A.S. Face 1016: Don Milde
My name is Debbie AS face 990, I am telling this story for my dad, he passed away in 2007, he was diagnosed with AS in the late 70’s, all I can remembered then is him and my mom talking about fusing and his doctor told him he could wake up all scrunched up, or even not waking up at all. I knew my dad was in a lot of pain, over the years he was taking a lot of medication. Back then it was just muscle relaxers and pain pills. My dad was a stubborn man he said he wouldn’t give in to that, he would fight it and keep moving. He would take a hand full of pills and 2 hours later come in and get a few more, and go back out to the yard. He kept his yard very well-groomed. One day in the summer of 2003 he had taken his pills and come in for more, (by this time he was a drug addict for sure but as much pain he was in no one stopped him.) Mom went out side and he was bouncing his lawn mower off a tree,
At the time I know this is not funny, but now it is cuz we know he was that stubborn.. There is a lot of crazy stories about this but i will get on with this . He went in for his doctor appointment and they done usual blood work, and my dad went home, he is two hours away from the doctor’s office. Him and my mom were eating supper and my dad got a call from his doc. He said go straight to the hospital do not wait, go now. He said his potassium was so bad he should be dead…They started him on dialysis right away, both kidney’s have shut down, he lived till 2007…I have had a lot of doctors, even to his doctors, but still back when i started having trouble it was a mans disease, so I didn’t get my diagnosis till recently, I just hope I can be as stubborn as him. One good thing I guess I can’t take any pain pills, but i do have to take muscle relaxer, and just keep on going.
Rest in peace my dad..love you and miss you
Arkansas, United States of America