Photo and note from Peggy!!!
I just wanted to give you all an update on my progress. I am now able to put on my “turtle shell brace” by myself lying in bed and most of the time I can sit up at the edge of the bed by myself. I am able to walk to the bathroom and walk in about 20 minute intervals slow and steady. I was only touch down weight-bearing until a few days ago when my orthopedic doctor allowed me to put more weight thru my hip.
Please continue to pray for me as my knee is painful and lower leg is swelling. I did get a walking sticks and I am trying to use those instead of my rolling walker. My brother blessed me with a recliner lift chair and my 16 broken ribs say “thank you”. My sister has visited me and has given me some hands on therapy. They are both a godsend. To my mom and dad who have visited me 2 -3 times a week since my accident, I am also very thankful.
My back doctor has limited me on what I can do for the strengthening of my upper body due to the surgery he had to do on me. He told me I was a “miracle” when I had my follow up visit with him. Even though I am weak and I get frustrated I am really humbled by having to depend on others, I DO know “ The joy of the Lord is my strength ! “ and “ His Grace is sufficient for me”.
I want to thank everyone who has donated financially and for all the prayers that have been lifted up for my complete healing. Please also keep my husband, Carl, in your prayers for he is my caretaker and still has to work. He is my hero. (We have included two pictures from the weekend of March 3 -5 ).
God bless everyone,
Peggy a Trauma Survivor without Health Insurance
Please help assist in raising funds for a lifelong healthcare worker, who only months after hurricane Harvey took her home in Houston, suffered a traumatic car accident leaving her hospitalized without health insurance.
We are reaching out to let you know that Peggy Symmank, a woman who is always caring for the needs of others before her own, is now in need of your help.
On Monday evening January 22, 2018, Peggy was in a terrible car accident on her way home from work. She was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to repair a ruptured diaphragm. Peggy was sedated and placed on a ventilator as she was stabilized with a concussion, bruised lungs, dislocated and fractured hip, 16 rib fractures and a fractured spine. Peggy spent the first week under sedation due to the severity of her injuries and had a second surgery to fuse her thoracic spine. She received a feeding tube and tracheotomy while still requiring the ventilator in her second and third week.
In spite of the overwhelming news, we, her family are grateful for three miracles: 1) she was not killed in the accident 2) she did not sustain a serious head injury, and 3) a scheduled hip surgery was canceled after doctors saw miraculous healing was already taking place just one week post-injury.
Unfortunately, Peggy was unable to afford the high cost of health insurance and is now saddled with a huge medical bill, the burden of lost wages, and an inability to receive rehab care. We are reaching out to ask that you would prayerfully consider donating money to help out a woman who so often in life has been the one giving to those in need. This was especially true in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
In August 2017, Harvey brought record flooding to Houston. Her mobile home was not only flooded from a nearby creek, but a falling a tree impaled the roof rendering their home uninhabitable. Peggy and Carl were left unassisted by FEMA aid and their Insurance company has not provided housing or assistance of any kind. Their mobile home still sits in the same condition it was in during the hurricane aftermath , unable to be lived in. So they’ve been house hopping for the last six months, living with generous friends and family members.
In spite of their own heartbreak, Peggy and Carl helped clean up their neighborhood, cutting trees and throwing out debris. They also used their fishing boat to rescue others who were trapped in their homes ( something they’d done in previous floods as well). Regardless of their loss, they devoted their time to helping others however they could. Peggy continued to cook for church functions and give massages .
Peggy worked as a licensed physical therapist assistant contracting through hospitals and rehab centers in the Houston area. As Harvey’s aftermath caused a transfer of rehab patient’s, Peggy was left with a significant decrease in work resulting in lost wages. It is only recently that her workload has picked back up, and she and Carl were finally going to be able to begin attempting to pay for hurricane damages.
With optimism for rebuilding their home, they were blindsided by Peggy’s devastating accident. Peggy remains in the hospital, and due to the complexity of her injuries, her discharge is not expected until the end of February. When Peggy is released, she does not have a home to return to and will be unable to work immediately .
While we are Certainly asking for your prayers, your financial assistance is also desperately needed. Thank you so much for any help you can give.
- Roger Crawford
- Lisa Contreras
- Deerbrook Therapy
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