Camille Raimo needs a little help due to illness

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Raised by 30 people in 3 months
Camille is 51 years old and we have been married going on 32 years now.  The photo posted here was taken 2 years ago on July 4th, a happy, healthy time for her.  Our goal is to get her back to the happy, healthy woman in that picture!  Camille's lungs have had a rough go of it lately as she was hospitalized 2 times in the last 12 months with serious lung infections.  She had not even healed completely from the last infection when the most recent occurrence resulted in a New Years Hospital admission.

During the beginning of the Holiday season, she started having trouble breathing but thought that it was just a severe asthma attack.  So, she used her rescue meds and tried to continue to fill orders for our online business (making little mealworm eating critters all over the lower 48 states  happy with our vitamin enriched mealworms we sell at vita-mealie.com  ) and wait until her doctor's office reopened after New Years to seek medical attention.  However, on  January 1st I had to rush her to the hospital when she began coughing up blood and could not take even a small breath without excruciating pain to the right middle side of her back.   She was admitted to critical care with Bi-lateral Pneumonia and Pleurisy and was told that she had recently aspirated quite a large amount into both of her lungs which probably got the whole Pneumonia and Pleurisy thing started.  The ER doctor was most worried  that her lungs could become abscessed since she was coughing up blood which in turn scared her even worse, so once admitted to critical care, they began aggressively treating her with several different antibiotics (they weren't sure which one would be the most beneficial since her culture would take up to 5 days to show what she needed).  Luckily after getting lots of IV antibiotics and steroids in the hospital, she began to feel better and was released to continue treatment at home with oxygen and oral medicines,  but it is going to take a long while of course for her to recover completely.

With 2019 literally starting the day I rushed her to the ER, insurance deductibles had of course started over.  And so both her ER visit and Hospital stay, as well as the many medicines she is on are all 100% out of pocket until the deductible is met.  Unfortunately, Camille had also been hospitalized for a bacterial lung infection last February too (not long into the 2018 New Year), which meant the same thing with the insurance deductibles at that time, and therefore we are still playing catch up with all of those bills.   So, with that already weighing on our minds, this time has both of us very worried about how we are going to even  purchase food and other day to day needs until we get back on our feet, let alone make ends meet with the hospital and medication bills.   In addition to Camille's insurance deductibles and medications being such a worry, until she heals up more, we are unable to operate our online business. Plus, I also had a pretty serious health issue pop up of my own just a few days after Camille was admitted to the hospital that required medical attention.  This has resulted in me having to be out of work at my full time job as well and my health insurance deductible is also not met.  So, it is very true what they say- when it rains, it pours!

Camille loves animals more than anything in the world and is always fighting to be their voice when they need one. She (and I ) feel that even the tiniest of souls deserve love, respect and dignity, and she would much rather be helping their cause than asking for help.  It always feels great to offer help to others, not so great to ask for it, but everyone needs a little help from time to time. Camille's New Year has really gotten off to a rocky start, so this is me asking for help to get it back on track  to a healthy and happy year! Any help would be more than appreciated.   

If you would rather mail donations, please feel free to send them to:

Camille Raimo
PO Box 101
Pineola, NC  28662

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Hi to all of our wonderful friends! Wanted to give you an update on Camille's recovery now that our original goal has been met.

She was recovering very well, doing all of the pulmonary recommendations for getting her lungs stronger, and staying as far away from public places as she could (as her doctor ordered to avoid catching any bugs due to her weakened immune system), and we thought that she was pretty much home free for spring and on her way to a full recovery. Unfortunately, that wishful thinking was just a little too soon because try as she might to keep the bugs away, she still contracted a major case of the flu about a week and a half ago. This mega flu put her in the bed for a straight 4 days with a fever of around 102 , severe upper respiratory symptoms, body aches, chills, and weakness. She tried very hard to keep those symptoms as far "upper" and away from her already weak lungs as she could (ie: did not use her ASV machine that helps her breathe at night as it might push the URI down into her lungs), but unfortunately it got into her lungs anyway and now she is on yet another round of steroids to try and combat the congestion in there before it sets into Pneumonia again. As she likes to say, this is just a minor setback and hopefully the last of the season since Spring is popping up all over to the south of us (just not quite here in the highest elevation of the Blue Ridge Mountains yet, but it is coming...).

Please continue to keep Camille in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to recover! Thank you all again for your support (both emotional and donations) through this ordeal. You have no idea how much of a difference everyone's kindness has made in her recovery!
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Hi Everyone! It has been a month and a half since Camille was released from the hospital and we wanted to let everyone know that while she is still not completely better ( if you're lucky enough to survive bi-lateral pneumonia this severe, it takes quite a long while to recuperate from it), she is getting better and better everyday. She still gets winded easily and gets tired if she overdoes it, but her doctor keeps telling her that is to be expected until she fully recovers and that is just going to take time and patience. We are just so happy that she is doing better and we're looking forward to spring so she can recuperate even faster! The cold weather here in the Highest elevation of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina prevents her from going out much, and she is definitely looking forward to some warmth and sunshine! A large part of her recuperating so well is due to all the wonderful prayers, donations, and words of support from all of you! With the many donations she has received, it takes a huge weight off of her shoulders and worries from her mind, and lets her instead focus on getting better!
Camille says: "Thank you so much, not just from the bottom of my heart, but from my entire heart! Your prayers, generous donations and support have meant the world to me and I wish there was more of a way for me to show my gratitude. Just please know that I am here if any of you ever need me!"
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We are halfway to our $2,000 goal to help with Camille's medical and healing. We are so thankful to everyone that have donated and kept us in their prayers. Please keep sharing and I think we will reach our goal in no time! Thank you all!
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