My Wife & I have always tried to do the "helping" whenever we can, and sometimes when we cannot.
What am I talking about?
Simplicity is usually best.
First is “The Quick Synopsis” for a quick overview.
Below that is “A More Detailed” explanation.
THE QUICK SYNOPSIS:
After spending several thousands of dollars on numerous doctor visits, medical tests, unsuccessful therapies, and ineffective treatments and procedures, while being on disability, I am broke.
A surgery Co-pay to have performed the first of several surgeries to correct and eleviate my degenerative spinal disease.
A) Get off of disability, get back to working for a living.
B) Provide for my Wife and household; and “feel” like an effective husband again.
C) Stop my endless cycle of pain and disability; and a reliance on pain killers, muscle relaxers, and
D) Prevent further progression of my spinal diseases, “Cervical Spinal Stenosis” and “Degenerative Disc” from it's continued acceleration and further disabiling symptoms.
Sometimes there is an understandable suspicion of the validity of some of the claims within a campaign.
So, included in my campaign is a scan of the approval letter for my first surgery.
If there are any other questions, please feel free to ask.
IN MORE DETAIL:
For about 10 years total I've been experiencing pain on & off in an ever increasing frequency, intensity, & longevity.
For the first 7 to 8 years my pain levels and the frequent episodes of pain were slowly, but steadily increasing. In the beginning my pain was mild and infrequent enough that neither my doctors nor I connected the sporadic flare-ups as anything abnormal or part of a bigger problem.
About 3 to 3 1/2 years ago, my pain levels, their intensity, and their frequency really started increasing in every way imaginable; and very quickly, becoming ever more dibilitating.
Along with the increase in pain, so did the number of doctor visits, the number of (and increase of) medical tests, days unable to walk, let alone even goto work, and an increase of overall medical expenditures, all the while my previous ability to pay for my medical needs decreased.
Finally I got a correct diagnosis of: “Cervical Spinal Stenosis” and “Degenerative Disc Disease.”
“Finally,” I thought, “my situation would soon improve!” My neurosurgeon knew the problem and wanted to schedule me to take care of it as soon as possible.
The type of “Spinal Stenosis” I have is in my neck. It will only, as has been my situation, gotten worse. If nothing is done, the problems associated with my Stenosis will increase in severity and frequency until I loose all become paralyzed and become incontinent.
But as is typically the case, my medical insurer required a multitude of (*cheaper for the insurer*) MORE tests, different treatments and therapies to be tried first.
The last two, and current, calendar years I've more than met my medical insurers required deductibles.
After about 2 years of additional, AND EXPENSIVE, tests, doctor visits, and failed treatments, that part hasn't been too difficult.
After mountains of paperwork, months of waiting on my medical insurer's approval, and many, many prayers, I finally got approved on May 25th, 2017.
That's the good news.
The bad news, after spending so much on the required tests and treatments I had to go through before my surgery would be approved, and after receiving so little from disability, I AM BROKE.
Being in too much pain to stand, walk, sit, or lay down for more a few minutes isn't any way to live. I cannot work, go anywhere with my Wife, perform basic housekeeping tasks, or even take my dogs for a walk.
Instead I'm almost always in a haze due to my medication's side-effects. Sleep 75 to 85% of my day, everyday. Unable to do almost anything. Everything is a project. Nothing is easy. I can't pick anything up. Even with my medications I am still, ALWAYS, in pain.
I miss going places with my Wife. Fully enjoying her happiness and smile.
I miss going to work and feeling like I'd contributed to something bigger and more.
According to my neurosurgeon, the more time spent waiting and putting the surgeries off, the more complicated the surgeries can become. And if it's put off too long, paralysis becomes ever more likely as the Stenosis progresses.
I would LOVE to get back to “normal.” To go to work, go to the store. To do work around the house. To pick something up without intense shooting pain.
If you are able to help, please do. And I am not only talking financially. I need every kind thought, prayer, and well wisher I can get. And PLEASE pass on this campaign's link.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story.
- Alex Schiller
- Eric Martindale
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