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Medical Cost Help for the Simonalle Family

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November 4th was the start of this painful journey when I contracted Fournier's gangrene, a form of Necrotizing Fasciitis.  I almost died, but fought hard to survive and begin the long road to recovery.  

I spent 103 days in a hospital and rehab facility while caring for the extensive wounds and learning to once again walk and gain back my strength.  These days were often filled with pain and fear,  but I never gave up and kept positive.    The care I received at the facilities was outstanding and put me on the right track.

In all of this I lost my job and only income for my family.  My husband is my sole care giver right now and our 13 year old daughter helps when she is not in school.  As you can imagine, the stress of the job loss on top of the mounting medical bills is quite stressful.

Any funds we raise will help us purchase the medical supplies not covered by insurance, but I need in order to change the wound dressings and keep them clean.  We will also use it to help us purchase groceries as needed.

We really did not want to reach out for help, but we realize that funds will soon dwindle and we need to be sure we will be ok.  

We thank you in advance for any donations and sharing of this campaign.

With our love,
The Simonalle Family
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Hi everyone!

What a stressful blur of a week this has been, but it is all a step forward. :)

I spent 4 days in the hospital (including Mother's Day) for a bout of cellulitis in the same leg. This is my second time being put in the hospital in less than a month for the same issue. Since the skin is a defense against bacteria, and I have open wounds, this may be a recurring issue I need to be on top of. If I have another case of it, then the Dr. will put me on a low dose of antibiotic to avoid it. Let us hope I can avoid that!

My kidneys are an issue and I will see the kidney specialist on the 23rd. The kidney function number should be 1, but my numbers were as high as 2.2. I do have stage 3 kidney disease and have been told a lot of the injuries were caused when my kidneys failed when I first went in the hospital for NF. They believe that some of the high numbers may be from the antibiotic as I was on high doses of IV meds. I have been changing my diet more and more with hopes that it will help the kidneys out.

The wounds are healing and continuing to close. I am encouraged at every visit to the wound care center with the progress and keep eating my protein and watching my blood sugar to be sure that I am at optimal healing!

Thanks so much for all the love, prayers and donations. We are so grateful to all of you.

Love,
The Simonalle Family
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Hi everyone!

Things are going well here and progressing nicely. I enjoyed Easter dinner with my family, I even drove there! First time I had driven in over 6 months, which felt amazing. This was our first holiday together as a family since I contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis.

Yesterday we went to our appointment at the wound care center, and I have to say I suffered some anxiety heading there. I did a lot of walking into the hospital, including doing the stairs to the door and felt pretty proud of myself. The nurse I had was AMAZING and made me feel really comfortable. The appointment went fantastic with lots of big steps in recovery. The Dr. said the wounds look so clean and healthy, and he chemically burned some of the new skin off. The reason for this was so that the skin grows back evenly. They told me I could now go to dressing changes 3x a week instead of 2x daily and I did a dance of joy. I am about 70% healed, which is awesome.

I have filed my appeal to Social Security for benefits and now the waiting game begins again. Bills are continuing to pile up, but I am trying to be positive as I cannot change things I cannot control.

To keep up to date with my positive pants, feel free to follow my Facebook page: Positive Pants All the Way

Love to all of you
Kim
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This has been a challenging week for recovery! It started with a trip to the wound care center on Monday, my first appointment and I was excited. I woke up that morning feeling weak, run down and just feeling blah. I thought it was a bout of low red blood cell count, but I would soon learn it was more than that. When I got to the wound care center, I had a low grade 100 degree temperature...which explained how I felt. As the nurse was looking at the wound, she watched as my leg and hip got redder and redder and hot to the touch, the doctor then confirmed what she thought, I had cellulitis. The way to treat my case was to be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics, which broke my heart, but I knew it was the best way to go. They sent me then to the ER for admitting, and by then my fever had risen to 103.3! Pushing fluids in the ER and they started doing blood work and antibiotics to try and get ahead of it. I was then sent to CatScan to be sure that the necrotizing fasciitis was not under the skin and doing the devils work again. That was when my anxiety really started to rise because I was so afraid it had come back. The flashbacks and memories of November 4th were vivid. Thank goodness that was negative!

Once in a room, I tried to settle in to get some rest, but I knew better because who rests in the hospital? Blood work at all hours of the day and night, vitals, sugar checks and hanging IV's...it always felt like I had just closed my eyes and there they were again!

Tuesday I learned that not only did I have cellulitis, but I also had bacteria growing in my blood. Honestly, I just sat there and stared at the doctor. I guess when I decide to get sick, I go big! At least the antibiotic I was taking was going to kill that infection as well, and I am glad we caught that before it could be carried to my heart.

Wednesday I was able to come home with oral antibiotics and a promise to elevate my leg. I made all sorts of promises because I could not wait to get home! :)

As usual, bill are behind and piling up, but I thank God every morning when I open my eyes and can still enjoy all life has to offer.

Wishing you all blessed Easter and Passover holidays
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I am now 6 months into recovery, and while it is still difficult at times, I am certainly getting a bit stronger every day. The open wounds are healing nicely, and I do walk every day to try and strengthen my legs and increase my stamina.

Last weekend I was able to visit with my Mom and Dad, and it felt great. I had not seen my mom since before i got hit with necrotizing fasciitis, the first hug was the best feeling in the world!

Things are difficult as we are facing mounting medical bills, supplies for wound care and late payments on mortgage and utilities. Any funds received will be put toward just paying bills to keep us afloat and buy the wound care supplies I need on a daily basis.

God saw me through this fight and he has big plans for me, I just need to keep my positive pants on and charged!

Thank you and love you all so much

The Simonalle Family
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