Friday, September 28, 2012

Time to give back | Savannah Skatepark Fish Fry



It is pretty great to be on the receiving end of a fundraiser, but there’s something to be said for being on the giving end.  Since Bennett’s accident he has received so much…monetary donations, donations of time and talent, love, prayer and positive energy.  This has all helped and continues to help his recovery.  It will be a long process, but he has risen to the occasion and continues to work hard to regain his strength and mobility.  


Today he will be on the giving side.  Since the weather cooled off the fish turned on.  He and Wes have been “working hard” catching some fish.  Tomorrow Bennett and Wes are hosting a fish fry to benefit the Savannah Skate Park.  If you’re around stop by.  They will be frying up some trout, redfish, sheep head and flounder.  There will also be grits, slaw, chips, dogs, cookies and drinks.



When Bennett moved to Colorado he called home and said, “Mom, every little town in Colorado has a concrete bowl!”  He’s passionate about skating and pretty stoked that Savannah is finally getting a nice concrete skatepark.  Every little bit helps so he and Wes are pitching in and hope to make a small dent in the big budget.  Ben will be at the fish fry with the skatepark plans for you to check out.  

Hope to see you there!

  • Date:  Saturday September 29, 2012
  • Time: noon-the food runs out
  • Place:  Memorial park, Tybee Island, GA (small pavilion in the NW corner near 4th and Jones)
  • $$:  please consider donating.  Suggested donation is $10.00 for the fish fry but there will be hot dogs for kids.  Any donation will be greatly appreciated.
  • Why:  After many years of hard work and planning the Savannah Skatepark is finally coming to fruition but money is still needed to be able to complete the vision. 

Special thanks to Brighter day, North Beach Grill, and BJ Collett for helping with the rest of the food.  




Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Home on Tybee Island

We’ve been home (on Tybee) 3 weeks today.  It’s great to be home, but Bennett is facing a whole new set of challenges and the transition for me has been emotionally difficult.  As a patient in a hospital you have access to almost instant answers and pretty much all of your needs are taken care of.  At least that’s how it was at St Anthony.  Coming home it’s like everything is starting over.  It’s bigger than just getting discharged and continuing to see the same caregivers.   It’s a whole new set of caregivers, and finding the right ones has not been easy.  For me the transition has been difficult because I was so focused on Bennett and when I came home simple family matters and every day decisions that are generally part of daily life seemed like chaos.  I’ve settled in now and I’m excited to be working again.  I’m splitting my time between helping Bennett and work.    

We flew into Savannah on Valentines night.   Thanks to Janie and Peter, Bennett flew first class so he had plenty of room to stretch out and was as comfortable as possible given the circumstances.  His only complaint was that he couldn’t take advantage of the free drinks!   Getting through security was interesting considering the metal inside Bennett.  We barely made the flight out of Denver, but from then on it was smooth sailing, or flying as the case may be.  We had a big welcome at the Savannah airport.  Andrew, Nicole and Ben were the first people to greet us and then family started showing up.  Britt, Sara, cousins, Aunts, Uncles and LP (Little Phillip, my Grandson) and Jerry.  Most of the family came back to the house and all of a sudden it was the middle of the night.  It was Bennett’s Aunt Delaine’s birthday so we celebrated that, Valentines Day and Bennett’s homecoming.  Cy had a wonderful valentines dinner waiting for us when we arrived home.  Trout stuffed with smoked shad, bacon and broccoli and some other pretty amazing things like strawberries dipped in chocolate.  Bennett stayed up until almost 5 am with Cy and Britt.  It was great. 

The next day we went to the Sheffield’s where Bennett is staying.  It’s perfect for Bennett.  Ground level, walk in shower, adjustable bed, and an open door policy for friends to visit.  Donna and Mike have been wonderful hosts and we are so grateful to have this place that's so close to home.  It’s only about 5 blocks away so it’s easy for me to run ( not literally but I COULD use the exercise) back and forth.  Cy, Sara or Rachel usually hang out with Bennett in the evening until he goes to bed and sometimes spend the night. 

Bennett is still non weight bearing on his right leg and about a week before his discharge was told he would be for at least another 2 months.  He is in rehab 3 times a week, but we have yet to get with an orthopedic surgeon which is becoming extremely frustrating.  Bennett has been going to his PCP weekly for his INR (Coumadin level) checks and has briefly met with his infectious disease specialist who needs him to see an Orthopedic Surgeon before his next appointment this coming Monday.  The Physical Therapist also needs direction from an orthopod.  Hello out there! ( Since writing this he has an appointment with an Orthopedic surgeon on Thursday.  YAY)

Mobility, pain, and boredom are Bennett’s biggest challenges right now. He’s getting around on crutches pretty well.  He is in a constant state of discomfort.  He’s BORED!  Bennett used to tell me that he didn’t like to sleep late because he was afraid that he’d miss something.  He was always busy doing some kind of activity (surfing, skating, kayaking, fishing, camping, hiking, traveling, snowboarding, working etc).  He’s very frustrated that he can’t do those things now, and has yet to find a replacement for the physical activities and work that he loves.  On the other hand he’s grateful that he’s here and doing as well as he is, but still…

One bright spot is his little red 1977 Honda Civic.  Thomson and John have loaned him this car for “as long as he wants it” and it’s the perfect car for now.  It needs a little bit of work, but he’s driven it around Tybee some (left footed) and is enjoying the independence that it gives him.  I’m sure that before long he’ll be driving it to Savannah. 

Bennett was in rehab at St Anthony for 3 weeks.  He worked with a physical therapist and occupational therapists on strength, range of motion and learning to do everyday tasks with limited mobility.  While in rehab he got a carbon fiber brace which helps keep his right foot from dropping.  His skin graft is completely healed, but his donor site is still healing. Bennett’s primary mode of getting around is crutches, but he also uses a wheel chair when going further distances. 

A couple of days after Bennett’s discharge date (Feb 7th) we went up to Breckenridge to gather up his belongings, say good bye to friends and attend the Dwight Brill Celebration of Life Foundation fundraiser.  Getting around in icy conditions on crutches was scary and a friend gave Bennett crampons that fit on his crutches which helped quite a bit but it was still pretty sketchy.  The owners of the Whales Tail, Robin and Denise, once again let us stay in their home while we were in Breck which made for a relaxing and comfortable weekend. 

The Dwight Brill fundraiser was great, and Bennett was able to meet some of the ski patrol that saved his life, the founder (Dwight's widow), and board members.  The foundation has helped Bennett with some of his COBRA payments and we are so grateful.  Bennett also saw a lot of friends and coworkers at the fundraiser.  After the fundraiser we headed back to Wes and Saundra's to visit with some of Bennett's close Breck friends.  Wes had prepared a Low Country Boil!  It was a special weekend.  We had some great help getting Bennett’s belongings packed up and transported back to Denver.  From there we shipped everything on a pallet back to Tybee. 

I don't know if I would have been able to stay in Denver for the duration of Bennett's hospitalization had it not been for the kindness and generosity of Hollis Stacy and Dorothy Goes who gave me their home to stay in.  It was only about 3 mile from the hospital and it made all the difference being so close to Bennett and having a safe and comfy home to go back to. I had the house to myself and it was truly my home away from home.  Hollis came out to Denver a couple of days after Bennett’s discharge.  It was great seeing her and Bennett enjoyed getting to know her.   We've had so many angels who have helped along the way.  We are grateful, we love you and thank you. 

Libby



Friday, February 10, 2012

Dwight Brill Celebration of Life Silent Auction and Dinner

Bennett was released from the hospital on Feb 7,2012.  There’s been so much to write about in the 2 weeks since my last post, and I’ll catch up soon.  In the mean time we’d like to invite everyone that lives in Breckenridge to the Dwight Brill Celebration of Life SilentAuction and Dinner.  
The fund was conceived in 2000, inspired by the extensive financial, logistical and emotional support provided to the Brill family during Dwight's battle with cancer. The Celebration of Life aims to carry on this spirit of giving by providing emergency support services to Ski resort employees in times of medical need. Since its inception, employees have raised more than $157,000 for the fund. As of now, it has helped 83 employees with major medical expenses and some 300 employees with smaller amounts of aid.  Bennett is one of the recipients and we are very grateful to the foundation. For more info on the fundraiser tonight go here

We drove up to Breck last night and stopped by the Whales Tail for a quick visit and great meal.  Tonight we’ll stop by the Dwight Brill fundraiser and then visit friends and play some rousing board games.  Tomorrow is a work day…gathering Bennett’s belongings. 

I was in Savannah last weekend for the Bennett Benefit at Southern Pines.  It was fantastic and we cannot thank those that helped out enough.  I will write about it in more detail in the next blog, but I just want Kelly Nelson rocks.  So does everyone else involved, but it wouldn’t have happened without her phenomenal organizational skills and ability to ask for favors.To see some photos from the fundraiser check out this link

Bennett and I can’t wait to get to the warm GA sunshine.  The warm weather will do his broken bones good, and he is OVER the ice.  We’ll be flying home on Valentine’s Day.  Tybee here we come!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bennett has a discharge date

Bennett has been in rehab for one week and the hospital for 8 weeks.  His projected discharge date is February 7th.  This past week he’s pushed his therapists to push him.  It hasn’t been easy and he sometimes gets frustrated, but he knows that he needs to be patient.  Pain is his biggest enemy.  Since standing up with the help of a walker Bennett has been experiencing intense pain in his right foot, leg and hip (even though he’s not putting any weight on it), plus swelling in his right foot.  I guess this is to be expected since he was on his back for 7 weeks, but that doesn’t make it any easier.  One of his therapists told him that a rule of thumb for recovery (regaining strength) is 3 days of rehab for every 1 day of hospitalization.  Needless to say, it will take quite some time.    

Each day Bennett spends 1 ½ hours with a physical therapist and 1 ½ hours with an occupational therapist.  He has gone up 4 steps and walked about 250 steps with the aid of a walker.  His range of motion with regards to how far he bends his knees and flexes his right ankle improves daily and it looks like the nerves in his right leg are OK.  He also took his first shower last weeks.  What a treat! The skin graft is looking great and is healed, but the donor site is still pretty raw.  

We plan on heading back to Tybee after Bennett’s discharge.  Right now we’re looking at our different transportation options.  When he gets back to Savannah he will need to continue physical therapy rehab as an outpatient.  He will also be coming to GA on Coumadin because of the blood clot and will need a primary care physician to monitor that, an orthopedist, an infectious disease specialist, and possibly a urologist, vascular surgeon and plastic surgeon.  Hopefully that’s it.  Then there’s the housing issue.  At this point we’re not sure if he’ll be able to navigate the stairs at my house and we probably won’t know until closer to his discharge date.  We have a lot to figure out in 2 weeks.  

On Feb 3rd there will be another benefit for Bennett in Savannah.  It should be awesome and I’m thinking seriously about coming home that weekend.   The Accomplices and LittleTybee are playing.  Chrystal Beer Parlor is providing the food (thanks Johnny!), United Distributors is providing the booze (thanks Diane!) and Brighter Day paid for the venue (thanks Janie and Peter!). Kelly Nelson has been doing the heavy lifting (thanks Kelly!) and I'm sure there are others folks that are instrumental in making this happen.  A big thanks to the bands, artists anf others helping Kelly pull this together.  Both bands I love and there’s a 3rd band playing that I’m unfamiliar with, Christ, Lord.  Bennett and I just finished listening to some of their music and we’re pretty excited!  WOW, kind of a dark Gypsy Jazz , with some New Orleans and Doors mixed in.  Bennett wants someone to record the music at the benefit.  He is bummed he won’t be there because “it’s going to be sick”.   Any tapers out there willing to step up? (with the bands permission of course).   For more info on the benefit check this link

Bennett’s health benefits through Vail Resorts run out the end of this month and his COBRA will be a little over $500.00/ month.  Money raised through the benefits will help Bennett continue his recovery, cover COBRA payments and meet day to day living expenses until he’s able to work again.  

 
My favorite Little Tybee video (above). I'm sure that some of it has to do with the fact that Bennett's in it, but it's also the music, the magic of the GA & SC coast and these boys (men really, right?) that love each other but aren't often together. Brock created this video after a sailing trip last spring from Savannah up to Charleston. Bennett is looking forward to regaining his balance and getting back on the water.


See you soon!

With much love and gratitude,

Libby

p.s. If you're wondering where the Breckenridge Bourbon went, I found out that it's not being served at the fundraiser after all so I deleted that part of the post, however...it is being carried in Savannah now and you can ask Diane at the fundraiser where to buy it.   If you're a bourbon drinker you will love this award winning whiskey.





Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Up to rehab he goes

Today was Bennett’s first full day of rehab.  It was an emotional day and he’s a tired boy.  Bennett moved up to the 7th floor yesterday evening.  We’ll have a better idea in the next few days how long he’ll be here and what he’ll be able to do when he leaves.  In all likelihood he still won’t be able to bare (sp?) weight on his right leg.  Each day Bennett will have 3 hours of rehab spread throughout the day and split between physical therapy and occupational therapy.   Bennett was happy to be doing the work today but frustrated with his weakness and complete lack of control over his right leg.  He was pretty low this afternoon after hearing his Plastic Surgeon describe to the Physical Therapist all of the injuries and muscle loss to the right leg.  He knows he can learn to compensate.  He knows that the second day he was here there was a discussion about amputating his leg amongst his various doctors and he’s grateful to still have it.  He also knows that so much of what he did and loved prior to the accident was based on having strong legs and good coordination.  He wants to be able to surf.  

The goal up here in rehab is to gain strength and independence.  He is so weak and will have to learn to function without the use of his right leg for now.  The prognosis for his right leg is not horrible, but it’s still too injured to do anything with and is causing him serious pain issues.  When he arrived up here yesterday he was weighed.  He’s not sure what he weighed coming in, but knows it was probably between 150 and 155 pounds.  He was already a thin guy.  Today he weighs 130.  I’m trying my best to put some meat back on his bones.  

We have a great view of the Denver skyline from his room on the 7th floor of St Anthony.  All of his other rooms were on the opposite side of the hospital looking west towards the mountains.  He’s now looking east.  We can also see the Flight for Life helicopters coming and going.  

The only IV drug he’s still on is the antibiotics.  I was looking at the bill today and each round of just one of his antibiotics is over $2200.00.  WOW.  He’s still on pain meds, meds for nerve sensitivity, and Coumadin, but they’re all oral.  He’s also taking supplements that will help him heal, increase vascular strength and bone density, fight infection, protect his liver and help him meet the nutritional demands of a broken body on the mend being pumped full of antibiotics and other drugs.  Thanks Peter and Janie!  

Last Sunday was the third time that Bennett had been out of bed.  (The second time he shuffled over on his walker and kissed his Mama!)  I suggested to the Physical Therapist that he might like to go outside, so instead of sitting in the recliner his PT rounded up a wheel chair and cut us loose.  Bennett wanted to see the hospital where he’s been confined for almost 2 months.  He wheeled himself to the elevator and down we went.  After a bit he got tired and I wheeled him to the south side of the hospital.  There’s a patio area that’s close to the cafeteria with some tables and chairs. When the sun is out, even on cold days, it always feels good there.  It’s set in a little bit from the rest of the hospital so it’s sheltered from wind and the sun hits it most of the day.  Out we went and Bennett took a deep breath.  I think I was holding mine. 

“It smells like winter…”  (silence)  ”…Is there an airport close by?”
“No, that’s a helicopter starting up.”
“Can I see?”  

So off we went to the middle of the parking lot, turned around and watched the Flight for Life take off.  It was an intense moment.  Later Bennett said that he could smell people’s fires.  It made him sad.    

Since my last post Bennett’s catheter (that had been with him since the day of the accident) came out.  The plumbing is working great.  He also was able to get rid of the Miami J (neck brace).  He’d been told that he may have to wear it up to 12 weeks.  Bennett was given a CT scan and the basilar skull fracture and C1 fracture are looking good.  When I arrived at the hospital on Sunday morning the collar was gone.  

Saturday Kate and Andrew stopped by on the way to the airport.  Kate had organized the Bennett-fit at the Whales Tale and Andrew had flown in from San Diego with the surfboard for the silent auction.  They were the high bidders on the board and brought it to Bennett!  It’s now in his hospital room and is beautiful.  Sweetness!

From the sounds of it the fundraiser at the Jinx was a big success and lots of fun!  Bennett was able to SKYPE for a few minutes with friends at the benefit and see the great turnout.  Thanks so much to all those who helped put this on and those that attended.  Bennett is so grateful for all the visitors, well wishes and good energy.   It keeps him going.

Much love and gratitude,

Libby

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tractionless, stapleless and drainless in a recliner…

January 12.2012


That’s right!  The rest of the staples came out on Monday, the traction came off on Tuesday and the last drain came out on Wed.  Tuesday night Bennett was moved up to a room on the 5th floor (room 528) and will be here until he's strong enough to go up to Rehab.  He’s projected to move up to Rehab next Tuesday or Wednesday.  The new room is either for big wigs or extremely large people and is literally twice as large as any other room in the hospital.  Maybe Bennett is being rewarded for being such an awesome patient for so long (6 ½ weeks).  This would have been a great room when the whole family was here over the holidays.   And for you Band of Squirrels, there’s room to hang your hammocks, I’m just not sure what you’d attach them to.  Bennett is really wishing that his co-pilot, Kyle was still here.  They had some serious helicopter flying sessions, but in this new bigger room they could really have some fun. 

The ­­­Staples came out while I was in Breckenridge for the Whales Tale Bennett-fit, which was awesome.  The last of the staples were around the perimeter of Bennett’s skin graft.  The skin graft is looking great and is less red every day.  Dr Reynolds says that it has taken 100%.  

The day after the Bennett-fit the traction came out.  It was a little creepy.  The traction pin was threaded and bent.  Picture this: a shiny giant bolt cutter and cordless Craftsman drill.  Bennett was heavily sedated and Wes filmed it so that Bennett could “remember”.  It was later that night that Bennett moved up to his new “suite”.  

Yesterday Dr Reynolds removed the drain that went up into his pelvic area.  The area was still draining a little bit but it’s been clear and the drains need to be gone for rehab.  Bennett said it was the “strangest feeling” and that he could feel it moving through his body as it came out.  EEK.  

Yesterday Sandra and Hal came to visit Bennett from Breck. Unfortunately Bennett was having horrible stomach pains when they were here and he was pretty zoned out, but Hal left a thumb drive with photographic evidence of the Bennett-fit. He also left a HDMI connector, so we could hook my PC up the the TV.  It was a wonderful gift for Bennett to be able to watch it later.  Last night Robin and Denise, owners of the Whales Tail, stopped by on their way up to Breckenridge.  This was a big surprise for Bennett and I loved meeting them.  They're not in Breck full time and were not there for the Bennett-fit, but they had graciously offered me their home that night, plus they allowed the restaurant to be closed down for regular business, so it was great to meet them and thank them.  
 
Today was a big day.  The first news was that Bennett’s Coumadin is now at a “therapeutic” level so the Heparin was stopped.  Heparin was one of the things keeping Bennett from going up to Rehab.  He is finally off IV pain meds and IV heparin.  Now all he needs is the strength to withstand 3 hours of rehab a day and he’ll stay in this room until then.  Bennett’s already working hard to get his knees moving and on upper body strength.  He’s a little worried about being strong enough to fully take advantage of his rehab, but I’m sure he’ll do great.  

So, the second big news of the day… DRUM ROLL PLEASE… Bennett sat on the edge of the bed, stood… and then moved to a recliner!  He put full weight on his left leg and with the help of a walker and a couple of therapists and shifted to the recliner where he stayed for about 1 ½ hours.  This was such a huge step.  He literally had not been off his back and out of bed since November 28.  I’m hoping in the next couple of days I’ll be able to wheel him outside.  Tonight Bennett is in a lot of pain.  I'm nor sure if it's from the new activity today, but it seems likely. 

Later in the day Bennett had a CT scan on his right pelvic area.  After viewing the CT scan Bennett’s Orthopedic Surgeon will have a better idea of what Bennett’s prognosis is with regards to his right leg and how he can proceed in rehab.  Yesterday Dr. Desai told Bennett about an app that’s a 3D x-ray and CT scan viewer.  Tomorrow we’ll meet with Dr Desai and he’ll share these images using the app that Bennett downloaded and discuss the future.  We’re really looking forward to this meeting and Bennett is anxious to see the x-rays of the night he came in.  I guess he’s strong enough to see them now, but they are pretty horrific.  

The Bennett-fit at the Whales Tale this past Monday was wonderful and amazing.  There were so many donations for the silent auction.  Everything from acupuncture, to merino wool undies, to snowboards.  There must have been over 50 items for the silent auction and about 30 for the raffle.  The turnout was so great I was worried that the fire marshal might show up!  Kate did an amazing job of organizing the event and a lot of other folks really stepped up and assisted her.  Wes put out a nice “spaghetti feed” spread.  Sandra was an exceptional MC (and prize).  Thank you SO MUCH Whales Tail crew, folks that donated and got donations and all the wonderful folks that showed up and made it a huge success.  We love you all so much and it was great to meet more of Bennett’s friends. 

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                                                          The Whales Tail Bennett-Fit

BRING HOME THE BACON FOR BENNETT BENEFIT SHOW
This Saturday there’s another benefit for Bennett at the Jinx.  There will be great music plus there’s been donations for a raffle, including gift certificates to Zunzi's, Green Truck, North Beach Grill, JW Salon and Spa (boy could I use this!), Fannies, Sundae Cafe, Spa Bleu, and more. There are also limited t-shirts and prints by local artists for sale, with all profits going to Bennett.  We love those Collett boys and Matt has pulled this benefit together.  The art is compliments of Nicole, Andrew, Guy and Patrick. Love Love Love and Love!  For more info go here.  
If you’re not a night owl (the benefit starts at 10:00) then stop by the Jinx for Happy Hour and experience some awesome and high energy Rock-A-Billy from Crazy Man Crazy!  This Happy Hour is part of the BRING HOME THE BACON FOR BENNETT BENEFIT SHOW. CMC will be taking requests for money and donating to the cause. (in Colorado CMC stands for Colorado Mountain College; In Savannah CMC stands for Crazy Man Crazy!) “Who knows, we may even stick around and play as part of the show later.”

Personal note; mrpalmeronbass is very close with the Bacon family and really wants you to come to this show!  Thanks Mr. Palmer.  We love you too!  For more info go here.  



Thanks again for the  love and support.


We love you back!


Libby

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Onward and Upward!

 This beautiful hand painted surfboard is one of the many amazing items donated for the Bennett-Fit being held at the Whales Tail in Breckenridge on January 9,2012. 



Bennett continues to make small strides every day.  The Pain Specialist finally made it in, and it made a positive difference.  Some of the nerve and pain meds were being given to Bennett at 12 hour intervals and they were only lasting about 10 hours.  The Pain Specialist increased these meds to 8 hour intervals, so now this lapse in coverage (sound like insurance?)  doesn’t occur and Bennett has been more comfortable and able to sleep longer and more soundly.  


Today Bennett woke up some muscles in his right leg.  He tried to flex his calf and thigh muscles for a long time with no response ( he said there was just no connection to his brain), but by the end of the day he was doing it.  His nerves are still waking up and his muscles are starting to fire.  He wants to get that leg moving!  It was a beautiful sight tonight seeing his calf muscle flex.  


The Whales Tail in Breckenridge has organized a Bennett-Fit.  It’s tomorrow from 5-9 and I’m tearing myself away from the hospital and heading up to Breck.  It sounds like it will be quite an event and even made the Summit Daily. So far a run-down of just some of the things up for auction/raffle...

-Hand painted surfboard by Katy Helen
-5 SNOWBOARDS!!!
-2 night stay at Breck Inn
-20 games of FREE Bowling
-2 Hour Snowmobile Ride with White Mountain Tours
-$150 in General Dentistry from Dr. John Warner
-2 Hour Pontoon Rental
-Haircut from Jules Santen!!!
-1 Hour Massage from Alpine Spa
-1 Hour Acupuncture from Acupuncture by Audrey in Avon
-4 Rockies Tickets
-2 Trips to/from DIA with Fresh Tracks Shuttle Service


Bennett is so grateful to his Whales Tail family and everyone that has donated and gotten items for the raffle. He will be skyping the event so at least he can be talking to people at the event from his hospital room!  For more information on the Bennett-Fit you can check out the link below:


Thank heavens Bennett has health insurance.  He's worked for Vail Resorts for 5 years but it’s been seasonal work.  Every summer he’s let his coverage lapse, but when he returns in the fall he picks the better of 2 options.  It looks like he’ll be in pretty good shape with regards to being able to pay for his care as long as he can meet his deductible and out of pocket, plus continue his coverage through COBRA.  Bennett’s insurance coverage is running out the end of this month.  His COBRA payments will be $504/ month and he won’t be able to work for a long time.  Bennett can be covered by COBRA for 18 months and this continuation of  insurance coverage will enable him to get the rehab he’ll need.  The fundraisers set up for Bennett will help him meet his financial obligations such as the COBRA payments as well as simple living expenses while he is unable to work.  


I found out a few days ago what Bennett’s medical expenses have been so far.  The Flight for Life was $19,476.00.  Would anyone like to venture a guess what the hospital has billed?  Hint:  he has a leg scratcher that says, “million dollar leg scratcher”.  


Onward and upward!


With much love and gratitude,

Libby