Disability Grants To Help Disabled Eric Ease Surgery Pain And Relieve Medically Induced Debt
by Eric Hardin
(Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
My name is Eric Hardin and I'm a 48-year-old married father with two children and two animals. My daughter is almost 11 years old and my son is 16 months old.
We have owned our home in the city for about 12 years now.Disability Issues
On September 29, 2015 an Orthopedic Surgeon took me out of work because I became ill with a serious condition of my right arm. The illness required me to have back-to-back surgeries.
The first surgery was on my ulnar nerve on October 2, then another surgery on my right shoulder Rotator Cuff on November 13, 2015. The surgeries required a cast and six weeks in a sling with no use of my right arm.
Since I didn't have short-term Disability I was out of work several months with no income at all.
On January 3, 2016 I started three days per week of physical therapy for three months. I have now had four total surgeries on the same arm.
In the meantime, on December 20, 2015 my pregnant wife, a Registered Nurse, was placed on bed rest for preterm labor and gestational diabetes. We had an early arrival of a baby boy on January 7, 2016.
She also was out of work several months, December to April, without a paycheck.
I returned to see the surgeon for the ulnar nerve condition that had not improved with surgery or therapy. It had actually worsened leaving me in a great deal of pain daily, losing a vast majority of strength and most of the feeling of over half of my right arm.
On March 22, 2016 I was terminated by my employer, Yulista, due to the surgeon being unable to release me for a return to work.
Thus far I have seen five specialists and all their prognoses are the same consisting of 18-24 months recovery if any at all. So I returned to my treating surgeon on March 2017, who said medically there is nothing further he can do to help my condition and so he referred me to a pain clinic to help ease my pain.
I have been to two pain specialists without positive results yet, but I'm not giving up hope.
In January 2017, my 16-month-old son underwent surgery and has healed well.
In February 2017, my wife was diagnosed with a large mass (tumor) behind her right eye. She is receiving high dose steroid treatments at this time to try and reduce the size of the mass. Depending if the treatment works and the pathology report, my wife could be facing a serious brain surgery and/or chemo with radiation
We travel a four-hour roundtrip to see a Neuro-Ophthalmologist for my wife.
We are a family that has fallen on very hard times due to medical reasons.
We (my wife, son and I) have accrued numerous medical bills with multiple doctor visits, physical therapy sessions, medications, imaging copays, deductibles, surgeries, labor and delivery, and transportation expenses.Income Efforts
At this time, my wife continues to work full time despite her condition. However, we were accustomed to living on double her income so now we are struggling to make ends meet.
My surgeon has clearly documented no use of my right arm so I applied for Social Security Disability, but was denied. I then appealed that and I'm awaiting trial.
Due to these unforeseen circumstances and being without consistent income, we have depleted all our savings and have sold all unnecessary household and outdoor items as possible to keep our home and electricity on.Specific Needs
We are at the lowest of lows in our life and just need financial assistance to pay off medical bills and two used vehicles, pay vehicle and medical insurance, mortgage and utilities.
We are extremely grateful for any financial help we can find with your assistance. Our quality of life would be substantially increased with financial assistance despite the physical pain and ailments we have. Thank you.