Natalie’s Back Surgery support needs
Last week Natalie saw her orthopedic doctor and had Xrays taken of her spine. The curve in her spine has worsened from 55° to 90° in an 8 month period and has started twisting.
This is probably why there was so much difficulty with her last injection (3 attempts/dates, 2 with fluoroscopy, & from what we counted around 30 pokes in her back/spine).
Time and again she reminds us muscles aren’t the only way to define strength.
All that in mind we’ve moved surgery to correct her scoliosis up July to April 4th (Next week! ). They’ll straighten her spine as much as possible, fuse it, and rods placed next to her spine.
It’s a 4-5 day hospital stay and the several weeks sitting at a specific angle all day to allow everything to heal well.
In addition to all of that our accessible van is in need of repairs. It’s our only way to transport Natalie’s 350lb power chair.
We’ve had so many people ask how they can help.
Prayers - for Natalie, her medical team, for us as parents, and for our boys. Aside from our practical and spiritual needs, we are praying for a God to use this for His glory.
Financially - We’ve had to make multiple trips to Iowa City and back. Each one costing between $75-$100 for gas and food stops.
The only vehicle that can transport Natalie’s power wheelchair also needs multiple repairs. $250-$1000
All of the extra added medical expenses, time off of work, care for our other 2 kiddos while we are gone and the unknown expenses that we just don’t know.
Any amount you can give is so greatly appreciated by our family.
We feel so exceptionally supported by our family and friends already! Thanks for loving our family so well!
We bought an accessible van!! A huge thank you for all the support! What a relief to be able to have safe and reliable transportation for our family.
What's next... House:
What a learning process this has been. What we originally thought would cost $10,000 ended up closer to $75,000+ to remodel our home so that it would meet Natalie's needs. And even that came with problems like the potential of messing with a load bearing wall.
So what's next for our family?
Check out Annie's blog to find out
Also, if you are in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area we do have a local account set up at Veridian Credit Union under Natalie's name. If you would like to donate to that it would be easier for us to get to that in order to fund these projects.
Thank you all for your generous support and prayers for our family. You all mean so much to us and we can never thank you enough. You have made a big impact in the life of Natalie and our family.
Our granddaughter has had side opening hard to park and have space to put ramp down usuall not enough space with cars next. Also now we have back ramp makes it much easier. Just from our 23 years experience with her. Praying for your needs. We know how important that independence is