Help Hodgie Heal

Update posted by helpho123 On Nov 21, 2014

Well, it's been some time since we started this fundraiser, and some changes have occurred. It turns out that my toe infection was progressing way too fast to wait for the Stem Cell injection to help. There was only one artery below the knee that was functional and it had two narrowings in it. The blood flow was so minimal that the toe would not heal. One of the resident doctors told us that we were no doubt looking at an amputation just below the knee.

Luckily she was a resident and not the surgeon! My surgeon was not positive that a bypass was possible due to the location of the narrowings, but it still seemed like the best option. Her concern was that if it failed, there would be no blood flow left to the foot. My surgeon is an incredible lady who really wanted to save as much of my foot as was humanly possible. We decided to take the chance. She did an amazing job on the bypass and my foot is healing slowly. I only lost 2/3 of big toe, so my balance should not be affected. 

I want to thank everyone who donated to help us pay for the Stem Cell that did not happen. Needless to say that money has been put to good use as I have not been able to work for nearly 2 months, and as you might imagine the bills have not stopped coming. This all came on the heels of Jan being out of work all summer due to shoulder surgery. As much as it is uncomfortable for me to ask, if anyone who reads this can contribute a small amount, we could certainly use it to keep solvent. I will be back to work part time soon, so in a month or so things should look better. I once again thank everyone for any help you can give.

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Update posted by helpho123 On Oct 10, 2014

Rob is out of surgery and comfortable. I haven't seen the surgeon, but he told Rob he could still ski! Still guessing here, but from the shape of the dressing, it looks like the metatarsal head is INTACT! Alleluia, thanks to the universe/whatever God you believe in! Now we need to get it to heal.  Once we talk to the team, we will update on the next steps. Lower leg circulation is quite limited, making stem cell/growth factor therapy a good possibility, sooner rather than later, to help this incision heal.

 

Thank you all for your support, comforting words and thoughts. You are the best!

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Best wishes for a successful surgery & recovery so you can get back to doing the things you love most.

Karen Fain

Backed with $50.00 On Feb 03, 2015

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Thank you everyone for the prayers and positive thoughts! I will do my best to stay in "the zone". Thank you also for reminding folks about the fundraiser. Every little bit helps

helpho123

Posted On Oct 15, 2014

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I wish you strength to stay positive. All the best

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Backed On Oct 12, 2014 Amount Hidden

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Heal up!

My Pet Powder Goat

Backed with $20.00 On Oct 10, 2014

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You are both in our thoughts and prayers and sending positive healing energy your way! Xoxo

Jaime Lanzillo

Backed with $20.00 On Oct 10, 2014

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Good luck bud! Stay positive!!

Zach J.

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Good luck

Matt

Backed with $10.00 On Oct 09, 2014

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Please give what you to a Most Wonderful Person..No Matter How Much It All Adds Up!

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Jessica

Backed with $30.00 On Oct 09, 2014

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