On September 6, 2017, I was out to dinner with my Mom, friends, and family. That evening she complained of symptoms that sounded like food poisoning. We kept an eye on it, but hours later she was VIOLENTLY ill. It was a morbid diagnosis of acute pancertitis with 50/50 survival odds.
For the next 53 days, Mom was in the ICU. From September 9-October 2, Mom was in a medically induced coma. Things became bad enough to give her "less than 10% odds" when SEPSIS took over. (We now believe that this could have all been a result of an undiagnosed digestive/autoimmune disease).
Mom did not walk again until October 5., and spent October doing physical therapy. Her leaving that hosptial at all, let alone that quickly, was an ABSOLUTE miracle and a result of prayer and support. I give thanks to God, and Jesus Christ. It was a life changing privilege to have seen prayer work.
Because no one in the family was comfortable with the care she was receiving, "too many cooks in the kitchen". Mistakes were made. Doctors were getting their signals crossed. Thank God for two special nurses at Mercy's ICU for catching some things and helping to save her life. One in particular, Laval, is a man I'll never forget as long as I live. I can never thank him enough... but...
Sometimes split-second decisions needed made, and we did not trust the doctors to make them. She came to live with me from October 30 through January 9th. As a result of the severity of the situation, I did not work for over four months. I firmly believe I made the right decision, and I stand by it.
Mom still has a very long road ahead of her to recover, and can not work. I am far from catching up on my bills now. I am NOT asking for help. I will be fine, but I cannot help my mom. Also, during the time in the hospital, a dear family friend/great-Aunt passed away who had helped Mom financially when times were tough.
We are asking for help. Money will go directly to her past-due rent, utility that she's had to pay on credit or through high-interest loans, etc. For a breakdown, you may contact me privately. Those bills total $4480 and change. Unpaid medical bills that insurance did not cover, we could not have waived, or helped by organizations, total approximately $608. (The bill was jaw dropping, and this is two-tenths of a percent of what her total bills were, but to us, we still do not have it). $5088
Finally, mom is on an incredibly strict gluten-free low-fat diet, requires supplments not covered by insurance, and all the other bills keep coming... so we are hoping for a miracle to raise a little extra for this diet. She receives some aide, but her bills and expenses now grossly overtake what money she has coming in every month.
This is NOT easy for either of us to ask for help, but now it is unavoidable. ANYTHING helps, and you can donate anonymously if you wish. This has become a dire situation, and we have exhausted her church resourses, as well as county/state/federal resources that she qualifies for. (Some are still pending but have not come through yet).
Any extra money raised, if there is such a miracle, will be used only and strictly for her bills, supplments, and food.
Thank you humbly.
PS- I also know that you're all aware of the celebration trip we took in December to NYC after Mom was well enough to travel... That trip was pre-planned and pre-paid in June (other than gasoline and rest-stop snacks), before I took 4 months off work for Mom, and before she was ill. Even if we had to cancel the trip because of her health, we would not have been able to obtain refunds for the pre-purchased tickets and restaurant certificates. We paid for one un-expected meal the entire time, and road tolls in addition to gasoline, so it was a VERY low-cost and MUCH NEEDED encouragement for Mom.
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