Recovery Fund for Joe

$2,225 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 29 months
Thank you for visiting Joe's page.  I am Amber Bridges, Joseph Bauer's sister-in-law.  On Thursday, June 2, 2016, Joe was in a terrible accident while at his job at a power plant in San Antonio.  A pump he was working on unexpectedly shot out 300 gallons of steaming hot water.  Due to this, Joe received 2nd degree burns on 19% of his body, mostly from his waist down.

Joe and his co-worker were AirLife Flighted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 to San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) for their burns.  Joe was sent home on Friday, June 3rd, but had to be taken to the ER on Saturday June 4th due to extreme pain he was in.  He started running a high temperature of 103.5 degrees on Sunday, June 5th.  He went back to SAMMC on Monday, June 6th, only to find out that infections had started in his legs.  Joe was readmitted to SAMMC that day.  The doctors were worried about the infection and a few burns on Joe's body that might need skin grafts.  The doctors put Joe on IV antibiotics to help with the infection.  The infection was not getting better, so the doctors increased his antibiotics more frequently. 

On Tuesday, June 7th, the doctors put some some special cream on Joe's burns on his legs that they were worried would need skin grafts.  If the burns did not look better on Wednesday, Joe would need to have skin graft surgery.   After the unsuccessful attempt with the cream, on Wednesday, June 8th, Joe had 4 large areas grafted off of most of his back, and placed on his legs and butt.

On Thursday, June 9th, Joe's sodium levels were very low and his sugar levels were very high.  The doctors also had to remove his dressings from his back because he was having a lot drainage from the donor sites so the doctors had him sitting under a heat lamp for a while to help the donor sites to start to dry up.  He was still in a lot pain.

A few days after surgery, Joe was able to walk around the burn ward twice and he was able to visit his co-worker who was still in ICU.  Thankfully, Joe and Nicole live close to San Antonio where Joe has access to the best burn care doctors and burn facility available.

The doctors have estimated his hospital stay to be at least 2 more weeks and out of work for at least 6 months.  Luckily, Joe has workman's comp.  During all of this, Nicole has had to learn how to care for Joe's severe burns and how to care for him during his recovery once he is able to go home.

This page was put together to help with additional expenses throughout Joe's stay in the hospital and his recovery at home.  Anything from gas to and from the hospital, meals for Nicole and the kids throughout his stay, special meals for Joe because is not feeling well enough to eat, and care for their 3 kids who are only 5, 3, and 3-months old.

Nicole and the family has been blown away with all of the support they have received from family and friends offering help.  It means everything to Joe, Nicole and their kids.  With your support during this unfortunate event, Joe will be able to focus on his recovery and not have to worry about outside expenses.
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$2,225 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 29 months
Created June 12, 2016
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