Stand by Al

This is our Dad Al. Also known as "Pops". This is his story.

In May things started getting crazy for him. He went into the ER for pain, numbness and coldness in his arms and hands. He was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in his neck. The doctor recommended seeing a spinal surgeon. Upon waiting for recommendations and appointments we noticed dark spots forming on his finger tips which spread pretty rapidly. After lots of begging from his kids and family he went for yet another ER visit. Spinal stenosis was ruled out as the cause of what was happening to his fingers. More appointments were made.
Within 2.5 weeks gangrene had spread through 3 of his fingers on his right hand which is his dominant hand. His middle finger being the worst, was up to the first knuckle. The swelling and pain had gotten so bad that he was only sleeping for 3-5 minute intervals. Yes, I said minutes! All the while still trying to get to work as a roofer. Finally he was sent to the ER for a third time. This time he was admitted. He was in the hospital for a week and a half. Test after test and vial of blood after vial were taken. He left after father's day with a diagnosis of microscopic vasculitis. Microscopic vasculitis is the inflammation of the Microscopic vessels which prevents proper blood flow to the extremities. Mainly the fingers and toes. The cause is unknown. They were hopeful that they caught it in time before it had effected his left hand but unfortunately it is starting on the other hand as well, although it seems to be moving at a largely slower rate than before. He is currently scheduled for the amputation of part of his pointer, middle and ring fingers on July 17.

The Situation:
Although we were able to work through the insurance issues and get him covered, all the other bills are adding up rapidly. We are trying to get disability for him but that can take 6 months or more. At this point we are all very afraid of what that amount of time will mean for our parents home and other bills.

How You Can Help:
Your donation will offset the household expenses that are adding up with him being out of work and recovering. No donation is to small and very, very appreciated!

Thank you for taking the time to read his story.


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Jennifer Victoria Fournier 
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