Accident Disabled Brain Injured Father Seeks Disability Housing Grant Help
(Denver, Colorado, USA)
My name is Kim. I am writing this on behalf of my husband Randy, disabled by a brain injuring accident.
He is a 49-year-old man with a beautiful, brilliant mind and loving heart. We've been happily married for over 20 years.
We have a son who is a 17-year-old senior and a daughter who is a 14-year-old freshman who both look up to and miss their father in so many ways.
They both attend a Christian school here in Denver and participate in different athletic programs.
They also do volunteer work at a foundation for animals located here in the Denver area, and they volunteer with athletic training/coaching in their applicable sport of expertise.
Randy is disabled with a brain injury that he received from an automobile accident that happened the morning of April 13th, 2011.
He was sitting at a red light at the end of an off ramp exit from one of the highways here in Denver.
A large sports utility vehicle driven by a government employee exited the highway at a high rate of speed and rear-ended my husband, totaling his truck, and leaving him disabled with multiple injuries.
He was diagnosed with severe post concussive syndrome. He also received injuries to his back and lower left leg/knee.
He's been rehabilitating the injuries three days a week, for 2-3 hours each session since May. In addition, he has been undergoing vestibular therapy.
He has had one surgery on his neck and is scheduled to have another surgery the first or second week of November of 2011.
He has double vision, memory loss, constant dizziness, loss of balance, high pitched ringing in his right ear with hearing loss, loss of motor skills, focus and attention deficits, light sensitivity, severe and constant head/neck pain (migraine level), speech impediment, comprehension problems all accompanied with his back and leg pains.
He just finished his cognitive testing with his neuropsychologist that was prescribed by his neurologist.
The testing reiterated the diagnosis as well as the prognosis by his neurologist who said he wouldn't be able to work for another year or two at best.
He now has a speech therapist and a cognitive therapist he will start seeing after his next surgery.
Randy hasn't worked since his accident and won't be able to for at least a year or two from now based on his latest appointments and tests.
He's been the breadwinner for our family since we were married. We have spent all of our money since the accident.
He has lost his business and all that he invested into his new company as well. We have lost our house, too.
He cannot drive, work or help with anything around the house the way he used to.
He has been unable to attend any of his kids' events at school such as baseball, volleyball, concerts or training as well.
Randy has been involved in sports his whole life and he helped train young athletes to achieve their goals and to get them into college programs that match their abilities with the college's needs.
He is missing his son's senior year of recruiting and it is literally killing him, not to mention what it is doing to our son.
My husband has coached and trained our son for six years and he has a solid future in sports and sports therapy/training/medicine and now that the recruiting trips are being scheduled, my son will be without his father on these trips.
All of this is having the same effect on our daughter because her dad was equally involved in all of her events as well.
I can only work part-time because of the weekly medical appointments, therapy and care. I won't even go into the toll this has taken on me and my health. Our son has a driver's license but we only have one vehicle now since the accident so he can't help out.
Randy is currently taking five prescribed medications daily. He takes Donepezil for his memory and concentration, Sertraline (Zoloft), Alprazolam (Xanax) for his anxiety and high blood pressure since the accident, Tizanidine (Zanaflex) for his spasms and Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) for his pains.
He also takes over the counter medicines to help fight the side effects of the prescribed medicines. He was on Hydrocodone/APAP for five months for his pains but it was damaging his liver so they switched his pain prescription.
We as a family have been prescribed to meet with a mental therapist as to how we can better cope with my husband's disability and changes. That will not start until after Randy's next surgery.
Randy did file for disability a little over three months ago (July) and was denied. They said it's because he did not have enough credits over the past 15 years even though he paid in for almost 20 years before that. He has been self-employed since 1996.
We did qualify for food stamps and have been on that program since August. I have been working only part time and Randy of course can't.
We have received a few donations for our pets from the animal foundation that we do volunteer work for but that's it.
We are upside down every month and are completely out of money and any assets, and we have to move this coming December 22nd.
We are looking for any kind of disability grants and/or housing grants that are available that we would qualify for that can help my husband and his family.
I do have all documentations supporting this awful situation and would like to thank you in advance for any consideration.
Kim for husband Randy
We have no business idea at this time but Randy would eventually like to start an Advanced Patient Advocacy business/program helping other accident victims in situations such as the one that he has unfortunately gone through.
As of yet he has not had any time nor felt like pursuing this venture. Any advice on this would also be sincerely appreciated as well.
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