In the middle of July my girlfriend Ari and I moved from the Chicago area to Tennessee. It was a very sudden move, and not anything we had ever seen coming. We were fired from our job and given 24 hours to be out of our house at the same time. We had no savings, and the little bit of money we had in our checking account was quickly gone to rent a moving truck. We piled in with our two cats and dog and drove straight to Tennessee to stay with my girlfriend Ari’s sister before crashing after being awake for almost 72 hours straight.
Two days before we moved in, on July 18 2019, Ari’s sister Jaime tripped over a small lip in between the living room and kitchen. She caught herself and thought she had simply rolled her ankle, but when we got here her foot was swollen and bruised, and I took her to the ER. They did an xray and sent her home, saying that nothing was wrong. They said to take Advil and Tylenol for the pain and to just go about her regular life. She went about her life as normal, and two weeks later her foot was black and blue and hurt to step on. She also had a black necrotic wound on her heel. Taking her back to the ER, they told her this time that amputation was likely, but they’d suggest getting a second opinion and suggested seeing the same ortho person that the Tennessee Titans sees. So we took her and were told that he had never seen anything like this in the entire time hes been working, and doesnt know what to do, so to head straight to Vanderbilt’s emergency room.
We sat in the waiting room for hours, but eventually Jaime was admitted to the hospital with a scheduled surgery for the next morning. They reset her foot and put an X-fixator in and kept her for 6 days. When they sent her home they never gave her or us any kind of care tips, only told her not to put weight on it at all, and to come back for a follow up in 2 weeks.
2 weeks later at the follow up they admitted her again, this time because her foot was infected, to the point of having maggots. They did surgery again to remove the infection, including removing some of her skin, and was in for another week. They attached a wound vac onto the wounds on her foot and told us to come in twice a week to have it cleaned and changed. Since then it’s been multiple follow ups and home health aids coming in. Someone had to stay at home with her at all times, and the one car that we have between the 3 of us has to be accessible very often in order to get her to lots of appointments. It was determined that her foot is ultimately unsaveable and was amputated on January 20th. Shell be fitted for a prosthetic in a few months, but until then will be in a wheelchair. This makes it difficult for her to get in and house of the house and car, to and from the bathroom, and makes it difficult for her to go back to work, even though shed like to because shes been out of work since the beginning of August 2019. She was drawing disability from her job, however they stopped paying her that about a month ago. She returned to work February 19, and while she has problems getting around and getting to the restroom by herself is impossible, it was going well. However, her doctor admitted her back into the hospital on Tuesday February 25 due to an infection in her amputation sight. She will have 2 more surgeries to clean it out and be in the hospital for a week or a week and a half before being released and being able to go back to work.
Currently, due to not having much income, we are extremely behind on bills, the worst one being our mortgage. We currently owe almost $4000 in back pay that we have no idea how we are going to pay. We also have March mortgage due soon and are unsure how to pay that either. Jaime will not be receiving pay for the time she is in the hospital, and I have not been able to work due to having to care for her. Ari has been looking for a job and has been unsuccessful in getting hired anywhere. My photo attached is of my mortgage bill.
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