Brenda Lothringer

For ten years, I’ve prepared and served meals at several high schools in my community of Clearlake Oaks. In early 2016, I was feeling some pain between my shoulder blades – I saw several local doctors, who told me it was probably just a pulled muscle. But by July, the pain had gotten much worse. I was having trouble walking, my right leg was going numb, and I could barely use my fingers.

I couldn’t sleep and it took every ounce of strength I had to go to work. By November I nally went to the local ER, where the doctor diagnosed me with a severe herniated disk compressing my spinal cord.

I was transported by medical helicopter to the Queen, where I was met by Dr. Scott Berta and a crisis team who advised me that I would be heading into emergency surgery. When I woke up, I felt instant relief. The Queen’s staff said they were surprised I was even able to walk. Today I’m doing really well, back to work, and living without pain. You can be sure that now I’m lifting heavy things differently, and I’ve changed all my routines.

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