On Sept. 28 Shawn had complained his right leg was hurting like it did before surgery. I felt his foot and was saddened to realize his toes were ice cold. We had a doctor appt. the next day and an ultrasound was ordered. Diagnosis = the bypass failed. Shawn would need surgery again. This time Dr. D. would take a vein from each leg and graft him a new artery. Dr. D. explained he didn't do this the 1st time because Shawn would have been under anesthesia for to long and didn't want to take any chances.
Surgery was performed for the 2nd time on Oct. 3. Shawn spent 5 days in ICU this time. My heart broke to see him so deflated, a months worth of recovery was now gone, he'd have to start all over again. What made things worse was one of his original incisions had a fluid pocket that had to be removed. To prevent it from coming back the incision was left open to heal and a wound vac was put on. Shawn didn't have his staples from the 1st surgery removed and he was getting more put in. He had over 100 staples in his groan, thighs, and shins.
The good news is he's coming along great now. He has sever nerve pain and still very little feeling on the outside of his feet. Doctor said it could take up to a year before these symptoms got better.
I think asking for help and having to rely on others has been the most difficult for my husband. Asking for financial help is the worst. With everything going on neither Shawn nor I have been able to work. We are both scared to death at what his medical bills will be. I know for a fact we will have to pay the first $5000 due to deductible. I have no idea what our copay will be. Any little bit would be appreciated, especially prayers.
Shawn is a long time employee of MN Power and former Local 31 union member. He was a lineman for 27 yrs before accepting a supervisor position with the blessing of his union brothers. Shawn & I have been married for 18 yrs. We have 4 adult kids and 4 grandkids with another on the way. Shawn is a strong, giving, kind-hearted man who would help anyone in need, whether it's assisting a stranded driver or restoring power after a storm.
We thank each and every one of you, truly. We thank God every day for blessing us with the generosity of people like you.
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