[Greater-Baltimore] Update

Dezman Jackson djackson at BISM.org
Mon Nov 30 10:14:37 UTC 2015

Glad to hear things were a success Ronza. We will miss you and will continue praying for your recovery.


Kindest regards,

Dezman Jackson, M.A., NOMC
Lead Rehabilitation Instructor and Orientation and Mobility Specialist
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
3345 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21227
Office: 410-737-2676
Mobile: 251-689-4623
Fax: 410-737-2689
djackson at bism.org

> On Nov 29, 2015, at 9:18 PM, Ronza Othman via Greater-Baltimore <greater-baltimore at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I just wanted to check in and let folks know how I'm doing.  After several
> unsuccessful minor surgeries this summer on my back, I had a more invasive
> surgery this past Monday.  I had the surgery here in Chicago and I'll be
> staying for the next couple of months for physical therapy and recovery.
> When the surgeon finally got in, he found that I had significantly more
> spinal nerve damage than we realized, so my recovery time will be slow.  I'm
> up and walking a little - one end of the room to another a couple times a
> day - and we're really pleased with that right now.  I still have pretty
> severe pain and the muscle spasms are like nothing I've felt before.  The
> nerves are very angry, and it'll take a while to calm them down.  I also
> have to learn how to sit up and walk normally again in therapy, as the nerve
> and muscles have forgotten how to do that.  
> All in all, I'm doing really well and I'm excited about the treatment and
> recovery plan.  I hope to write an article at some point about why parents
> should insist on their kids' learning Braille even if they are high
> partials, because all of my doctors agree that if I wasn't sitting and
> leaning forward to get closer to see print, I would not be having these
> challenges.  So word to the wise: not teaching your blind kid Braille when
> he/she is young can result in tons of pain later.literally.
> Hope you are all well.
> Ronza
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