Monday, April 2, 2012

Fundraising Kick-off!

(This is reposted from the official fundraising blog, Get Kyle Back on His Feet!)

I'm totally new to this so bear with me.

I'm one of those statistics you hear about on the news made real.  I had health insurance just last year and I will have health insurance again in September but as of now I am uninsured.  Lo and behold, I get a debilitating injury on the one gap year that I am uninsured.

What Did You Do?  

Completely Ruptured Achilles Tendon (Right).

Long story short – plyometrics; specifically, from doing high-rep box jumps while participating in WOD 12.3 of the CrossFit Games Open Qualifiers (2012).

Now just mentioning those 2 syllables either brings confusion or causes an inadvertent gut reaction to defend the exercise regimen.  I completely understand both sides since I've been doing it for around 3-4 months (known about it for 6 months or more) but still remember the days when I was skeptical of exercise/training as a competitive sport.

I'm not here to criticize or defend the protocol.  I just want to want to be back on my two feet again!

4 Days After Acute Injury

The Issue:

It's been nearly 3 weeks since my acute injury and I haven't taken care of it yet.  Why?  I was told initially that it was a sprain.  After seeing an orthopedic surgeon 2 days ago and describing classic textbook symptoms of feeling a sharp pain in the back of my heel/calf during the injury and then having a positive test for the Thompson test, the doc said—without a doubt and without an MRI—that it is indeed a completely ruptured achilles tendon that requires immediate surgery.

So I don't have time to apply for Indigent Health Services at Collin County Health Dept. (though I'm still going to give it a shot on Monday), which takes a minimum of 2 weeks.  I don't know if I would qualify for that in any case as there are many, who are probably much worse off than me waiting in line.

Why Do You Deserve My Hard-Earned Money?!

I'm only 26 and I can't foresee a life ahead of me without sport or intense activity.  Try and think back to a time you've been down and out and wanted some support.  If I don't get the surgery, I'm told a re-rupture of the achilles is a constant and apparent threat.

I believe Karma is real.  What comes around goes around.
When I'm a head honcho, calling the shots I won't forget ya, brotha/sista!

The Breakdown (Give me the Dadgum Numbers!  How Do I Know You Won't Pocket This Yourself?!):

The surgeon is taking a measly $667.60. The anesthesiologist is pocketing approximately $300. The lion's share of the total amount comes down to the hospital fees (originally $9300 with a 30% discount) $6,550. So around $7,500 total. I will know an exact amount on Monday when the receptionist tells me the anesthesiologist fees.

On the off chance that this fundraising event is wildly successful and it went over the cost of the surgery, then I will gladly pay each of you back in CASH, in person! I will even upload a photo of the surgery receipt on this website when it's all said and done. I'm all for transparency and frankness.

The orthopedic surgeon will be John T. Wey, M.D. from L & W Orthopaedic Associates and he had a fellowship trained in foot and ankle surgery, which is why I would like to have the surgery done at this place (Methodist Richardson Medical Center).

I have yet to schedule the surgery as my father would like me to explore more affordable options but I would like to get this done hopefully as soon as next week.  I will post an update with more details as I get them.

Why Don't You Get Help From Official Charities or Companies?  I'm Poor, Yo!

I've tried.  I reached out to some Catholic Charities and are waiting for their response.  I think a measly achilles tendon surgery isn't even a blip on their radar. They want the sad childhood leukemia child with the shiny, bald head.  All I can do is hobble around and look pathetic (or in my book, totally badass pimp limp).  No one would even bat an eye.

Oh yeah and a good friend of mine told me it would be great if I could get CrossFit HQ to match the amount that is raised from this fundraising effort, especially since there have been a large number of injuries related to Open WODs both last year and this year involving high-rep box jumps and I believe I could raise awareness in the risks of these injuries. (If you are interested in this, you can read a (controversial) article by Beast Modal Domains here.  I won't delve into that here.  Beware, it's a hilarious article but it's got some language.)

I would hope that CrossFit HQ would want to make a strong effort to show they want to prevent future injuries in the sport and to shed the negative media attention surrounding the controversy over its safety.

I am planning on writing a letter seeking assistance from HQ but if anyone has any connections with HQ that would be of great help.

OK STFU Already!  How Can I Help?!

See that "DONATE" button at the top right?  0_0  ---------------------->

*Click* on that and you can donate any amount you want to a PayPal account.  No one will know how much you donated, so don't be shy.  No one will judge.  Any amount is a worthy contribution.  St. Peter at the pearly gates will cross out that little menial sin you committed last week for your generosity.

(FYI:  PayPal deducts $0.30 + 2.8% for every transaction that is made for their service.)

Go To Hell!  Everyone Needs "Assistance" in This Economy!  Where's My Charity?

If you don't want to help and think I'm an ingrate, that's fine.  Just know that angels will cry and doves will fall from the sky in mourning.

J/k.  Jesus and I still love you. =)

Was There Something I Didn't Address?  Have More Questions?

Shoot them in the comments below or send an e-mail.

Friday, March 19, 2010

A New Year, A New Me in the New World...with A New Blog

The only constant in life is change.

Since the chapter of my life in Taiwan has already come to a close (for nearly 2 weeks now). I have started a new blog to follow my new interests now that I'm back in the United States. If you wish to follow my new path in the New World then read my new blog: An Aspiring Yogi in the West.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Keep your Olympics Beijing, Taipei has the Deaflympics!

Taipei is hosting the 2009 Deaflympics!

Beijing spent millions and had Zhang Yimou direct the Olympics opening ceremony to much fanfare, but not to be outdone by its sole adversary - Taiwan went all out this year.

Even commissioning aboriginal Taiwanese singer, A-mei (the same singer that was once banned from singing in China) to sing the DEAFlympics theme song, "Dreams You Can Hear." (Cruel irony or spiteful Taiwanese humour?)

Suck on that, commie bitches!

While the oppressive neighbor to the north gathers the world's premier athletes from around the globe, the mini-island below does one even better! Taiwan has gotten the world's deaf athletes to gather in the polluted Taiwanese capital to compete in athletic events ranging from cycling to swimming.

"To qualify for the games, athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 db in their "better ear". Hearing aids, cochlear implants and the like are not allowed to be used in competition, to place all athletes on the same level." (Source: Wikipedia)

P.S.: If you think I typed any of this with a straight face you're a damn idiot and don't deserve to be reading this blog entry. The fact that I even include this note at the end shows how much faith I place in the mental acuity and reading comprehension of my astute readers. Cheers.