On April 22 I went into Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx with pressure in my chest and shortness of breath. I was initially told that it was likely a "panic attack" but that I would be admitted and tests would be run. On the evening of April 26 a surgeon came into my room and told me that the Heart Cath had revealed major blockage in multiple vessels and that I would have open heart, bypass surgery at 7 AM the next morning, April 27. A bit of a shock...
And, the surgery I had, a quadruple bypass, with the vessels being 85-90% blocked (yeah...). After roughly one week at Montefiore, I was discharged on May 5. In the last several weeks I have received care from my Cardiologist and Primary Care Physician, and from countless nurses and support staff. I'm grateful, and I'm coming along.
However, I'm being scheduled for Cardiac Rehab which will begin imminently. I have good insurance which will or should cover the brunt of the medical bills. But, there are many other costs and expenses--copays, housing during Rehab, transportation to Rehab, doctors, and pharmacies. And, I'm a college professor who is normally a working professor during the summers. This summer, however, I will still be recovering and won't be able to teach my 3-4 classes; I will be without my summer income which is always part of my yearly income. This combined with the aforementioned costs and expenses have left me in a dire situation.
I'm asking my friends, family, and anyone else out there to help me through this difficult time. This is not like me; I'm hesitant about the very public nature of this. But, I need your help. I'm somewhat acquainted with this fundraising page as I've contributed a few times to students' and their families' pages in the past. Again, please help me get through the immediate recovery period, as well as the next 2-3 months of more long-term rehab and recovery. Help me return to an even better life, and to the college classroom again. My students--they need me! Thank you, everyone.
- Robert Sullivan
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