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Why I Resorted to GoFundMe Part 3 (Rehab)

The Saga Continues… (Rehab)

(This post first appeared on my Baby Boomers US blog.)

Sorry that updates are so sporatic, the downs seem to be way outweighing the ups at this point. I have been procrastinating writing about these next parts because it is painful to even think about.

Anyway, the rehab in the hospital was not as bad as it sounds. After being transferred to Delwaware County Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation wing, I spent 10 days going through relearning how to do everyday things like getting out of bed, washing myself, going to the bathroom etc. – all of which we take for granted with two legs but takes a lot of effort trying to balance on one leg using crutches and anything else you can lean on.

Once they deceided I was compitent enough to get around and with Karen’s help, take on everyday living they released me.

Really, Karen did most of the taking care of me. She washed and bandaged the wound, cooked all my meals and even walked behind me while going up the stairs. She helped me do just about every thing else that I was trying to adjust to doing myself. Things kept on like that for the next couple of weeks and improved almost daily. We concentrated so much on getting me back to normal we (I) almost forgot about Karen’s hernia. She couldn’t and didn’t forget about the pain in her abdomen, so I started doing more for myself and even started to push Karen to Stop doing so much for me and take care of herself.

At this point it was mid-November, her pain increased so much that we deceided to call an ambulance for Karen to go to the emergency room and finally take care of the hernia once and for all. We got her to Delaware County Memorial Hospital to have her looked at and treated. We knew that she would need an operation but were not ready for what they told us was the real problem. Yes, she did have a hernia, but they also found a growth in her uteris. They then transferred her to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital to deal with the cancerous growth and get her back on her feet as soon as she was well enough.

I will try to finish this really sad part next week, so be sure to come back then for Karen’s story. I can guarantee that it will be the hardest, most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my life.


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    Why I Resorted To GoFundMe Part 2

     The Saga Continues…

    (Origianlly posted on my Baby Boomers US Blog) Once in the energency room and upon examination of my left leg it was deemed by the doctors on call that I had to be admitted and examined by a Cardio-Vascular surgeon to determine the extent of the damage to the leg.

    Ater being admitted to Delaware County Memorial Hospital and assessment by the surgeon, it was found that a clot in the main artery of the leg was causing all the problems. There was no circulation at all from my calf all the way down to the toes. The doctor told me that the only way to stop the deterioration of the whole leg was to amputate everything from above the knee.

     Of course I said no. The doctor then told me that if it wasn’t done, the leg would basically rot and the poison would keep spreading enough that I would probably die.

    After a short discussion with Karen, we made the decision to take the leg the next day. That is when they transferred me to Crozer-Chester Medical Center for the actual operation. Cutting the leg off only took a few hours and when I woke up I thought the pain would be gone. Wrong.

    There really is such a thing as “Ghost Pain”. It’s a good thing they put me on strong  pain meds right away because not only did I feel the pain in my leg from before, Now I had the additional pain of the actual wound from the cutting off surgery.

    The next update will cover the rehab experience, home recovery and our decision to send Karen to the emergency room to take care of her hernia.


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    Why I Resorted to GoFundMe part1

    This is taken from MY Baby Boomers US blog.

     I know the post announcing my GoFundMe page was a little vague. I’ll attempt to clarify the happenings of the last few months which should explain why I felt the need to as for help financially from all of you.

    Starting around Mid-September both Karen and I began having some problems physically. Karen had a hernia that was acting up and got progressivly worse. I, on the other hand, began having some pain in my left leg where I had steel implanted from an accident about 15 years ago.

    Karen took on less work in her hairdressing business due to the pressure of standing all day long. I slowed my lawnmowing and landscaping activities to almost nil.

    As October rolled around, my left leg swelled to twice it’s normal size and I couldn’t stand the pain or stand up without crutches.

    So, Karen decided that I should go to the emergency room to have it checked out, no matter what I said. She told me that her hernia was not bothering her too much and we should take care of my leg first. I tried to protest and have her looked at first to no avail. Needless to say, I lost that argument and went to Delaware County Memorial Hospital on October 15th for emergency treatment and get all fixed up.

    Since this is a very long story, I will continue it in a series of posts. So stay tuned.


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