It is becoming increasingly more difficult to connect to society. I recognize this is happening, but this has a certain solace that has tempted me into deeper isolation. I’ve already disconnected texting, freezing my personal Facebook page, and posting to this website only occasionally (Read about it in my March 14 post here).
I’ve lost my passion for most things in life. Most might think this is depression, but it’s much more complicated. So much so that I still find it impossible to articulate in words.
I want to break this pattern… at least for today.
- WVU Mountaineer Manics & WVU Wellness 5K. Despite snow coming down sideways in a strong wind, turnout was strong. Even same-day registration, on April 9th, was shockingly higher than I would have expected! The media was there to cover the event. You can view the 2:30 segment here: Ryan Diviney 5K.
- Greg Wells (6th Annual) Golf Tournament. This year’s fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 20 at The Golf Club at Lansdowne. I’m told the event is nearly sold out, but there is still limited space. Teams can register here: Ryan Diviney Golf.
- Ride For Ryan. My college roommate, John Maletta, plans to hold his annual Ride For Ride fundraiser again this summer. Typically this takes place in late-July or early-August. I’ll update everyone as the time approaches.
Ryan developed a pressure sore (a.k.a. as bed sore and pressure ulcer) on the sole of his left foot. It happened over a month age when he torqued his foot in his AFO (Ankle-Foot Orthopedics) and spent much of the night without relief. AFOs are basically soft boots that are used to ward off “foot drop” and to keep his heels elevated.
Needless to say, the nurse that was tending to him that night is no longer caring for Ryan… wisely leaving on their own.
This wound — like all pressure sores — was completely avoidable. I’m fuming that it happened! I take great pride in keeping Ryan’s body in pristine condition. Negligence is inexcusable!
With such a deep ulceration, it puts him at significant risk of (septic) infection and healing time takes months and months. Not only these, this has drastically affected his therapy routine… especially cycling.
I finally have the wound scabbed over, although there is a one-inch diameter crater remaining. It continues to demand vigilant monitoring, cleaning, and care.
At least the wound has stopped seeping and the distinct smell of infection is gone. As for his therapy, I’d say he has resumed 75% of his regiment.
In January, Ryan’s disabled van was seriously damaged when a car port collapsed on it under the weight of snow. Fast forward three months… it’s still in the shop… parked exactly where I left it!
I can’t get the shop to give me a firm date when it will be finished. Like a broken record, they keep telling me “it will be at least two weeks”. I figured I’d reach out to the van’s insurer to help move this along before filing a lawsuit against the shop.
Now I’m going to likely name the insurer in the lawsuit too. Allow me to explain.
In desperation, I called State Farm (insurer) to help me. After all, they told me to take it to this “authorized” shop since this is where can assure repair quality and a guaranteed delivery date; anywhere else would be at my peril. That was a flat-out lie.
In spite of their assurance failing, they were of no help to remedy it. Zero! Am I wrong to feel that State Farm is culpable for not holding their partner (i.e., the repair shop) to their end of the agreement on maximum repair time (60 days maximum)?
Hell, they still won’t even provide a loaner, which I feel is the least they can do.
Needless to say, I’ll be finding another insurer the day the van is finished. They lost my lifelong business (where I have multiple policies with them, to include Ryan’s van). I’m sure they don’t give a damn about losing me — just one customer — but it’ll cost them more than they probably will imagine.
State Farm completely whiffed on their minimum assurances, which is completely unacceptable. Worse yet, they didn’t have my (son’s) back… and this is unforgivable.