My office sent me off to be with him at the hospital and assured me they’d take care of cleaning the car, - which he’d driven to my office (a half-way point between our home and the photo shoot he was scheduled for that afternoon). Because the car was covered inside in blood, as well as vomit, detailers declined to handle the cleaning and repair without biohazard remediation. So, biohazard remediation was arranged. The costs simply to remediate exceed the price of the car itself. (That was the point when “sucky week just got suckier”).
Insurance on the car is the bare minimum and covers no part of the cleaning, or restoration. At this time the car is not in drivable condition. It's been cleaned by the biohazard team, and seats, door panels and carpeting have been removed as well as parts of the centre dash panel. We need the car just to get to work and have no other options or resources. Even after the biohazard team is paid, we'll need to have it repaired for drivability. – They don’t do that, they just detail.
My office has rented a car for me to drive through Monday after which point a friend will loan me a car to drive for a few weeks. None of that is an extended, open-ended arrangement.
The costs to remediate and repair the car are beyond either his or my budget. The potential costs for uncovered care and an ambulance trip are also needing to be factored into those budgets and to add insult to injury, Martin's wallet was stolen in the Emergency waiting room and his glasses were broken in the chaos. (Martin literally lost his shirt in the whole shebang ) The wallet included his green card, -Martin is a British citizen by birth, - and replacement for those, which used to be $38 or so, is $455 currently.
Now that he’s home, cellulitis seems to be developing in his left arm where one of the paramedics put in a line in the parking lot and he’s trying to work through a rough cough related to the intubation, but otherwise, doing well.
The financial burden is so daunting that I kept it from him so he could focus on getting better. Now that I’ve filled him in on the particulars, we’re thinking of starting a Gofundme page to help us with these costs to get our lives back to some semblance of normalcy.
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