The wrist fracture is about the worst I imagined: fracture vertically through the radius with bone shattering and 20% dislocation requiring screws and a metal plate. After careful discernment and multiple opinions, I've chosen to have Dr Wagoner, at Seattle Hand to restore my wrist to a healthy state. Surgery is January 22nd.
Like most self-employed with individual plans, premiums are extortionate, cover little and have huge deductibles. And further due to the vagaries of insurance, and my surgeon of choice, all expenses will be out of pocket. Dr Wagoner has generously reduced his fees, considering the circumstances. And still the surgery alone is $5600 which doesn't reflect follow up splinting, imaging, rehab and lost income during recuperation. I imagine it will be $7-8K through this journey. I'll be out of clinic the week of January 22nd and then resume seeing patients following Dr. Wagoner's counsel about pacing.
In addition to being an acupuncturist (and all that goes along with this amazing medicine), I paint in watercolor and have a show scheduled to open March 1st. You can learn more about my clinic and artwork here.
Several people have urged me to open to the generosity of this community. So here's an invitation for those who are willing to support me to continue to offer all I do in the world. I would be most grateful and humbled if you're moved to contribute toward the surgery cost.