Hi folks. It's been a year and we've had a pretty stout setback as of Halloween. Wally had a fever and went to an Urgent Care to be treated, and he was admitted immediately as it was determined that the infection had returned. Two months and two amputated toe-bones later, and he is hopefully on the mend, but will remain in long-term hospice-style care while receiving IV antibiotics and physical therapy to walk again.
While not expressly requesting financial help, Wally has officially lost his 20-year job due to the time off he has been forced to take over the past two years, and the medical bills are stacking up.
Just another quick update. Wally will be going back to work in January, God Willing. He has received an extension from his employer and his foot is finally, truly on the mend. The money that we have made so far, has helped to keep him in his home, and fed during this time of no work.
Wally is now starting to get some of the bills from his procedures, hospital stays, and other items. Because of the incredible costs involved, and Walter who is still without an income, we have decided to extend and expand this fundraiser.
Unlike before, where the funds were going expressly to Walter's bills while he was without an income, much of these funds will be to help Walter pay off the very costly out-of-pocket max for his treatments, including the 1 1/2 months of in-home intravenous antibiotics.
Thank you folks for your support, and Merry Christmas.
So, Wally has been out of the hospital for quite some time now. While his goal of being back to work by November 5th has came and went, his employer has agreed to keep him on a bit longer. He is at home, receiving homecare assistance with IV therapy twice daily. Hopefully, on Tuesday the 19th he will undergo his final surgery to attach two layers of skin grafts to his now healed foot.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped by donations and prayer during this time. Wally isn't out of the woods, but he's a lot better than he would have been without your help.
Walter "Wally" Dziergowsky (Der-Gow-ski) was injured with a severe MRSA infection in his foot around Christmas 2012, followed by a severe reaction and series of fevers, illness, hospital procedures, starting in late January 2013.
After 8 months of battling this infection, exhausting all FMLA, Vacation, Sick, and other time from his employer - he has been without income for almost 7 months. After months of therapy and treatment with antibiotics and skin grafts, his doctors have identified the source of his infection and he has received surgery to remove the infected bone and tissue from his foot (in the week of this writing). He is currently recovering at the hospital, receiving up to 4 daily IV's of Antibiotics and around-the-clock nurse care. Due to the length of time his care has required, his insurance coverage for in-home care and nursing home/physical therapy has been exhausted. Wally now is depending upon his close friends to take care of everyday tasks such as shopping, preparing food, and helping him get around the house.
Wally is a humble and faithful man, who significantly helped me, and more importantly, my family during a time of crisis almost two years ago when it was gravely needed. He never so much as asked for anything in return for his help. I hope that this movement helps him out in his time of need.
This fundraiser isn't here to pay for his medical bills, despite exhausting his provider's homecare options, he is still covered for his hospital and doctor care. This fundraiser was created to grant him peace of mind - that his mortgage and groceries are covered during this time where incredible circumstances have quite literally, gotten the better of him despite all his planning, and left him constantly worrying about what happens next, and if he is going to be able to pay his bills.
He wants nothing more than to return back to work in approximately one month for his employer of over 20 years, and provide for himself again... Getting there will be difficult and any way we can help him focus on healing, will help him to achieve that goal.