Gastroparesis is described by Mayo Clinic as a "condition in which your stomach cannot empty itself of food in a normal fashion". Food literally sits inside of me until it begins to ferment. Because of this, I am living in a constant state of nausea and often vomit up anything I try to eat. A PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) line was put in about 2 months ago because of my severe dehydration and constantly low blood pressure. I now receive both fluids and IV medications through it, with Home Health nurses coming once a week to monitor me and change the dressing. I am also losing weight and, because of malnourishment, my hair is falling out. If some progress is not made, severe malnutrition can lead to organ failure and even deadly cardiac arrest.
Procedures for this disease are all considered experimental, which is why the out of pocket expense is so high. I have gone through multiple medications and the next options are surgical. These funds would help to cover the cost of these procedures and allow me to focus on what is important, healing.
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