I didn't want to do this, but am appealing to GFM as a last resort. I had a cervical spinal injury in the first week of January. While receiving a neck massage my legs and arms went numb. According to the MRIs a disc is extruding that is resulting in nerve impingements in the c3-c7 vertebrae. I've been putting off doing anything about it because I am uninsured and overseas. I need to fly back to the US and get surgery. What I'm asking for won't cover the full cost of the surgery but it will get me home and take care of a portion of the medical bills I'll likely owe for years to come.
I've seen 4 separate doctors, all of whom have warned me the longer I go without ssurgery the greater the likelihood I could end up incontinent at best, quadriplegic or dead at worst. I'm no longer in a wheelchair as I was the first several weeks, but still have to walk with a cane and a sharp fall could exacerbate the existing disc extrusion doing me in for good.
I haven't been able to sit up for extended periods, play guitar or do the things that I love that I live for. For nearly 5 months I have been stuck lying on my side or back and in pain both emotional and psychological. The psychological pain and isolation honestly is beginning to outweigh the physical pain. The $5000 figure is hopeful seeing as the surgery will likely cost between $35,000 and 80,000. At the very least I need enough to fly back to the US and a bit to live on while I'm in recovery which should be several weeks once I get the operation though the nerves themselves may take years to fully recover if they ever do. Worst part is, it primarily affects my right sid e and my body is much weaker due to the nerve impingement and months forced into lack of mobility.
I've had friends suggest that I start a gofundme but I hate to ask for help. At this point though, I really need it. It could literally save my life, or at least keep me from losing the use of my limbs which is one of the scariest things I can imagine. I understand that it's pandemic season and most people can't give even if they'd like to and if you can't that's fine and in fact, if it would put you or your family in a bind please don't. If you can spare a few dollars towards getting me home and getting the operation I need.
And whether or not you can help, I encourage you to check out this video. I learned a lot about taking small things for granted this year. You never know when the most basic things you expect to always be there (like the ability to walk for instance) might disappear in an instant.