Help for the Houstons
Organized by: Kae Winters
Annie and Aaron Houston had their lives turned upside down in November of 2014 when Aaron collapsed without warning. One year later he is almost completely bedridden with severe motor function and cognitive issues, and is now suffering from a neurological disorder thought to have been triggered by the event. While it's difficult enough that they're still having to work very closely with doctors to completely understand what happened and how to move forward, it's even more insulting that the state of Indiana has refused Aaron disability status.
Here is a summary in Annie's own words:
"On November 29th, 2014, our lives were turned upside down. Aaron, my husband, had gone to the grocery. He returned and brought in the first load of bags and then went back outside to retrieve the milk. He did not come back in.
When I found him he was awake but rigid, confused and having trouble breathing. He quickly got worse, and by the time I dialed 911, he had begun to turn blue. I began CPR while my two daughters, ages 14 and 9, watched helplessly.
Aaron spent 24 hours in a medically induced coma. It was determined that a convergence of issues caused the event, including a virus in his brain and cardiac arrest.
Aaron's current neurologist believes the medical event last year triggered some kind of neurological degenerative disorder. It seems to be mimicking Parkinson's disease but moving at a much faster rate. Aaron was a lawyer and the major bread-winner for our family. Today, he cannot read, see or speak well. He is almost completely confined to a wheelchair or bed.
The state of Indiana has refused to give him social security disability status. To add insult to injury, the insurance company has denied him the use of an electric wheelchair even though his healthcare providers have deemed it necessary. The toll this is taking on my family is indescribable. As I work at a school full-time, I cannot stay with him.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story.
As someone who volunteers a huge amount of her free time to nonprofit work, Annie is constantly thinking of others over herself while she works to support her family through this incredibly difficult time. She and her family are wonderful, kind, giving people and they deserve our support and love through these trials. If you can't donate (and even if you can and do), please see this list of other ways to help:
1. Give a meal. Sign-up at my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/help-for-the-houstons to give a delicious meal to the Houston family. Create an account and pick a date on the calendar.
2. Contact a representative. Aaron has been denied Social Security Disability twice. Contact Senator Dan Coats (317-554-0750) and Senator Joe Donnelly (317-226-5555) and advocate for the Houston family. Request a congressional inquest to speed the appeals process.
3. Pray or send positive thoughts. Pray for Aaron's recovery; pray for encouragement and support for the Houstons; pray for wisdom for medical professionals; pray for cooperation from government programs. Do whatever feels most natural and loving and supportive from wherever you are.
4. Share their story. Share this page with friends, colleagues, church groups and family members. Tell their story. Let's create a network of people to provide total care and support, local and afar.
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.