long physical recovery

$969 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 10 months
Hello, my name is Matt. I was born with Spina Bifida. I have been in a wheelchair since I dislocated both hips in 1990. Prior to September 2017 I could walk with crutches for short distances. In September I was hospitalized with an infected wound that doctors say could have killed me. I was in the hospital for 17 days getting IV antibiotics for the infection, and then 14 days is a nursing home where I received daily care from a wound care specialist. I have been home since October 28, 2017 where I am getting daily care from a home health agency. My physical abilities are slowly coming back due to physical therapy. In January 2018 I started walking very short distances with a walker. In April 2018 I had gained enough stability to stand with my crutches. Although I am not strong enough or stable enough to walk with the crutches, I am optimistic I will be able to one day. I am hoping to raise money to pay off the rest of my doctor and hospital bills and focus solely on rehab. I have added a YouTube video of me skydiving approximately 7 months before I became ill. This is part of my motivation to get better. I hope to be able to do it again! Any donations would be greatly appreciated!
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12-3-18: Today I saw a plastic surgeon and infectious disease specialist about the bone infection in my hip. I am scheduled to get a MRI. After the results come back the next step will be surgery to cut out the infected part or the hip and femur. After that I will be on bed rest for 6 weeks
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11-9-18: Had a bone scan done this morning on my left hip. A bone infection was found in my hip and femur.
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August 4th 2018: Returned to my parent's house today after being at the physical therapy rehab center for two weeks. I made a lot of progress with leg strengthening. I can consistently walk with my crutches up to 30-40 feet 2-3 per day. I've learned I can still fatigue easily, so I have to still be careful to not over do it.
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July 27th 2018: I was stable enough to take a few steps with my crutches. First time I have been able to since late September 2017!
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