Medical insurance only pays a portion of her medical expenses and many tests and doctor visits are minimally covered or not at all. After almost 5 years of searching for an answer to her medical condition, they are struggling to keep their home, have thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills, and are going further into debt with no relief in sight.
Their battle started in early 2012, when Kristina started having complications after her gal bladder surgery. Within days, she started experiencing nausea, bloating, digestive issues, and severe stomach pain. Over the next couple of years, due to her deteriorating health, she had to quit her full time job at Swedish Hospital. They allowed her to continue working on a "per diem basis", which gave her a lot of flexibility. She worked a few days and then she would be bedridden for several weeks. Over the next few years, she saw many doctors, had several hospital stays, and ended up in the ER many times, only to have doctors send her home with new medications, no diagnosis, and several just referring her to someone else.
Over two years ago, her symptoms worsened to include excessive sweating, dizziness, extreme fatigue, anxiety, elevated heart rate upon standing, heart palpitations, dehydration, fainting spells, and blurred vision. Simple activities such as showering and getting out of bed became extremely difficult, if not impossible. After 5 years, and over 15 doctors later, she received a definite diagnosis of Dysautonomia in the form of POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). POTS is a dysfunction of your autonomic nervous system (ANS) that controls the involuntary actions of your body. There is currently no cure for POTS. All of her symptoms are related to the reduced blood volume that occurs upon standing. Kristina is on the severe end of the spectrum, but she has a positive attitude. Even though this is not the diagnosis she wanted, finally having a diagnosis is the first step in getting her life back. She now knows what she is fighting and is working with her team of doctors to come up with a treatment plan that works for her.
They have pretty much been living on one income since all of this started. For about a year now, Cael has been working two jobs, as well as caring for Kristina when she is bedridden.
We are asking for your donation to help them. We also ask for your prayers as Kristina works with her doctors to find a treatment plan. Help us get the word out, and share this page and their story with others.
For more information visit www.dysautonomiainternational.org
- Connie Davison
- Michael Riddick
- Sally Dobbin
- Debbie Fish
- Randy DeKoker
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