Alex Muller Medical Expenses

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Dennis Muller
on behalf of Dennis Muller
 CARROLLTON, TX
I got to know Alex on the troop's Spring Break campout at Sea Rim State Park and throughout troop meetings and Board of Reviews. Through those times I witnessed a quiet, yet strong, young man who enjoys life, Scouting, his family and is highly respected by his peers and adults.

Early morning on July 21st, tragedy hit Troop 121 and the Senior Patrol Leader, Alex Muller, was badly injured. His leg was severly broken and needed surgery to repair it. He spent multiple days in the hospital and the medical bills have been mounting up. 

The family is in need of financial assistance to help cover the costs of the medical bills. If you feel led, please make a donation of any amount to help the Muller family.

This campaign has been established on behalf of Dennis Muller, Alex's father. Dennis will be the one withdrawing the money and ensuring it is spent on Alex's medical bills.

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I know it has been a while since my last update, but there had not been much change. A lot had happened but things were pretty much the same. Alex had been working on physical therapy, putting more weight on the left foot and trying to strengthen the leg and hip. He had been having ups and downs with managing school and getting back into a routine. He is doing much better and seems to be nearly back to his old self. His interest in video games is back as is his sense of humor.

The surgeon has been at a loss as to why there has not been more evidence visible in the x-rays showing healing so he instructed the physical therapist to proceed with a program of therapy that would get Alex off of his crutches. The idea was that by putting more weight on the foot that might trigger the body to get the bones to start healing. It has been 3 weeks now and Alex is to the point that he can walk for a good half mile using just one crutch! I am hopeful that he will be walking with just the boot by Christmas break! Learning to walk again is more complex than it seems, Alex keeps reminding me of that everytime I take him out for a walk ;- )

At the last visit with the surgeon he laid out the same path that he gave us after the last surgery. We will see how far we can go starting with getting Alex off of the crutches and walking just in the boot. Then depending on how that goes he might put him in a brace and take off the boot. The brace should allow Alex to be nearly as active as he wants to be. The metal in his ankle will likely not be taken out, which I am pleased with. I really do not look forward to him having any more surgeries. If the brace works out then he will stay in that for 3-4 months then we see where his progess is. Every step from here on is again, just another wait and see.

The results of the CT scan were positive and provided the best news that we have had so far. The surgeon definitely sees signs of healing! It was a perfect time to get such good news just before Thanksgiving. For all that time not knowing whether the bones were healing or not was difficult. Having this news is like a shot in the arm. It has been 4 months since the accident and this is the first time we have had something to look forward to. All this time Maria and I have been saying that God's will shall be done. Whatever He decides is what will happen. I had been focusing so hard on the phrase "God is good all the time" lately that I lost sight of the possibility that things could take a turn for the better, I think we all had. So now we have a renewed purpose for focusing on physical therapy.


I am Thankful for the good news, but even more so, I am thankful for our God who has chosen to bless my family so richly. Your prayers are powerful,
I can only imagine what this would have been like without such a faithful loving community behind us. I am also thankful for the men and women God has blessed me with the privilege of being close to who truly walk Phillipians 4:6-7.

Thank you all for your continued prayers. Please continue to pray for strength for Alex and strong motivation. The road ahead for him is long but with all of you sharing his burden it is not that hard.

Thank you all, and may God bless you as richly as you have been blessing us.
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October update, request for your prayers.
Since September we have been waiting to see how Alex's bones would heal with the expectation that by mid Oct we would see healing and he could start weight bearing. The idea was that within 4 weeks of starting weight bearing (in his boot) he would be able to walk with the boot and without crutches, an exciting event for sure!
As it turned out the surgeon did not see any progress with the bones. He decided to proceed with starting weight bearing up to 50% with the hopes that the activity would stimulate the bone growth. The surgeon in Minnesota who performed the initial surgery was concerned about the length of time that the bone had been exposed. He felt it would complicate the healing process so the fact that it has not shown progress was not too surprising.

While we were waiting for the follow up with our surgeon this month we had petitioned Scottish Rites for an appointment with their Ortho surgeon. We did finally see him this past Thursday, a week after the visit with our surgeon. What he saw appeared to be that Alex is actually losing bone mass. His thought is that there may be a slow acting bacteria in the bone which is causing the bone loss. His overall diagnosis ( short term recovery expectations, long term prognosis and actual condition of the repairs to Alex's foot ) was less positive than what our surgeon had led us to expect. They are running some tests to see if there is bacteria causing the bone loss. Until then we are waiting to see what comes next.

On the outside, Alex appears to handling things ok. Although, I know on the inside he is struggling. Just trying to imagine going through the tragedy and loss of those close to him would be enough to have rocked me at that age. Adding a physically life altering aspect to it is beyond my comprehension. It is hard to know how to support him through this. When do I try to motivate him and when do I leave him alone? How do I mentor him and guide him through this?

Last year, over Thanksgiving, Alex and I spent 3 days backpacking part of the Oachita Trail. Before the accident we had plans of making it an annual event, extending the trek each time. We had also been talking about backpacking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon when he graduates High School, and eventually backpacking on the Appliachian Trail. He is starting to give up on these plans. I know there are alternatives, and he still has so much to look forward to. He is in a place right now where he is having a hard time looking at his future.

The bright spots in our life is all of the caring people that surround Alex.
The troop that we belong to, Troop 121, has been so supportive through this whole time. When Alex is up to going to the meetings they just surround him with support and love.

The school that he goes to, Founders Classical Academy of Lewsiville, has been so understanding, caring, supportive and helpful. They are continually going out of their way to reach out and do everything that can be done to help him in any way that he needs.

I do not think we could have asked for better support and we certainly would not be where we are today without the support and prayers that we have been receiving. What we need though is your continued prayers.
Through my life I have had people tell me "While I cant offer you much, I will keep you in my prayers." I am here to tell you that the statement is actually backwards. Prayers are the most powerful resource we have to offer. I have experienced it time and again in my life. So I would ask that you pray earnestly for the following:

Pray for wisdom for the medical staff attending Alex
Pray for an abundance of peace and strength for Maria, Alex's mother.
Pray for a spirit of peace, strength and hope for Alex.
Also, pray for Richie and I to be what Alex needs.


Thank you


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Alex continues to improve. He has started some minor physical therapy to work on motion of the toes and to stretch the leg muscles. This is so that when he is able to walk he will have less of a hurdle when the time comes.
The last visit to the surgeon was not as positive as we had hoped. His bone is not healing as was previously expected, so he will not have his next surgery for a few months. His nerve that runs to the bottom of the foot was damaged, and has not shown any signs of healing, so he still has no feeling on the bottom of the foot.
Alex also heard for the first time that the damage to his foot was pretty extensive, there was major loss of bone and cartilage, and the tendons on the side of his foot are temporarily attached because the bone where they belong is not there. He also learned that will have several more surgeries before we will know what kind of recovery he will have. He is trying to be positive about this but its been hard.
He did finally start back to school, which has been a help psychologically, though it is physically draining. His school has been extremely accomodating and supportive. He is happy to be back in school but is very self concious about not being able to walk and carry his books like he was used to. He understands this is a long road and is trying to be upbeat about it. His next visit to the doctor is in October, hopefully we will have better news then.

Thank you for your support and prayers.
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I want to let you all know how Alex is doing.
He had his surgery Friday, which was pretty extensive but it did go well. He is still in a good bit of pain but based on how he progressed after the previous surgeries we expect to have it back under control in a day or two.

I cannot express how proud I am of him in words. It has been quite a harrowing experience for him so far, and each visit to the hospital is a major setback with pain management. But he endures it, and does his best to maintain his usual playful spirit.

You may not have known this but Alex just turned 16 at the end of the school year. 2 days after school ended he went to Trevor Reese Jones to staff summer camp. He was there for 5 weeks then came home and turned around and went on the trek to Northern Tier. This was a time of growth for him, his world expanded more than he could have imagined. He was looking forward to coming back from NT and taking a week off to rest up. After that his plans were to get a job at Chik-Fil-A and get his drivers license. But as we all know, there is no guarantee of tomorrow or what it brings.

As you can imagine, for a young teenager to be laid up in bed, not able to move around, is the worst thing to endure. All he is thinking about is getting back to be able to go camping, back packing, canoeing, getting that first job and his drivers license. We are all praying that nothing stands in the way of allowing these dreams to be fulfilled.

He does have long road ahead to recovery. We will find out next week when he can expect to start school, at the current time it looks like he will miss the first week or two. His next surgery should be in late October and if all goes well that will be the last one.

Please keep all of us in your prayers.
Thank you
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Rosy Reyna Outsey
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Correction: Alex we're PRAYING for you.......

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Lots of love and healing thoughts from our family to yours.

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Prayers for complete healing...

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Wishing Alex a full recovery!

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Rosy Reyna Outsey
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Correction: Alex we're PRAYING for you.......

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