My Wife's Malnutrition issue

$4,000 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 35 months

My wife's journey started in December of 2010 with the slip of the surgeon's scalpel during a ERCP (removal of a gall stone from the bile duct (which turned out not to be there).  The insurance companies won't do anything to help because her Chronic Pancreatitus is listed as a possible side affect.  She suffered 3 1/2 weeks in ICU and over 3 months in the hospital. 
In January of 2013 they removed her pancreas which was covered by Medicare, but wouldn't cover the Islet cell transplant.  We had to come up with just under $35,000 to cover the Islet Cell Transplant before they would even start the surgery.
In June of 2013 she had another surgery to fix a hidial hernia caused by the scarring of the pancreas surgery.
In December of 2013 they reomoved part of her stomach, part of her small intestines due to scarring issues and also removed her spleen which started causing problems. 
When this started she was 125 lbs and is now down to 79 lbs.  Her teeth were severly affected by this and we again had to pay just under $35,000 to cover her repair work.  I can show receipts if anyone needs to see them.
In December of 2014 we heard a friend of the family was going to be homeless.  We brought these wonderful people into our home.  The young lady, her fience, son and daughter moved in with us.   We quickly learned that due to issues in her life, her dental health was in worse condition than my wife's.  We loaned them the $41,000 they needed to get her out of pain so she could work to get back on her feet and start their new life together and independant.  I hold very little expectations for them to pay the money back, but they say they will pay it back. 
I officially retired on my Birthday in May.  At 65, I have very little chance to go back to work (disabled) so needless to say our retirement plans have been severly impacted.  I set the goal of $100,000 even though we have drained 111,000 from our retirement funds.  Anything you can contribute will be greatly appreaciated.


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Again, I want to thank all who have donated. My wife's health is slowly making the return to normal. Another 20 lbs. and that just might do it. All of your donations are appreciated and being put to the sole purpose of restoring her to her normal smiling self. God does answer prayers...keep the prayers coming. She is holding steady right now at 88.2 lbs.
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Well, we made it home from the hospital and managed to get her weight back up to the mid 80's. I still fear for her and I love her beyond belief. We will be celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary this Friday by eating a hearty meal (in my dreams). She just can't seem to eat enough to keep a child alive. Also to add to our stress, the house guests that we finally evicted after 10 1/2 months, are now saying they will not pay back their debt to us. We are retired and took in this homeless family and they took total advantage of us. I have contacted the lawyers to pursue them because they have moved back to Louisiana (where they were going to be homeless). Please help! We are holding our own at this point (financially), but things don't look so bright in the near future. All we tried to do was the Christian thing and help our friend of the family and her children/and "boy" friend.
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It is with heavy heart that I write this update. My wife has been in the Hospital in Tucson for over two weeks now fighting the malnutrition that is caused by her multiple surgeries. This is the second time in a year that she has been treated for malnutrition. Now we are going out to ask for help yet again. The doctor says that the treatment he wants to send her home with (TPN with a Pic Line) or the surgically implanted tube for feeding, is not covered by Medicare because she can eat some food the normal method. They are ignoring the fact that this isn’t working for her. She was on a tube feed (down the nose) and that failed. She was starting to gain a little weight, but when it failed she went back down to the mid 70 lb. range. Worst case now is that the TPN will cost us $120 per day (up to $3720 per month) or the feeding thru the surgical tube placement (approximately $1000 per month). If someone can get this into the hands of politicians or maybe a large Corporation, maybe we can get some help.
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Well the homeless couple that was living in our home for 10 1/2 months finally moved out. The situation was turning ugly. They were making no attempt to move. We told them as of the end of May, we could not support them any longer. They moved out on Wednesday November 18th and spewed a lot of hateful hurtful things about me and my wife and living with us. I guess we learned a valuable lesson, but it will be a cold day in hell before we let them step foot back in our home. I do expect them to pay their money back because I had them sign a contract. Because I didn't want to burden them more than necessary, I am requiring $200 per month with 0% interest. I think because of that, I will attempt to change my goal to $35,000. I was going to give them credit for any money that came in beyond the $35k, but because of their hateful/hurtful words, I don't think they deserve another break.
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Raised by 10 people in 35 months
Created August 2, 2015
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RH
$300
Ron Hyson
25 months ago

You, your bride, and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!!!

GG
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Gus Gustavson
28 months ago
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Sending our Aloha and positive thoughts.

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Anonymous
30 months ago
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32 months ago
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TB
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Thomas Burger
34 months ago
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Former nuke 655(B)

JB
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James Burke
34 months ago
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I qualified on Stimson (G) in 1968. Bob Weeks was the CO. Although I don't remember you, we probably stood watch together when I was the OOD. Good luck with the challenges that you are facing.

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Anonymous
35 months ago
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LR
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Lois Rosenlof
35 months ago
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Chuck - I am so sad to hear how badly Carolyn is doing. I love you both and wish that I could do more.

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