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Kauffman emergency help fund

$7,650 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 189 people in 27 days
Created December 19, 2018
Ok here goes...For the first time in my life I need to ask for help from my friends.  I am not happy about it but this is where we are.  Let me give you a little backstory and then I will let you know what is happening with me. 
This all started Dec. 5th.  I thought I was constipated and just in pain from that.  That was a Tuesday or Wednesday, by Friday Erica talked me into going to the Dr.  I went and they did bloodwork and took some xrays.  Everything came back normal so they said maybe this was just the tail end of something viral and thay I should try a bland diet (toast, soup, etc).  I did that for a day and felt better so I went back to eating...bad mistake.  By the next Tuesday I was wrything in agony and screaming my head off. 
Next Erica took me to the ER.  They did a CT scan and found that I had a couple of abcesses on my sigmoid colon. So they had to keep me....for a full week.  So I have diverticulitis and a micro tear in my bowel. I had 2 small abscesses in my sigmoid colon and they pumped me with antibiotics. I was on NPO which means nothing goes in my mouth no food no drink. So IV living for me. I made it through 3 or 4 days of that and they started me back up om clear liquids, then full liquids and finally now a low residue diet (low fiber soft foods).  I am also Diabetic and this diet pretty much conflicts with that so it has been challenging.  

Moving forward...I have to be on this diet for 2 weeks then I can start to get back to normal.  I have no idea what a week long stay in the hospital is going to cost but it can't be cheap.  We are almost to the end of our money and we could sure use some help getting through the next month or two. I am home but I still have very little energy and for sure not enough to print t shirts.  So if you can spare a few bucks and send them our way we really can use the help.  If you cannot spare anything money wise I understand that for sure, but maybe just think about sharing this if that is the case . 

I think most of you know I am not the type to ask for help, but I need it.  People have already stepped up in so many ways it makes me tear up every time I think about it.  2018 has been a strange year, but Team Kauffman will be back and stronger than ever in 2019!!! Thank you all!!!
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Update 12
Posted by Zack Kauffman
7 days ago
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It's been a few days since I have last updated here. First of all, I am feeling great! I have started to reintroduce fiber back into my diet and it is GLORIOUS!!! Oh how I have missed vegetables!!! Wheat bread I love you!!! This whole expierence has really put what is important to me into prospective. All of you have given me a piece of myself back that I thought was gone. Poor Erica has been right by my side through this, and now she is battling her own bs. She has a tooth that is infected and needs a root canal (scheduled for the 10th) but she had a wicked alregic reaction to rhe antibiotics yesterday on top of a nasty ear infection...if its not one of us its the other sheesh. This thing is so close to reaching that goal and that is simply amazing to me. Please keep donating and sharing if you can. I love you all!!! Until the next update..
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Update 11
Posted by Zack Kauffman
13 days ago
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Moving right along!
Today I had a follow up with the surgeon. Everything went perfect!!! I have been given the all clear!!! Veggies are my friend again YAY!!! Slowly but surely I get to reintroduce fiber back into my diet and get off this god aweful low res diet!!! My band mates will be happy to hear that my weight lifting restrictions have been lifted so I can move my own gear again (thank you fellas for helping me last week). i have a meeting with the dietitian tomorrow to start my diverticulitis eating education. And I have 1 more follow up with the GI people tomorrow. I have been scheduled for a colonoscopy in February...YAAAAYYY uggggg. Thank you to all of you that have donated so far you are amazing!!! The bills are gonna start rolling in so please keep sharing this if you can. I love you all!!! Until the next update...
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Update 10
Posted by Zack Kauffman
15 days ago
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Get good insurance guys. The insurance I have right now has a $6000 max out of pocket deductable for each of us....$12000 if we both get sick. Well guess what...we were both down and out this year! I am sitting at the imaging center waiting on a follow up CT scan and just had to pay almost $500 before they would see me. Insurance is a crock. I would not have been able to do that had it not been for your generousity. Thank you all so much! I have a follow up with the surgeon to discuss these results on Wednesday and on Thursday I have another follow up with the GI doc (I think it will probably be redundant bit I am going to do what they tell me). also on Thursday I have an appt with a dietitian to learn how to eat right with all of my new restrictions. I am hoping to get the all clear this week and planning on getting back to work FINALLY on Wednesday. Thank you all for your support, please keep sharing this we still have a ways to go, but with your help we have been making it through! Until the next update...
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Update 9
Posted by Zack Kauffman
18 days ago
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Great update today...
I just got home from my first follow up appt. My doctor was impressed at my progress. She wrote a referral for a dietition so I can get some education on what I can and cannot eat. She also told me that if when they check my a1c next, if it is as good as it has been, they are going to take me OFF diabetic meds!!! That is amazing news!!! i have a CT on Monday, an appt with the surgeon on Wednesday (just a follow up no surgery in my future at this point) and one more follow up with the GI doc Thursday. Things are moving right along and I am so happy. I am still stuck on this diet until I talk to the sergeon next week, but I'll take it!!! until the next update...
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