Joe Dorosz Healing and Recovery
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.
Joe's progress link:
Just wanted to keep all of you in the loop and let you know where Joe stands in his long road to recovery.
Since the beginning of 2018, we've pushed to get Joe speech therapy through Medicaid, but they will not approve it. Makes no sense to us, whatsoever, but we're done battling with them. His primary care doctor even had a peer-to-peer telephone conversation with United Healthcare's medical director, but they won't budge. It's all extremely discouraging as speech is still Joe's biggest obstacle.
Needless to say, we've had no choice but to think outside the box... Joe is now trying PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) therapy and, in April, will undergo some hyperbaric chamber sessions. He wants so much to get back to the man he was and will do just about anything to to make that happen.
Joe has also been working with free weights and does his own physical therapy every day of the week, and walks the neighborhood at least twice daily. He's such a fighter and I'm so proud of him.
Anyway, that's where we are to date. Joe's making progress, but a full recovery is still going to take some time. He misses his road family big time and, rest assured, is doing everything possible to get back to the life he loved so much.
Thank you all for your continuing support, love and prayers. We could never have gotten this far without each and every one of you!
With our love and sincere gratitude,
Diane & Joe
With a new health plan in place, Joe will soon be able to resume with speech and physical therapy and that should really make a big difference in his recovery. He wants so badly to be the "get 'er done" and independent guy that he was before the stroke. Nothing would make me happier than to have that man back! I can honestly tell you this: he's doing everything in his power to get there!
Joe and I would like to thank everyone for their continuous support, love and prayers during this past tumultuous year. There are still hurdles ahead, but we are hoping and praying that the worst is behind us.
Here's hoping that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Happy holidays and much love to each and every one of you!
Diane and Joe
Joe is not letting that stop him and is trying very hard on his own to get back to his baseline. He's diligent about doing his daily exercise routine on his own to build up his strength. However, his speech, balance and fine motor skills are still problematic and only time will tell if, and when, we'll ever be able to pick up where we left off before his stroke.
Bon Jovi is back on the road for their South American tour and I know how badly Joe wishes he could have been back up and running by now. He misses his music family, his career and his independence. It's easy to see the sadness in his eyes, but we try very hard to stay optimistic. We constantly remind ourselves that we have a lot to be grateful for: our family, great friends and the fact that Joe is here with all of us!
Thank you all for your continued love and support!
It means the world to us!
With our love and never-ending gratitude,
Diane and Joe
His strength is good. He is walking a couple of miles a day around the neighborhood with his walker. He has also begun to practice his handwriting. Much to my surprise, it's legible. Not perfect, mind you, but I can definitely decipher what he is writing.
Besides practicing the alphabet, his message to me yesterday was, "I love you. I miss you a lot. My only regret is that I let all these years get away from me. You are the best."
And I wept.
Joe is such a wonderful person. He insists that I am the reason that he is alive today. Although I am beyond flattered and touched by his conviction when he says that, I know better. Joe survived his horrific ordeal because, quite simply, it wasn't his time to go. And he is so much stronger than he realizes.
As for his speech, it still needs a lot of work...and our health insurance won't give us the time of day. He's had 60 visits and, apparently, according to their standards, practices and bureaucratic BS, that "one-size-fits-all" treatment plan is all he gets. It's just SO pathetic. But they are happy to take his obscene monthly premium, even though he is not getting the help he needs and deserves.
On a more positive note, I've been in contact with Midwestern University, here in Phoenix. They have a great speech program that Joe could attend (for a manageable fee)...the only issue would be getting him there and back, two days a week. They're not exactly close to where we live, so transportation is an issue because I have to work and, unfortunately, cannot take the time off without compromising my job. However, if Joe is approved for Medicaid, there is a transportation service that will provide his ride, there and back, for free. Still waiting to hear if he is approved for Medicaid; it will probably be another few weeks before we know.
His music family is back out on the road and it's killing him that he is not "road ready". I can attest to the fact that Joe is doing everything in HIS power to get there. He just needs something more to propel him to the next level.
My heart and emotions are all over the place when I hear Bon Jovi on the radio... I know he'd give anything to be back out there doing his thing. And he does it so very well...and so very humbly.
Here's to you, my love... I pray all day, every day, that you will make a full recovery and be able to go join your road family very, very soon.
I love you, Joe.
Goodnight everyone, and thank you for your continued love, prayers and support for this wonderful man!
Love and hugs,
Wish I could help but I can offer my sympathy and prayers. I'm 46 years old and out of no where my back started with severe pain. I've tried a microdisctomy and now am worse then ever! Iam in constant pain for 6 months now and I need to see better Drs but my insurance doesn't allow it. I pray you raise the money to get to the best Dr and get the relief you need and deserve! Spinal stenosis is so debilitating. My best wishes and prayers!
Thank you so much for keeping us in the loop! I will continue to keep Joe in my prayers and am hopeful for a completely full recovery. Hang in there Joe! You are thought of and supported! ♥ Sending a big hug! Stevvi
Humble Monday greetings to my man, Josef's 'Tour Tribe". If not done so prior, I kindly invite you to engage your smartphones and record a video message to Joe and post to his phone. Keeping him in your loop hombres.. and Senoritas! Ya gots his cell number. Thanks a bunch. --Mark S Maurer