Russell Rebound

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Raised by 228 people in 9 months
My spouse Tim is diabetic and was managing his disease extremely well until he suffered an infection in his foot which resulted in a toe amputation in November of 2017.

Six months into his recovery, infection returned and he underwent another surgery to remove debris causing it (an almost microscopic piece of gravel!) from inside that same foot.

After Tim's hospitalization in summer 2018, his job fired him for being disabled. Insurance was lost and he went several weeks without home health and wound follow-up care while waiting to be seen at our city's overburdened free health clinic.

During that visit, his high fever and wound condition prompted the doctor to send him immediately to the emergency room where he learned another infection set in.

This two-year cycle of infections, hospitalizations, and progressive bone disease (Charcot foot) has been unrelenting and financially, mentally, and spiritually devastating.

Tim is recovering from his most recent hospitalization, having spent several weeks in a rehab hospital to correct his feet deformities and accelerate wound healing. 

Recovery is slow, requiring  weekly castings and expensive customized footwear (which we've been putting off due to costs). He is required to be off his feet as much as possible. 

We're waiting for Medicaid and disability determinations to be made but it is a long process. In the meantime, we also have to find a new, accessible place to live by  the end of July as our landlord is ending our lease for no cause. 

I'm raising funds to cover the costs of Tim's hospitalizations, medicines, future medical costs, moving expenses (MOST URGENT), and lost income for both of us (which will go toward rent, food, and utilities). I lost my part time job due to taking time off to assist with Tim's care and I am his primary caregiver until we can afford home health care.

Thank you for reading this far and for considering supporting us. No donation is too small and spreading the word is vital as well. Please keep us in your thoughts.

Love to all,
Adrianne and Tim
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Tim's recovery is still progressing. He's doing fairly well since his release from the rehabilitation hospital. Treatment to correct the Charcot foot and accelerate wound healing include weekly fiberglass castings and require Tim to bear as little weight on his feet as possible.

Currently, he needs a pretty expensive customized boot and will likely require the surgical intervention shown in this video in the near future. We can't really afford either, but with your help and hopefully support from Medicaid soon, he can get the care he needs.

Charcot foot is a devastating disease that needs more awareness and research, and patients with it need so much support in all areas of their lives.

Again, thank you for encouraging and supporting us. We hope you all are healthy and well!

Adrianne & Tim
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Hi everyone,

I hope your new year is going well. Winter is treating us pretty harshly right now. It's a struggle to stay warm and healthy in our old, neglected home (don't get me started on our landlord) but your generosity kept us afloat through the end of 2018 and hopefully others will see fit to follow your example this year as our financial and health struggles continue.

Tim was recently in hospital after suddenly spiking a 102 degree fever and having chills. His infection this time wasn't as serious as last, but it was a major setback for him personally and us financially. Diabetes is a mean and opportunistic disease and despite the hardships, I'm so proud of Tim's strength and vigilance.

He's home now with meds and hopefully won't have to see the ER for a while. His wound is healing great!

He's on track to have surgery soon and recovery will take several weeks. Please send us your good vibes and well wishes and thank you for your support!

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Hi, Go Fund Me friends-

There's always one person wondering, "Why doesn't he just get a job...."

Well, I tried.

Despite all of the things working against me I found an employer. I was a great fit based upon my history in the field, etc. etc. BUT, my body (mostly my legs and feet) could not take it. Even on "light" work days I came home to find my legs swollen to twice their normal size and my ankles distorted and very painful.

So to answer the question- I tried. I'll keep trying. Maybe that high paying CEO job that lets you work from bed will cross my path....

We are so grateful for all of your support. Don't forget that re-tweeting and sharing can help too!

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There are many things I have to be grateful for (like having Adrianne in my life) but today I am mostly grateful for not having to make a choice between surprise out-of-pocket medical expenses and Thanksgiving dinner. That's thanks to friends, family and all of you good folks.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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