Aaron “Hix” Lee Medical Fund

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Raised by 1,092 people in 7 months
Created October 6, 2018
Aaron "Hix" Lee - our favorite bearded, cowboy hat wearing, key-pounding, jalopy driving, band mate was shot in the stomach on the streets of Minneapolis on October 5th. 

While he and his girlfriend were walking back to their house, a car pulled up along side them. A man with a gun jumped out and demanded their phones and wallets. After immediately complying with the demands, the attacker decided to turn and shoot, and then drove away, leaving Hix and Kate in a terrifying bloody aftermath. Luckily, Kate had managed to conceal her phone from the attacker and was able to immediately dial 911. Hix was rushed to the nearest hospital and into surgery.

The bullet entered just below his belly button, nicking his colon and severing his iliac vein, before lodging in his leg, where it will remain for the rest of his life. It took an ambulance ride and two surgeries to stabilize his condition. He will need to stay in the hospital for observation for 1-2 weeks, and there will be an additional 2 weeks of at home bed rest.

Those of us who are lucky enough to call him friend and family, know that he has the biggest heart and is the most considerate person you will likely ever meet. You also know that if you are considered his friend, you ARE his family as well. He works hard, plays hard, and gives his heart and soul to his music and the people around him.

He is also a man of many hats! A musician in several bands at night, and by day; a commercial painter, as well as learning to be an electrician on recreational boats. Unfortunately, none of these hats come with Health Insurance or short term benefit package that will pay him a salary while he is recovering.

While Hix would give the shirt off of his back to someone who needs it, he would never ask for it if he needed one. So his family is asking for him. And while saving a life is priceless, there is a cost, and with no insurance to help shoulder the burden, once recovered there will be a very large medical bill for Hix to face.

Anything you can spare will help. Thank you for your support and love. Let's get Hix back in his hat and back on stage!

If you prefer to donate by cash or check directly to Aaron, there is now an account set up to receive funds directly. Please issue the check to Aaron Hix Lee and write "GIFT" in the memo. You can mail or deliver the check to:
MidwestOne Bank
3585 124th Ave NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
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Back in to see the doc yesterday. The good news is he said my foot was healing up nicely, the bad news is I'm on crutches for another two weeks!

I received a new AFO (ankle foot orthotic) to help me walk (once I can walk again). I'm pretty excited about it as it should provide much more support and hopefully make work days a little easier (once I can work again). Heavy on the parenthetical notations, I know, it just seemed I should do three so it seemed more like a gag!

Anywho, I'm super thankful that the pain has subsided for the most part. Namely due to keeping weight off of the foot, but also because it's getting better, and not getting worse anymore. I still have to do daily dressing changes, but after as long as I've be doing that, it hardly seems like a chore.

For those of you who know it, it's Art-a-Whirl this weekend, meaning (for those who don't) that Northeast Minneapolis is visited by thousands of people. Those interested in art, food, beer, music, crafts, fun, and whatever other wacky stuff, should come on down! The goings-on are still happening despite the rain! No, I'm not a promoter for the event, but on second thought, perhaps I am?

I confess I had a busy day yesterday and was unable to get this written before our show last night, my apologies. Red Daughters jumped on the outdoor stage for our first show back at the 331 Club since I took that bullet. Admittedly, I was rather anxious about it, but it ended up going great. Tons of friendly faces were everywhere, I only wish I had more time to chat with everyone! It was very manageable on crutches, everyone was very accommodating, and it wasn't nearly as strenuous as I thought it might be. Special thanks to my boys in Red Daughters and some other folks for moving all my gear around for me!

So! That was yesterday. Today, the shows continue. Yes, yes, it seems this update is much more about shameless self promotion than anything else. Well when one is just laying around with one's feet up (doctor's orders), perhaps one is more inclined to such ramblings and blathering! I digress. Today I'll be playing with Sam Cassidy and the All Night Canyons at Grumpy's. Please stop by at 2pm for refreshments, music and fun! Come for the Canyons, stay for the beer, or more music, or friends, or whatever you like or do. We hope to see you there!

Tomorrow I'll be playing again with Sam and the Canyons, but this time the venue is Indeed Brewing at 1pm. If the weather today doesn't suit you, try tomorrow! Well as I mentioned earlier, it's been an update rife with prattle, so I'll leave it alone now. Much Love!
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This past week has been super painful at work. It was real bad on Monday and so bad on Tuesday that I had to leave early!! As the week went on it seemed to feel a little better each day. However, that's the funny thing about pain is sometimes it doesn't go away, you just get used to how excruciating it is.

Apparently that's something like what I experienced over this past week. That big ole blister I had ended up splitting open and caused the wretching agony I'd be experiencing all week. So I read online how to best treat a blister, followed the steps, and eventually made it through my work week. The reason I pushed through the pain is because I knew I had a follow up appointment on Friday (yesterday).

After having the doctor take a look at my foot it turns out it is as serious as the pain made it out to be. Apparently due to the trauma in my leg I have what's called a diabetic foot. I don't have diabetes at all, but due to the circulation issues as a result of compartment syndrome it has made my left foot like a diabetic foot. Well if you're like me you have no idea what that means!!! Apparently this, in a simple way, means my foot has poor circulation, sucseptible to sores, higher infection risks, and slow wound healing. The doctor has informed me that I ought to be taking a look at my foot multiple times a day to be sure there are no complications with it.

So, I'm unable to put any weight on it for at least the next week. I've been hooked up with a podiatrist and a set of crutches to hobble around on in the meantime. The foot was also infected so I had to grab some new antibiotics to treat that! Sounds like it's not too serious so let's hope it stays that way! Or rather, hope it gets better quickly!

Overall, it feels like quite a big setback and it is tough to swallow, but it's better than losing a foot. As I've said in the past, I've got a terrific support group and y'all know Katie is my angel. Thank God for her and thank God for all of you!

Much LOVE!
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Hello, I hope you're all out there doing great things in your lives and the lives of others. I'm sure you are! I know it's Benn some time since my last update and in the time since then I have some advice for you: don't get yourself shot! Hahaha!!!

In all seriousness though, what I mean is it's been nearly seven months and I'm still a ways away from being back to 100% normal. I thank God everyday that I'm alive and doing as well as I am, but wow, some days are a real struggle.

I returned to work in mid March and though it was slow going at first; by now I'm almost able to work full time hours. With that said, it is not without challenges. Most days spent working find their evenings with me laid up, leg in a brace, and propped up. Being on my feet all day often causes quite a bit of swelling and pain in my ankle and foot. I've got a great support group in life but also at work as well. My boss's and co-workers have been indelibly understanding and encouraging. Thank you!!!

If you follow myself and/or Katie on social media, you have likely seen we recently returned from a trip to Mexico! Katie surprised me with the news that she had bought the trip back in March to celebrate recovery, returning to work, and making it through some terrible times alive, well, and together! It was very relaxing (not trying to dwell on this too much) and a great time. We did a lot of walking and for an ole gimp like me, I mean A LOT! So upon returning from this trip, I've got a blister the size of Indiana on the ball of my left foot (that's the bad one) and work yesterday left me a bit behind the curve let's say.

The nerve pain has gotten much worse than in past months, which is now tremendously painful, but a good thing overall. The discomfort means my nerves are growing which should cause sensation, movement, and mobility to increase in due time. In addition I'll be jumping back into some prescriptions that should aid in thwarting my old friend nerve pain.

As for those two rascals who mugged us, they are still in jail awaiting trial. I believe the woman has chosen to plead guilty and I believe her sentence will be something like 86 months, which comes out to be 7 years and 2 months. The man has asked for continuance (basically delaying trial) after continuance and has clung steadfast to his not guilty plea. Anywho, somehow he has his trial delayed until the end of July now. Though he is likely to remain in jail until that time, it's still frustrating how slow the justice system moves. I'd like him to be brought to justice in the eyes on the state for the wrongs he committed against all those people and soon.

Well they say patience is a virtue so I ought to try and practice a little more. Apparently you've been practice already what with my poor diligence in writing these updates! I'll be better at updating in the future but mostly hoping for healing for all. Thank you everyone. To yourself and yours: share the love and share the load.
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It sure has been a long time since I wrote an update. That's good news as things have been going smoothly with the IV antibiotics and wound care for some time. Last week I had a follow up appointment with the Infectious Disease Clinic and all was going as planned, which was thrilling to hear! The Doctor ordered some more tests, but seemed confident we were on the right track to complete recovery.

There was a delay in receiving my latest shipment of antibiotic injections (weekly delivery in a big insulated box). I spoke with the on call pharmacist and was assured everything would arrive in time for my next dose Which it did, as they sent a courier out to deliver me a day's worth of infusions while I wait for the rest. Thank you Coram, your customer service is impeccable!

As I am getting dinner ready I take a short break to do my IV infusion, all goes well, but during this time I miss a call from HCMC. As it takes two hands and needs to be a sanitary process I was unable to answer the call, but figured it was just a machine confirming an appointment of mine. Just to be sure, I listen to the voicemail after I'm finished with my infusion and it's a message from a doctor from the Infectious Disease Clinic.

So, after returning the call and some confusion, I get on the line with the doctor and find out the antibiotic I am on, Cefepime, is negatively affecting my bone marrow and thereby limiting white blood cell production! Argh!! I only had ten more days of the antibiotics left to take! So the course now is to discontinue the antibiotic and remove my PICC line and wait. I have some follow up appointments and the best I can do is hope that it was enough to knock out that nasty infection I had. The white blood cells should return to normal within 36-72 hours of today, they say. In the meantime I'm on the lookout for a fever. The PICC line will be removed tomorrow and I'll be given a prescription for a G-CSF which is effectively a white blood cell booster most commonly used by folks going through radiation treatment. So I guess the white blood cell count is low enough to be pretty serious!

Initially it's very disappointing to hear, yes, but that's no reason to lose hope or optimism. There is a chance that the wound will heal just fine and I will be healthy and better without the antibiotics. My hope is the infection was eliminated thus allowing my healthy recovery and a return to normal life!

Now with this news and the recent changes I will keep you all updated as things change. Hopefully it's all for the better. Thank you for your continued support, encouragement, and prayers. Much Love to you and yours.
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