Surgery

I bid you greetings from the confines of my humble abode and the comfort of my sofa.  I’ve actually got a stream of ice water going through this handy dandy polar device,which replaces the old school method of putting a bag of ice on the knee, as I write this.  I’ve been down for about a week and half now recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.  There’s really not much else to tell other than that.  I suppose I could explain the GIANT incision on the left side of my knee.  The debris and osteochondroma removal from my knee was fairly simple.  My ortho doc told me right before surgery that he wouldn’t be able to get one of the osteochondromas with the scope and he’d have to make that extra incision.  Considering I’m sick of the running pain, I said go for it.  The only downside is that it’s going to make my recovery a bit slower than normal from a range of motion stand point.  Hopefully, once I have the stitches removed on Friday, I’ll be able to move a little more freely on my left leg.  Until then, I’m the slow poke walking in front of you with one crutch.

I’ve included pictures for your viewing pleasure.  Hahaha.  Like I said, all is well.  Just enjoying the couch for a while, and being taken care of.

-Shaun

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Recovery Update: 9/19/2016

Sorry it’s taken me so long to update.  I have been couch bound while recovering from knee surgery for the last 11 days.  I’m beginning to get up and at ’em, but my body still feels like it needs sleep.  More on that in a different post, though.

From a flood/recovery stand point, it appears as if things are still at a stand still at my grand parent’s house.  They are currently waiting on the local government to decide whether any areas will have to raise their houses.  If that happens, their recover efforts will take a big hit.  The early calculation is that it would cost approximately $20K per foot to raise the house, and with the flood stage hitting their house at just under 5 feet, that would cost them anywhere from $100K or more just to raise the foundation.  This makes even the idea of rebuilding a lingering question at this point.  More to follow on that.

A little farther down south, and my parents are currently in the cleanup/ rebuild process.  They will not be required to raise their house.  So, that’s been a saving grace, at least.  They finally got the house dried and the insulation put back up.  Some drywall is up, and they hope to finish this week.  I’ll add those pictures once complete.  The “trash pile” which contained 20-30 years of possessions was finally picked up yesterday.  Though it’s sad to see everything officially gone, my parents can finally stop looking back when they see that pile and start looking forward.  My mom reports that the sandbags are slowly but surely coming up.  It’s a work in progress, but it is progress.

I’m sure the updates will be slower in the coming weeks, but I will continue to update until things are complete.  Thank you all for your concern, prayers, donations, and thoughts.

-Shaun

Flood Update: 8/30/2016

​I picked up some donations from Lisa Aurich and her fellow employees from SportClips at The Donations of Farah this afternoon.  The generosity shown from everyone in El Paso after leading of the circumstances of my small hometown and beloved state are beyond compare.  Thank you, Lisa, for helping and for gathering from everyone else in SportClips.

My family and community is beyond blessed thanks to the outpouring of love from El Paso.  I’ve collected enough donations to fill another truck.  I’ll be driving it down over this long weekend.
P.S. Don’t judge me for closing my eyes.  I took my sunglasses off for the picture, but the sun still gets to me eyes.  Lol

Flood Update: 8/25/2016

After being assaulted and loved on by my Godson and niece, a full night’ sleep, and a fresh cup of coffee this morning, I finally got out to deliver the donations from El Paso.

First stop was at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in St. Amant. We unloaded 6 or 7 carts of food, water, toys, blankets, and baby things once we arrived.  I am 100% certain that we could have gotten more to them if they were not packed farther in the truck.  Unforunately, they were not established for a large scale relief effort, as only 2 people were working in the relief building at a time, and were running out of space.  They weren’t set to take clothes, but gave us some leads on organizations and places that may be willing to take them.

Considering that the bulk of the items in the truck were clothes, Mom started making some phone calls. Again, the road block came when none of the churches we contacted were taking clothes unless they were new.  We made the decision at that point to go down to the local St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store to see if they were taking and giving donations.  They informed us that, though they were a Thrift Store, if someone came in looking for flood relief, they were given 2 pairs of clothes, a pair of shoes, and a set of linen.  You cannot always be picky, but their desire to help those in need told me that they were the ones for us.  Here we run into Road Block #2…… they were so overwhelmed with donations that they had no room.  The young lady almost cried when I opened the back of the truck.  She said she really wished that she could take it all, and told me that if we could not find somewhere else to donate it that they would make the room anyway.  She made a few phone calls and finally got us onto a location.  So, mom and I loaded up in the truck and headed over to Baton Rouge.

Flood Update: 8/22/2016

Today has been an unbelievable and busy day.  I loaded a 17 foot Penske truck full of donations for my family and the St. Amant/ Ascension Parish Community.  I have enough donations sitting in my garage, and continuing to come in, to fill another trailer.  I’ve already started making plans to return to Louisiana during the Labor Day Weekend to bring more.  God is good!  This community, both Fort Bliss and El Paso, have been absolutely amazing in their responses.

I am currently working on contact information for monetary donations to be sent throughout the St. Amant and Ascension Parish areas.

I have to give a big thanks to the Embattled Warriors Organization, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, and American Patriots Association for the amazing support this week.  Thank you to the El Paso Executive Women’s Lion’s Club for inviting me to speak this afternoon, and for your generous donations.

I would also like to thank NewsChannel 9 for the interview this afternoon and for sharing this story with the El Paso Community.

As always, thank you to the Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division Artillery and Fort Bliss for giving what you could to help.   Finally, I need to thank my beautiful wife and her wonderful family.  Thank you for all of the support, effort, and donations.  You all have been amazing.

If you would like more information on how to donate, you can reach me at swilk237@yahoo.com.

God bless you all!

-Shaun Wilkinson

Almost full!

“24 years here and 33 yrs of marriage at the road.”  A message from Pops today.  

Flood Update: 8/21/16

I’m not sure where I am on pictures, but I’ll post a few a little later.
Here is where we sit right now.  My sister sent me some shots of Mom and Pops’s house.  Their entire lives is currently sitting out in the front yard.  The pictures, I feel, do not do it justice.  I’m afraid that I will probably break down when I finally see it in person this week.

Mom put it bluntly, “23 years of living…..33 years of marriage….. all sitting out in my front yard.”