One question is always at the back of my mind: where is our miracle? Where is that miraculous recovery I see so many other people achieve? How do they do it?
Where do these people get the money?
One of the main experimental treatments is stem cell therapy. The Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama, is one of the only places I’ve ever found that a patient can apply to.
There are just a few problems:
- You have to pay for your transportation to Panama
- The treatment takes around a month
- The treatment includes tests, examinations, 16 injections of stem cells, and 16 courses of physical therapy
- Insurance does not cover any of this
- There are no guarantees that it will be successful
- Cost of treatment: $37,200
- Cost for two airplane tickets: approx $800
- Cost for food for one month for two people: approx $1000
- Emergency fund/unexpected costs: $1000
I wonder sometimes if Caleb should apply just to see if he would be accepted. The institute does pay for a hotel room and transportation back and forth during the treatments.
Caleb’s physical therapy has ended. They felt he was at a good spot, and insurance had covered all they were willing to. We are, in a sense, at a point of frustration. Where do we go from here? What else is there to do? In all honesty, we are not in the best area for these endeavors. We should be in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to seek out further advancement, but that isn’t in the cards for us until much later.
Where do people find the doctors that help them to walk again? What do you have to do? Caleb deserves a miracle just like anyone else.
How I wish I could make one happen for him.
I first read about the Stem Cell Institute in February in those first days after the accident. It’s always in the back of my mind, that I wish I could make it happen.
It’s just not possible for us.
It’s not in the cards right now.
I do find comfort knowing that God does have a plan in all of this. He has shown that through the success of the blog and the people it has touched, that we should continue to share our story.
I just wish I knew what the future held.
I wish I could see where all of this would lead us.
Until then, we will just keep pushing on in good faith that God will provide.