William and I are in need of help. William has officially been accepted into the Mayo Clinic and the expenses we will acquire to get him there will be great. We have been told that he has several appointments and procedures being set up for him. The total number is still unsure and our stay there could be days, a week or even longer and that is just for the initial consultation visit. We are unsure how many trips we will have to make back to Minnesota in the future and would really appreciate all the help we can get to get him there and back.
William is the sole provider for our family of six and workman’s comp has not been the easiest to work with, but we are grateful that they are paying for his medical bills along with a small portion of his income, however there will be so many upcoming expenses included for his care that will not be covered by workman’s comp including travel, meals and lodging along with any other roadblocks that we may come across over the next several months.
For those of you who don’t already know William or our story, on August 24th William was involved in a life altering accident. While at work William was knocked off an oil rig floor causing him to fall head first 40 feet. William suffered several injuries including fractures to his neck and back along his C5 and C6 and his T1-T8, he broke his nose, pallet, eye socket, cheek, and most of the bones on the right side of his face. It is actually just easier to say that he shattered the right side of his face than list everything individually. The force of the accident also caused William’s right lung to collapse and left him with a damaged diaphragm, a damaged brachial plexus and a damaged phrenic nerve.
William spent 3 days heavily sedated, 20 days on life support, 24 days in the ICU, 3 days in PCU, and 6 days in LTAC before returning home shocking all of his doctors along the way with his great progress. However, William remains in intense daily pain, has had no use of his right arm and has had to remain on oxygen since the accident.
William has spent the last few months in physical therapy, respiratory therapy and traveling to see countless doctors. He has already undergone many surgeries and procedures, but the doctors here in North Dakota are no longer able to help him and say that our next step is getting him to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. We are hopeful that the team of experts there will be able to restore function to both Williams right arm and diaphragm.
Please help us get William to Mayo, we appreciate every dollar donated, even the smallest amount makes a big difference. Even if you are unable to help by donating you can still help by sharing our story. Thank you so much for the continued love, support and prayers.
We hope that you all have a Very Merry Christmas!
-The Armstrong Family
If you would like to read more about our journey you can follow our blog here at waitingonwilliam.wordpress.com
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