On September 10, 2011 our brother, Scott Hoppmeyer, was badly injured in a cycling accident. We, 3 brothers and 1 sister, have posted this web-site to inform family and friends of Scott's progress toward rehabilitation and recovery. We are all extremely grateful for
any financial help that you can provide – we are working to raise money to cover all the medical equipment expenses, adaptive technology devices, and rehabilitation services that are necessary for daily living as a tetraplegic. Dow's employee insurance coverage through Dow/Aetna has been some of the best; however, there is still so much that insurance simply cannot cover.
It is estimated that an SCI (spinal cord injury) patient, with a cervical injury such as Scott's, will cost at least $415,000 the first year. Lifetime expenditures are estimated to be in the millions (www.sci-info-pages.com)
After 12 years, Scott has grown to love riding, training and racing; he loves the people he rides with even more. There are a few other groups of people that he loves, like the people he has worked with at Dow for 35 years; and at Dow they simply call him Hop. Then there is a group of old friends that he meets with regularly to draw spiritual strength from and they call him, Scooter. In fact Scott has always been one of those characters that people endearingly want to plant a nickname on. Even as a little fellow, our Dad nicknamed him Skipper. So, to our close-knit, beloved, extended family in New Orleans he is Skip.
The first three weeks post-injury were spent in ICU at East Jefferson Hospital. Scott went into respiratory arrest on his fourth day in ICU and ended up being intubated on his birthday! After that, not only was he unable to move, he was also unable to communicate.The out-pouring of love and support was over-whelming while he was at E.J. Scott had so many visitors that the nursing staff eventually stepped in and even told family members to cut back. We want to thank everyone old friends, new friends, Dow buddies, Team Dow, fishing/hunting pals, Green-Team/team-mates, Bayou Country Cyclists, Association of Christian Athletes, Vineyard Church, Munholland Church. Also, thank-you to the friends Scott made among the docs, nursing, PT/OT, respiratory therapy, and housekeeping staff at E.J. where his nickname was "hey boss",followed by, "when are you going to get a flat screen in here?" EJ-get some new TVs in your ICU.
We are blessed with a wonderful network of Family that (as one niece put it) through their love and willingness to do anything for Skip constantly prove that we are part of "the best family in the world"; thank you seems inadequate because we know they will always say "he ain't heavy, he's our cousin, uncle, nephew". The kind of family & friend support that has surrounded our brother may just be inbred; a Southern Tradition that will always be a part of us.
After a plane flight to Atlanta, the next two months were spent in a SCI rehabilitation Center called the Shepherd Center. Scott was able to wean from the ventilator, have his trach removed, get off the feeding tube, wean off the pain medication and gain some strength here. He learned how to use a power wheelchair and how to work on performing some daily tasks through their specialized occupational and physical therapy program; areas he is continuing to work on at home. At Shepherd, Scott made good friends with quite a few techs, nurses, therapists, house-keeping and other patients/Bama fans....Geaux LSU! Football rivalries and games made for lots of camaraderie. Thank you to the very special people at Shepherd!
The recovery from a SCI is a very long, slow, unending road...like a very steep, uphill ride on a very beat-up and broken bicycle...a ride that will have set-backs...but a ride that will be worth it because of the people that are there for him along the way...the people we call - Scott's TeaM ! !