Shortly after surgery, we relocated and I became unemployed. I was able to find a contract project back in April/May 2015 that paid well enough for me to pay down some of the debt incurred in 2014. The copays and deductibles of the hospital stay and surgery were quite high. I was unemployed most of the year. My long-term partner was able to cover our housing (we were in the SF Bay Area so this is very high). Plus he took on some of my medical expenses from previous year and paid for the copays that I could not. However, I still have outstanding student loans in excess of $50,000 which I was able to get deferred for a time. I do have about $10,000 in other education related debt that I was paying on when I had income. I was able to find a decent part-time job to stretch our budget to cover our bills, food, pet supplies and the like. Unfortunately, I did not thrive in the Bay Area.
We moved back to Arizona in Sept 2016 with the goal of returning to a place with more in person support available plus lower living costs and more sunshine. I was able to work for a brief time but was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and impaired kidney function. I was finally diagnosed in October 2017 with chronic kidney disease. I have made changes to my diet and am hopeful that the progress of kidney damage will slow or reverse. Feb 2018: I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and a herniated disc. I've been referred to a specialist. Lab work in Jan showed abnormal values, this led to a referral to a hematologist. As of now, the hematologist does not feel my abnormal bloodwork is of concern. I have a follow up in September.
My partner truly does what they can but a single paycheck only stretches so far. In the meantime, I'm trying to find a steady source of income. Since I am not able to work at a regular job, I have started turning my hobby of jewelcrafting into a business. Dragon & Wolf Crafts I've gotten 20 sales so far. I am hopeful I can eventually earn enough money regularly to help pay the bills and move forward. Right now, however, I need a bit of help.
So I thought I would send this out into the universe and see what happens. Where will the money go? Pay the copays and other expenses incurred while trying to maintain and improve my health by seeing my care team (primary doctor, nephrologist, hematologist, neurosurgeon, therapist) and taking my medications.
More about depression and its affects on physical health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
For chronic pain: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/pain-and-depression/faq-20057823
Not great: I desperately need $200 by the end of the month.
My deepest gratitude for all of the support and generosity that I've received since that fateful visit to the ER in 2014. I'm hopeful that my immune disorder will be fully diagnosed eventually.
Also, the medication that my rheumatologist put me on for pain worked great however, my nephrologist doesn't want me on any NSAID at all. So, back to the drawing board. My rheumatologist has another med for me to try.
Wish me luck!
Then follow up with my nephrologist to see how my CKD is doing overall. Hoping my number hold and things continue to be well managed. Finally, at the end of next month, getting my A1C check again and hoping that as well remains in the well managed category.
Then I get the worst of the cavities taken care of! Plus I need to make an appointment for my annual diabetic foot exam and get new orthotics.
I'm putting this campaign to bed. I still need the help, yes but it's exhausting to maintain and keep folks update and beg continuously for help and mostly not get anything. I have friends who do what they can either financially or with much appreciated emotional support.
I'm so thankful to all of you who have provided me with such generosity and support.
I'm so tired though. I wish I could crawl into a cave and just stay there. I'm not going to do that, however. I can't let y'all down. You've done so much to lift me up. I'm going to keep trying as best I can. GoFundMe won't allow me to link to my Amazon wish lists. I can always use pet supplies and diabetic supplies. My Etsy shop is open 24/7 if you ever find you want a pretty trinket for a gift.