On November 1st Thomas was admitted into the hospital due to recurrent fevers, stomach pain, nausea, quick weight loss, and chills. While there on top of his Ulcerative Colitis and inflammation from it they found he had a "narrowing" of his large Intestines and swelling in his appendix. They also found he had Norovirus and Ecoli in his intestines.
Blood work, scans, and days in the hospital would still leave us with a month wait as we waited for the gastro to get him in for a colonoscopy. Meanwhile he tried to go back to work when he was released but ended up having to transfer customers to managers in order to excuse himself to the restroom.
This year has been difficult with a baby in the NICU at the beginning of the year, income loss due to reduced hours at work (going from 45 Hours a Week to barely 20 a week. From June until August he did his best to work but had continual issues with his stomach, with weakness, with stress, and he found a job from home that would be better on him. While he was supposed to start the job at the end of August, he ended up not starting until late September and didn't receive a full check until October. While his income has stopped the bills keep coming in.
On December 1st we received news that my husband has a large mass in his large intestines, moderate ulcerative colitis, severe swelling, bleeding, and would definitely need surgery. The news is what we dreaded, the news leaves me heart broken, and terrified. Cancer is not a word that I was prepared for. But now I have to push forward. I have to find a way to provide for my family until he is able to heal enough to work.
We know Thomas will be out of work for a while due to inability to work with his stomach issues and constantly having to be near restrooms. Then he will end up with surgery and several weeks of healing from that. He is barely sleeping and is very weak. Seeing my husband who was once able to toss 75Lbs without blinking is having to lean on a cane to walk more than a few minutes.
While his employer is a home based company, because of the constant run for the bathroom he can't work without getting reprimanded for call avoidance and potentially would be terminated. He is currently on an unpaid leave of absence. Thomas has been our sole provider since 2016 when I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Anything helps. Prayer helps. I told Thomas I didn't know what we are gonna do and I pray God will provide for need.
- Lisa Scott
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- Jim Whitehead
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