Rhett's medical and living expenses

$4,359 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 27 months


AS MANY OF YOU KNOW; MID-LATE LAST YEAR, RHETT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ESSENTIAL TREMOR DISORDER; THEN 1/1/2016, HAD A STROKE THAT LEFT HIS RIGHT ARM AND HAND WITH PARASTHESIA (PINS AND NEEDLES FEELING); THEN IN FEBRUARY, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SEVERE C-SPINE (NECK AND FIRST 6 VERTEBRAE) HERNIATION AND DISC DISEASE (PROBABLY ORIGINATING FROM A ROLL OVER CAR ACCIDENT HE HAD 5+ YEARS AGO)----IS LEFT WITH PRETTY SEVERE PAIN IN HIS NECK, LEFT SHOULDER, ARM AND HAND---NEEDLESS TO SAY, HE HAS BEEN UNABLE TO PLAY HIS GUITAR; HAS BEEN GOING TO PHYSICAL THERAPY; TAKING NO PAIN MEDS OTHER THAN ADVIL; HAS BEEN PRETTY ANXIOUS , DISCOURAGED AND DEPRESSED; HAS BEEN UNABLE TO DO ANY GIGS, AND WE HAVE HAD  MEDICAL EXPENSES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COVERED.   ALSO, ONLY ONE SALARY COMING IN SO WE ARE STRUGGLING MIGHTILY WITH FINANCES, WHICH ONLY ADDS TO ALL OF THE STRESS.   WE ARE ASKING FOR ANY DONATION(S)---LARGE OR SMALL TO TRY TO HELP US OUT AND TIDE US OVER UNTIL WE KNOW WHAT THE LONG TERM OUTCOME OF THIS WILL BE.   ALSO, AS YOU KNOW, RHETT HAS GIVEN OF HIS TIME AS WELL AS $ IN THE PAST WHEN OTHERS HAVE NEEDED IT----WE ARE HOPING THAT FOLKS WILL WANT TO "PAY IT FORWARD" TO HELP US OUT IN THIS TIME OF NEED.
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After over a month 1/2 in and out of hospital with major stomach surgery; ketoacidosis twice and in ICU, and encepholopathy from pneumonia after his surgery; Rhett has just been released from hospital to Sunnyview rehab center---still suffers from confusion on and off---hopefully this will resolve. He has had a rough road (as have I!)---what next??? please send prayers for him!
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Rhett continues to suffer pretty severe back and abdominal pain most days; not to mention lingering numbness, etc. in right arm and hand from the stroke 2 1/2 years ago---he will have an MRI on 3/28----will keep you all updated afterwards----thank you all again for your many thoughts and best wishes! Beth
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I haven't posted an update in awhile and wanted to catch you all up: As you know, poor Rhett has really been through hell the past couple of years---still not able to play out due to the stroke that happened two years ago;----and this past fall; was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease; has discs rubbing bone on bone in his back---has been in a great deal of pain on and off; no longer was able to play the 12 string acoustic solo shows at the rehab beginning in the late fall---has tried giving a banjo lesson here and there and suffers greatly the couple of days afterwards (probably from holding the heavy banjo)---so needless to say; he has been pretty discouraged and depressed----he does have an appointment with a spine specialist on 2/9 and is hoping she comes up with some relief/solution to this horrendous issue! The only thing that seems to help at all is laying on a heating pad and not moving around too much or doing anything too strenuous. Again, wanted to thank all of those folks who have expressed concern during this stressful time.
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Latest news on Rhett is that he is regularly practicing; some days he is able to play as he always has; some days, he struggles. He has spent some time accepting his new limitations from the aftermath of his stroke (which, thank God, wasn't more disabling that it was--he is truly blessed!) He has played a couple of benefit 12 string acoustic guitar "shows" which went well---(only he or someone that knows his playing really well would be able to hear the difference in his playing!) He has yet to play with a band; that is his goal at some point to be able to do a couple of "band" shows maybe a couple of times a year and focus more on 12 string solo acoustic shows if he is able. He continues to struggle with some health issues; has not been able to work for well over a year and half now; we are still struggling; but we are so eternally grateful for everyone that has encouraged with donations; words; thoughts; calls and just being there for him! Beth
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Dave Burford
16 months ago

Sounds good you guys , hang in there.! We play Rhett's music all the time here. Will be in NY in June , would love to catch a show

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Jacqueline Buck
27 months ago

So glad to hear Rhett is making good progress. Stay positive and stay strong!

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Beth Liotta-Tyler
27 months ago

thanking those who have contributed thusfar to our "cause"---you cannot imagine how much this means to Rhett and I---we are touched and so grateful for your help and kindness.

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$4,359 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 27 months
Created May 8, 2016
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TR
$30
Thomas Reimer
2 months ago

I became aware of your music only in the past months, and am glad I did. Best wishes for your recovery!

MH
$50
Michael Hill
5 months ago

Sending you excellent health and healing energy and love, my friend.

DK
$100
David J Keyes
6 months ago

Rhett, we are with you brother. Feel good and with faith and Beth! you will find the way. Hang in General...

DD
$50
Dan Denerstein
16 months ago

Hope you're getting better, Rhett. Haven't seen you in a number of years but think of you often.

Dave Burford
16 months ago

Sounds good you guys , hang in there.! We play Rhett's music all the time here. Will be in NY in June , would love to catch a show

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Jacqueline Buck
27 months ago

So glad to hear Rhett is making good progress. Stay positive and stay strong!

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Beth Liotta-Tyler
27 months ago

thanking those who have contributed thusfar to our "cause"---you cannot imagine how much this means to Rhett and I---we are touched and so grateful for your help and kindness.

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