Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Decision Day

Folks, I need a favor today and I know this isn’t much of a post especially considering how little Key West content this Diary has had lately...Forgive me but my mind is much taken by an appointment I have this afternoon with Dr Quinnan. He’s the surgeon who rather expertly repaired my ravaged pelvis and who will decide today if I can put weight on my legs.

If he says I can chances are the insurance will let me stay here to continue getting first rate therapy. If my pelvis still can’t support my weight in any measurable degree I go home for in home care which as lovely as it would be to see the Keys is not so great as a treatment plan. 

You have been so kind and thoughtful in your comments I am embarrassed to ask for more but continuing on in rehab means a lot so I thought to ask any of you who feel like it to invoke any practice you believe in, prayer, thoughts, visualization or warm fuzzies to side with my best outcome and a positive report from the surgeon. I thank you in advance.

If I get an unfavorable report and have to go home it will simply be a new challenge. Friends stand ready to come and spend time supervising me and the Key West Police Department is being amazing supporting me in my difficulties. Best employers ever. It makes me emotional to see how they are helping me with post rehab accommodations. Volunteers have installed a donated chair lift at my house and the department donation fund for just such cases as this is standing by in case I do go home to put me up in a wheelchair accessible apartment in the city. Thus if I need help I call my friends at 911...Stress relief is uncanny knowing volunteers have my back.

I have learned so much in this medical process about myself, my online friends, my physical friends and the community in which I live. I know now not to be afraid of hospitals or sickness and to appreciate the caregivers in an uncaring insurance driven medical system. This whole ghastly experience showed me I have more resilience than I imagined and also how lucky my family is to live in the Keys where there is more support than I ever realized. I also know the value of joy, and sharing it and being open and authentic. Lessons hard learned for a shy introvert like me. 

Bless you all and thank you for making this lonely expedition to the outer reaches easier. 

27 comments:

Doug Bennett said...

I would like to sent 'warm fuzzies', If I only knew how. I think abut you a lot and wish for a speedy recovery.

Unknown said...

Insurance ... Go figure. You have my good thoughts and prayers for the best outcome today, without question. It will all work out. Hang tough. KWBound

Anonymous said...

Sending good {{{{{vibes}}}}} your way. :)

Lisa Wolters said...

Done. Sending warm fuzzies all day long! Wishing you all the best.

Anonymous said...

Michael,
Sending you positive thoughts for the outcome you prefer. No matter the outcome, it’s sounds like you have people that truly care about you.

David

Anonymous said...

An awakening, isn’t it. You have more friends than you know.. Stay strong.

unknowitall said...

I’m rooting for you today and every day. I’m anxious to hear the outcome. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and wishing you the best today.

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for a long time, and immensely enjoy it. You have been in my prayers for a quick and complete recover. Here are 2 scriptures on healing. Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peach was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose strips ye were healed.

gina in alabama said...

My husband and I are praying for the surgeon to give you the go ahead for more rehab and a speedy recovery. But the support of the community even if you dont get to is wonderful too. Just keep pushing through the barriers one by one! I am looking forward to seeing you posting with Layne in Italy next summer!

Unknown said...

Michael

We have had a similar experience in the past where we were astounded by the depth of support from people we barely thought we knew. Enjoy it and take strength from it.

Absolutely, I am sending all my good vibes,& warm and fuzzies your way, all day today. IO'll be able to top up again as we have some of the same coming from friends on Friday as my daughter gets her jaw joints replaced.

Cheers

Matt

Kellie Johnson said...

I will be sending all of the above...hoping and praying for a positive report and a decision that is best for YOU and your recovery. Stay strong and keep that positive attitude. Thank you for sharing your journey!

MyamuhNative said...

Thoughts and Fuzzies are sent every day since this happened.
I think your standing to change chairs said much. You got this!
Do not fear discussing the options with your doctor if you want to continue in rehab tell him that. Perhaps your PD folks can advocate for you with your insurance. And as you were injured by another party, their insurance should ultimately pay for your care.
I found that dealing with insurance was often harder than dealing with my own medical issue.
Stand your ground and make them provide what you need.
I'm betting Layne can handle this for you☺

All that said, if your interweb folks can help in other ways we are here for you!

Unknown said...

What MyamuhNative said. Absolutely on all points! KWBound

Mike Ward said...

"Warm Fuzzies" coming your way from the other side of the pond. You got this my friend.

Susan said...

I've been keeping you in my good thoughts each day during this ordeal, but today I'll send extra strong ones for a good report from the Dr and continuation of the excellent rehab you've been receiving!

Anonymous said...

Michael,

My Husband and I have been reading your Blog from up North for 3 years.
We hardly ever miss a Day......We so enjoy the pictures and the great stories of all your experiences.
You have been so inspiring throughout all of this, and we are sending you all our positive thoughts every Day.
We know you will get a good report and continue with all the strong love and support you deserve!

Joseph T said...

"Prayer, thoughts, visualization or warm fuzzies to side with my best outcome and a positive report from the surgeon". I'm sending that and a whole lot of it.

Joseph T

SonjaM said...

Not sure, how to do the virtual warm fuzzy thing, Michael, however you are in my thoughts and I wish you a continuous speedy recovery. Try to get the best out of your health care system, and stand your ground. You'll pull through this ordeal. Greetings the Black Forest, SonjaM

Celia Bowman said...

I know you have been working hard in rehab, but would like you to have more skills before they turn you loose at home. To me its to their financial benefit for you to be able to do things unassisted before being without the professional caregivers. It sounds like you have people to be there some of the time, and hopefully you can have PT people come to the house or apartment. Being up and on your feet already should be a requirement for being able to go home. Hopefully the doctor has the say. Also is there a social worker who can help know more about how to get your needs met. Your working friends and other friends are incredibly supportive whatever the next stage is. But I have been sending healing light from my meditations. Love you.

Anonymous said...

Micheal, I agree with MYAMUH. The Insurance Company will deny your initial claims. You must APPEAL, APPEAL... THEIR DECISIONS!
I WOULD ADVISE YOU GET AN ATTORNEY PRONTO!
PULLING FOR YOU.

Anonymous said...

…..and what about your wife? We only hear smatterings of her strength, kindness and attention.
I am a full time care giver to a loved one----24/7...it doesn't stop for love nor money!

Blessings to her and of course, Rusty.

Terri Kohler said...

Sending much warm and fuzzies your way. Hope you are able to continue your rehab where you are now. It appears from what you have been sharing with us , one day standing does not a recovery make. Keep up the positive progress that you have made in a short period and fight the insurance company to keep you moving forward.

Nancy Morgan said...

Michael, I send you prayers and best wishes for your recovery. Hope you get your wish today to stay in the facility and keep working on your Physical Therapy.

David Masse said...

Michael your strength and courage speak volumes. I fail to understand the logic of imposing a greater burden and additional obstacles based on the patient not recovering more quickly from a catastrophic injury. That said I hope with all my soul that the outcome matches your needs as perfectly as possible.

As has been mentioned you should consult a reputable personal injury attorney. You have a recourse in compensation against the other driver.

Ginney Camden said...

Been saying prayers for a good recovery since I first heard of your accident. Hang in there! Hurray for your wonderful employers.

Unknown said...

Michael You have been in my prayers & thought since this has happen, Stay strong , I have been reading you since 2013