“We so appreciated Dr. Leonard and the way he explained things to us. He took lots of time with us and made sure we understood what was going on”
Dave and Carol Monhollen moved to Colorado to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
In March, Dave had an extensive workload of wood carving; nonetheless, he still managed a 15-mile hike. By the end of that same week, Dave wasn’t feeling so well. He hoped to get rid of the fatigue and sluggishness with a good night’s sleep.
The next morning, Carol found Dave unconscious, eyes half open and his body jerking. “I screamed at him and tried to roll him over,” Carol said.
Dave had another seizure in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
“Out here [in Colorado], you have to drink a lot of water,” Dave said. “People said you couldn’t drink enough, so I was drinking a gallon to six quarts of water a day … but no one told me about electrolytes.” But, of course, hindsight is 20/20: with the large amounts of water and lack of salt in his diet, he was washing all the sodium out of his system.
“My electrolytes were collapsing. I didn’t know what was going on. Then, sometime that night, my body went into seizures.” Still, there were more mysteries. Dave had severe pain in his shoulder, and that pain radiated down his arm, “I didn’t have the strength to grasp a pen to sign my name.”
The neurologist consulted Dr. Leonard, and he discovered Dave had a rear dislocation to his shoulder and breaks in his humerus.
“The posterior dislocation is rare and classically occurs with seizures,” commented Dr. Leonard. “It often does not result in any outward deformity. Therefore it is often not detected early. It is possible that dislocation may not be detected for months or even years. At that point, the patient needs to decide to live with the disability or undergo major surgery. Unfortunately, even major surgery will not result in full return in function. The key is early detection and treatment.”
“We so appreciated Dr. Leonard and the way he explained things to us. He took lots of time with us and made sure we understood what was going on,” Carol added. Shortly thereafter, Dave was taken to the operating room, where he was put under general anesthetics so Dr. Leonard could manually put his shoulder back in the proper place.
Once a person experiences dislocation and has it reset, they often do not stay in place. However, since the diagnosis was made early in Dave’s recovery, everyone was hopeful for a positive outcome.
Several months later, Dave’s shoulder is still in place, “I guess I’m the poster child for a dislocated shoulder.”
Dave and Carol are returning to their daily routine, and Dave recently completed his carving that was put on hold due to his recovery.