It has been weeks since I updated this campaign because there was considerable difficulty communicating with the billing department for claims servicing at Fort Wayne Lutheran. The phone number they gave me was not working for reasons that remain unknown and the contact person refused to disclose even exactly what the final bill was for over e-mail. Susan then suggested that we try Skype to reach the office we needed to talk to using the phone number they had provided and it worked. Now we know the final amount outstanding from my visit to the E.R. in August and it is $4,226.02. The total for the campaign I have now adjusted to match the actual need, total, That is to say, our real financial need right now is only that sum from Fort Wayne Lutheran. All of the bills from the lab work and the orthopedic clinic have been paid to this point. If you can help us again, please do. If you cannot, but know people who might be able to, please share this post. If you can do neither, please do pray for the need to be met from other sources, like my translating work. Thank you for your time and may the Lord bless and keep you.
Medical update: This is the week that physical therapy starts. I would appreciate it if people would pray that it go well. At the doctor´s orders I have already been walking short distances without the boot and it is readily evident that returning to normal walking is going to be difficult. Also, this week I finally get in to see a vascular surgeon and find out how must the deep vein thrombosis has broken up. Please pray that the answer to that one be "Thrombosis? I don´t see any trace of a thrombosis on this ultrasound!" The Lord healed me of a congenital heart defect about three years ago and I have seen him heal others as well, so my encouragement to you who read this is to take Jesus at his word when he says "I am willing, be healed!"
Thanks for all the prayer and for the support. I should also say that I have a phone conversation scheduled with Fort Wayne Lutheran's billing office tomorrow to find out what the final bill from my ER visit in August was, and once I do, I will adjust the campaign goal accordingly.
Love in Jesus the Messiah, John D. Martin
Now, seven weeks after the accident, we are finally getting back into the routine at the House of Prayer in Augsburg to the extent that my medical Appointments right now allow that. It took some doing, but I finally set up physiotherapy to go along with the removal of the boot. That will happen a week from Friday. I also have an Appointment with the Vascular Surgery Clinic to determine the progresss on dissolving the thrombosis.I will be on Xarelto for at least three months yet.
Thank you all who have prayed and donated to support us with the medical expenses from the stay in the U.S. You have helped us immensely.
Love in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
John D. Martin
The results of the doctor's exam at the University Clinic Augsburg from Friday which I have not mentioned until now: The doctor was appropriately enough the same one who treated me back in July in the ER. He took new X-rays and reported that the break is consolidating well but I need to keep the ortho-boot on for another two weeks. The good news is I can now put my full weight on it and no longer need crutches. I can also start standing and even walking without the boot for short periods. Tomorrow I see about physical therapy. Thanks for all the prayers and support.
The edema is better thanks to the compression stocking and the regime of resting the leg. My knee and ankle are back to normal-almost. There is some tissue hardness that should not be there, still.
Please continue in prayer that the deep vein thrombosis would completely dissolve. At present I do not know its status.
The Lord Jesus bless and protect you,
John D. Martin
A couple of people have asked me how I'm doing today, medically sooo…
The doctor's diagnosis on Tuesday was acute edema from the calf up in my left, which was why I could not bend my knee normally and why the ankle had grown to baseball size again. They (two of them looked at it) prescribed me a compression stocking and told me to keep my leg up (which makes me an odd sight in the prayer room for sure) as much as I can. The treatment is working well. I can bend my knee now and the pain is gone. The leg is even starting to look almost normal. Many thanks to everyone who has prayed and for everyone who donated to help cover our medical expenses in the givesendgo campaign. Tomorrow I see an orthopedist to find out if I can finally get out of the orthopedic boot. Please pray that the answer be "yes" so I can start the exercise I will need to get my leg accustomed to bearing my full weight again.
The Lord bless and keep you!
The latest medical update: There was some considerable swelling and tightness in the knee area and up yesterday, which was one of the indicators that the thrombosis was forming back on August 16th, so I am scheduled for an ultrasound this morning to see what is going on. Friday I have finally an appointment with an orthopedist at Augsburg University Hospital to determine how the break and the surrounding soft tissues are healing, which will determine whether or not I need to continue wearing the ortho-boot. Pray the results from both of these examinations be good.Thanks again to everyone who donated and to everyone who has prayed for healing. To date, bills for the orthopedist, the MRi and the x-rays have been paid. We are still waiting on the ER bill from the Lutheran Health Network. The Lord bless and keep you!
The last couple of days have been quite busy with our daughter starting a new school and us working our way back into our the school-year schedule of our lives and ministry in Germany. We are very grateful for all of your assistance to us and for your prayers which the Lord has answered with healing and protection. The deep vein thrombosis has been painful at times but none of the possible worst cases has developed, i.e. no emoblism, no stroke, no heart attack praise God! A week from today, days earlier than we had been able to schedule previously, I will finally get in to see an orthopedist here who will tell me whether or no I can take off the huge Vacoped orthopedic boot and move to just using a splint or brace. Please pray that the word be "yes" for that development.
The Lord Jesus be with you,
Last week the bills for Fort Wayne Orthopedic were paid thanks to your kind and very much appreciated donations to our fund. Thank you all. Today I will be paying the bills from Fort Wayne Radiology and the blood lab, and that will use up all of the $2,200 that has been contributed to date. We are still awaiting the bills from Lutheran Health Network for the Emergency Room treatment and follow-up office visits. As they come ín, I will adjust the campaign goal here, just like I did last night to reflect a more accurate estimate of the overall need. Please contribute if you can and share this update on social media as well. As I wrote before, we are missionaries and what we had of financial reserves we already used in paying for the medication and the required office co-pays for private patients in the States because my German insurance refused to cover the costs.
The medical update right now is that the real state of my recovery from both the break and the thrombosis is unknown. Trying to get appointments here is difficult and the earliest have been able to find one with an orthopedist has been the last week in September. We really don't know, though, if I really still need to be in the orthopedic boot or could move to a brace which would greatly improve my mobility. We also do not know the extent to which the deep vein thrombosis has broken up or not under the influence of the Xarelto. That requires finding an appointment with a vein specialist. Please do continue praying about these medical issues.
The Lord bless and protect you!
John D. Martin
This week has gone generally well. It has now been four days since I took any pain medication of any kind, even Ibuprofen, which is great. The big struggle has been finding an orthopedist to look at my leg/ankle/foot to determine when I can finally take off the orthopedic boot and walk normally again. Every place I called was booked until late in September...or the doctors were all on vacation. So, I did take the appointment...which is in three weeks. If I do develop any new or recurring old difficulties with the orthopedic aspect of my injury, I will be back in the German ER.
The other problem is the thrombosis. It is still present and still dangerous which is to say that I would very much appreciate it if people would continue praying for it to dissolve completely and without causing any stroke or embolism in the process.
And I do now know the still-outstanding balance from Fort Wayne Orthopedic: $1,489.60 after the amounts already paid. The balance from Lutheran Health Network is still being processed and I will post it here as soon as I have it. We still need help with the medical debt and any contributions are appreciated.
The Lord be with you,
John D. Martin
Good evening everyonei: The latest update on the medical situation: I went to the doctor here Friday afternoon to get follow-up established on the thrombosis. The doctor thought putting me on Xarelto had been the right decision and said I will need to be on it for three months, possibly longer. I have to make an appointment with a vein specialist tomorrow as well. The other specialist I will need to see is an orthopedist. But the big development for me is that I have felt no need of pain relievers of any kind for more than 24 hours now.
I would still ask people to pray for the DVT to dissolve completely and safely. It is still dangerous. Pray also that the news from the German orthopedist be as good as that from Fort Wayne Orthopedic last Monday.
So, let the parade of answered prayers begin: 1. The Achilles tendon is not torn- hallelujah! 2. I can put weight on my leg again- praise the Lord! and 3. We can fly tomorrow!
My doctor in Fort Wayne recommended very close follow-up in Germany but the good news is that no surgery will be required.
We still have to cover the costs for the treatment received here and thank all who have helped, are helping and will help us with these expenses.
Grace and peace,
John D. Martin
Thanks to everyone who has come to our aid in the last two days. We are very grateful to you all and appreciate your assisting us with this need. May the Lord bless, protect and prosper you all.
We would ask however that you continue to pray for the deep vein thrombosis in my broken leg to dissolve. I have been cleared to fly by our doctor since I am already on a clot breaking medicaiont (Xarelto) and would ask everyone who reads this to pray that the return flight to Germany on Tuesday/Wednesday (it's a late flight) be without any further incident or complication.
Grace and Peace in Jesus the Messiah,