin test with metals placed on your body for three days. Then if there are any red marks where the metal piece was placed, the dermatologists declares you have a metal allergy to that type of metal.

How is it possible for a skin/patch test to be more accurate than a blood test that will capture the blood culture which circulates where the metal implants are located?

It baffles me to hear orthopedic surgeons and dermatologists claiming patch testing is the end all, answer all to detecting metal allergies!

I’m not a clinician, but I witnessed my mother’s patch test, which her dermatologist allowed. Her patch test was too vague. That’s when we were referred to a MELISA blood allergy test. I saw the results from her MELISA test! It was definitive and clear cut. There was not any reason to doubt her blood allergy test results from an appropriate lab that is credible.

When a patient is told a blood allergy test is not credible, ask your doctor check his/her sources. Share the web site of that lab! Become educated and informed.

With all due respect, medical doctors appear leery of metal allergy blood testing. Why, I have to wonder. Is there a hidden agenda or is it because patients are complaining to doctors that are missing the connection to unrelated health issues caused by metal implants creating failed health over sometimes “a gradual amount of time” and others quickly discover failing health which directs links back to when the metal implant was surgically placed in the body.

It’s your body. It’s your health. Respect your doctors. However, don’t be afraid to get additional opinions. Do your homework!

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No clue?!? Progress Prevails

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Inflammatory Myopathy, Types of Metals | No Comments

When I began conducting my own research, no one had a clue what could possibly be my mother’s culprit. Patricia’s odd symptoms were all over the board. She didn’t “fit” into a normal case of anything. No signs indicated a clear direction what was the cause of her health decline as her body became increasing worse.

After a muscle biopsy, she was diagnosed with Inflammatory Myopathy – thought to be ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Mom was given “no hope” without any clues how myopathy could have developed in a healthy, vibrant and energetic woman.

Her medical history had been healthy for 68 years. She didn’t smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, and did not take illegal medications. She had never been exposed to environmental hazards while working for a power company. Literally, there weren’t any clues, signs or symptoms what was happening to her body.

Currently, Patricia is at 95 percent mobility and quality of life compared to a previous 30 percent with failing health. No one would have ever believed her muscle tissue would be able to regrow and she could regain her physical strength  – a first in the United States!

My speaking schedule has become increasingly busier since we have been sharing an awareness of the potential dangers of metal allergies. Physicians are also listening to become aware of odd symptoms in their patients with metal implants.

What was considered “no hope” with “no clues” is shifting towards an incredible progressive pace.

Lee and Trish

Dr. Lee Cowden, Chairman of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine’s Scientific Advisory Board, discusses Patricia’s miraculous rebound from metal allergies which created a side effect of Inflammatory Myopathy.

 

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Vera, Mom and Me!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

In June 2013, I was invited as a guest speaker to present the clinical outcomes from the medical research I conducted in hopes of helping to understand why my Mom was losing her ability to do anything. Severe muscle weakness led to a serious decline in her health.

One of the most encouraging people our lives during that time and since has been Dr. Vera, Stejskal. Since 2009, we have been corresponding. M.E.L.I.S.A. was the metal allergy test we were refer to use by a highly reputable dermatologist in Atlanta, GA. When I reached out to thank the inventor early on, I had no idea we would become friends and supporters of one another’s mission which an increasing public awareness of the types of metals placed in the human body.

Trish, Vera and Chris June 2013The M.E.L.I.S.A. metal allergy test proved my theory to be correct, but that was confirmed after Dr. Ken Sands, the orthopaedic surgeon that already performed my Mom’s knee revision. It was a failed prosthesis!

We finally met at the Dallas Conference in June, and it was a long awaited wonderful greeting! We will forever be grateful to Vera for her passion, integrity and driving force to expose metal allergies that can be hazardous to anyone’s health.

 

 

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Happy Anniversary to Patricia (Steel Standing) and Poppa Tom!

Saturday, May 25th, 2013 | Types of Metals | No Comments

This video is proof of how my mother’s health is once again advancing as she is able to be active again. She was at death door’s due to the TYPES of metals in her body! A few of the photos were taken before her serious debilitating weakness from Inflammatory Myopathy.

I am incredibly thankful she is rebounding and is happy again as her body is becoming healthier every day!

Please take metal allergies seriously!! It’s your life – keep it healthy or find out how to regain your health if at all possible. If you don’t try to figure it out, sometimes no one else will either!

Happy Trails,
Christa

 

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Muscle Weakness Strengthens Daughter’s Commitment

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 | Faith, Health Care In General | No Comments

 

Trish and ChrisWhen I resigned from my full time job, the economy had not evolved into hard times. Now that my mother is getting better she has often asked me, “Do you ever regret giving up your life and work to help me?”

There is never any hesitation in my heart or mind when I reach out to hug and remind her that my current job is be with her. The other part of my job is to help others so no one else has to suffer or struggle as I watched her. That’s why I wrote Steel Standing.

It is hard to grasp that I actually wrote a book during the mysterious medical journey. the amount of care my mother needed was almost 24/7, which is far greater than just a full time job. To figure out what was wrong with my mother AND to know she is better plus writing her story book, really does amazes me.

Although, I have volunteered my time to primarily become my mother’s caregiver, the pay is better than I could imagine!

To be able to hug her is just indescribable. She’s alive! She’s not in an assisted living facility or nursing home where she was bound before she regained her health!

I cherish each day. I thank God for each day knowing our faith was the very foundation that keep us on a level playing field. We had an opportunity to do more, or not. We chose to do more and share the information.

The most difficult task has been trying to tell the world what’s happened and with little attention from the media. If the world never learns what we experienced, I still have my mother to hug.

She continues to have the strongest “can do” attitude, even in her weakest times. She’s kept me going! What a rewarding job helping someone else while they teach you how to live, love and listen! What a mother! What a lady! What a great gift!

What more is there in life than showing those you love tremendous support.  Remind them that they’re not alone!

When it’s all said and done, caregiving should happen before it’s needed.

That’s my spill for now.

Chris

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 Honored to meet 2002 Pulitzer Prize Author, Diane McWhorter

Friday, March 15th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

2002 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Diane McWhorter visited my alma mater, Jacksonville State University on March 14, 2013, to deliver the annual Ayers Lecture hosted by the JSU Department of Communication.

Diane McWhorter is the author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama-The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, which was published by Simon & Schuster in March 2001. It won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award, the Clarence Cason Award, the Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute, and the English-Speaking Union Ambassador Award.

It was named by Time as one of the 10 Best Books of 2001 and was a Washington Monthly Political Book of the Year. In addition to being a New York Times Notable Book for 2001, it was on the “best books of the year” lists of The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Publishers’ Weekly, Library Journal, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and others. In 2011, Time named Carry Me Home to its list of the 100 best nonfiction books published since the magazine’s founding, in 1923. Carry Me Home is being re-issued, with a new Afterword, in 2013.

It was a fascinating lecture and a privilege to speak with her personally afterwards. Her research brings a horrific issue to light, which is fascinated depicted as shared through her eyes having witnessed the civil rights actions in 1963 as a young girl. Later she would learn the bigger picture which was felt throughout the world from “Bombingham” Alabama, as she described in the lecture. Knowing her generation witnessed the atrocities, with positive and negative results and actions or lack of actions, moved her to share an insider’s perspective. Exceptional!

Diane currently resides in New York City with her family.

Christa Davis, JSU Alumane, with Diane McWhorter at Jacksonville State University, Alabama

Christa Davis, JSU Alumane, with Diane McWhorter at Jacksonville State University, Alabama

http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Diane-McWhorter/9553
http://www.jsu.edu/news/articles/2013/02/pulitzer-prize-winner-diane-mcwhorter-to-speak-at-jsu-on-March-14.html

Christa Davis, JSU Alumna and author of Steel Standing, with Dr. Bill Meehan, President of Jacksonville State University, Alabama and was Christa's college advisor many years ago.

Christa Davis, JSU Alumnae and author of Steel Standing, with Dr. Bill Meehan, Jacksonville State University President and Christa’s college advisor years ago.

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