Recovery for Mick and Amy Hurd Family
Organized by: Amy Hurd
So many have privately messaged both Mick and me, and we're not too proud to be real with our friends, so this is what's up with us. (YES, this is lengthy!!) There are many families with both parents injured or terribly ill. 1) I battle Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, and I now have damage to my Autonomic Nervous System (it's called POTS, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). I require up to 3x weekly IV infusions. Five years of being unable to work or pay my student loans, and my disability is still in process. 2) At work, Mike slipped on ice while clearing the lot and had an undiagnosed whiplash event and an undiagnosed concussion. The med center they sent him to for a workers comp injury claim didn't diagnose either problem and sent him on his way. Migraines began, vision impairment, too. 3) Also at work, Mike was backed into by a car (it was being driven by a porter who was moving a customer's car). The car hit him on his hip and threw his whole body out of alignment. It further caused damage to his already fused spine, to his neck, his knee. He was examined at the same med center for this second workers comp injury claim. Same deal, nothing was done properly there to address what later turned out to be major injuries. So, on top of all his pre-existing back trouble/surgeries (next fusion is Oct18 @ UofM) and knee problems (Rt knee replacement being done in 2017), he now suffers from post-concussive syndrome/traumatic brain injury. Headaches 24/7/365 + migraines 2-3 times every single day. His neurologist and his neurological ophthalmologist continue to document that he is unable to work due to both cognitive and visual impairments. His neck pain and popping/grinding have yet to be diagnosed despite a cervical MRI and bone scan and appointments with specialists. 4) The worst part, financially, is that he has been unable to work since Dec2015, and the work.comp insurance carrier DENIED HIS CLAIMS. They haven't paid a single cent of lost wages. We have retained an attorney in Grand Rapids, and have a suit filed against the work.comp insurance company. We have a pre-trial hearing coming up in September. We have also applied for disability for Mike, so his application is now in process just like mine is. 5) With zero income from either of us, and zero lost wages being paid to Mike, we have depleted all of our savings and the small severance Mike rec'd in Dec2015. We have been unable to keep up on our rent, car payment, and everything else. We did apply for State assistance and are finally beginning to get a small amount of cash and a good amount of food assistance each month. We're so thankful for both of these benefits. Also, it sure helps that both the kids work hard to help contribute to things like their car insurance, their gas money, etc. 6) We've been working with Good Samaritan Ministries in Holland in an effort to find a combination of State and charitable programs to keep us in our home. We have continued to be told for the last two months that there would be assistance adequate to keep us here. We have several months of back rent owing, and the owner of our condo has been incredibly patient and understanding. We were somewhat hopeful but also so very anxious. On Thursday of last week (4 days ago) we woke up to no power. We'd been assured that there was a hold placed on our account while the agencies were working together to get our aid in place. We called our caseworker at GoodSamMin to find out what happened with our power, and were told that they were not, in fact, going to be able to place our case into any program because we have "a zero income situation". They said they, too, found that our power had been shut off, yet they didn't contact us at all. They then told us our options were to move in with friends/family or go stay at Holland Rescue Mission. We were shocked. All throughout this process we were assured over and over that there'd be the right aid program for us. (We did get our power turned back on. Mick's very kind former employer, Robert DeNooyer, paid the full balance for us.) 7) Our plans as of now are the following: Ryan (16, and a Senior at Hudsonville, and works in Hudsonville) will move in with Rachel (20, and lives next to campus at GVSU in Allendale). Ryan will be the least disrupted and least displaced being just north of town and school. It's less than 15 minutes between Rachel's place and Hudsonville. Ry's best friend's family immediately offered so graciously to have Ryan stay with them, but he said he really needs his sister right now. (So. Many. Happy. Tears!!!) My dear, sweet friend Lori (near Flint/Flushing) immediately offered to foster our two beloved, neurotic, rescue Boxers. We won't have to lose our babies because of Lori and her amazing family. Mick's parents immediately said that Mick and I are welcome there; they just happen to have a separate 1-bedroom apartment in their home where they cared for great grandma until her passing. So... We'll be two hours away from our children, but our fur babies will be just down the road. We'll also be near Ann Arbor's UofM hospital where Mick's spine fusion and laminectomy surgery is scheduled for October 18. As some of you are most certainly wondering, or have already asked me: My own mother (here in Grandville/WestMich) has plenty of room for Mick and I, but will not inconvenience herself with us. Any of you who know her personally will not be the least bit surprised by this. *eye roll* Nothing new! 8) The only obstacle we haven't solved yet is the fact that we are on track to lose our car in September. We have some time to stop that from happening and we're working on it. The kids each have older cars for which we paid cash, so at least the kids are set for transportation. Now I just need to keep them insured. We could not be more thankful for everyone who's offered help in so many different ways. Our biggest concern right now is being two hours away from our (very capable) kiddos and the potential of having no vehicle to get back and forth to see them and to see the many specialists whom Mick and I are in the care of. I get specialized IVs here in GR, too. We don't know how all that will work out with not being able to see our specialists, none of whom are simply our primary care doc. More than anything else, I just want Mick to be ok, to get properly diagnosed and treated, and to have even a little relief from the misery he's in every minute, and it's getting worse each day. We don't understand why they cannot figure out exactly what's wrong with his neck. We'll keep trying new doctors until someone hits upon the right answer. Thank you. Love all y'all so very much. P.S. Rachel shared this post on her page with the following caption: "Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life."