Frito-Lay Knee replacement and life restoration
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My Husband Gary Alexander who worked for Frito lay suffered a torn meniscus in 2010, he had corrective surgery and was able to return to both work and being a happy husband and father. In 2014 it was torn again, This time unfortunately it failed. I have watched my life drastically change before my eyes. He used to be proud to work for such a great company. He enjoyed his career he had with them, he looked forward every day to being a part of such a great team. Then little by little he changed. With the denial of FritoLays workers compensation insurance denying treatment he desperately wanted. He walks continuously with a limp, lives in unimaginable pain every single day. Because of this he started not being able to do his job and was given a light duty position. Gary being the man he is and loving the company started to slowly decline, he started being unable to attend soccer games, school dances, still he tracked on. Many more denials for a second surgery or even a second opinion started and continues to take its toll on the father of six and grandfather to two,but most of all my best friend. Gary slowly started not being able to do the things that brought him great joy as a man, a son and a father. He would often talk about times that his Grandfather, Uncle and Father took him hunting,fishing and camping as a boy often excited our young sons who are the ages where they want to suck all of his knowledge of those things right out. Our boys were at the time 7and 14 and lived to follow Gary and listen to the stories he had to share about guiding in Alaska and often complaining of how thier four sisters smelled like nail polish and makeup. Our daughters were 15,16,17 and 20 they lived to hear thier dads shouts at basketball, volleyball marching band and track meets. Because of the extent of his injury Gary has had to make tough decisions like "will the boys and I go fishing or will I go to our daughters game"? Knowing that it would take every bit of energy he would have because he was unable to sleep most nights and was limited in the amount of things he could do in a day so to not aggravate his knee. I lived for the time when I saw my husband smile, laugh and enjoy his new life we had created being a mixed family. Two of the children were his from a previous marriage and four were mine. We married in April of 2011 and the adoption of my children made us a complete family. We were so happy, he had a wonderful job, I was a full time nursing student and the best of all we were a family. Now we have two Grandchildren two and almost a year old. Gary is limited at this point to maybe and hour or two a day of activity that does not involve a significant rest because of his knee. Because of the injury he is no longer working for Frito-Lay and was sent to vocational rehabilitation to learn a new trade. Although hard our family adjusted well. Till the nights he would only get two or three hours of sleep a nite. In June of 2016 our granddaughters second birthday to be exact he and our now 15 year old son went to pick out a birthday present for her, it was then our lives changed even further. Because of the exhaustion and every treatment being denied by Sedgwick Gary had a grand mal seizure while driving with our son in the car. They hit a parked simi at over 100mph and moved it back 6feet. Our son (thank God )was okay,Gary was transported to our local hospital where they said that he would be life flighted to Portland Oregon to one of our states major hospitals for a bleed in his brain. While he was there it was decided that Gary had a cavornoma ( a benign tumor) in his brain that had now caused him to have epilepsy. The exhaustion caused it to come to fruition and would have to start a seizure medication. But I was grateful that they both lived!! We could handle everything else as long as they were okay. Gary continued to go to school all the time with a bad knee and another difficulty to life. He could no longer drive, hunt, fish or shower alone ever again. In January of 2017 a year we thought for sure that his knee would be fixed and he would finally be able to sleep!! we could deal with the little things. He was told he was too young for a replacement because they only last 25 years then the cushion would need replaced and only last another 25. January 29th 2017 Gary had his second Grand Mal seizure this time falling 30ft to the ground on his head. He spent 32 days in the icu as I desperately pleaded with God to shave years off my life in order to spare his. The lack of sleep, the unwillingness of Sedgwick to treat him at all sent him into full blown exhaustion again and had also been the cause of this seizure. Again now with none of his ribs left unbroken his spine from T12 to S1 being completely broken we pick up the pieces. Now Gary is even more limited in what he can do and how much time he can do it in. All I want is for my best friend to be happy to be able to be the father and grand father that he is and has been back. My children and I desperately miss him. We miss fishing,camping,hunting.I miss date nights going to the movies or on a late nite summer drive to look at the stars. I know that they can replace the meniscus and if they absolutely will not replace his knee. Please, please I am begging you with my entire heart and soul to fix him. All it's going to take is a final exhaustion at the wrong time and we will loose him. My children and Grand children are begging you that while they are still young and impressionable with Gary being only 43 to help us. We loved Frito-Lay and Gary was a devoted employee and would have stayed with them till retirement had this not happened, but the workers comp insurance has been a nightmare and we need your help. Thank you for your time and we hope you sign our petition.
The Alexander Family
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