For the past few years Ed had been having considerable pain in his right shoulder. An examination revealed nerve damage to his cervical spine (C3 - C7). In order to fix that the surgeon would have to go through the front of his neck and make the necessary repairs (probable fusing of the vertebrae). When they were testing Ed they found nodules on his Thyroid. The nodules problem has to be removed before they can go any further.
To add to Ed's troubles he has had difficulty swallowing which resulted in a visit to the local Emergency Room. The doctors ran all kinds of test/scans and could not find the cause for the swallowing problem but found he has an Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement of the aorta, the main blood vessel that delivers blood to the body).
The doctors also believe there may be some heart muscle damage, but he did not have a heart attack. Ed was referred to a major hospital in Bakersfield, Ca. where he spent 12 glorious hours in the ER hallway. When they gave him an aspirin he began to choke and was immediately put into an ER bay.
From there he was admitted to Intensive Care for another 12 hours and after all that Ed is still having difficulty swallowing. Ed feels like he is drowning even though all of the tests say he is not. He was discharged from Intensive Care an moved to a regular room.
The doctors scoped his throat all the way to his stomach and could not find the cause. Because of swallowing difficulties they had to install a feeding tube through his stomach so he could receive nourishment. The doctors told Ed that he is a bit of a medical mystery at this point. Leave it to Ed to be a mystery.
Ed was discharged from the hospital with the feeding tube still in his stomach and unable to swallow. His primary physician took him off all of his medications hoping one or more were counter acting the other and affecting his ability to swallow.
Ed is now experiencing double vision and dizziness. The hospital also sent a suction machine home with him to assist in the removal of fluids from his mouth.
Ed and Rene (his wife) are now waiting for appointments with several specialists to see if someone can figure out what is wrong and fix it.
The bottom line when this all started was Ed just wanted his shoulder fixed.
As you can imagine Ed is extremely frustrated. He is a doer and being forced to lay on the couch is killing him.
This is where you can help Ed and Rene. As we all know Ed is one of the most kind, generous, and helpful people I have had the pleasure to know and call my friend. We all know he would give you anything he had if it would help a person out of a jam. He has proven that fact time and time again.
That said you can help by donating to him via this GoFundMe page. I can't imagine what the medical bills will amount to. Even with his insurance they are going to have a rough time because Ed can't do any kind of work that he normally does to pay the medical and household bills.
If you can please make a donation to this very worthy Clamper and friend. This is what our organization is really about "Helping a Brother in Need."
In addition to making a generous donation to Ed and Rene PLEASE FORWARD THIS LINK TO ANY/ALL OF YOUR FELLOW CLAMPERS AND FRIENDS to get them involved and donate.
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