Being such giving people, as you can imagine, our parents rarely do anything for themselves. After over 40 years of marriage they finally had planned on going on the honeymoon vacation they never had. They planned the trip so that our Mom would be able to celebrate her 60th birthday while vacationing. Our dad planned all sorts of special events and surprises for her big day. They spent months researching and booking flights and a cruise through the Hawaiian Islands. It was the first time our Mom was going to be leaving the continent. We have not seen them this excited about something in a very long time.
By the time he got to the ER he was already in septic shock. Somehow, he had contracted an infection that went into his hip, and caused a blood infection. They had to do emergency surgery in order to flush his hip out. After regaining a normal heartbeat and getting his blood pressure under control he is finally getting close to being able to come home.
Their dream vacation turned into a nightmare. The money that they would have spent on this trip (and then some), will unfortunately have to be spent on medical bills, very expensive medical flights back to Chicago, a hotel room for our mom and transportation for her to get to and from the hospital daily.
There have been so many times thoughout our lives that our parents have given money to those in need rather than spending it on themselves. We are now graciously asking our greater family community to consider helping Patti and Dave by making a small donation towards their medical expenses.
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