My Guts Tried To Kill Me!

$5,220 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 88 people in 65 months

Help With Sudden Medical Bills Desperately Required.

The picture on this page is a shot of me and my daughter Maggie, taken by my wife Laura in February, when I was unexpectedly hospitalized with a sudden infection.

At the risk of giving you too much information, it was serious. A severe case of diverticulitis which resulted in the removal of 12 inches of my colon, and a secondary severe abdominal abscess, which they thankfully caught before it burst (which, I am told, would have likely resulted in severe enough peritonitis to kill me). This resulted in a 9-day hospital stay, and a long recovery period involving at-home nurse care and a secondary operation scheduled for the end of April to repair the colon (with another week-long stay in the hospital). In short "” it's bad.

I'm a writer and game designer, and my business, Adamant Entertainment is a sole proprietorship -- and when I'm incapacitated, so is the business... and therefore my income.

The medical bills are astronomical.  The total bill for my hospital stay was over 56 thousand dollars -- and that's not counting the visiting nurse care, or the forthcoming follow-up surgery and hospital stay.   We're lucky enough to have insurance covering a lot of that, but the bills are still piling up:  Not just the unexpected medical bills, but the regular day-to-day stuff: utilities, rent, food... and with me unable to finish work on long-awaited projects, the money just isn't coming in.

Which is where (hopefully) you kind folks come in.   I could really use your help.

Any assistance would be a godsend.  I don't have any ideas for Reward Levels at the moment -- I can't think of anything I have to offer at present, but I will definitely try to do something for folks who help (and I'm certainly willing to take suggestions, as well -- so drop me a line if you have any ideas).

We're asking for $5000, which will take care of a good chunk of our steadily-mounting bills.   

To sum up:

My Guts Tried To Kill Me.  I Survived, And I Need Your Help.

Thank you for reading, and for any help you can provide.

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RECOVERY UPDATE:

A few of you have sent emails asking about my health, and so I figured that it was time for a general update, to let you know what's going on.

My final surgery was three weeks back, and it went well. My insides are now fully repaired!

I’ve been healing up since then — a slower process than I’d like, and complicated by a secondary infection that I picked up along the way (which we've now kicked).

But I’m good. I’m actually doing a bit of work here and there while recovering, and I expect to be fully back on my feet in June.

We haven't made our goal -- we're a couple hundred dollars short, and, if I'm being honest, had I done a more honest assessment of the costs of these procedures, I probably should've set our goal even higher. But the support we have received has been a godsend, and massively appreciated. It's been a real boost during my recovery. Thank you so much.

-Gareth-Michael Skarka
Lawrence, KS
20 May
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$5,220 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 88 people in 65 months
Created April 5, 2014
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Hal McGinnis
18 months ago

Feel better soon buddy. I enjoy our debates!

SR
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Steven Russell
64 months ago

Get better, keep working, and making cool stuff.

SL
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Scott Lynch
64 months ago

Just bringing you to an even 5k. ;)

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Scott Lynch
64 months ago
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64 months ago
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Dorian Richard
64 months ago

You got the guts to fight this thing. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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