Medical bills piling up
I want to say "Thank-you!" to my brother-in-law for setting this up for us and give a little more information. Tim had emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction back in 2014. They removed his appendix, cecum and about a foot of intestine. He was then diagnosed with colon cancer, had a port installed and underwent several rounds of chemo. He went into remission for a very short time and after starting a new job he was again hospitalized for a bowel obstruction. They removed another foot of intestine. No chemo this time. Several months later after severe abdominal pain sent him to the ER yet again he was told that the cancer had spread to his peritoneum. When he told his boss he would need time off for chemo they dropped his hours and he lost his insurance. He received 2 payments from STD but had no LTD. He applied for and got on state disability but didn't receive anything from them for 7 months. He just had his 18th round of chemo and is now on his 5th different drug. Financially we've managed to squeak by but with me now having my own medical issues and being the primary bread winner I think it's going to get more difficult. Tim does have coverage with MassHealth but only gets $1000 a month for disability. There are still co-pays and deductibles for doctor visits, pet-scans, ct-scans, blood work etc. He is currently on 10 different prescription meds. As for me I will most likely need a complete hysterectomy. In the last few weeks I've had an ultrasound, an MRI and a CT-scan. My uterus and ovaries are swollen. I have a fibroid tumor, endometriosis and a complex cyst on one of my ovaries that could be cancer but we won't know until they either biopsy it or remove it - both of which will require surgery. I do not have short or long term disability through work. I will not bring in any income while I'm out of work which hopefully will not be more than 6 weeks. I hope this gives anybody thinking of helping all the information they're looking for. We appreciate any and all help. Thank-you!
I guess I can't actually "update" because I didn't start this campaign so I will just comment. Hospice has now been suggested to Tim several times but he is not ready to go there yet. He recently had a Pleurex Drain installed in his lower abdomen so that he can drain the fluid that keeps collecting without having to wait for an appointment at the hospital. We've been having difficulty getting the bottles that are needed to activate the drain but finally the company that makes them offered us 10 free kits! That's 20 bottles. He's on Fentanyl for pain management but the 72 hours parch is only lasting half that time. Not sure yet what will happen when he runs out. If insurance makes him wait we may have to pay out of pocket for more. I had my full hysterectomy - everything out - uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and both ovaries. I have stage 2 ovarian cancer, of course the rare kind - clear cell adenocarcinoma. I will have my first of 6 rounds of chemo on August 17th and will be out of work much longer than originally expected. I hope to be back to work sometime in December. Because I work in a skilled nursing facility the doctor doesn't want me working during my treatment. Well, that's all I have for now. To everyone who has helped or is planning to help - Thank you!