The nurses said, 'If he wasn't asleep right now, I'd take the phone and let you talk to him. But, he's asleep. I'll definitely get the messages to him.' I said, 'OK.' So, they said, 'Try back tomorrow, mid-day and you might be able to get in touch with him.' So, I called and he'd been moved from ICU and he went to a private room. When I called, this kind of really gruff voice answered. I said, 'Can I speak to Marcus or his wife Judy or maybe his mom Judy?' All I hear in this really gruff voice is, 'This is Marcus.' He basically just said, 'Dude, I am f'd up. It's a weird story of how things happened.'
He basically had gone to the dentist and got some dental work done. They put him on some antibiotics and the antibiotics weren't working the first round. They weren't helping the gum area heal so they changed his antibiotics. As simple as that sounds, everybody's body chemistry is different and they react in different ways. Basically, he told me, 'I was driving home and I just felt this weird sensation going over my body. The only thing I knew to do was to call my wife, Judy, and tell her that I'm going to head to the hospital and to meet me there or to tell her to call 911. Something to let them know.' Because he was heading home and the next thing he knows is that he's in the wreck.
He fractured some bones in his neck, he broke his leg, had a lot of facial injuries and was really worse for wear. He had a breathing tube in, they were feeding him through a tube. Within three to four days, he was getting some twitching. They didn't know if he was going to be paralyzed because of the neck injury. He was actually having some involuntary twitching in his arms and legs. Which was actually good because he was getting some movement. When it happens on it's own, hopefully, it's his mind telling his body to move.
Long story short with it, he had successful surgery and of course he feels rough. He's been a million miles, but he knows he still has a million miles to go. He's been very grateful for all the fans and for all the messages from a lot of the guys. Sting, DDP, the Steiners, Lex [Luger], Mick Foley. A lot of the guys have called, left him messages and talked to him. I mean, we must have said 'I love you' about a million times. It brought a tear of joy to my eye just to hear his voice. It's only been a week since he had a catastrophic injury that could have left him paralyzed to him answering his own phone and actually being able to talk to me and me hearing his voice.
As gruff and as rough as he sounded, his spirit -- he goes, 'How are you doing? I've heard some things about you.' I said, 'Well, I've had two surgeries and about six months ago, I had a hernia surgery done. Just ten days ago, I had my gall bladder out.' He was more concerned in a sense -- I guess if you get asked so many questions about you, you want to find out what's going on with somebody else. So, I said, 'Yeah, I had my gall bladder out and everything.' He's like, 'Dude, you're kidding me.' I said, 'Yeah, I told Mick Foley about it.' Mick went hardcore on the American Males and pulled Mr. Socko out and got us both. He put the American Males down. So, we kind of laughed about that. Same thing with Mick. But, it was just funny.
A lot of guys have been asking -- they're excited and they're still praying for him. Like I said, he's got a long way to go to recovery. With therapy to get his strength back in his body. Knowing him, he's a very active person in the first place, and for probably a good few more months, he's going to be very inactive. It's going to drive him bonkers. We'll have to pray for mental status, too. So, he doesn't go bananas on us. [Laughs.] But, he's done a ton better and it just goes to show how strong he is -- mentally and physically.
He has a tremendous support system with his family and his friends. His fans care about him a lot and he knows that and that's just the power of positive energy. It really exists. Prayer really exists in helping somebody heal. You can be the most negative person in the world and you're going to be a slug. It's going to be gross and you're just not going to be happy. Fortunately for him, he's got so much positive energy around him that it's healing him. It's making him healthier and giving him life again. So, he's appreciative for a lot of the things. It's just very good and it was so good to hear his voice and for him to answer his own phone.
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