Roger had radiation treatment first, which somewhat relieved his crippling pain, followed by chemotherapy beginning Mid-May. He was secheduled to have 12 bi-weekly treatments, of which 6 have been completed.
On July 14, following his most recent chemo appointment, he suddenly could no longer walk. He was taken by ambulance and admitted to the hospital. After 5 days, he was transferred to a long-term care center for physical therapy, in hopes that he could walk again.
After being transferred, he developed a serious infection, was then on IV antibiotics and bedrest.
While Roger does have medicare, he does not have a supplement at this time. The medical bills have been phenomenal. For example, I was handed a bill for the first 12 days at the LTC center- what is our repsonsibility is over $4000. Add to that my loss of income. I do have a job, but have had to take so much time off. I began a new job in January, and did not have any paid time off to use. As hard as I have tried, I have gotten behind in some of our bills/expenses, and most urgent is rent. I am desparate to catch up on the rent- it is just not the time to move!!!
They are hoping to discharge roger this saturday the 19th. I am quite sure I will again have to take time off just for his physical care. Whether he will be well enough to return to his chemo treatments remains to be seen.
I am humbled and sad to have to ask for help. Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks to everyone for being Roger's friends.
All the best,
- Ham Op
- Harry Delaney
- Mary McCormack
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