This fundraiser is for Terry Powell. He was reluctant to do this, but was encouraged to do so by coworkers. Any Funds Collected over his goal will go to help with out of pocket medical expenses, not covered by insurance. Right now his non-covered medical expenses sit at $14,779.93.
His vision was bothering him in January 2019, so he went for an eye exam. The optometrist suspected a pituitary tumor and he was referred to an endocrinologist. After an MRI he was diagnosed with a large 3.8 centimeter tumor, which was pressing on his optic nerve. He was then referred to a Neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital. Terry was scheduled to have surgery, to remove the tumor, in February. Terry arrived a few days early for pre-surgery appointments. While waiting for the surgery, he suffered from a heart attack and had a stint placed. This led to him being hospitalized in the CCU for three days at Emory University Hospital. Upon returning home, he resumed work and other normal activities.
The Cardiologist said that he would have to wait three months before the tumor could be removed. After his three months were completed, on May 30th his surgery was scheduled to remove the tumor. Once in surgery, Terry underwent transsphenoidal surgery and placement of a lumbar drain. He tolerated the surgery well. After a few days, a CFS leak was encountered. After a few days of not feeling well and being disoriented a CT scan revealed that Terry was having vasal spasms. As a result from the spasms, he received two stroke in his frontal lobe. One June 7th he was transferred to the neuro-ICU. He then had an EVD and Feeding tube placed in him. He stayed in ICU 14 days and on the floor 13 days. After 27 day he was transferred to Siskin Rehab, where he stayed for 18 days. He is now receiving outpatient therapy and making great progress. His plans are to return to work as soon as possible.
His company only allows for a 60 day leave, and he has been out of work since May. His wife has also been unable to work since May, because she has been taking care of him. Now that his 60 day leave has expired, he will receive extra costs by having to pay for cobra insurance, and will continue to do so until he is able to return for work. He hopes to return to work soon.