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Old 11-24-09, 08:52 PM   #1
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Update on andy

You may remember a previous post about Andy, my son born with a profound disability, who broke his leg March 3, but was not diagnosed until July through a series of medical "malpractice" events.

My wife (RN, Certified Case Manager, and former case file reviewer for attorneys in malpractice suits) just finished our review of Andy's medical records around this event, and WOW, did they dig themselves a big hole. This will likely result in a formal complaint to the Medical Board regarding the hospital and certain MD's.

In any event, we came back yesterday from Andy's 8 week checkup for the major repair of his broken femur, which was broken March 3rd.

Here is my report:

His leg has totally healed, and he is cleared to begin to learn to walk again.

I would like to say a very positive word about Colorado Limb and Preservation Specialists, and especially Dr. Hugate.

WOW!! What a great MD. Kind, caring, brilliant, skilled. Throughout the entire process we feel he was the only Doc who really saw our family and care provider as a "team," and while the other docs were urging us to place Andy in a nursing home, etc., and one home health care agency would not take us, he could see that we had the spirit and will power to pull this off.

And, thanks to our caregiver (who got the "Caregiver of the Year" award from the Colorado Cross Disabilities Coalition), our family and many others, we did.

The doc was also amazed at how fast Andy healed - said it was most unusual, and must be the "genes."

Our next challenge is reteaching Andy to walk. "One step at a time."
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Old 11-24-09, 09:34 PM   #2
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This is great news, Denver.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
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Old 11-24-09, 09:34 PM   #3
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Old 11-24-09, 09:46 PM   #4
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Good news.Andy is fortunate to have family that doesn't give up.
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Having taught for over 30 years, I'm once again reminded that parents are everything...you and your wife, Denver, are also quite something.
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Old 11-24-09, 11:52 PM   #6
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I'm glad to hear things are looking up for Andy.
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Old 11-25-09, 12:00 AM   #7
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So happy to see this great news, Denver. You have much to give thanks for this week.
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Old 11-25-09, 04:09 AM   #8
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Very nice to hear the positive in all of this, Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
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Cudos to you and your family for not giving in to those who want to warehouse folks and see disability as reason to do so. I'm pleased to hear that Andy is on the mend and hopeful you and your family will find the next stretch of road a bit smoother.
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Old 11-25-09, 07:07 AM   #10
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Good to hear that your son is doing better, and good luck with getting him back on his feet. Sounds like a bad experience initially, but good in the end. Celebrate with a great Thanksgiving!

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Old 11-25-09, 07:19 AM   #11
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Denver,

I, for one, am very glad that you choose to provide this update.

Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. It focuses on family and friends without the greedy overtones that Christmas has acquired. Andy's loving family is his most valuable possession. Likewise, 50+ has become an extended family that separates it from the other forums. That's clear to me when I read the posts from so many of the 50+ regulars on this off topic post.

Here's hoping you and Andy have a wonderful holiday.
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Old 11-25-09, 10:06 AM   #12
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Denver,
That is great news to start the Thanksgiving weekend! Hope all goes well for Andy.

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Old 11-25-09, 11:23 AM   #13
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Great news - finally something to be thankful for, tomorrow.

Good luck, and Godspeed!
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Old 11-25-09, 03:51 PM   #14
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DF, excellent news, our hope is for a full recovery, there's always something to be thankful for, glad to see things working "for" you this time, Happy Thanksgiving to all your family!
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Great news, Denver! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
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Thanks for the update - I have thougt about your situation from time to time but sensing a reluctance to open this up have not asked. I am so glad things are looking up.
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Great news! Another reason to give thanks.

I love your tenacity. Your sons are lucky to have you and Nora for parents.
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Old 11-25-09, 11:15 PM   #18
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Thanks for the post! Great news, and thanks for the update.
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Old 11-25-09, 11:55 PM   #19
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Best wishes for continued progress.
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Old 11-26-09, 09:05 AM   #20
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Congratulations on the great progress so far and yet to come.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-26-09, 06:45 PM   #21
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+1 all of the above. I hope the relearning period is as short as possible. You all will continue to be in my thoughts.
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Old 11-27-09, 07:39 PM   #22
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Something to be thankful for. Best wishes.
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