Charlie's Post-Hospital Costs

$685 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 16 months
Charlie Gallagher  HICKSVILLE, OH
Though I'm sure most of you know me if you're reading this, my name is Charlie Gallagher and this past Monday I was admitted to the hospital for Pulmonary Embolism and Right Heart Failure. I went to the Emergency Room on Monday after getting short of breath after merely taking out the trash. Coupled with chest pains, dizziness, blurred vision, and ringing ears, I was scared. Rightfully so, because the doctors have now told me that there are extensive clots in my lungs and my heart can't pump blood to them as well as it should.

I normally don't like asking for money, but this visit is getting costly, especially without insurance. While the money raised will not completely pay off the astronomical bill, it will help me cover the cost of medication, doctor visits for required bloodwork, dietary needs, as well as any other costs that arise due to my inability to work for a few weeks to months while I recover.

The funds are needed as soon as possible, though I should be OK for the first few weeks as I have a great support system helping me along the way.

If you'd like to donate, that would be most appreciated. Again, please do not feel any sense of obligation, but please do consider helping if at all possible. It would mean the absolute world to me and my family during what is sure to be a long, bumpy road to a full recovery.

Thank you all so, so much for anything and everything, whether it be a donation or a simple wish of well-being. Much love to everyone.
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Update 3
Posted by Charlie Gallagher
10 months ago
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It has been a while since I've posted anything here, but I figure it's time to fill everyone in on my situation since it's been almost six months!

First of all, my health is (unofficially) improving. I haven't gone to the doctor yet -- that's coming in the next week or so -- but I've been feeling 100% better. I've started going to the gym with Matt (per my hematologist's request) and the difference that is making is astounding. A month or two ago my resting heart rate was at 130 or higher and I couldn't even shower without getting winded. Now, my heart rate at the gym is a little over 130 after a moderate workout! I'm so proud of my heart for not giving up haha. I was so scared of having a heart attack or something, but that fear has now diminished. Baby steps!

Aside from all of that, my mental health has also improved thousandfold. I had a lot of issues mentally before I got sick, but after I got out of the hospital I suffered from some serious depression. I thought I'd never get back on my feet and feeling good again, so the world was ending in my mind. Thanks to all of the support, as well as therapy and medication, I have discovered a happiness that I haven't ever met before. A good chunk of the money raised here went toward gas to get to Wauseon every week to help get my mind right, so, again, thank you all so much for the assistance! You'll never know how much I truly appreciate it.

Finally, I want to let you all know that I am now seeking employment. I wasn't allowed to work for a lot of the time I was sick due to concerns of fainting or another episode. That, thankfully, has gone away and I can now safely say I'm ready to get back to work! I may not be able to pay everyone back directly, but I will try to "pay" everyone back by becoming my old self and working every day toward a healthy life. I sincerely hope that I'm around for many, many years to come so that we can all have some laughs together and swap stories of our successes and the speed bumps we overcame to achieve them.

I know it seems like a weird time to share all of this. I believe everyone has a right to know where I'm at in life now that it's been a half a year since that dreaded hospital stay.

I hope you're all well. Everyone be good.

- Charlie
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Update 2
Posted by Charlie Gallagher
15 months ago
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Update!

It's been almost a month since I went to the hospital, so here's what's going on now. As it stands, doctors have no idea why there are so many clots in my lungs. I've seen two hospitalists, two anticoagulation nurses, and one primary care doctor and no one has given me answers. I'm supposed to set up an appointment with a hematologist very soon (once Medicaid kicks in) so that maybe I can find out what's going on and what can be done for the future.

Now, my health seems to be improving a bit. Though I get winded almost everyday and experience a lot of dizziness and confusion (which worries me, to be honest), I'm keeping my head up and living as "normal" as possible. I've been able to drive a bit more, get out on my feet a bit more, and do things that make me feel happy without having to worry about my heart and lungs. I just received my first bill from the hospital, which I'm sure means more are yet to come. Hopefully I can get most of it written off; I'm still working on that, too.

So there it is, folks. Now you know. Please, if you can, keep sharing and donate if at all possible. Thanks again for all of your support!
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Update 1
Posted by Charlie Gallagher
16 months ago
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I was going to post a video for everyone, but I can't upload at the hospital, so it'll have to wait until I get released. Thanks to everyone in advance! You all rock.
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Jason Paul White
16 months ago
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Merry Christmas Charles!

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$685 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 16 months
Created December 25, 2015
Charlie Gallagher  
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$10
Ellie Nussbaum
15 months ago
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Charlie, it's not much, but I hope it helps! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

LA
$50
Ladena Ankney
15 months ago
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God bless and heal you, Charlie. I am Deyli Stantz's grandma in case you didn't know me!

DS
$15
Deyli Stantz
15 months ago
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I hope you get better Charlie! Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers!

CH
$10
Courtney Handy
15 months ago
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It's not much but know I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Charlie!!

LL
$20
Lauri Loewenberg
16 months ago
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Wish I could do more.

TM
$50
Tricia Montero
16 months ago
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Love you Charlie!

$250
Anonymous
15 months ago
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$20
Anonymous
15 months ago
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JJ
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Jody Jordan
15 months ago
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$100
Anonymous
16 months ago
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Jason Paul White
16 months ago
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Merry Christmas Charles!

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