Updated posted by David W. Dougherty Jr. 3 months ago
Slowly getting better and feeling less...
Slowly getting better and feeling less pain daily....... Unfortunately last week I had to have emergency Hernia surgery as i popped a hernia behind my belly and my intestines were close to coming thru. When it rains, it pours...... Hopefully the storms will soon be over and the Sunshine will fill the sky!!
Thanks Again for any financial help anyone is able to give.... It's greatly appreciated. David
Updated posted by David W. Dougherty Jr. 4 months ago
Medicare kicked me out of rehab...
Medicare kicked me out of rehab after 100 days. I still wasn't physically ready to be home and not have 24/7 care but due to Medicare rules, it didn't matter..... they still sent me home......
Thankfully I have good friends who have been helping me survive along with having in home Physical and Occupational Therapy 3x a week.
The bills are still coming in and it's scary. Please, if you're able to donate anything, it'd be greatly appreciated!!
Updated posted by David W. Dougherty Jr. 5 months ago
11 nights left to go here...
11 nights left to go here at Rehab. Never imagined when I checked in for 2 hip replacements that I'd be here more than 10 weeks and be leaving with a broken leg. On dec 18th I'll be sent home due to Medicare only allowing 100 days at a time in a rehab. Amazingly enough my leg is still broken And unable to support any weight but yet I'm still being sent home. Nothing shocks me anymore.
Created by David W. Dougherty Jr. on August 2, 2012
First of all, Thank you all for reading my story. I’m normally a very upbeat, happy, outgoing and loving person. Right now I’m nervous, scared, and worried but using every moment to pray for positive things to happen. Thanks Ahead of time for all of your prayers and anything else you may send my way.
I was born in December of 1973. After my mom spent 22 hours of very painful labor, I finally decided it was time to come out. At first, I was breech, then after an emergency C-section, I was born. The first thing wrong was that both of my hips were dislocated. I went right to surgery where my right hip was surgically repaired and thankfully my left hip was manually placed back in its socket. The first 6 months of my life, I was in traction where pulleys and ropes were used to keep my legs bent properly so that hopefully my hips and legs would grow properly.
By the time I was 4 years old I was in a wheelchair and had already had multiple surgeries. Thanks to my amazing parents I started school when I was 5 and went to a mainstream school. My parents refused to send me to a school for only disabled kids. Deep down in their hearts they knew that I’d eventually overcome any ridiculous goals that the Dr’s had set for me. They knew it’d be a tough battle but they had amazing attitudes and thankfully quickly taught me that this was how it was and we would go way beyond any expectations any Dr. had ever said of me.
When I was 13, I was given 6 months to live due to having a 76 degree curvature of my spine. My scoliosis was so severe that my lungs were being crushed by the rest of my upper body due to my spine not being able to support me. I ended up having “Harrington Rods” fused to the spinal cord in my back and thankfully after being in a body
cast for 3 months and missing 5 months of my 6th grade year, I was back to being as normal of a 13 year old boy as I could.
Over the years I’ve had some amazing opportunities due to being wheelchair bound. I always tried my best to surround myself with positive people.
I graduated HS in 1992 and was chosen by my local Rotary Club to become the first Exchange Student worldwide to go to a 3rd world country for 10 months. I went to South Africa and had the time of my life. I spoke at many events and many schools about why disabled children should not be segregated from mainstream schools. It was a wonderfully, successful 10 months abroad.
In the fall of 1999 I was offered a seasonal job with Target in Hickory, NC. I took the job in the electronics Dept. and had the time of my life. I was around people 8 hours a day and selling Electronics, both of which I loved. Within a year I was the Dept. manager.
After spending 6 years in Hickory, working for Target, I had the chance to move to Nashville, TN and work for a brand new Target store. Since I’ve always loved Nashville and since my parents lived 100 miles from there, I decided to make the move. Everything was going so well.
In the Fall of 2008 I was driving in a new neighborhood to visit a friend. I spotted a beautiful Ranch style home for sale. When I enquired about it and discovered it was already accessible and set up for a disabled person, I knew It was meant to be. Thinking that my job with Target was 100% stable, I went ahead and purchased my new home. It was perfect for me and I was so thankful.
Unfortunately after almost 11 years of working for Target, In February oF 2010, I along with 8000 other employees were given a one week notice that our jobs were being terminated due to the economy. It was devastating news as I had recently purchased my accessible dream home and suddenly wouldn’t have an income to pay for it.
Thankfully I was able to apply for Disabilty and after 6 long months I was approved. This income helped but I was now counting on my parents to help me pay my monthly mortgage. I was able to eventually get a roommate and for the time being, my financial issues eased up a bit.
Unfortunately, after a few different roommates, It was pretty apparent that finding someone trustworthy, honest and who didn’t try to walk all over me wasn’t going to be easy. Unfortunately, it was back to my parents to help me pay for the house.
Recently, my body hasn’t been feeling good at all and after waiting for 2 full years for health insurance in the state of Tennessee, on August 1st I finally received it. On August 2nd, I went to see an Orthopedic Specialist where I was told that the extreme pain I was experiencing in my right hip was due to the bone no longer getting the blood that it needed and therefore the bone had died. I was told I need a complete hip replacement. As of now I’m able to walk very short distances alone but was also told by the Dr. that due to my nerves never growing the way a normal person’s would grow, there was a chance that I’d never be able to walk again at all on my own. This news was devastating.
So far, 2012 has been a year I’d love to put in the past. Not only do I not have a roommate to help pay the bills, and that I’m facing major hip surgery. I find out my insurance will only be covering 80% of it. Since I make less than $1000 a month in disability income, the surgery seems like it’ll be impossible to have. It seems like lately all roads I am going down have dead end signs when you get to a certain distance. I’m also very concerned that my parents who are both retired and only receiving minimal retirement income each month are now stuck helping me monthly paying my bills. I’m well aware that this can’t continue for more than 3 to 4 more months before I’ll have to put my house up for sale because of quickly diminishing funds. I’m 38 and at this point I can’t continue to ask my parents for so much financial help when they have their own bills to pay.
is November 19th and I am updating this letter. In the last 10 weeks I have had total Hip
replacements in both hips. My right hip
was completed on Sept 5th and my left hip on Oct 19th. Things were going well and I was healing up
nicely and living temporarily at a Rehab center just south of Nashville where I
receive 3 hours of therapy a day.
Unfortunately on November 9th, my left leg broke. The femur bone snapped half way in between
my thigh and knee. As of right now, it
looks like this will be another 4 to 5 week set back. Not good news at all.
I guess if you’ve read this far, you’ve taken an interest in who I am and what I am all about. All my life, I’ve tried so hard to be a very giving person. Hopefully good Karma will pay off because now I’m need of financial help that I never anticipated needing. It bothers me to ask for help but at this point I really don’t have any other choice except to let everything I’ve worked for in life disappear a million times quicker than it took to work for it all. If there is any way you can help, I’ll be forever grateful.
Since this site only allows me to post one picture, I’ve set up a facebook page that shows many pictures of me from a baby till now. Here is the link if you’d like to see it. https://www.facebook.com/AnythingIsAppreciated
Thanks Again to each and every one of you for your help and prayers……… David
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posted by Mona Bartlett 1 month ago
I am so sorry for all you have been through. Reading your story makes me appreciate my life and my health more. Thank you for that. I was heart broken reading your story. I will definitely be praying for you and I will help with what I can. I wish I could do more for you but with 3 kids of my own we are struggling too since my husband has been laid off recently as well. My prayers are with you.
posted by Jennifer Peavey 3 months ago
My husband and I are both disabled so I understand where you are coming from.My husband also has to wait 2 years for his medicare.I will see what I can do to help you.
posted by Cindy Killian 8 months ago
Sending a prayer.
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