Aaron “Hix” Lee Medical Fund

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Raised by 1,083 people in 2 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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Hello everyone!

I know it's been a long time since my last update, I apologize. It's just been so busy what with the Holidays: parties, birthday parties and rehearsals. Not to mention I've been required to go in to the clinic everyday for dressing changes on my leg. In addition to that I have INR Clinic visits every week, Physical Therapy twice a week and my Trauma Therapy every week as well! I'm going to the doctor like it's my job! Anywho, all of this activity makes for a real sleepy guy by evening time, so I confess I have been delinquent in getting these updates done, I hope you understand!

So, post irrigation and debridement (the outpatient procedure I had done recently) the doctors have been wanting to keep an eye out for infections. That's why I've got to go in everyday for dressing changes. So far so good, they did have to put me on an antibiotic and aside from being a huge pill to swallow (literally) things are going quite well. We're hoping that the infection is kept at bay and a full recovery is the result.

My nerve endings have been regrowing and/or waking up in my leg, which is good, but it also means it hurts a hell of a lot more! Though pain is annoying, yes, it's something I've become accustomed to, and is a constant reminder of how far I've come and how much better I'm going to be!

Physical Therapy has been going well. I'm learning a lot of stretches and simple exercises to increase movement, strength, and flexibility. Yes, sometimes it's annoying having to do the exercises, but we have noticed significant improvement thus far. Wow! It's crazy how I've been walking a bunch (albeit with a cane) and my hip and leg muscles are still super week. So, keeping on the exercises and stretches and hoping for the best!

I also mentioned rehearsals up there, now while I'm not quite back to full swing with all of the bands I play with, there is a bit of a special show coming up. We've made a tradition of playing this show annually between Christmas and New Year's, to provide a fun show in which we play some deep cut covers. We had been playing the show at the Viking Bar, but since their closure we have had to move it. It's now being hosted by the ever-charming Terminal Bar in the thriving East Hennepin neighborhood. If you feel like coming out the flyer is the picture attached with the update. Hope to see you on Saturday December 29th!

I'm looking forward to Christmas, I love the time with family. I especially cherish it now, that doesn't mean I didn't before, but there's a new specialness to it these days. We'll get to spend four days with Katie's family, which will be a lovely trip, so excited to see those folks. With my family we'll also have a number of events to attend here in town.

I hope you all are looking forward to the Holidays. We have all been blessed with so much, that which is seen and that which is unseen. Please extend those blessings to those in need as you have for me. All of you have taught me so much about grace, love, generosity, charity, and humility. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Much Love!
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The pictures of this lil cutie are of our new therapy/rescue puppy, Kasha. Kate n I welcomed her into our home last night and she's been slowly becoming accustomed to her new home. Though housebreaking and training this new member of our family will be a lot of work we are confident she's going to do well at her job of emotional support. She's becoming more independent with each hour she spends at home while also being extremely affectionate! We're so thankful to have her! No, we are not sure which breed she is, but we are excited to see who she grows into. Thank you to Dawn, Jen, and Cassie at Warrior Dog Rescue for making the process very streamlined and effortless!

Now on to the ugly stuff, well not really, less cute, is more appropriate. If you read my last update you heard about my stinky leg. To address this issue I was put under and the surgeons we're then able to scrape the nasty stuff off, explore, and evaluate. A procedure we now know is more eloquently called "irrigation and debridement". The good news is that there doesn't seem to be any necrotic (dead) tissue and the better news is the lack of "fragrance" emanating from the leg. Thank you DOCTORS!

In moving forward, however, this does mean more appointments and less time with the new Pup, but at least I don't smell as bad. Seriously, it was gross, like real bad. I was so embarrassed and feel so much more confident after having that situation addressed and taken care of by the wonderful burn unit surgeons at HCMC! I will be going into the clinic every other day for dressing changes, twice a week for physical therapy, and once a week for my INR Clinic visits. Uffda! My nearly wide open schedule just got a lot crazier and I haven't even crammed therapy in there yet!

This brings me to my next point, PTSD. I was really hopeful I would be able to walk away from my experiences without any of that, but according to everyone I spoke with that would be highly unusual. I've begun the daunting task of searching for a therapist who can help me through these experiences and give me the tools I need to best survive now and when I can return to my normal working schedule.

So, PLEASE! If you have any recommendations I would love to hear about them! Referrals seem to be the best and most effective way to address therapy needs, or so I've heard. Feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly. Any guidance or suggestion is appreciated. Thank you!

I will keep this brief as I will likely be following up after my appointment on Wednesday with any pertinent information about the redressing and healing processes. Thank you to one and all as always for being such beautiful people inside and out. We wish you all the best!

Much Love!
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Life has been going very well lately. It was an extraordinary experience at the last night at Mortimer's! So much love and support, thanks to all those were able to make it out that final night and to the incredible team at Mortimer's as well! I also got to get up on stage and play with Red Daughters, sure I was a little rusty, but the show went on without a hitch, so glad for those boys too.

During this week I've had a lot more activity, and as some of you may know, I've been reducing my medications since I have returned home, so my stinkin’ leg has been hurting quite a bit more, and I mean my stinking leg! Though I've been changing my bandages daily my wound became very smelly (I know it's super gross), but luckily I had an appointment with my burn unit surgeons coming up so we could chat.

I went in for a check-up with the wonderful surgeons from the burn unit who performed the skin grafts on my leg. Though they said it was healing well, they also found my “aroma” displeasing. The decision was then made to add another surgery to the list for 2018, yay! At least this one, they said, will be a quick 20 minute outpatient procedure. I go in and under tomorrow and we're hoping for great news and progress on the healing process.

I started physical therapy on Thursday and received some guidelines for stretching as well as some exercises. It's exciting to be moving towards moving my foot, ankle, and leg again. The hope is that in 12-16 weeks I can be free from the boot and walking like normal. I plan to get that done sooner, wish me luck!

Though I've been dealing with some additional pain, strange feelings and what seems to be the onset of PTSD, I got the best gal to help me out! We're remaining positive about moving forward, as always, and are continually thankful for our strong support group, friends, and family.
Much Love.
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Good evening! Tonight marks the final show in the series at Mortimer's. I gotta take some time to thank Mortimer's, all the bands who have played and all the folks who made it possible. So many smiles, encouragement, love and positive vibes you are amazing! I will not list names as I've be trying to keep names off of here on account of pricacy, but you folks know who you are! THANK YOU!!!

Tonight will be a little different as Red Daughters will be playing, so I'll get to share the stage with my ole pals for the first time since the incident and see if I can still do it! Looking forward to seeing you all there! Music starts at 9/930, so happy I got the opportunity to get on stage!

Another update, I'll be on the 10 o clock news this evening on WCCO. I was very nervous so I hope I did all right. I'm supposed to play keys not talk on the news, so, you know.

Glad to be here and everyday more and more able to share the love that's been shared with me. To start giving back to the folks who have been my anchors, supports, prayer warriors, and all around incredible people.
Much Love.
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