Jeff Needs A New Leg. (CybergWar)

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about 1 month ago

Hello, I'd like to welcome everyone to my page. Many of you already know me. What you may not know is that I am an insulin dependant diabetic. My battle with diabetes began around the same time my daughter was born, almost 17 years ago. Becoming a father is still the greatest gift in my life and I treasure the memories we created but every year diabetes makes it harder to share in life's joys with my daughter and family.

Since my diabetes diagnosis in 2004, I have undergone major spine surgery, been diagnosed with high blood pressure, lost 3 of my toes and suffered extensive kidney damage from an allergic reaction to antibiotic medications for one of my toe infections. I also I left my job as a manager at a local restaurant because my feet could no longer handle the pressure of standing all day. I successfully opened my own 3D printing and vintage resale business with the hope, determination and persistence to overcome the challenges of my disease. I still had a small sore on my left foot that I continued to treat at home. It would not fully heal but my doctors were confident it wasn't a threat. No one anticipated Covid-19 and the combination of my foot ulcer and allergies to antibiotics.

In November 2020 I experienced the first Covid-19 strain. My family and I managed to avoid hospitalization but I was sick for many months. My foot ulcer was still manageable and my doctor continued to monitor my condition. However, in late February I become very ill. The illness exacerbated my foot ulcer with devastating consequences. Within a day the combination of being sick and the sore on my foot turned into a massive infection.

The infection quickly spread to my ankle and lower leg. I was rushed to the emergency room where my body was in the early stages of shock and sepsis. My vital signs were erratic and took 24 hours to stabilize. By this time doctors knew there was no other option but to amputate.

The infection that was spreading throughout my body was fatal. If it continued to spread I could suffer severe bone and blood damage and die. My foot and leg were three times their normal size, turning black and emitting blood, puss and foul ordors. It wasn't pretty. My doctors were somewhat amazed I was still talking! Normally at that point in the sepsis cycle patients were often unconscious. Listening to the medical experts discuss my leg and surgical options, I almost wished I was unconscious.

I was awake though and what they were discussing was the inevitable consequence of long term diabetes.
The American Academy of Family Physicians Fondation states, "The risk of lower extremity amputation is 15 to 46 times higher in diabetics than in persons who do not have diabetes mellitus." It is not a happy fact about diabetes and while I had cared for myself to the best of my abilities and my doctors were on top of my disease, there was no way to save my leg. Starting just below the knee the amputation would remove my entire calf and foot.

Fast forward 3 days. I wake up from surgery in massive pain. I have never felt pain like this. Not even 6 screws and metal rods in my spinal area felt as bad as this. 3 toe amputations were nothing compared to pain waves my missing leg were emitting. It was called phantom leg pain after amputation but it was real and I was screaming despite heavy medication. The poor surgical nurse at the hospital couldn't believe I came out of anesthesia screaming! I was in excruciating pain, my left leg was missing as was another toe on my right foot (long story short I had an infected toe and rather than risk more infection it was better to remove it), and my life was never going to be the same.

It's been almost 2 weeks since my surgery. I am home but nothing is easy. I didn't expect it would be...but I am a mover, I don't sit around and do nothing yet right now getting out of bed is a challenge. I am confined to one floor in my house. I cannot move without a walker assisting me. I need a special chair in the shower and I still have an IV port for antibiotic medications because the infection could still ravage what's left of me.

I cannot work as I recover. My business is shuttered while my leg, other foot and body heal from this long battle. I am scheduled for therapy and in 2 months I'm supposed to be fitted for a prosthetic leg which would give me the ability to walk on my own again. However, my limited medical insurance will not cover these basic life needs. I am left here with my half leg and 24 surgical staples holding it together, wondering how I will ever walk again??? I won't sugarcoat it... the healing pain is brutal. I'm not sure what my final bills and costs will amount too but I know that I am looking a deep, empty well.

I am blessed with friends and family who have prayed for my healing and recovery and I thank you. I am anxious to begin life again. My heart is full of hope. Although I've lost a leg, I have gained relief. There is no more wondering if every infection, cut, scrape or sore is going to fester and cause the worst. The worst happened and I survived. Diabetes took my leg but not my life.

I am asking for help in the most desperate time of my life. I cannot work or run my business. My bills are piling up and my medical costs will be significant. My prosthetic is estimated at 10 to 15 THOUSAND dollars with insurance only covering 5-10%, if I am able to convince them it's a life necessity.

I am one person in a world of billions. I understand times are tough. Your friendship, support and prayers are why I am still here despite the obstacles in my way. I want to walk through the park with my daughter again. I'd love to drive her to the mall and take her to dinner. My dogs want me to play and take them out. But right now I am unable too. And although I'm missing an important part of my physical self, I still have my mind, goals and dreams. You can help me walk again and be whole! A small donation to my fundraising efforts will help me walk again!! I want to be a part of your lives again. I ask for your help in making this happen!

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for being instrumental in my journey back to me.

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Update #1

Hello, I'd like to welcome everyone to my page. Many of you already know me. What you may not know is that I am an insulin dependant diabetic. My battle with diabetes began around the same time my daughter was born, almost 17 years ago. Becoming a father is still the greatest gift in my life and I treasure the memories we created but every year diabetes makes it harder to share in life's joys with my daughter and family.

Since my diabetes diagnosis in 2004, I have undergone major spine surgery, been diagnosed with high blood pressure, lost 3 of my toes and suffered extensive kidney damage from an allergic reaction to antibiotic medications for one of my toe infections. I also I left my job as a manager at a local restaurant because my feet could no longer handle the pressure of standing all day. I successfully opened my own 3D printing and vintage resale business with the hope, determination and persistence to overcome the challenges of my disease. I still had a small sore on my left foot that I continued to treat at home. It would not fully heal but my doctors were confident it wasn't a threat. No one anticipated Covid-19 and the combination of my foot ulcer and allergies to antibiotics.

In November 2020 I experienced the first Covid-19 strain. My family and I managed to avoid hospitalization but I was sick for many months. My foot ulcer was still manageable and my doctor continued to monitor my condition. However, in late February I become very ill. The illness exacerbated my foot ulcer with devastating consequences. Within a day the combination of being sick and the sore on my foot turned into a massive infection.

The infection quickly spread to my ankle and lower leg. I was rushed to the emergency room where my body was in the early stages of shock and sepsis. My vital signs were erratic and took 24 hours to stabilize. By this time doctors knew there was no other option but to amputate.

The infection that was spreading throughout my body was fatal. If it continued to spread I could suffer severe bone and blood damage and die. My foot and leg were three times their normal size, turning black and emitting blood, puss and foul ordors. It wasn't pretty. My doctors were somewhat amazed I was still talking! Normally at that point in the sepsis cycle patients were often unconscious. Listening to the medical experts discuss my leg and surgical options, I almost wished I was unconscious.

I was awake though and what they were discussing was the inevitable consequence of long term diabetes.
The American Academy of Family Physicians Fondation states, "The risk of lower extremity amputation is 15 to 46 times higher in diabetics than in persons who do not have diabetes mellitus." It is not a happy fact about diabetes and while I had cared for myself to the best of my abilities and my doctors were on top of my disease, there was no way to save my leg. Starting just below the knee the amputation would remove my entire calf and foot.

Fast forward 3 days. I wake up from surgery in massive pain. I have never felt pain like this. Not even 6 screws and metal rods in my spinal area felt as bad as this. 3 toe amputations were nothing compared to pain waves my missing leg were emitting. It was called phantom leg pain after amputation but it was real and I was screaming despite heavy medication. The poor surgical nurse at the hospital couldn't believe I came out of anesthesia screaming! I was in excruciating pain, my left leg was missing as was another toe on my right foot (long story short I had an infected toe and rather than risk more infection it was better to remove it), and my life was never going to be the same.

It's been almost 2 weeks since my surgery. I am home but nothing is easy. I didn't expect it would be...but I am a mover, I don't sit around and do nothing yet right now getting out of bed is a challenge. I am confined to one floor in my house. I cannot move without a walker assisting me. I need a special chair in the shower and I still have an IV port for antibiotic medications because the infection could still ravage what's left of me.

I cannot work as I recover. My business is shuttered while my leg, other foot and body heal from this long battle. I am scheduled for therapy and in 2 months I'm supposed to be fitted for a prosthetic leg which would give me the ability to walk on my own again. However, my limited medical insurance will not cover these basic life needs. I am left here with my half leg and 24 surgical staples holding it together, wondering how I will ever walk again??? I won't sugarcoat it... the healing pain is brutal. I'm not sure what my final bills and costs will amount too but I know that I am looking a deep, empty well.

I am blessed with friends and family who have prayed for my healing and recovery and I thank you. I am anxious to begin life again. My heart is full of hope. Although I've lost a leg, I have gained relief. There is no more wondering if every infection, cut, scrape or sore is going to fester and cause the worst. The worst happened and I survived. Diabetes took my leg but not my life.

I am asking for help in the most desperate time of my life. I cannot work or run my business. My bills are piling up and my medical costs will be significant. My prosthetic is estimated at 10 to 15 THOUSAND dollars with insurance only covering 5-10%, if I am able to convince them it's a life necessity.

I am one person in a world of billions. I understand times are tough. Your friendship, support and prayers are why I am still here despite the obstacles in my way. I want to walk through the park with my daughter again. I'd love to drive her to the mall and take her to dinner. My dogs want me to play and take them out. But right now I am unable too. And although I'm missing an important part of my physical self, I still have my mind, goals and dreams. You can help me walk again and be whole! A small donation to my fundraising efforts will help me walk again!! I want to be a part of your lives again. I ask for your help in making this happen!

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for being instrumental in my journey back to me.

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