Brenda's Medical Emergency Fund

$350 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 10 months
Hello, my name is Brenda Buck. In 2009, I was diagnosed with Primary Adrenal Insufficiency, otherwise known as Addison's disease, due to the complications of 7 abdominal surgeries, and a Paraesophegal Hietal Hernia. As I had just undergone an emergency total hysterectomy, which herniated, and subsequently required 2 more surgeries within 6 months, I elected not to have a 4th surgery in the same year. 
In 2010, my corporate job, and my health benefits came to an end. I've been able to function well, up until about 4 months ago. I have made 2 visits to the Emergency room just this past week. The amount of unpaid medical bills is now approx. $23,000.
My Blood Pressure keeps spiking out of control, due to the intense pressure on the aortic nerve, and surrounding areas. Now, I cannot eat, without experiencing major complications.
There are some tests that must be run, such as an Endoscopy, Abdominal CT Scan, etc.
I need an immediate and  substantial amount of financial help with this medical issue. I need help with the cost of additional testing and surgery, and the ability to sustain my home while I undergo these specifics of the next few months. I've always lived my life helping others, and now I am the one in need of assistance and support. I appreciate any and all help provided. Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness.
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Hello to everyone! It is now 2 months later, and I am still awaiting the tests that must be done.

I paid yet another visit to the ER on March 2nd, for the same stomach pain, skyrocketing BP, dizziness, double vision, and left chest, shoulder, neck and face numbness. Every time, for years now, these symptoms appear all of a sudden. One minute I'm on top of the world, the next I'm going downhill quick, into Adrenaline Crisis.
This truly scares me, and I feel as though my vital organs can't take much more of this rollercoaster. While at the ER, they had to give me 100mg. of my hydrocortisone as an injection to bring my BP down. My normal dose is 5 mg/ 4 times a day. Yikes!

In discussing, and researching the possible causes of this with the ER doctor, and reviewing and comparing my bloodwork from Dec. and now, it's been determined that
#1. My Glucose levels are in the high range, and were
increased substantially. My Chloride and Total
Protein levels are also elevated.
#2. White Blood cell counts are increasing.
#3. Red Blood cell Distribution Width is low, and
#4. Mean Platelet Volume is in the high range.
#5. Although I've lost 10 #'s, my stomach is very swollen,
and I still cannot eat more than a half of a sandwich.
#6. I have frequent headaches, and numbness in my
hands and feet, which I've never had before.

It has been recommended that I seek immediate care with an Endocrinologist, for the bloodwork issues, and the Addison's, and that I have the abdominal CT Scan done, as by all symptoms present, this is an Enlarged Spleen issue. https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/blood-disorders/spleen-disorders/enlarged-spleen

Apparently, it is working overtime because of the long term use of Hydrocortisone, and from an autoimmune standpoint, it's actually filtering out needed blood components. Ironically, this is still not deemed an emergency unless the Spleen actually ruptures, or I start to bleed internally.

I've done my own extensive research while back at home, and not feeling on top of my game. In the event that a Splenectomy is required, the average cost is 12,000. So, in the morning, I'll be setting an appt. with a Specialist here. I truly appreciate any, and all support with this matter.
Much Love to you all....

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Aloha to All,
During a 2 hour long appt. with the surgeon yesterday, it was determined that the next course of action is to have 2 diagnostic tests done before surgery, so that he knows exactly what he needs to do. These tests are an Abdominal/Pelvis CAT Scan with contrast, and an Upper GI Endoscopy. The total cost for these is $2,068. This amount must be paid prior to the procedures being done. I've also looked into various health insurance, and for approx. $800 a month, with a $5,000 deductible, I have found a program which would help tremendously with the costs of this hernia surgery. Geez....
I truly appreciate any and all support with this matter.
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