#EmmyStrong: The Road to Recovery Part II
Part II of Emmy Saenz's Road to Recovery
VICTORIA, Texas – For the last few months we’ve been following 20-year-old Emmy Saenz’s road to recovery after she survived a wreck that changed her life forever.
Months after the wreck, Emmy Saenz and her mother Rosemary Bazan have had to shift their mindset.
”We wanted to get more rehab for Emmy but that didn’t happen and so she only got the 12 combined physical therapy and occupational therapy visits,” Saenz said. “I was hoping to get her into more therapy, so for 2020, that’s our goal to really hit on therapy where we can. Other than that, family-wise we’re all together and that’s a positive good thing for us. We’re happy we’re able to be one big family and everybody with us.”
A community fundraiser planned by family and friends helped the family with expenses to help Saenz better adjust to her new limitations.
”After expenses and everything I know we cleared $18,000 to $20,000, in that neighborhood, if we get to recover anything else after that, that would be great but that’s a good starting point right now and with that we’ve be able to pay for what wasn’t covered as other as far her wheelchair is considered and other equipment and medical devices and stuff that we’ve needed for her,” Saenz said. “We’ve been able to get on the ball with that, especially with the new year, there’s a new deductible is rolling in so we’ll be able to. She has an appointment on Monday in Houston with the urologist and they want the entire deductible paid up front for a test she’s going to have done come Monday and so that out-of-pocket is already going to be met Monday.”
Previously, Saenz and her mother had held on tightly to hopes of Saenz regaining the ability to walk and now they’ve developed more realistic goals.
”My goal is to have her be able to have hand function,” Bazan said. “She’s adapted well to her limitations so far but if she were able to have hand function that would really open a whole new area of achievement for her in order for her to be a little bit more independent with things such as doing her own hair, bathing herself, doing her makeup independently without asking people to grab things or open things for her, it may seem like something small to someone else but to us that would be a great, great accomplishment.”
It’s a reality that’s been difficult to accept.
”First month in I had more unrealistic goals as in, ‘Oh yeah, let me walk again,’ and now that I understand the more severity of it, healing of it, percentages, I’m like, I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that but maybe I could stand, not walk but be more independent in different ways and maybe drive again and do other things by myself instead of always having someone there to help me,” Saenz said. “I think now with the new year, those are my newer goals, just learn to be more independent instead of walking now but I guess, we’ll see how the year goes.”
Saenz’s has added a new member of the family – that has been particularly helpful in improving her mood when she’s blue.
”Dogs are really good for support and they kind of have this sixth sense of knowing when their owners are down, so they are there,” Saenz said. “That’s kind of why I got her in a way.”
Strangers have reached out with support of Saenz.
”I had a couple people reach out to me and wanted to know how they head my story, they are there to support me in anyway that they can help to let them know, there’s been a couple of people who do home remodeling who have offered, ‘Hey, can I go and give you a quote for a bathroom models, we saw that y’all were looking for stuff like that,’ so I’ve had a couple of people reach out to me, which is really cool,” Saenz said.
And although she’s facing new challenges, Saenz says she’s not ready to let go of hopes for a more independent lifestyle.
”Hopefully, I still want to go to school,” Saenz said. “I kind of want to be in school and have a career maybe by then and see what I can do with my limited ability to do things. It’s more in the future, wanting to plan, for sure.”
While health insurance issues and expenses remain a constant stress, Saenz said she couldn’t face any of it without her friends and family.
Saenz and her family are still in need of funds for a new manual wheelchair that has a smart drive motor which costs approximately $10,000. Insurance won’t cover the cost of her wheelchair. The family also needs to repair their driveway because it has many cracks that makes it unsafe when trying to get Emmy in and out of the car using the Hoyer as it gets stuck in the cracks. To donate visit or call Prosperity Bank and make a deposit into the ‘Emmy Saenz Benefit’ account. Anything you can contribute will help Emmy and her family tremendously.
Prosperity Bank is located at 101 S. Main Street, and you can call them at 361-573-6321.
Go here to read Part I of Emmy’s Road to Recovery.
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