My spouse Tim is diabetic and was managing his disease extremely well until he suffered an infection in his foot which resulted in a toe amputation in November of 2017.
Six months into his recovery, infection returned and he underwent another surgery to remove debris causing it (an almost microscopic piece of gravel!) from inside that same foot.
After Tim's hospitalization in summer 2018, his job fired him for being disabled. Insurance was lost and he went several weeks without home health and wound follow-up care while waiting to be seen at our city's overburdened free health clinic.
During that visit, his high fever and wound condition prompted the doctor to send him immediately to the emergency room where he learned another infection set in.
This two-year cycle of infections, hospitalizations, and progressive bone disease (Charcot foot) has been unrelenting and financially, mentally, and spiritually devastating.
Tim is recovering from his most recent hospitalization, having spent several weeks in a rehab hospital to correct his feet deformities and accelerate wound healing. Recovery is slow, requiring weekly castings and expensive customized footwear (which we've been putting off due to costs). He is required to be off his feet as much as possible.
We're waiting for Medicaid and disability determinations to be made but it is a long process. In the meantime, we also have to find a new, accessible place to live by the end of July as our landlord is ending our lease for no cause.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
I'm raising funds to cover the costs of Tim's hospitalizations, medicines, future medical costs, moving expenses (MOST URGENT), and lost income for both of us (which will go toward rent, food, and utilities). I lost my part time job due to taking time off to assist with Tim's care and I am his primary caregiver until we can afford home health care.
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Love to all,
Adrianne and Tim