Emergency Services Bills

$924 of $8,191 goal

Raised by 32 people in 1 month
Created December 12, 2018
In October, I lost a lot of blood due to hemorrhage, causing me to pass out. I was unconscious for about half an hour before I was found, and I was taken by ambulance to the emergency room, because, despite regaining consciousness, I was unable to communicate that I didn't want to go. While horrifying, I did receive good and necessary care. They replaced my lost volume, gave me lots of drugs, ran an ekg because my heart was super stressed from the loss, and did a bunch of labs to make sure I was getting what I needed. I was able to leave the hospital on semi-steady feet about 11 hours later thanks to these interventions.

My ER bill is 8643.75. The ambulance bill is 2893.04. The physician bill is 275.00.

My insurance has paid 3621.37 between these three things, leaving me with 8190.42 to pay.

I have already sold everything I own of any value due to escaping a terribly abusive living situation, and a period of unemployment between the end of my schooling and being able to actually find a job. So here I am with a job at last, finally starting to get my feet under me in the paying of my bills and massive student loans, and this happens. What's more, the job I did manage to find is a temp position, and the shift pickings are scary slim in January. I am working every possible shift I can to try and cover this, and I only have 1 day off scheduled for the second half of December as a result.

I've set my goal for the total amount, but every little bit helps. Even if I only end with five dollars, I am incredibly grateful for each precious cent that you can spare. I would very much like to keep the roof over my head.

I promise to pay it forward when I am able. I used to be the anonymous payer of electric bills, pharmacy bills, and vet bills. I helped people with their rent and their groceries. I was the ninja gifter of water filters and poofy coats, and would stuff toothbrushes and toothpaste into long socks to hand out to the homeless with pb&j sandwiches every month. I think having been homeless myself once upon a time left me with an altruistic streak. I will get back to that, and to doing clinic outreach on a regular basis, but for now I am making an appeal to the public at large.

Please help me keep the precarious balance I had finally begun to achieve?
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Update 4
Posted by Marcus Avenier
15 hours ago
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I was so persistently ill from this that even though I was working more than full time, I lost my job due to having to call in sick a handful of times. MD notes and appeals didn't matter.

I've spent almost every waking moment since then trying to find a job. No luck yet. No answer from these billing people about possible extensions, though I made the first payment with everyone's help ♡

We shall see where this goes. I have 4 other people and a few animals that depend on me for the roof over our heads. Fingers crossed!
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Update 3
Posted by Marcus Avenier
16 days ago
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I have been debating whether or not to provide this particular update because it feels very defeatist, and I don’t like to be down about things. Still, it is what it is.

I’ve continued to get follow up care for the issue that landed me in the ED. The hemorrhaging was just a symptom, but once I was stable, they sent me on my way. Turns out I have a bunch of benign tumors in a bad place. Odds are it’s going to happen again and again unless I have invasive surgery. That means 6-8 weeks recovery off of work, in addition to the cost of the surgery itself, including a few days in the hospital.

So the answer for now is lolno, and lots of iron, B12, folic acid, and hopeful denial.

I’ve incurred some additional costs since then for doctors visits, imaging, and tests. The surgery itself is going to run me upwards of 20k here in the US, and I need to get to the point of saving up a couple of months’ pay as well.

Despite this, I am keeping my GoFundMe focused on the unexpected ER trip in October, and am keeping my fingers crossed for no more near-death experiences. I have always been very self-reliant, and I am deeply grateful to everyone who has helped me face the financial aspect of this unexpected turn in my life. I cannot possibly overstate this.
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Update 2
Posted by Marcus Avenier
1 month ago
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In the interests of full transparency, I am happy to add approx 55 dollars in paypal donations to my total received.

I cannot thank everyone enough for all of your help in this. Every cent adds up, and I value the small donations as much as the big ones, so please do not feel the need to apologize to me <3 By the same token, even just sharing and spreading this around is incredibly helpful.

I am still fighting with the hospital to get them to let me pay this in more than three installments. Even with as much as I am working, I would barely have enough for that plus the roof over my head. I'd have to go without power, internet, and food to swing it. They aren't very receptive, but I am persistent.
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Update 1
Posted by Marcus Avenier
1 month ago
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♡ I am so deeply grateful. Any donors who care to may email me their home address to receive a thank you card. ♡
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Created December 12, 2018
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