A year later, he had a spinal chord stimulater implanted in his back to help with leg and back pain. A month later, the doctor needed to go back in the same spot and adjust stimulater leads that moved and controlled the wrong leg. At last, this stimulater finally helped enough for him to be able to put a shoe on his right foot (which was a huge accomplisment for us).
In total, Willie has had a total of 7 surgeries so far and will be having surgery #8 hopefully in around 4 months to get a knee replacement. Recently he had surgery to take out all of the hardware they placed in his leg so they can prep it for the knee replacement. Doctor's are not sure this will help but are very optimistic it will. At this point, Willie is willing to try anything and everything to relieve some of the pain he has endured the past four years. Willie has been seeing a pain managment doctor for 3 years to try and get the pain under control and continues to see him on a monthly basis.
Obviously, Willie has not been able to work for four years so we've been living off of my income alone. If you know Willie and I, we do not like to ask for ANYTHING, but i feel the stress that has come from trying to keep up with medical bills, hospital bills, pain managment bills, xrays, medications, wheelchair, walker, etc. has been at it's max and we would greatly appreciate any help we can get.
I would like to conclude with thanking everyone who has helped us the past four years with Willie's leg recovery. It's been a very long, drawn out process but i feel we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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