Heart Failure Medical Bills

My name is Ashley and I had this beautiful baby girl about a year ago. I had her at the age of 36 (which is considered geriatric by the way) and two days after getting home from the hospital, I noticed my swelling was worse and was having shortness of breath upon laying down. I checked my heart rate, since I have been an ICU previously and it was 39 beats a minute. Around 2 am, I went to the ER where I was admitted only because I have a family history of pacemakers theECHO the next morning showed my EF at less than 40%, in which normal was 60-65%. I had to stop breastfeeding, start Lisinopril and Lasix and was discharged several days later. I had cardiologist appointments left and right, MRI here, Echo there, stress tests, and then I cannot forget the horrifying MRI. When you cannot breath already and in an enclosed space, this was terrifying but I did it for me girls. I had taken care of women like this before and never thought it could be me. Now, I suffer from anxiety with some PTSD related to the trauma. My EF Is back to 60% which is great, but the medical bills stacked up and I had to put them on my credit card. I have been saving and making payment after payment but the interest is so high I am having trouble making a dent which is causing me more stress and worry. I have these two beautiful daughters and I do not want them to see me sweat so anything I get would be so much appreciated. I have went over and over in my head if this was right, I mean I am better and my heart is better even though I can never have more children due to possibly having another heart issue that i would not recover from but the bills and the anguish it has caused being in this much debt I feel makes me relive it all over again.

I am truly thankful for any help that I can get. I can pay off my card and save some money to have a wonderful Christmas for my family.

I will have to continue to follow a cardiologist every 6 months for a while. And hopefully everything will remain fine with my heart.
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