After dealing with spinal stenosis for many years, and after exhausting all other options for pain management, Joe made the difficult decision to undergo a laminectomy and spinal fusion to relieve his back and nerve pain, once and for all. On Monday, November 21, 2016, Joe was admitted to Barrow's Neurological Institute/ St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix and the surgery took place. His neurosurgeon was very pleased with the outcome and we had all anticipated that Joe would be home by Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately, that was not the case and things quickly took a turn for the worst. Early Thanksgiving morning, Joe began vomiting large amounts of blood. Afraid that he would aspirate, the medical team intubated him and a CT scan revealed that he had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, or a "bleeder" as some refer to it.
The family received a call from one of the ICU nurses at 5:00 am on Thanksgiving morning, needing permission for the neuro team to perform a craniectomy to relieve the intracranial pressure and allow them to access the source of the bleeding. Joe endured a 3-hour, life-saving surgery; however, not without many complications to ensue, including aspiration and resuscitation, double pneumonia and sepsis. It is truly a miracle that he survived.
Joe spent just under two months in between the hospital and in-patient rehabilitation. He lost 50 pounds over this period of time as a feeding tube and Glucerna, for most of the duration, was his only sustenance.
He was discharged from St. Joseph’s/Barrow’s Neurological in-patient rehab facility on January 17, 2017, but he has a very long road ahead of him. That being said, no one can predict when he will be able to return to the life he loves and his source of income…the music industry. His fiancé is doing what she can, financially, to ensure that the mortgage and household bills are take care of, but it is quite a load for her to take on by herself. Then, there are the hospital bills. Even with health insurance coverage, the medical bills that are streaming in are beyond overwhelming. Those benefits are reaching their limits. On behalf of Joe’s Family, Friends, and fellow live music production peers we cannot thank you enough for your support.
'On the Road with Joe "JD" Dorosz':
Joe Dorosz been involved in all aspects of the touring industry, but his primary gig has been with Drums and Percussion, often designing and fabricating custom designs for many of his clients. Over the years, Joe has developed a broad working relationship with all of the major Drum, Cymbal and Percussion companies. He has toured with some of the world’s most favorite bands.
Over a 35 year career, Joe has moved and set up equipment, teched drums & backline, and/or mixed audio for: Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac, The Dixie Chicks, .38 Special, Shania Twain, Prince, Poison, Kenny G, Backstreet Boys, The Black Crowes, Lionel Richie, Barbara Streisand, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Earth, Wind & Fire and many others. Joe has also acted in the capacity as Stage Manager numerous times.
In venues such as recording and television studios, nightclubs, stadiums, and arenas, both night and day, Joe has always been a "first call" professional.
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