Not all of you may know about my situation, but I wanted to let you know how things are progressing. Thursday the 5th will be 6 weeks since my left foot and ankle was amputated due to a non-healing injury/infection. I am healing very well, going through some physical therapy (LOTS of ouch and “come on – you can do it!”) and waiting on the prosthetic folks to get my socket and new foot ready. The initial socket is now ready but the waiting part is for their doctors to prepare the documentation and justification to send to the insurance folks.
I talked earlier today to the Hanger Clinic who is making and gathering all the prosthesis items. In the preparation of the justification, they went to the insurance website, looked into the exclusion area and made an assumption that the micro-processor foot (the one that enables walking on uneven surfaces better) was not acceptable.
I then called the insurance folks and they called Hanger and told them that wasn’t necessarily true, to go ahead and submit. This would let their doctors evaluate and make a decision – hopefully in my favor!
I am to call the insurance customer rep line next Wednesday to check on the status.
On Wednesday, 18 April, our local TV stations WHBF Ch 4 and KLJB Ch 18 ran a segment highlighting my efforts here on RedBasket. Ch 4 ran theirs at 5 pm and Ch 18 ran theirs at 9 pm. I have included the link to watch the video. They did a really nice job with the interview. Thanks to Kelly and Mike for this.
Should hear today (Thursday the 19th) or tomorrow on the decision by the insurance on the which foot I will get. Then we can move forward!
The goal will help us with medical expenses to help give Jhett the best life possible moving forward.
Having a trained service dog to help me cope day-to-day gives me comfort and hope that I may be more successful in managing my disability in the future.
Our goal is to restore the RPO to its former glory in order to preserve and teach railroad history which was a vital part of the town of Wallace’s history.