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Bill Seymour Recovery

$3,875 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 20 months
Created December 4, 2017
On Weds before Thanksgiving Bill Seymour was hit head-on by an unlicensed uninsured felony suspect evading police at an estimated closure speed of 150mph.  Bill began his holiday season as a disabled self-employed sole family provider and active community volunteer including years of service on the Board of Directors for PIPEX before suffering 12 broken ribs, a cracked sternum, perforated bowels followed by multiple surgeries to save his left leg and heel.  His prognosis is that he might learn to walk again in 12 weeks.  The undocumented felon was life flighted in worse shape without a shred of insurance.   The unisured motorist insurance policy will likely cover the car but there is very little safety net for Bill's loss of income due to such a tragic & horrific accident.  A lengthy interuption of his business could also result in the permanent loss of customers during a 12-14 week recovery.  

Our goal is $50,000 for an interim care facility, new motorized cart and "hands only" driving enhancements to his replacement vehicle.
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Well, we're on the brink of the one year anniversary (either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, depending on if you are thinking "the day before Thanksgiving" or November 22nd), so it's about time for an update.

I've recovered enough from the April surgery to actually be farther along than I was then, though it felt slower than the original recovery. I'm able to stand in the morning without foot pain, though by the afternoon it's usually back. I am still using the wheelchair in the afternoons and evenings but can get to the various events just using the two canes. I'm playing pool once a week but still not ready for pickleball.

My doctor has me scheduled for a CT scan of the (possible) lipoma on my left hip. That's something that showed up when I was first able to stand, a big bulge that leaves me somewhat unbalanced. It's not life threatening or anything like that, if it grows too big it could affect the movement of that hip. It's big enough that they are likely to remove it surgically and I'll hopefully know the plan by the end of the year. That should (knock on wood) be the last of the procedures resulting from the accident.

Numbness in my left foot and across my abdomen still persists and likely will for the rest of my life, though there's hope it'll gradually subside some. There's no way to tell if it was caused by the injuries from the accident or by the procedures following.

Litigation proceeds at it's usual pace so no news on that front, my lawyer originally estimated two years on that. The other driver is contesting the restitution numbers and that should be dealt with around the end of this month. Although realistically there's very little chance I'll ever see anything from that, he just doesn't have any money to speak of, and little or no prospect of gaining such.

I've been able to foist the bill collectors off on the lawyer though, and that's been a great relief emotionally. The numbers still sit scarily in the background, but I'm not reminded every few days about it. If the litigation pans out the resulting settlement will go first to the lawyers, second to Medicare and finally to me. It'll have to be a fairly significant judgement though to have any left after Medicare is paid back. Still I fully expect that in the end at least I won't be out of pocket too much...

I've passed almost every milestone I've set for myself, though they're getting farther and farther apart. I'm out of bed, walking under my own power, back to helping my customers out with their computers and networks, I've replaced the somewhat shortened Honda Insight with a not too old Toyota Camry and it gets decent fuel mileage, though not quite as good as the Insight did. I've been able to get into the garage again, and even up the stairs to the second floor in my house. Still to go are the aforementioned pickleball and full days without the foot ache.
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Raised by 30 people in 20 months
Created December 4, 2017
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