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It's been 3 months since I've taken the time to sit down and write. Shortly after my review of Machete on September 2nd, the roller coaster of life took me on a wild ride that no one could have predicted.

Since September, I have been extremely reluctant to start blogging again. I have had all of the time in the world to sit down and write. However, my life had changed so drastically, I couldn't find the motivation to do the one thing that has managed to keep my sanity in check since losing my job in April. Here is the story about the physical and mental changes that I have experienced in the past 3 months.


As August came to a close, my outlook on life began to be more positive. Since losing my job in April, I went through periods of self doubt and low self-esteem. I had cut myself off from friends, colleagues and former co-workers in order to find peace within myself. Going into September, I was getting positive feedback on my blog and the site was getting more visitors than ever. I had finally found the release I was looking for. I had found a constructive hobby that took my mind off of my former employer and allowed me to channel my talents and shape my writing skills.

As September arrived, I was in a wonderful place. I had been working out and eating healthier. I did Hip Hop Abs for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I had already lost 11.5 lbs and was on my way to reaching my goal of losing 15 lbs by my birthday in October. I had eliminated a huge amount of carbohydrates in my diet. I had given up comfort foods and started to eat more fruits and veggies. I was in the process of making a lifestyle change. I never anticipated a change of this magnitude.

At 3am on the morning of September 7th, I woke up in a cold sweat. I had a case of the chills and they wouldn't go away. I got out of bed, turned on the PS3 and played Madden 2010 until I was able to go back to sleep. When I woke up later in the morning, I did my daily exercise and took a shower. I grabbed something to eat and resumed my quest to lead the New York Jets to the Super Bowl in the Franchise Mode of Madden Football.

The chills hit me again. However, this time the effect was crippling. I started shaking and couldn't stop. Being a diabetic since 1995, I knew the first thing I should do was to check my blood glucose levels. When I looked at my Accu-Chek Aviva monitor, I was shocked to see my blood sugar number had gone through the roof. I called my wife and told her that I was getting sick. After I hung up the phone, I started to convulse and could not regain my composure.

I was fading fast and could not concentrate. I manage to call my father because his number is on my speed dial and told him I needed him to take me to the urgent care doctor. I unlocked the front door and stumbled to my bed room and laid on my bed shaking and trembling - waiting for my father to arrive. I know that there have been plenty of people in worse situations, but I actually thought I was going to die that day.

Green's Anatomy
Once we arrived at the Urgent Care section of the medical building, I began a long process of testing and x-rays in order to determine the problem. I was finally seen by a physician who recommended that I go to the emergency room. The ambulance came and I was carried away to the ER. I was joined by my family in a private room, waiting to see a doctor who could tell me what was wrong.

After an entire day of waiting, I was told that they were going to admit me into the hospital because I had a serious infection in a wound on my right foot and that the bacteria had entered into my blood stream. Once the room was ready, I was carted away to a week long vacation at Summerlin Hospital.



My family visited immediately. They stayed around the clock to show me support as we waited for the doctor to explain my options. The second day of my stay brought visiting friends and get well messages. Late in the evening, while having dinner with my wife and Couple Number Two, the doctor arrived and basically told me that the best option was to have my leg amputated below the knee to completely rid my body of the infection and prevent further problems with diabetic ulcers on my foot.

It was an awkward moment to say the least. I just found out that I might be losing part of my leg while I dined with Janel, Brett and Allie. The doctor told me to think about it and told me that I would have to have surgery either way. He booked the Operating Room and told me to let him know my decision before the surgery that was scheduled for the next day.

The next few hours was easier than you would expect. I was able to accept the fact that my life would be changing and spent the night in my hospital bed watching TV with Janel. The next day, I entered the operating room started counting backwards from 100 and blacked out around 95.

My Lovely Leggy Stump
When I woke up, I was left with a "stump" on my right leg. It was surreal at first. I could still feel phantom pains and itching one a part of my body that was no longer there. After the surgery, I was given a quick run through of what my life would be like and then sent off into the world with nothing to show for my stay except a mountain of bills. They didn't even let me keep the leg.

Over the next 3 months I experienced a full spectrum of emotions. I went from being happy to be alive to being regretful of my past decisions to being unhappy to be alive to being ashamed of myself. My emotions were all over the place. During this time, I was fortunate enough to have a Mother and a Father who took great care of me. A wife who supported me. And two sisters who looked after me. My family is the main reason why I am able to continue this blog. Because if it weren't for them, I might have decided not to be here anymore.

It makes me realize that I am blessed with the greatest gift that a person could have - a loving system of support with the ability to help you through the dark times. Those times that you feel like you can't go on and that it's not worth the struggle. The times that you feel that you've messed up your life so much that it's not worth trying to correct. My family is a blessing and I am forever thankful for them.

My Family at the Couple Number One Birthday Bash


As we step further into this holiday season, I plan to be stepping with the assistance of a new prosthetic leg. It's currently in the process of being constructed out of carbon-fiber. I go in next week for my second fitting. Hopefully, my new leg will allow me to be more active and get back on track with a modified workout plan.

I have been anticipating the day when I will be able to walk again and as that time draws closer, I have been able to reignite my passion for writing. In addition to The Envy, I have begun submitting User Reviews for Appolicious, a Yahoo! website that is dedicated to reviewing cell phone apps for the iPhone and Android platforms.

As I am typing this blog, I just found out that one of my reviews is included in the e-mail update that goes out to all of the Appolicious members. Things are finally starting to get back on track for me. Because of this, I have decided to get back into blogging because it's one of the things that helps me improve how I feel about myself and my situation.

I'll be back with Movie Reviews and other features in the near future. Until then, you can check out some of my reviews on Appolicious at AndroidApps.com (my username is worldwidewonder).

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Comment by Shari K. Green on February 23, 2011 at 6:15pm
Keep it up, Kreighton.
Comment by Jonni Lynn Greenberg on February 23, 2011 at 5:27pm
My husband just had me read your blog and I find it amazing what you have gone through. I look forward to reading your blog in the futur, and I hope you continue to have an amazing recovery.
Comment by Kreighton Green on February 23, 2011 at 4:15pm
@Justin - Thank you for reading my blog. I've been able to overcome many obstacles with the positive feedback that I receive from my reviews. Blogging for me is like therapy. I'm glad you took the time to comment. It means a lot to me.
Comment by Justin G on February 23, 2011 at 12:49pm
Wow. What an amazing and revealing article. Thank you for sharing. Your courage is astounding. Hope things have turned up for you over the past 3 months. If I'm ever in Las Vegas I would love to shake your hand and tell you what an amazing person you are. Hopefully others can hear your words as encouragement during the dark times we all face.
Comment by Kreighton Green on December 9, 2010 at 4:38pm

Alex, Thank you for the kind words of encouragement and your personal sacrifice to all Americans.

Comment by Alex William Goldberg on December 6, 2010 at 8:23pm
Kreighton Green I don't really talk much about myself and what I do. But I am a Navy Seal....you can choose to belive me or not. Its people like you who motivate me to keep on fighting. As you know Seal training is one of the toughest regiments in the world, but it is something that I chose to do. You did not choose to have your leg amputated, but yet your still here, and STRONGER than ever. Your a true hero and a personal motivation to myself and my seal team....I wish you a strong road to recovery my friend and wish you and your wife the best - Alex

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