Miscellaneous Expenses - Medical
Hi Folks - Though the cause of the need is me, my family (wife, daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren that live and work on the farm also) will benefit from any donations received - my medical bills are actually paid or will be paid; and, I'm thanking the creator daily for this happenstance.
Background: On the morning of 15 March, 2017, I had a diabetic episode (low blood sugar) whereupon I became unconscious and then began to have mild seizures followed by "grand mal" like seizures (this never has happened to me before). An ambulance was called and I was transported to the local hospital. Somehow during that transit, my left tibia was (mysteriously) broken in two places and my left ankle (trimalleolar fracture) was broken.
I was subsequently transported to University of Missouri Health Center in Columbia, Missouri by helicopter. Upon arrival, it was found that the breaks to my left leg were so severe that an external fixation device was required rather than a cast. The doctors were quite pleased with themselves for being able to save my leg – it would be an understatement to note I was proud of them also when I woke up the next day. Apparently, zero blood flow/pulse in my foot would have meant amputation versus the external fixation device...
Currently: The current problem is all of the rapidly mounting miscellaneous expenses to my family, such as gas money to get me to medical appointments (at least four more already scheduled), most well over two hundred miles round trip, food on the road, parking, etc - it amazes me how fast all of the "little things" add up to an insurmountable sum.
We have now also discovered that some of the home modifications we now need so that I can begin to function in a normal manner that does not incessantly burden the rest of the family, the VA is not authorized to pay for - things like a larger shower that can accommodate a shower chair, pieces that go on the inside and outside of exterior door thresholds that would allow me to get my wheelchair through the doorway without help, etc.
Also there is the fact that with my family having to wait on me hand and foot (literally - showers, bathroom, food, drink, getting into and out of bed, etc.) as my two modes of ambulation are walker and wheelchair; this, coupled with me no longer being able to contribute in any physical way whatsoever to our family workload, means the farm is suffering - this year we will likely have to buy fruits and some vegetables vice growing them as we normally do, same with hatching chicks and ducklings. We are still absolutely going to try to produce what we can though... we NEVER give up!
Healing Progress: First, the bone pain is easing somewhat, however, the open avulsion on the inside of my ankle seems to hurt more and more daily. The area of raw meat vice skin coverage has also increased in size and painfulness. Additionally, I am having "waves" of pain that actually sometimes make me nauseas - no fun at all. Our Home Health RN is supposed to be here tomorrow to take a look at the areas to make sure nothing is infected (I don't think it is) and is healing properly.
In Conclusion: We want to let everyone know that any amount donated would be most appreciated by our entire family, as well as myself, of course. Additionally, without said financial ax hanging over our collective necks, the stress level will be reduced tremendously. We are extremely grateful for the donations that we have received thus far.
We want to say "thank you" to all of those that have helped us thus far - both your kind words and also your gifts are most sincerely appreciated by the entire family!.
Tim and Laurie Spencer
The Rural Survival Show
PS: Please share this link on social media platforms - this simple act of sharing would be of immense help to the entire family - thank you!
Now I have a "soft cast" (a combination of plaster and ace bandages). Monday, 17 April this soft cast is to be replaced for a two week period, then followed by a "hard cast" for a further two months. After this point treatment will be dictated by my healing progress.
It seems that I now how nearly daily medical appointments, I think the road trips are as physically tiring and painful as anything that I have to do right now.
Thanks to everyone that has helped thus far, it is most sincerely appreciated. This is going to be a long term healing process; likely lasting six months or more.
I wish the VA had the experts to fix my leg locally, but am still waiting for the VA's insurance people (Tri-West) to make an appointment with a civilian specialist for me so we can find out which direction we have to go next for treatment.
Thank you for all of the good wishes and contributions - both mean everything to us..