Upon arrival at the larger hospital Charley’s blood sugar had reached nearly 600. His diabetes was attacking his body do to his heart struggling. He was immediately put into CCU and started on round after round of anti-coagulants to aide his heart and high doses of insulin.
The doctors did not perform the cardiac catherization until his 4th day there. This resulted in 5 days in the CCU along with a small amount of time in a regular hospital room. Totaling a 5 ½ day hospital stay. Most of that in a specialty unit.
When the doctor performed the catherization they found he had a 90% occlusion in his heart, meaning 90 % of his artery was blocked keeping blood from pumping to most of his heart.
After the procedure our family was told he would need more procedures due to damage to his heart and arteries. We were also informed that they were prescribing him a medication that would keep his platelets from becoming so “sticky” and causing such severe blockages…..Charley will have to remain on this medication the rest of his life. This was added to his already full medication schedule and pill scheduler. Below is what his regimen for a day and week looks like.
Charley’s wife, Shelly, began looking up pharmacies that carried this medication so they could have it filled before he left the hospital. That’s when we found out that 1. There is no generic version of this med and 2. The cheapest she could get it filled every month is $400.
We started this fundraiser because Charley and Shelly are already on a strict budget, being semi-retired, and most of that budget already going to pay for medications. Now they have a outrageous hospital bill to pay along with more medication. Along with having to plan for monthly visits to El Paso, which is a 120 mile trip one way. They also know Charley will need more procedures on his heart, but those can’t be done until he is “stable” which requires more insulin, this new medication, and eating right. All of which cost a large amount of money that is hard to come by.
We want to Thank You for taking the time to read Charley’s story and ask you to please share this page and donate if you can.
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