Andy is coming home tomorrow and we begin a new chapter in our lives. "Two weeks ago this morning on Oct. 23rd I had yet to know that we experience a shocking fork in the road. My amazing husband would not come home for dinner and instead I would get a phone call from a representative from
Vanderbilt Hospital saying they needed witness to Andy's agreement of a below the knee amputation to his right leg because of a motorcycle accident that he'd been in a few hours earlier. The last two weeks have been whirlwind. Sleeping and living in the hospital for a week while he was recovering from two surgeries, then coming home after a week to begin the process of arranging Andy's new downstairs living space while he was at in house physical therapy. God has humbled us greatly for the first time in our 37 years of marriage together. We've looked to others for love, support, prayer and yes even financial help and ask for continued prayer for the journey ahead. We knocked and the door was opened. We are so blessed to have been given so many amazing friends and family who aspire to be like our ultimate friend and savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you is just a word and really is not enough to express our gratitude. We love you, Faye, Andy and Tracy Derryberry
Update from Faye: "Been in recovery with Andy. Surgery went well. Praise God..no infection. Wound is closed so healing begins. Some problems with low sodium, calcium but worked on and corrected. I understand that he will be going back to critical care to get stabilized. Keep 'em coming and thank you all so much!
After the prognosis of "lower right leg amputation" Andy's first question to Dr. was oddly, "will I be able to run?"
Unfortunately, due to the sheer number of amputations via IED, the last decade has become one of extreme growth in the field of prosthetics. While it is unfortunate for each individual, it is a blessing to the community as a whole.
Gone are the days are of crude, lifeless prosthesis' made of wood and ushered in are the days of Titanium, Thermoplastic Sockets and life-like carbon fiber materials for extra comfort giving the wearer a sense of life in their limb.
Healthcaresavvy.wbur.org quotes, generically, the cost of a below the knee prosthesis at just under $17,000. Having found oneself suddenly dealing with healthcare bills, loss of pay from missed work, stress and pain from having to face such a sudden life-changing event, please join us in not allowing money to have to be a consideration for the Derryberry's in Andy receiving the best treatment and care possible for a speedy and full recovery.
Andy, we cannot wait to see you in your first post-prosthesis run!!!
As many of you already know, Andy Derryberry was in a motorcycle Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 2013, around 5:15. "The day God changed our lives and truly humbled us. We are waiting on accident report and our car/mc insurance company has been awesome so far."
This fund has been set up in their honor to help with any lost time on the job Andy may suffer from this, as well as, any medical bills that may arise as a result of his accident.