Operation: I've Got Your Back
As many of you know on the icy morning of January 18th, 2017 I was on my way to school. While headed down the stairs and using the banister,( you know... so I wouldn't slip..oh the irony) the banister rail broke and I fell while taking the last step down. I landed hard on my back and fractured my T12 vertebra.
After a weeks stay at Peace Health on the Neurology floor, I was discharged to a friends house because I was unable to go back to my home due to my injuries and multiple flights of stairs leading back to our apartment. Several days of frustration and intense pain later, I followed up with my primary care doctor and had a few blood tests run.
The results of the test sent me to the E.R. immediately where I found out I had developed massive blood clots in both legs(Deep Vein Thrombosis) and life threatening Pulmonary Embolisms (blood clots) in both lungs that made it difficult to breath or even move. I was immediatedly hospitalized and have been working hard and making strides towards returning to my normal self. As of today, I am on day 9 of my hospital stay and was just told I have few more days to go before I am stable enough to be considered for discharge.
I've had great care from the doctors and nurses at Providence Portland Medical Center and consider myself very fortunate to be here, but as you all know long stays are very expensive. Even with health insurance the bills are pouring in and I'm sure our mailman is confused why our box is stuffed to the gills. My fiancé, Lucia, has been working long hours, traveling back and forth to the hospital, taking care of our animals, and generally trying to keep a roof over our heads, basic bills paid, and the home functioning.
Both Lucia and I have had people asking us how they can help--and you have all been amazing! Prayers, food, a well timed coffee run, and encouragement have been keeping our spirits up these last 3 weeks. We love and appreciate you and consider ourselves so blessed that each of you are in our lives.
What you can do:
As difficult as it can be at times to ask for help, a 2 week hospital stay, Multiple Meds, DME, Home Health, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and medical specialists of all sorts kinda give us some perspective on what our finacial future looks like. Even with insurance, the portion we are responsible for is staggering. Should you feel inclined, you can contribute on this page, but know that all the love, light, hooba jooba, and prayers are valued and so, so appreciated. We are lucky to know people who are generous, kind, loving....and generally good examples of humanity. We love you guys! Warmly, Steven & Lucia
Love you all,
Steven & Lucia.