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 give you all a brief update on Joe's progress. Albeit a slow process, Joe is showing improvement both physically and cognitively with each passing day. We had our monthly family meeting with his therapists and neuropsychologists and they were all very pleased with how far he's come since day one.
He's definitely much stronger and his motor skills are pretty good; the fine motor skills will take time, though. His balance is much better and, once he gets his prismatic glasses on Monday, they should help with his double-vision and also contribute to better balance.
Dysarthria is probably Joe's biggest challenge (motor speech disorder resulting from neurological injury of the motor component of the motor-speech system, characterized by poor articulation), and he and I continue to struggle with our communication. It's getting better with speech therapy and, at the family meeting, the therapists all agreed that this is what they are going to place the biggest emphasis on from here on out. Joe even has a speech app on his IPad and, when he's sitting on the couch at home, you can best believe that he's diligently working on word enunciation.
Joe's case manager at rehab is trying to tap into all resources at her fingertips to see to it that Joe continues to get the therapy he desperately needs. Insurance will only allow so many visits to outpatient rehab, so we have to look at other options to ensure his continued rehabilitation.
Joe's sense of humor and his perseverance to get back to the life he loves just warms my heart. He's an inspiration to me and to all that know and love him, and proof that with a positive attitude and strong will, we have the power to overcome any obstacle in life.
Thank you all, so much, for your love and continued support. You can't imagine what a difference you've made in our lives!
With love and never-ending gratitude,
Diane & Joe
Just want to thank all of you for your continued support for Joe. We are truly grateful and touched by the outpouring of kindness and generosity.
Also, it is because of this amazing site that Channel 10 found us and wishes to do an interview with Joe. If all goes as planned, that will air on Monday morning at approximately 8:10.
Channel 12 and Channel 15 have also reached out, but no day or time has been set just yet. We shall see!
Love to you all,
Diane & Joe
From the bottom of my heart...thank you all!
Please copy and paste this link into a new browser to see the segment on Joe and his support from Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks:
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!