Medical & Living Expenses

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On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 I was taken to the emergency room. Prior to going, I had been vomiting & having the worst pains & cramps in my abdomen area I had ever experienced. Some basic tests were ran & I was told I had some blockage. I was admitted to the hospital & on Thursday more tests were run & I waited. Friday morning I was taken for a barium enema ( which is not pleasant in any way) which I was told would take around an hour. I was done & headed back to my room in less than 20 minutes. I was in my room just a few minutes when the doctor came in & said we were doing surgery & doing it NOW! The blockage was quite severe. I was wheeled to an operating room at 11 am & remember nothing until after 730 pm. The doctor said he opened me up, took out the blockage, the big cancer tumor & about 18 inches of my sigmoid colon. Then re-routed my plumbing & gave me a colostomy bag. He said he wanted to run more tests while I was open, but didn't for fear of all the swelling I already had. He said he didn't feel any other abnormalities though. He went on to tell me that my intestines were at the breaking point. And I was quite literally less than 24 hours from death. Everything was sent off for tests. And at this time no chemotherapy or radiation has been ordered. He is watching me closely & if it's needed, it will be done, but not at this point. I will have to have more surgery in 2 to 3 months. At that time, he will run the extra tests he wanted to before & if all is well, fix my plumbing & no longer have to worry about wearing a colostomy bag.

I'm back home & on the mend now. However, I don't have medical insurance, I can't work for a while & I still have normal living expenses plus new ones.

I'm not one to ask for help unless I truly need it. And in this case, I do need help. I am applying for Obamacare & other types of assistance to help until I can get back into normal life again. But I don't know how long everything will take.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to read over my story. Every positive thought, every well wish & every prayer is appreciated even if you can't help financially.
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I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I got to go home from the hospital on Friday the 23rd. I did a tiny bit of shopping on the 24th & on Christmas helped cook a little. It was a nice quiet dinner with friends.

Today, the 27th, I am headed to see the surgeon to have the staples removed & see what else he might have to tell me.

Thank you for blessing me. Its been a rough year for me, but with everyone's love & support, I have made it through.
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Doing better. I am finally eating "full liquids" (cream soups, puddings, milk). I'm happy to report that I've had a successful bowel movement. No, I won't post pictures of it. Lol. I should be going home tomorrow. I'm still a bit weak & will have to shuffle around with a walker for a while. But I am continuing to heal. Thank you for all the prayers, positive thoughts & well wishes. I also am very grateful for the financial help from everyone. Much love!!
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Hi everyone!
I am alive! Surgery was Wednesday the 14th. Since then, I pretty much have been floating in a fog. The pain had been bearable but they changed them, and now I hurt really bad. :/

Trying to stay positive about everything, but finding it difficult. Hoping to bounce back today & be my cheery self again very soon.

Lots of love

Paula Replogle
All hooked up
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Good morning one & all!

So much has happened since I last updated.

I am happy to report that I finished my chemotherapy treatments! It was a happy/sad event. Happy because I was no longer getting killer drugs pumped through my body. Sad because I had gotten close to the nurses that had taken care of me & I will no longer see them all the time. We still keep in touch but it's not quite the same as seeing them on a regular basis. So I just want to send a super huge thank-you shout out to Wanda, Karla, Stephanie, and Hillary. You have been the greatest nurses anyone could ever ask for!!

I am sad to say that after 11 months of fighting this, the disability people denied my request.

Recovering has been slow, but progress is made everyday. My energy levels are finally semi-normal but when there are times when it is a struggle to get out of bed in the mornings.

Unfortunately, the tingling in my hands & feet did not improve after they changed my meds. In fact, it got much worse. My left foot remains numb or tingling most of the time and the result of that is that I have fallen several times. I had nerve testing done & they have said the tingling in my hands is definately carpal tunnel. And they can/will do surgery when I'm ready. The feet issues are being caused by a pinched nerve in my back. Still waiting to hear what canwill be done with that.

On to the best news! My reversal surgery for my colostomy has been set. Dec 14th! While I'm opened up, along with the reversal, he is going to fix the hernia caused be the colostomy, remove my gall bladder & have a total hysterectomy. The major concern is how long I will be under antistetic. My hospital stay will be anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks. It will depend on when and how my colon decides to works. My at home recovery time is 6 to 8 weeks.

I realize that it is close to Christmas and everyone is preparing for the holidays, and I sincerely hate to ask for help again. But knowing I will not be about to work almost 2 months scares me. Bills still have to be paid & they don't care why I'm not out there working. Any amount helps. And it all adds up. If you are able to help, please do. If finances don't allow, please repost this & send good thoughts & prayers during this time. I am hopeful that by February I will be back to working full time & back to my crazy self!!!

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

And a special thank you to all that have given in the past and/or the future. The love & support means the world to me!!

Much love & good cheer!

Paula

P.S. Feel free to email (phreplogle@hotmail.com), text, call or message me. I may not reply right away, but I promise I will.

I will also update around the 15th or 16th.

Thank you again.

Paula

Ringing the bell after final treatment
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Shawn Smallman
21 months ago

No, lies, need pictures. :P Glad things are headed in the right direction for you. Prayers and happy thoughts are being passed along to you right now. YOU WILL GO TO MEGAPLEX IN 2017. :P :)

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Dana Baker
21 months ago

I hope you all know you made a difference in her life. Without you life would have been so much harder. Thank u for helping her stay positive:-)

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Muddypaws Grizzly
31 months ago

Don't be afraid to ask questions, and call or email them later with more. Knowledge is power in this situation. Asking about nutrition, and how to keep your energy up is also something you need to inquire. You've got my email, Hollie, so feel free to email me. HUGS.

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Hope this helps Hollie!

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Shawn Smallman
21 months ago

No, lies, need pictures. :P Glad things are headed in the right direction for you. Prayers and happy thoughts are being passed along to you right now. YOU WILL GO TO MEGAPLEX IN 2017. :P :)

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Dana Baker
21 months ago

I hope you all know you made a difference in her life. Without you life would have been so much harder. Thank u for helping her stay positive:-)

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Muddypaws Grizzly
31 months ago

Don't be afraid to ask questions, and call or email them later with more. Knowledge is power in this situation. Asking about nutrition, and how to keep your energy up is also something you need to inquire. You've got my email, Hollie, so feel free to email me. HUGS.

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