For Our Rory
My name is Janine Nice, I am setting up this page for my friend Rory Barros. For those that don't know Rory, he is an EMT that works at ETMC EMS Waco, he has a heart of gold and a loving soul. He has spent the majority of his life caring for others. Rory is currently enrolled in our paramedic program to fulfill his goal of becoming a wonderful paramedic to continue helping others. Rory was recently hit by a vehicle in the line of duty. He sustained life threatening injuries as well as multiple fractures. Rory and his wonderful loving wife Amy have a very, very long road ahead of them. Rory has multiple surgeries coming up to help fix his pelvic fracture, and leg fractures. The hope is to relieve Amy's financial burden on day to day items so she may concentrate on helping our Rory heal. All money will go directly to Amy through me. If you are unable to help financially, we will always accept thoughts and prayers.
Thank you, J9
Just over a month ago, two days before his graft surgery, Rory’s ortho surgeon stopped by CCH to evaluate him. That day, the recovery process of this whole ordeal took a hard left. And I mean HARD, in every sense of the word. Today, we met with the doctor again to schedule the amputation of my husband’s left lower leg this next Monday. When all this first happened, I refused anyone to speak the “A” word around Rory. During those early days, we all just focused on healing and pulling him further and further away from death. Long term was not part of that recovery process. We fought for every minute that my husband was blessed with. Now, at this transitional point of the healing process, we are forced to focus on his quality of life. He has minimal movement in that lower leg and minimal sensation. His knee remains the main source of his continuous pain. When it comes down to it, Rory would most likely end up wheelchair bound and on massive amounts of narcotics for the rest of his life if we keep the leg. He would not be able to return to work...or work at all, really. Any and all function in that leg would be nonexistent. This is not how he wants to live his life. By amputation, the possibilities are just as endless as they would have been before he was injured initially. The past month, after the initial shock and anger of course, we have researched all that we possibly can to ready us for this life-changing decision. We are both more ready than ever to start this journey together. To get him to a point where there are more “when can I do it?” questions rather than “why not?” He will do great with a prosthetic. Amputation will be worth it, ALL of this will be worth it if he can live how he wishes to. I am so proud of my sweet husband. He has been so strong through all of this. He is my hero. And we will WALK this journey together, hand in hand, until the end.
One choice. That’s all it took. One choice to drink and drive and now our lives are forever changed. But we REFUSE to accept the fact that one wrong choice has changed our lives for the worse. No, this has changed us both for the better. We are better people now. Our marriage is stronger than ever. Our family and friends have become paramount positive forces in our lives, more so now than before. My husband and I will not come out of this storm unscathed...but our battle scars will be trophies of triumph over adversity. Rory, the best is yet to come. I love you more.
Continued prayers as always are welcome!
Also today is the silent action at Lakeside Tavern come out and have a great time and support our hero Rory!!
Thank you, J9