Misha's Sciatica Relief

$1,820 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 2 months
On November 6, my wife Misha woke up with excruciating pain running from the base of her spine all the way down her left leg. She hadn't lifted anything, or fallen, or anything else traumatic; for all we could tell, this began entirely at random. A trip to the ER got her a diagnosis of sciatica: intense pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, likely from a herniated disc in the spine.

We began a course of painkillers and physical therapy. Things were getting much better, but the evening of December 9, Misha suffered a flare-up just as random and even more intense than the initial onset. We went to the ER again, starting the process all over from worse than square one.

Our insurance does a great job for medications, but our deductible is very high for acute care like the ER. Emergency credit in the form of a home equity line would have been sufficient to absorb the first ER visit and a modest course of PT, but this one-two punch in the midst of the holiday season is proving very hard for us to keep up with. It's especially worrisome given we have no idea how long it will be until Misha is pain-free again, or how likely it might be we'll need to make still more agonizing trips to the hospital.

We're looking into the possibility of breaking up the ER charges into a payment plan. Successful fundraising would keep us from going deeper into debt or having to further put off necessary household expenses, like car repairs and furnace maintenance, that we'd been hoping to tackle before all this happened.

If you're local to the Madison area, and would be willing to share your phone number in case we have urgent need of help running an errand or making it to an appointment, that would also give us great peace of mind!

Thank you for your generosity. Getting Misha relief from this terrible pain is now the only Christmas present I want!
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Boundless thanks!

In less than a week, you all carried us well beyond the initial goal I set of $1000. This will be an immense relief, allowing us to pay off at least two of the ER visits without having to enter into a payment plan or incur debt on a line of credit. We don't yet know what the final total of our need will be--we're still waiting for the numbers on that ambulance ride, and we have an MRI and possibly other procedures yet to come--but whatever it might be, we are vastly better off for your support.

Misha's fighting hard to make back the lost ground from this month's flare-up. She's succeeded in tapering off use of muscle relaxers and the heavier painkillers, using only over-the-counter ibuprofen for most of each day. Physical therapy is going well, though it's requiring her to enter into a whole new relationship with her body, how to move and get around. Decades-old habits of posture and action need to be unlearned and replaced with a mindfulness about her vulnerable sciatic nerve. These are not efforts that will conclude with a clean bill of health or even the end of a GoFundMe campaign; she's looking at a lifelong effort to remain strong and reduce the risk of further injury. My admiration for her grows as my heart aches for her struggle!

You've all done us a great favor this holiday season. I hope that karma will reward you for your kindness!
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Gratitude and trepidation!

First off, my deepest thanks to all of you who have so generously donated already! We raised $770 thus far (including a $200 donation not through GoFundMe). That's enough to cover our out-of-pocket for one ER visit plus four or five physical therapy appointments. A palpable relief! I will be looking out for ways to pay it forward to all of you; for now, accept my tearful thanks.

As for Misha's progress, it's been one step forward and two back. Since I set up this campaign, we've had a third trip to the emergency room--this one via ambulance. Last night Misha was in too much pain to sleep. We tried all the recommended care: taking her prescriptions, using pillows to better align her spine, applying icepacks. Nothing made a dent in her discomfort.

Out of options, we resolved to head to the ER again. But she was in such terrible pain that she couldn't even make the walk to the car. I made a 911 call, and within minutes, paramedics from the Monona Fire Department arrived. They did an amazing job getting her on her way! The commotion woke neighbors who came by offering their concern and help, for which I am also grateful.

So Misha's treatments have gotten more aggressive: stronger painkillers at the ER, followed by steroid and muscle relaxer prescriptions and another follow-up with her primary doctor. (Luckily, we were able to get an appointment right away!) We're working on getting her scheduled for an MRI, which will give us a clearer picture of her injury in case--though we still hope it won't come to this--she needs more invasive therapy.

We haven't yet gotten the bill for all these emergency services, but we're grateful for your help and for the skilled care of the Monona FD, the ER staff at SSM Health, and Dr. Lowery at Wildwood Family Clinic.
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