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I am Severely Disabled at times.. Exercise is something only a few can do!! I walk with Two Forearm Crutches at home and a Walker outside or my Wheelchair!! It is Very Difficult to get exercise as I have lots of aliments..
My name is Kristi Ann aka MsGuidedAngel . I was born in Northern California in 1960 north from San Francisco. This is My Story below. Doctors discovered my birth defect “Pectus Excavatum” right after I was born. I don’t remember the doctors or the hospitals I was taken too. I know my mother told me I was taken to Shriners Hospital and others before I could remember anything!!
I was born disabled with my Sternum Bone Fused to my Backbone!! In 1965 doctors operated on me and Rebuilt my Ribcage and moved my heart and lungs and kidneys too their right places!!
My late Daddy took a higher paying job in Southern, California. It was in Los Angeles, California is where my Birth Defect surgery was performed, in 1965. My surgery cost more than one million dollars, Crippled Children’s Fund paid for more than 99% percent of my surgery. My Parents had to pay the rest! My parents could not afford a home until I was 13 years old, this is because they were paying for my surgery still..
GOD Helped my Parents a lot back then, He Kept me alive for them! So, I Praise Jesus Christ I am alive and here still. GOD is Gracious and Kind, Loving, Knowing, Wonderful!!
I had to wear a special T brace from age 2 to five, I also had to do special exercises rocking back and forth while holding my ankles with my hands while on my chest. I wasn’t allowed to ride a bicycle at all until 1968 or 1969.
Wonderful doctors at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation treated me so nice and gentle. Well, 1965 came around, many x-rays, more than I care to remember!! My one wonderful, loving doctor, Dr. Bruer operated on me in 1965 at the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital.
My center Sternum Bone was Fused to my Back Bone when I was born. I missed a lot of school in Kindergarten. I remember to this day more than 50 years ago today, nurses rolling me into a big room, I asked my doctor what the big light was for, he said “It will make you go to sleep sweetie”. I don’t remember the surgery to well, thank goodness!!
What I do remember is me laying in my hospital bed looking down at myself laying there with all this machines hooked up to me, and my mother and father crying. I now know what I was seeing. My mother told me much later in my life the hospital kept me unconscious for three or four days after my surgery. So, I must have left my body and watched them and myself. It’s no wonder I believe in God Jesus ( Daddy ) from then on!! I spent a long arduous road healing in 1965.
I don’t remember how long I was in the hospital; I do know it was a long time though. My pin came out of my chest in 1966 or 1967, I got an ambulance ride to the hospital, kewl, and I didn’t feel any pain. I truly thought my mother poured ketchup on me . The pin had threads on it so it would work its way out all by itself. My mother still has my baby book with the pin and my wrist band in it to this day! Anyhow, I was put to sleep again so Dr. L. Brewer could remove my pin. This pin was inserted into my chest bones to help keep them steady from clasping back in again.
I had to wear a special made brace from 1965 to 1968 around my chest area. After I seen my doctor again in 1968, he gave me the go ahead so I could have a bicycle now. I was elated, and so happy I could have a bicycle now!! I got to pick the any bicycle I wanted at the Schwinn dealer; it was a happy day for me!!! As I was growing up, I had pains in my chest bones. The doctors said it’s because I was growing!!
I wrote these Poems Below about my Birth Defect!!
My Heart Poem
Be careful with my heart,
I gave it to you for safe keeping,
It’s a very fragile and weak heart that gets hurt real easy,
Why is this too be,
My heart was a nice heart,
Ask my doctors who moved my heart and lungs around,
God only knows why my heart hurts all so bad,
Trusting, Believing, and safe satisfaction that someone will take care of it,
Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ SAVED my Life more than Once!! Praise Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ for Today and Everyday!!
In 1995 I contracted Pneumonia and had x-rays done on my chest again. The doctor told me after I got better; he wanted to show me something I had no idea what it was either. After I got well, the doctor showed me my x-rays and explained I had wires in my center sternum bones. As I looked at them and showed him my birth defect he then knew why the wires were there for. I had no idea, not even my mother knew I had stainless steel wires holding my chest bones together still. I was shocked myself to know I had those wires within me still. My doctor explained to me they were probably put there to hold my chest together while I was healing. Plus he told me they are deeply embedded with in my sternum bones that it’s impossible to remove them. I am happy now I’m alive to this day I thank God for helping me through my life!!
Updates 2004 and 2005:
Sad news now. I have arthritis in my rib cage, and have to take special medications to help control my pain. I also have two ruptured disks in my back at C5-C6 in my neck that I have to wear a rigid Neck Brace all day. My other disk rupture is at L4-L5 in my lower back and its worse than my neck, as its pressing on two sides of my spinal cord with not enough room for the nerves to go through it.
I have another problem I don’t tell many people about. I have bad Tinnitus in my both of my ears.. When I was younger, I got ear infections a lot. Tinnitus is Ringing in the Ears and it can give you headaches!!
I have to walk with a set of Forearm Crutches now inside, and a Four Wheeled Walker Outside or my Wheelchair. I believe everything happens for a purpose in our lives. I have faith in God and believe He will help me through this. My Past was taken care of, so my future will be as well. . ” Remember, everything will be okay” Updates 2005.. I Won my Social Security Disability Claim August 22nd, 2005 YaY!! Praise GOD!!
( John 9:1-5 KJV ) “AND as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must Work the works of him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I AM in the world, I AM the Light of the World.”!!
( Jeremiah 17:14 KJV ) “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be Saved: for thou art my Praise.”!!
( John 1:1-5 KJV ) “In the Beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD. The same was in the Beginning with GOD. All things were made by HIM; and without HIM was not any thing made that was made. In HIM was Life; and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light Shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”!!
( Acts 4:12 KJV ) “Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be Saved.”
( Hebrews 13:8 KJV ) “Jesus Christ the Same Yesterday, and To day, and For ever.”!!
( Revelation 22:16 KJV ) “I Jesus have sent Mine Angel to testify unto you these things in the Churches. I Am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright and Morning Star.”!!
( John 3:15-17 KJV ) “That whosoever Believeth in HIM should not perish, but have Eternal Life. For GOD so Loved the World, that HE Gave HIS only Begotten SON ( Jesus–Yeshua ), that whosoever Believeth in HIM should not perish, but have Everlasting Life. For GOD sent not HIS SON into the World to condemn the World; but that the World through HIM might be Saved.”!!
( Jeremiah 29:11-12 KJV ) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of Peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye Call upon ME, and ye shall go and Pray unto Me, and I will Hearken unto you.”!!
( Psalms 23 KJV ) “( A Psalm of David. ) The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He Leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He Leadeth me in the paths of Righteousness for His Name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with Me; thy Rod and thy Staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely Goodness and Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the House of the LORD for ever.”!!
( Isaiah 40:31 KJV ) “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with Wings as Eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not Faint”.!!
( Philippians 4:13 KJV ) “I can do all things through Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua which strengtheneth me.”!!
( Jeremiah 17:14 KJV ) “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my Praise.”!!