Thinking it was just a minor back strain, he called me to pick him up. Our first thought was that it was just a matter of resting for a while; but a loss of sensation in his legs and excruciating pain in his back required hospitalization, multiple studies, and the opinion of a series of specialists including spine doctors and neurologists, which lead to one conclusion: Spinal Stroke. This condition causes paraplegy and loss of sphincter control.
All of a sudden my dad was out of a job to support himself and my mother; and requiring medical and assisted living care that we were unprepared for.
Thanks to my mother’s attention, my work and caring people, we have been able to cover of most of his day-to-day needs; but one. A "personal hydraulic standing wheelchair" recommended by his doctors as a way to stop further muscle and bone loss, and improve blood circulation. My dad is hopeful that this chair will also allow him a certain level of independence.
I wish I could do more to help my father, but at this point I am the only person supporting our household.
We hope that through this means we can raise enough money to help us obtain a chair for my father, saving crucial time which causes deterioration.
Carlos Estrada Jr.
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