Hello. My name is Lee Garvin, by trade and ambition, I am a game designer and author. Last November, I fell ill with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. The good professionals of INOVA Loudon ICU managed to save my life, but I still spent the back third of November in a coma. After a few more weeks in the hospital, I was then moved to a Rehab center, because all that time spent unconscious had really done a number on my muscles and motor skills.I had to re-learn how to walk, feed myself, and dress myself. There are few things in life as humbling as struggling to do something you've taken for granted for four decades.
Now, I am back at home, to the delight of my dog, Mal, who was very confused by my absence, but I think he forgives me.
I am still not at 100%, and due to some nerve damage to my feet and legs (it turns out the pneumonia nearly killed me, but it was the coma that WRECKED me) I will probably walk with a cane for the rest of my life.
This whole story seems like a litany of woes, but it gets even worse: at the time of my illness and hospitalization, I had no insurance. As a result, I am looking at more than $80,000 in medical expenses. It feels strange to ask strangers for so much help, but I really don't know what else I can do, except thank you most heartily for your generosity.