John’s Long Road to Recovery

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My brother John is presently going through a health crisis. He has a long and complicated health history which took a turn for the worst in Oct. 2017. Let me give you a little bit of his background, he was diagnosed with diabetes in his teens and approx. 18 years ago he mysteriously developed a blood clot that traveled to his Spinal cord leaving him completely paralyzed from the upper chest down and told he would be in a wheelchair. With GOD and our dearly departed mother’s spirit by his side, he worked hard at his recovery for 3 years and miraculously walked away from his customized wheelchair and back to work as a conductor.
He has been on dialysis a little over 6 years and anxiously awaiting a kidney transplant, yet again thrown another curve ball last year when he developed a callous on his left heel. Even though he was under a great doctors care, the wound got progressively worse resulting in a fever and 2 serious infections. He was admitted to the hospital and after a series of tests (including a bone biopsy) found that the infection had spread to his heel bone. He was treated with aggressive antibiotics and thankfully the infection did not spread and the antibiotics began to work.
In the mean time, he found that the leg was not getting good blood flow and surgery was done to help correct that and didn’t. It was then discussed and tentatively scheduled for a below the knee amputation but by the good grace of GOD the doctors were surprised that the blood flow was better than expected and decided to put the amputation on the back burner. The plan to save the leg is to do daily hyperbaric treatment, aggressive wound care, physical therapy and of course continued dialysis.  Once the infection was gone he was looking forward to going home and preparing to continue his recovery and yet again more bad news. Horizon Blue Cross cut off his insurance with no advance notice telling him to apply for Medicare.
The hospital discharged him with a fever and another infection which newly developed sending him home with nothing in place, no home care, no assistance in getting him to his most important treatments, no wheelchair, no shower bench, nothing! With this being said, my brother is in need of not only your prayers but also some financial assistance. It seems he may need to purchase a customized wheelchair (not just a regular one) for his special needs along with a shower bench and some help with his day to day bills until he applies and gets approved for disability and Medicare ( his phone appointment is in 2 weeks). Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated allowing him to focus on his healing and not stress so much on finances. Thank you in advance for your kindness, compassion and contribution. May GOD Bless you!
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Hello everyone, I’m sure some of you have already heard that my brother John had the amputation yesterday. I was truly thankful and grateful to see that the surgery went very well and that he was in good spirits.
John is now on the road to truly healing and looking forward to starting his rehabilitation. John has been talking to the rehab doctor and understand that he will still need a customized wheelchair and of course he will also need a prosthesis. We have started looking into a prosthetic leg and have a lot more research to do but I will say they are super expensive.
John’s goal is to eventually go back to work in some capacity in hopes of maintaining a quality of life that he will find satisfying. I cannot tell you what it has meant to him talking to all that has reached out to him, getting uplifting messages and of course very generous donations.
I will say “acceptance” is the key to moving forward in a very positive way and that’s what John is doing thanks to all of you! From the bottom of our hearts we thank you and please keep all those wonderful prayers going, this journey is by no means over!
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Hello everyone, yesterday, John went for his hyperbaric treatment and unfortunately, he was readmitted to the hospital with yet another infection. Right now, the priority is to get rid of the infection and see where he goes from there. I will say this, amputation is being discussed again. I will keep updating, in the meantime, I would like to thank everyone for your heartfelt messages and continued donations. Most importantly, please keep John in your prayers. My prayer for my darling brother is to have acceptance of whatever is best for his health holistically! John is my baby brother but he is also my hero!
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Thank you for your kind contributions. John is in the process of looking for a wheelchair that suits his needs. From what he’s seeing, it’s going to run between $2,000 and $2,200. So far we’ve learnt that upon approval, he’ll still need to wait until July to receive coverage. Until then, he will have to pay out of pocket for a home health aide and all other needs that come his way, not to mention his living expenses. Seeing all of your contributions have lifted his spirit and deeply touched his heart. Please keep him in your prayers. Again, we thank you.
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