On February 29, 2008 Rick was rushed to the hospital with what turned out to be a strep A virus that had begun to attack his body. After several major surgeries including the amputation of both legs above the knee and three months in intensive care, he beat the odds. Click on MY STORY to read more about Rick and his family
On February 29, 2008, the lives of our family changed forever. My husband Rick had a sore throat and within 72 hours, our children (Raena, Ryan and Ross – seven year old triplets), Rick and I were rushing to the hospital. What is a common virus, Strep A, went into Rick’s system and turned into a super bug. The virus effectively shut down his system from heart failure (coding twice) to kidneys, to liver to circulation. He had toxic shock with only 5% odds of recovering. After several major surgeries (including the amputation of both legs above the knee) and three months in intensive care, he beat the odds. He’s physically changed but, his strength of will; great attitude and humor have stayed intact. He is an inspiration to me and the children. We’re now calling him ‘Super Daddy’.
We have begun a new chapter in our lives. We have made many modifications in our home to accommodate his needs including purchasing a wheel chair lift and remodeling rooms. We have great hope that he will be able to have prosthetic legs, but the cost of this is $60,000-$100,000 per leg plus physical therapy and fitting ranging approximately $25,000. Rick does not qualify for social security disability or medical assistance. A benefit is being planned to help with the expenses.
Despite all of this, we are united in our home once again. Rick returned home on June 27th, just two days shy of four months in the hospital. We are now working towards adapting to our new life. We live each day with great pleasure and joy. We are achieving our “New Normal” and facing our challenges with humor and determination. We will get Rick out in the community again, he will drive again, take care of our children again and with great hope and dedication, he will walk again. We have today and are blessed with each new day.