You see, this was not my first experience with either spinal issues or Dr. Garden. Ten years earlier, Dr. Garden performed surgery on my lower neck to treat two ruptured discs that had paralyzed my right arm. That time it took seven weeks, a chiropractor, two neurologists, consultation with a world renown neurosurgeon from Columbia University, a myriad of tests, physical therapy and an unnecessary progression from severe pain to paralysis of my arm before I finally found Dr. Garden. He was the only one who knew immediately what had to be done. He had me on the table within a few days and gave me full use of my arm again!
So, this time I wasn’t messing around. I was examined on Thursday by Kayla, Dr. Garden’s very talented PA, who immediately recognized the seriousness of my condition and sent me directly to see Dr. Garden, who was at another hospital where he was on lunch break between seeing other patients. Dr. Garden again responded with insight, urgency and compassion, rearranging his schedule to accommodate me, and doing all that was necessary to get me to surgery as soon as possible (even though Kayla was about to have her wedding and Dr. Garden was about to take vacation). Seven days later he and Kayla performed extensive surgery on my lower spine to free up a crunched left spinal nerve at L3-4. Within 8 weeks I was practically back to normal. My reflexes and strength have returned to my left leg and today I enjoy better back health than I had before June 8th.
Here I am back to the activities I enjoy most, sailing and playing with my grandchildren!