Hanging out in the city, travelling the country, getting a masters degree, building a career, marrying the lovely Akua, being a Dad to Nathan, doing stand up comedy - name it. Always the funniest, smartest guy in the room. Many of us have had more than a few drinks, and a lot of laughs with Dave over the years.
Dave lived on his own for 15 years before marrying. He has been driving since he was 20. Everyone knew Dave was THE guy to go with into the city. We would go to Central Park, Dave would push his wheel chair around the park, I'd rollerblade (hey it was the 90s!) He knew all the coolest bars, and got all the best parking spots. Dave even had an essay published in the NY Times, and appeared on Howard Stern! You name it, he did it.
Dave worked for 31 straight years after graduate school. He really wants to get back to work.
About two years ago Dave had a stroke, then got a bedsore that would not heal, then got a worse bedsore in the hospital, then got C diff (an infection). It was a spiral, and Dave was twice sent home from the hospital, and twice bounced back within 24 hours.
Now, thanks largely to all of your generous support, after almost a year in the hospital, Dave is home! With Akua and Nathan by his side, sleeping in his own bed, in his own clothes, and getting the care and therapy he needs.
He has been able to purchase a special bed that costs $7k, and a Hoyer lift to lift him out of bed for $1.8k. He has home nursing care, 24 hour aides , respiratory care, occupational and physical therapy - some of these at up to $80 an hour, and none covered by insurance. Down the road, he'll also need transportation to outpatient rehab. and doctors.
Everyone - especially Dave - is hoping that he will be able to eat again soon - he hasn't eaten since summer.
If everyone who has been inspired by Dave over the years could help contribute, I know he can continue to recover. He really wants to return to work.
Thank you so much. Jane (Shubitz) Henderson (Dave and I are second cousins. Our Grandmas were sisters)
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