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Accident sets back AM 760's Jay Marvin recovery from epic surgery

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Jay Marvin at home in June, before his epic surgery.
If anyone deserves some good news, it's AM 760 host Jay Marvin, who's been to hell and back since earlier this year, when he began experiencing the first in a series of health problems that resulted in an arduous surgery at a hospital in New Jersey. Too add insult to very literal injury, his rehabilitation since returning to Colorado a few months back hasn't gone as quickly as he hoped. And then, on Wednesday, he suffered one of his most frightening experiences yet.

"I tripped and took a fall," Marvin says. "I was in the bathroom, and my head was propped up against the door, so nobody could get in to get me. The fire department had to come in and cut a hole in the door to get me out."

Since the operation, during which rods, plates and screws were inserted along his spine to shore up an area where two discs crumbled due to a mystery infection, his once-intense pain has "basically gone down to zero," he says -- very good news. That's allowed him to work on increasing his mobility, but improvements have been slow. "I've been able to walk using a walker," he says. "Not very far yet -- 125 feet, maybe, and that's under supervision. They're having to retrain my whole system neurologically about how to walk."

He remains extremely vulnerable, however, and while a trip to the hospital confirmed that his fall hadn't caused him to hemorrhage, he's still paranoid about other damage. "They're going to do x-rays to make sure none of the hardware in my back has come loose."

Repairing this equipment would likely necessitate another surgery. Fortunately, though, Marvin's doctors are optimistic: "They feel this will have a good outlook," he says. If that's the case -- and he should find out in the next day or so -- he'd like to begin more intensive physical therapy as quickly as he can.

"I'm not the happiest person in the world right now," Marvin admits, "but worse things can happen. You've got to remember, I've been going through this since February. It's been eight months already. That just blows my mind."

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