Nurse In Need of Funds for CRPS Treatment

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On the night of Feb. 26. 2019 I was working my night shift in the DOU which is a step-down unit of the ICU. I had three patients, two of which were critical and near death. The shift was especially hectic with two families to console, my three patients needing pain meds. and treatment and no time for the boatload of documentation. As I was preparing to treat patient A, I suffered an laceration that sliced off a portion of the side of my right thumb. I wrapped it and gloved it and continued my patient care. Unfortunately, after a few hours and multiple dressing changes, etc. the bleeding was still profuse as I had no time to properly apply pressure and elevate, etc. I was taken off the floor and admitted to the ER. The treating doctor stitched the wound closed but as there was no skin to pull shut, the bleeding continued. He then ripped the stitches out and cauterized my thumb with an excessive amount of silver nitrate. All in all, my thumb was unnecessarily traumatized, burnt and as sterile procedures weren't used, it later became infected. A few weeks later I was suffered an abcess and infection for which I was prescribed an antibiotic that I had a severe alleric reaction to. Since that time, I have been treated by many doctors and had occupational therapy. I have been diagnosed by various doctors with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)which causes major pain in my muscles and joints and causes skin lesions all because of the original injury and the reaction from the antibiotic for the infection.

My primary treating doctor is a experienced pain management doctor who has been an educator for over 18 years. He has prescribed me medications to prevent nerve damage, medications for post nerve damage, pain medications, and nerve blocks. Worker's comp. is denying those nerve blocks and won't even consider them for another year. They are also now denying even my pain medications that I pay for out of pocket. They have also stopped all temporary unemployment reimbursement. I do have an attorney but everything in worker's comp. is stacked in the insurance companie's favor and they really drag things out.

CRPS has stages and if I don't treat it aggressively in the first stage, it gets harder to treat as time goes on with less of a likelyhood of being treatable.

I am now in stage two. I've been unemployeed for 1 yr. 9 months. at this time. The pain has put me in the ER many times. Heat makes my skin break out in sores as does any type of repeditive touching of my skin...like as in wearing shoes, socks, pants, underclothes, sitting in a chair, walking more than a few blocks, all make my skin flare up, my joints ache, and my muscles weak. I sleep with icepacks, wrap my sores with cellophane and lidocaine (which they also won't cover now), soak in vinigar baths, change clothes repeatedly, go without shoes, and more, just to be able to tolerate each day. 

I became a nurse to help people and now I can't do my job and I can't even live life without treating this. I need to have a series of approx. 4 nerve blocks consecutively and at that time I may be able to heal completely and get my life back.

Nerve blocks cost approx. $1,500 each. If 4 sessions are enough, that will be
$6,000. My regular insurance isn't allowed to cover this since it's a work related issue. I am asking for any help that anyone has to offer and it will be much appreciated. I pray that with help, I may be able to resume my life and career. I you or anyone you know has any assistance to offer, please let me know.

 

Sincerely,
Chrissy

 

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