At the 11th year mile marker of living in a wheelchair, I’ve been tough skinned & only formed only a single sore just post to the catastrophic injury. Today, I tell you of the past 365 days, 1 full calendar year, where I’ve “only” been out of a hospital, skilled nursing facility or rehab center for approximately 2 - 3 months.
In January, 2016 blisters popped up on the back of each heel due to not getting socks pulled up before leaving for a doctors appt. While submerged inside the backs of each shoe, it only took around four hours for this to take place, and yet still I’m still having to protect them from reopening as I lay in this hospital while typing this. Following the heels blistering & breaking open into stage 4 pressure ulcers, I’m forced to float them adding pressure on my calves to where they unfortunately opened to the ligaments, tendons & bones being exposed in February, 2016. The dark cloud era continued from mid-April through June as I transferred to a skilled nursing facility in West Houston and suffered from a Foley catheter change, however, due to the lack of movement I slowed to; blood cloths began to form behind my right knee, hamstring and groin areas. This lead to an ultimate set back as I received 15 pints of blood, 11 platelets and 3 full months of some intense suffering as I fought through it with close family, selected friends & keeping everything hush from social media to not scare fans. I underwent my 32nd surgery where they put in a suprapubic catheter to relieve the profusely bleeding area/areas.
I was released from Kindred Town & Country’s L-TAC unit from extensive antibiotic treatments to “The Pointe” skilled nursing facility in Webster of June, 2016. Thankfully, I was quickly transferred to Kindred Rehab Webster to be under the guidance, knowledge and sharpness of Dr. Lewis K. Clarke, M.D. Ph., D. who practices an outside of the box approach to medicines treating SCI’s, strokes, M.S., TBI’s, etc. The absolute best doctor I’ve had and was a huge asset to my 2006 supercross success prior to my catastrophic injury. While there in rehab, we trained “Hard!” I came out more physically, mentally & emotionally fit than I’ve been since sitting down (a huge thank you to my PT & OT departments who were fantastic in their areas along with amazing communication, we made huge strides!)
I was released back into my community, just as my foundations Mission Statement reads. I was so happy to be back at it! Handling my business, making doctors’ appointments thanks to Star Racing Yamaha, Joe Gibbs Racing, N-Fab Bars and some major silent donors for helping my original fundraising efforts to acquire an accessible handicapped van. http://www.jamesmarshallproject.com/Home_Page.php http://outlaw452.com/
JMP Mission Statement: James Marshall is a former AMA Pro rider #452. James was injured in the 6th round of 2006 AMA Supercross season. He suffered damage to his C-2, C-5 and C-6 vertebra and now lives in a wheelchair. Since his accident, James has re-integrated within his community and now leads an effort to help those who have suffered either Spinal Cord or Brain Injuries. He has created the "James Marshall Project" which is a foundation whose mission is to providing support and assistance to the brain and spinal cord injured, facilitating a return to productive life-work, and re-integration within their communities. You can also read my Vitae (life story) at: http://outlaw452.com/vitae.html
Thank you for taking the time to read my story today & I pray you “Stay too blessed to be Stressed!”