Mike was unconscious for 18 days. During that time he was heavily sedated and on a lot of pain medications. There were lots of ups and downs as his body was trying to heal in between multiple debridements, a skin grafting, and a tracheostomy. On December 3rd, Mike was finally weaned from the sedation and was awake for the first time since his accident. Since then Mike had another skin grafting surgery and, through his determination and strength, has made good progress with his therapy and healing.
While he continues to heal and grow stronger, doctors and nurses must be vigilant watching for infections, graft failures, and other complications. Mike has daily physical, occupational, and speech therapy, along visits from the burn unit, doctors and his plastic surgeon. As of right now, Mike’s medical team anticipates him be in the ICU for at least another month, with the possibility of being sent to a rehabilitation facility before being released to go home. When Mike does get released, he will still need therapy and follow up appointments for as long as needed.
Although the majority of Mike’s medical bills and lost wages will be covered by the Worker’s Compensation Claim and Mike's employer, Sara has been unable to work so she can be with him at the hospital. There are things that are becoming difficult to manage financially. While both families have been able to come down from the Chicagoland area to help for a limited time, Mike and Sara live in Southwest Florida without relatives close enough to assist during Mike’s recovery on a regular basis. All monetary donations will be given directly to Mike and Sara to help defer fuel costs from the daily 90-mile round trip, potential lawyer fees, food expenses, possible boarding of their 3 dogs, and unforeseen medical items when Mike gets to go home. Please help so Sara can continue focusing on Mike while he heals and recovers. Any contribution will temper the stress of feeling like they can't make ends meet.
Make a Difference for Mike. And Sara. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated. Make a difference - today! Thanks for taking the time to read Mike and Sara’s story.
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