I finished up college and graduated from Kaplan University with a degree in business management. While I wanted to get a job, I got sick in early 2012 and fought with an infection in a pressure sore on my right hip. I got a second pressure sore on my left hip and that too got infected. I spent a lot of time in and out of hospitals from August on. The infection had reached my femur and although we thought that it was all gone, it came back rather quickly. After a misdiagnosis as to where the infection was at in my body, God led us to an incredible surgeon named Stacy Stevenson at the University of Toledo hospital. She did several surgeries on my left hip in January and February of 2013. Then I was admitted for a surgery where they removed my left femur head and part of the socket then moved muscle around to fill the big hole where hip bone had been and to fill the hole where the pressure sore was at. I spent four weeks in a sand bed flat on my back waiting for the muscles and the surgical wounds to heal. Then I was moved to another bed for a final two weeks before being allowed to go home. I did grow a rather nice beard in the hospital.
I still have a wound on my right hip but it is slowly closing and the infection has left my body. We found an amazing nutritionalist named Michelle Simons at Simons' Family Chiropractic in Findlay, Ohio. She has helped my body get back in balance and defeat the infection naturally. I also spent six weeks going to a hyperbaric chamber to help kill the chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection). The chamber was hard on my ears and I didn't really enjoy it.
All the time I was in the hospital I thought about remodeling an apartment in one of my rental properties and finishing it up so that it would bring in extra money and not be sitting empty. So when I felt strong enough I call my man, Don Gregory, and we started working on the apartment again. It went from being torn all way down to the studs and having the floor ripped up,
I finished up my project and after long discussions with Becky about debt versus living life and how getting out of debt was a priority, we should focus on living our lives too. So we decided that even though I'd taken on debt to renovate that apartment, we were tired of waiting for someday and so, she came home with a dog.
|Iris inspects her new home and her new masters.|