Tammy walked into an emergency room 3 months ago, and unexpectedly wound up having to have surgery. Now, she needs our help.
Friends have been urging her to do a GoFundMe. I decided to go ahead, and set one up. I was going to try and state her case further, but think what she told me in private email is much more compelling than anything I could provide. She gave me permission to share:
“I went through 5 days of pure hell, but I got through it. I feel lucky I am still here and am getting better. I realized even before that, for years, I had been deeply ill: constant crushing fatigue, body ache, and repeated bouts of what I had thought was food poisoning. The source of the trouble went undiagnosed for a long time and really affected my ability to work. I was struggling. It's kind of amazing how much damage one angry, malfunctioning little gallbladder can do!
Since the surgery, those problems have gradually cleared. Fit and working again! I went back to work 2 days after discharge. To be honest, though -- it was hard. When they say recovery only takes a few days, they really are sugar-coating it. But I have been steadily improving. I've been actively seeking a full-time job, but that takes awhile, and in the past couple months have fallen behind in rent. So now I'm in a financial crisis. On top of that, the people I sublet from have a son who has been going through a similar crisis, they want him to move home; so within a few months, I will need to find a new place to live.
I still have really high blood pressure and am having a hard time getting to see a doctor about it, or even just a follow-up check on the post-surgery, because I'm so broke. I have finally confirmed I have nominal coverage with HealthySF and will get to see a doctor in June, so I can get help with that. My stress over money troubles has been so intense, i'm afraid I might have a stroke. THAT would be irony, eh? Survive emergency surgery and then drop dead from being broke and scared all the time? I don't mean to be flippant. It's only a half-joke. It's a reality for too many people.
On the upside, it looks like the provisional MediCal I got while in the emergency room may cover the surgery costs... But no one can tell me for sure. Getting on-going MediCal is proving difficult. The financial department can't find any balance due, so for now I am not going to push it, and will keep my focus on staying healthy and getting a good job to pay off any forthcoming medical debts. I just need to get through this immediate crisis. I feel bad to have to ask people because I already know so many who are struggling. I just hope things work out."
This fundraiser is to get her finances stabilized so she doesn't become homeless, and has enough time to line up full-time work. The goal amount will cover accrued bills and rent in arrears, get back in to see a doctor for follow-up, and help a little towards moving to a new place. If she ends up owing for the surgery, she will take care of that as it comes along. What do you say, friends? Can you help? If everyone chips in, it will be easy to get done!
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