HELP, Medical Bills are Sky High :-(

 
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Cindy Asch Martin

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Since having my 3rd revision surgery last May 2013 to remove my saphenous nerve and having it embedded into my quadriceps muscle; as well as removing more of my tibia to help me be abl... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Cindy Asch Martin 1 month ago

If at first….

Giving up is really not an option, I have come to learn to take a breath or 6 and keeping pushing through all of the obstacles that seem to be popping up left, right and center.

Today I tried on my 22nd socket; too many changes were being made to my last socket that only lasted 24 days. Sometimes too many changes make things worse because it no longer resembles the cast of your limb.

I am back in my traditional heavy leg for now because I am in what is called a test socket. This type of socket can be heated in order to make adjustments, whereas a carbon fiber socket cannot. This time I am not in that nice comfy Pelite inner liner; but I do have some memory foam on the upper portions of my test socket to help add more cushion to a rock hard socket.

It feels like I am dragging around a heavy brick being back in my old leg, at least I know it is only temporary. I really hope this sockets works, and then I can have another definitive socket made of carbon fiber and attached back on my Cheetah.

Wish me luck; I really seem to need it as much as needing help with donations. If you or some of your friends could possibly lend a helping hand I would be SO GRATEFUL. Who knew that my life’s journey would lead me down such a long windy road?

Thank you so very much … L&L…Cindy

 

 
 

Updated posted by Cindy Asch Martin 2 months ago

Poor Gertie….

Gertie just won’t settle down, she is as stubborn as I am; which seems to be no great surprise. I have been going back each week to see if Greg; Gertie’s legman; to make very necessary changes to her socket. Last week he had to take apart my entire leg, and he may have to do the same this Thursday when I go back. The alignment is crucial for a pain free ride. One of which I seem to have ongoing issues with as Gertie continues to be the incredible shrinking limb.

I know some of you are having your own financial problems; but if there is anyway some of you could skip a coffee or 2 and make a small donation, I would be so thrilled. You can also share this with your friends as well, the more people this reaches the better the chances are that I may succeed with my goal.

I am in need of some serious love from my granddaughters, they turn 3 years old in April and would love to see them and hug them.

If any of you could find it in your heart to donate just $5.00 each, I know I will be able to meet the amount required to go home to celebrate with them.

Thank you all for your continuing support….

L&L,
Cindy~

 

 
 

Updated posted by Cindy Asch Martin 2 months ago

#21 Socket Update….

It has been a couple of weeks in my newest socket; I must say I was expecting it to feel more comfy.

My legman had to do make 4 alignment changes this time. With my cheetah you have to saw the socket off the cheetah; then change the alignment; and then re-epoxy it back on, and then I had to wait for 15 minutes before you can give it a spin.

With my new socket being so much smaller than my last one; the entire feel is so much different. It is not as comfy as I would have expected. It is like breaking in a new pair of shoes, but with a socket you cannot do anything but get adjusted to the difference in feel.

I am just thankful for my undying willingness to figure out how to deal with everyday life. It is all about a mind game and the courage to put on a happy face, as well as my leg; and then go out and live life to the fullest I possibly can.

As they say, “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”, that I can vouch for!

My goal is for this update is to ask if anyone has some air miles they are willing to donate so I can go visit with my granddaughters on their 3rd birthday. If anyone has some or knows someone who is willing to donate please let me know.

Seeing my granddaughters has been my savior through of all this. Doing webcams with them has been wonderful, but touching them and being able to hug and kiss them, well; you know, there is Nothing quite like it!

Thank you to all that has followed my journey; as well as made donations to help me. I appreciate it more than words can say.

L&L,
Cindy~

 

 
 
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Created by Cindy Asch Martin on August 9, 2012

Since having my 3rd revision surgery last May 2013 to remove my saphenous nerve and having it embedded into my quadriceps muscle; as well as removing more of my tibia to help me be able to fit into a prosthesis without searing pain, I still seem to have ongoing issues.

I am now in my 21st socket, something even veteran amputees would not have reached that crazy amount of sockets.

My residual limb continues to loose volume even though it is down to skin and bone. What happens is; the residual limb will begin to lose all the muscle and fat that is left, then the skin and bones begin to shorten. That is what is now happening with Gertie, I seem to have this entire process happen at the speed of light.

I am drowning in this continual struggle, and I am on this rotating circle of endless medical bills that are mounting almost daily. It seems the greater the struggle to be fitted the more deterioration with my entire body I am having.

I applied for disability in July 2011, and they are still refusing to help me with more than just a token amount; as all of my work credits are from another country. I applied through my home country; but they said due to my amputation occurring after I left the country that they will not help.

Please, if you or someone you know can lend a helping hand, I would be so grateful. I understand that everyone is being hit hard with this recession…any amount would be greatly appreciated. If everyone that reads my story would make a small donation; then I know I can dig out from the endless and vicious cycle I am in.

Thank you for your support!
L&L,
Cindy~

Previously....

After my 2nd revision on my limb and 15 sockets later, I am once again faced with one last try to see if we can make things right. Another 1 ½ inches off of my tibia and the removal on my saphenous nerve to see if that will put an end to the terrible pain that I am inflicted with, with every step that I take.
My Prosthetist has done everything in his power to show my surgeon that every attempt has been made to help me not feel like I was in a torture device. I even had to do a trial with a bent knee socket that made me feel like I was Quasimodo. I could not imagine walking like that for the rest of my life, and the test failed, it still did not solve my issue.
I am now dealing with mysterious tears in my skin on top of everything else. So I had to say goodbye to my leg, and now I will wait patiently for my 3rd and final attempt to be able to wear a leg. My surgeon told me that I may be one of the small percent of amputees that will never be able to wear a leg without pain.
This is however weighing heavily on me as a New Year approaches and I am not on the surgery docket until mid-January. That leaves me financially desolate right out of the gate…the hospital fees, insurance co-pay, more new leg castings, liners, sockets, etc...
I am drowning in this continual struggle, and I am on this rotating circle of endless medical bills that are mounting almost daily.
I applied for disability in July 2011, and they are still refusing to make a decision on my claim. I am in touch with a representative who has been so helpful. She keeps me informed even though it has become another endless situation.
Please, if you or someone you know can lend a helping hand, I would be so grateful. I understand that everyone is being hit hard with this recession…any amount would be greatly appreciated. If everyone that reads my story would make a small donation than I know I can dig out from the endless and vicious cycle I am in.
Thank you for your support!
L&L,
Cindy~
 
 
 
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