Yet another unexpected complication - after Gina was treated for the infection of her amputated leg she devoloped another infection called C-Diff, which is highly contagious. She has been hospitalized three times and the doctors are still working hard at trying to get it cleared up and Gigi infection free and no longer contagious. Until then, Gigi is forced to stay at home and try to get better.
We are keeping her in our prayers and still working on trying to raise enough funds to get her a new wheelchair!
Due to complications from Gina's latest fall, she was back in the hospital over the weekend. Unfortunately, do to a faulty piece of medical equipment, Gina took a nasty fall just over a week ago, she swears she spends more time on the ground than upright - but anyone that knows our Gigi gets her constant sense of humor about these issues. She has broken her toe, the nail was lifted up almost completely and has gotten infected and her recently amputated leg developed a large hemtoma that is now hemorrhaging.
She is traveling out of town to Miami University Hospital this week to see a specialist with the hopes that they will be able to help. The mounting medical bills are astronomical! I've posted just one photo of a recent bill of hers for you to get an idea of what she is dealing with. Let us all keep her in our thoughts and prayers and keep spreading the word about her story and supporting her through this crisis!
Gina took a nasty fall and ended up back in the hospital for three days and is finally back home.
While trying to get into her wheelchair, her left leg began to tremor and contract and it caused her to fall. As she fell a standing metal sculpture that held pillar candles crashed over her head causing a moderate concussion.
As she was falling and reaching for something to hang on to her hand hit the controller on her old power chair and it lurched forward and ran on top of her amputated leg. The paramedics were called, but it took 20 or so minutes with the 200 lb chair to be removed from her leg! She ended up with a severe hematoma at the end of her amputated leg which was treated at the hospital but could take weeks to heal and return to normal.
Gigi is back at home recovering but the incident caused her condition to worsen severely. Unfortuntely, due to mistakes and red tape Gina still does not have her proper wheelchair and can not move around so she is basically now on bedrest.
We are hoping that she will heal quickly and get back to her usual self soon!
Less than one day after my amputation and I finally needed to face looking at my amputated leg, which we lovingly call "Peggy-The Half Leggy" or Peggy for short. lmao Share my experience as I take what I think will be the hardest part of this medical journey - seeing my amputated leg for the first time!
Check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGCgOQcBujI
Day 10 of Gina being in the hospital...While this video comes to you a little late, there weren't many ways to get it uploaded while in the hospital and dealing with everything going on but we wanted to let you see what's been going on with Gina in her own words! We will be keeping you posted and making sure that the video's are updated sooner.Check out Gina's latest video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHFUk9rRhUc
Unfortunately, Gina has beenhospitalized at Winter Park Memorial Hospital since April 28th with a condition unrelated to her CRPS and upcoming amputation. She remains admitted while receiving treatment and on Monday she will have her gallbladder removed. Currently, they do not anticipate any delays in her amputation scheduled for two and a half days later.
She is still in highspirits, even joking with the doctor if they have a 2-4-1 discount on removing body parts! She isbravely facing now two surgeries this week, but that does mean she will have even less time to prepare her home and address her upcoming daily challenges.
She is staying busy creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind bags in the hospital that we will be auctioning off to help the fundraising. Check back soon for the details on the Give Gina A Leg Up Silent Auction!!!
I want to thank everyone for your amazing generosity! Your donations are already hard at work. There is much more that needs to be done, but this is an incredible start and it's all because of YOU. Let me show you how the donations are being used!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJdbVVQiN3M&feature=youtu.be