Lori LeFavor's Medical Bills

$6,190 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 87 people in 10 months
Created September 26, 2017
Dear Friends,
Lori LeFavor developed a cough a month ago that she thought was due to the forest fires. She had to drink liquid almost constantly to keep from coughing - but this developed quickly into an excessive thirst, that simply could not be quenched. At the same time, her eyesight began to deteriorate, rapidly. We joked that this was just age - but damn, it was coming on fast! But being Lori, she pushed through...the city is coated in smoke, we're all getting older - what's the big deal? But by Saturday evening she felt so off she actually considered cancelling Babu's Goodbye Sunday BBQ, and going to the hospital. But she carried on, and everyone got to say goodbye to sweet Babu, who has since passed over into the great beyond, running free forevermore in the doggy Valhalla.
Because she didn't have insurance she opted for urgent care the next morning. By then, she could not even see 3 feet in front of her.
Well, her blood glucose level was so high they couldn't even get a reading. She was having a severe diabetic episode. She has never had high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high glucose before, so this is all new and scary for her. Her blood sugar was 600 -- you are supposed to call an ambulance at 400 and normal is 100. She's really lucky she didn't end up in a coma or dead.
At the ER, she was immediately admitted, and spent the next two days and nights there, getting stabilized, and having a number of expensive tests.
She was devastated to be missing Tark's memorial and one of her last nights with Babu.
Without insurance, this unexpected hospital stay, will be extreme. The estimate is over $25,000, and this is with the hospital cutting corners as much as possible, as they try to do for those without insurance. This does not include the costs of medicines she needs immediately, paying out of pocket, until she can sign up for insurance.
During previous crises, Lori has not asked for help and indeed, has trouble asking for help. So I'm asking you, friends, if you've ever had your dog loved up by Lori, if you've ever enjoyed an Infinite Productions show, if you've ever been scared about your health and had to face big changes, please help Lori with what will surely be a daunting stack of medical bills.
She will not be able to enroll for medical insurance until November and will not be covered until January, so the insulin costs, numerous doctor visits, eye doctor and glasses will continue to come out of pocket at astronomical prices. She's looking at about $1000 a month in costs. Lori being Lori, has not asked for handouts, and feels completely capable of managing this new illness with the same fierceness she brings to everything. But the cost of the hospital stay is slaying. Getting ahead of all the new costs to daily living is one thing, but getting out from under this huge bill at the same time, will make the road really rough. Even a donation of the admission price of a show will go such a long way. Can you pitch in, or share this today?

- Lisa Beckert
- Elise Tissot Storey
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Lori’s 10/27 Update:

I have been out of the hospital for a month and a half and I had two very important Doctors appointments this week. One with my primary care Doctor where we went over my most recent blood tests. Great News! My fasting blood sugar was 94 and my A1C dropped from 12 to 8.6! Still not where I would like it to be but pretty amazing for just over 1 month.

I also had my appointment with my new Eye Doctor and my vision is basically back to where it was before the incident and I suffered no permanent Eye damage! I am near sighted and will need glasses for that but I am so relieved!
I still have a long way to go but I am off to a great start. I’m really grateful and I feel very lucky that I dodged a major Bullet.

Thank you for your generous donations and support! What would help at this point would be to share this gofundme amongst Seattle friends.

Thank you!

Lori LeFavor
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I started feeling semi-human again this week and then yesterday morning. I can see my phone and things close to my face without reading glasses!!!! Woohoo!!! I thought it was getting better Friday night and then Saturday morning I could see what time it was without reaching for my readers.

My vision is still not quite as clear as I would like but it’s so much better. The vision thing has been one of the scariest things about this entire experience. I’m still not sure it will be like it was before but I would be happy with pretty close!

Thank you for your support! If you don't mind, would you please share this with a little blurb?

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I finished my first vial of insulin!

I accidentally stabbed myself with a syringe only once. I’m getting much better at drawing and injecting my insulin, although my fingers and abdomen are like pin cushions.

I think I’m getting used to my new normal.

I’m eating great low carb meals thanks to my dear friend Elise who has been shopping and cooking for me. I’m also making great low carb snacks.

I met with a nutrition coach and I’m really looking forward to learning more as well as hopefully reducing my carb intake even further.
I’m finally starting to feel a bit better. The med side effects are starting to dissipate.

My vision has still not returned to normal but I can navigate it with readers although they are still making me feel a little motion sick.

I’m going to make an eye doctor appointment for just after my next doctors appointment.

If you could please continue to share this link with a little blurb, I would really appreciate it.


Thank you again for your support!
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Health Update:

I had my first Doctors appointment with my new Primary Care Physician Tuesday. She's kind of stoic and intense but I liked her. She was very pleased with all of the changes I have made and my progress. I am regularly achieving the desired blood sugar range they want and I have lost 10 lbs! Woohoo! However, she did not want to make any changes to my meds till I stabilize a little more and have been with in that desired blood sugar range for a month.

She helped me save $80 per vial on my insulin which is a $160 savings per month so that was awesome! We are hoping that all the Medication side effects will dissipate in that month and my vision will normalize.

All of the changes are overwhelming at times and a lot of hard work but in the long run I think they will be very positive. The most difficult part is just not feeling like myself, I don't feel very good most of the time. It's taking a really long time to get my stamina back. The medication side effects are pretty rough but they are getting better. My vision has flipped from near-sighted to far-sighted and I have to wear readers all the time to see anything in front of my face and it's giving me motion sickness. I really hope that goes away. It's all just going to take a little time and I'm not a very patient person. We will do all new labs in a month and see where everything is at.

Thank you again for your support and to everyone who sent personal messages or comments. It really means a lot.

- Lori
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Created September 26, 2017
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