Posts Tagged ‘back problems’

A note from Andrew Sole, Detholz! drummer

July 8, 2009

To my friends and fans,

Not sure where to begin. My back is over all feeling much better at this point. I’m starting to get back into my normal activities gradually. I’m playing drums each day which is really good for me psychologically. Certain movements that caused pain or irritation 1 or 2 months ago no longer do at this point. If things continue to go well in the next month or so I’m hoping to be back in the saddle again at our next show in August. I spent 9 full weeks on a VAX-D table which is a spinal decompression device that helps to heal the injured discs. You can read more about it and the clinic where I am being treated at http://www.americanbackcenter.org. Right now I am doing mostly Physical therapy which includes stretching and core strength exercises.

Although I am feeling better I still don’t know what the long term future holds for me and my drumming career. Some information says that VAX-D, the treatment that I chose, is not a permanent solution to injured and degenerative discs. So I am going to try to get some second opinions from some surgeons to see what other minimally evasive treatments there are available. Although I am going to avoid surgery at all costs if I can, especially spinal fusion which is the most extreme kind.

I am also looking in to stem cell treatment at some point in the hopefully near future. There is a place in Colorado that is already treating degenerative discs with stem cells which help the injured discs to regenerate. But that is in the very early stages and insurance does not cover it.

Anyway, my main purpose of this post is not to go on railing against med. Insurance. It is to say that I feel like one of the luckiest people in Chicago because of all the love, support and donations I have received from people I know and that I may not know. I don’t really have any words to express my gratitude for this. If I knew everyone who donated and they were all in the same room I would at least bear hug and thank each of you personally. I can’t express how humbled I am by this whole thing. I am hoping that I can pass it on to others some day.

All the donations that I have received so far are going towards monthly payments for the medical bill which I was able to spread out over 4 years. The donations will give me a year or two of payments without dipping into my regular income. This will allow me some time to get myself back together physically and financially, and also try to fight Blue Cross to get them to cover at least some of the expenses. BTW if anyone knows of a good social worker in Chicago that can help me sort through the complex bureaucracy of the med. Insurance appeals process and knows how to deal with denied medical claims please let me know. I can be reached at lanndru at gmail dot com

It’s extremely unfortunate that this whole thing happened because of our completely failed health care system in this country, and that you all used your hard earned money in place of it, for which I am forever indebted and grateful to every one of you. However, on the flipside I am extremely Fortunate to have all of you in my life, not just for the donations alone but also for the prayers, moral support, love and encouragement. These past three months have been the darkest, loneliest period ever in the 36 years that I’ve been alive. If you thought Black Pagan Metal from Europe was dark, try climbing inside my brain for the past few months. I have been playing drums now for 21 years and I’m not about to give it up easily. The thought of not playing music completely destroys my soul.

All of you through this dark period have given me strength to do my best to get through this and not give up. It’s extremely important to support each other in these ways whether you are an artist, musician or shoe salesman.

As Harry Tuttle (Robert De Niro), the heating and cooling engineer said in the movie Brazil:

“Remember, we’re all in this together “