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Medical Bills - Kidney Dialysis

$2,115 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 48 months
Karen Sundstrom  MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Febuary 14th 2012 was one of the worst days of my life. That was the day my financee almost died due to chronic kidney failure. I thank God that he was brought into the emergency room by his co-workers that morning. My thoughts were only on him that day and asking God to save his life, not on the financial problems we could face after he was stabilzed and was able to go home from the hospital.

My now husband and I struggle financially in silence. We've tried to keep up with keeping on dual coverage with Medicare and Medicaid but we had a few month lapse with Medicaid last year from about June to October.  I haven't seen EOBs for his Dialysis treatments since his Medicare took effect, but I remember it was over $20,000.00 for one month of treatments back in 2012.

I want my husband to stay as healthy as possible, but when he was facing a 20% co-insurance he would only do his dialysis and didn't finish doing what he needed to do to get on the Kidney Donation list.

We also are struggling to eat as well as we should to keep what remaining kidney function he has left healty, due to how much it costs to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. We do try, but with all our other bills we are working on getting uder control it's very hard for us to do right now.

So as a Valentine and Celebration of Life gift I decided to go public with My husband and my financial struggles. Thank you and God bless you for any financial support you want to give us.
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Update 4
Posted by Karen Sundstrom
47 months ago
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There’s a lot I want to tell you all about today. I first want to let everyone know that from the funds I have received so far, I was able to help my husband with a couple of his smaller medical bills. And to treat him to a nice meal at Red Lobster for our Valentine’s Day/Celebration of life outing. So thank you for helping me do that for him.

We are still waiting for adjusted bills from Davita, for his dialysis treatments. This is the biggest of the secondary bills, so it’s the one I’m most worried about. And from Davita Pharmacy for any co-pays he would still owe.

There is one other thing I didn’t mention when I started this fund. And it’s about my husband’s car. His car is a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire and its starting to see its better days. Two winters ago he had skidded on a patch of ice when he tried to stop, due to a car that had stop suddenly in front of him. He had only tapped that car, so he didn’t cause any damage to it, but latch to his hood broke. So we did the cheapest fix we could and bought him a new unpainted hood to replace it. We had been planning on buying new tires, but so far haven’t been able to afford to do that. Luckily this winter hasn’t been too bad for us with snow and ice, plus with his schedule he pretty much has the roads to himself when he drives to work, but not when he drives home from dialysis, but he doesn’t have too far to drive from there.

Now there are more issues beginning to happen to his car and they are getting to the point where attention is going to be needed. This list of issues include: The exhaust – which is getting very loose, Power steering – is almost gone, Shocks-Struts-Suspension – He can feel every bump in the road now, Brakes – he had his rotors were reconditioned and now they are starting to go out again –he feels them pull and shudder, Tach-Speedometer – the tach was bad ever since we got the car , the dial sticks and doesn’t move (it was a used car no warranty) and we looked into fixing it, but decided the cost wasn’t worth it – now it’s affecting the speedometer by sticking on it and not allowing it to move. These are just some of the this car’s issues, the other problems with the car are just inconvenience type of things, such as the power windows not working, which we could live with.

Due to this list of issues and growing more expensive with each new problem, we looked into getting him a new car last November, but he doesn’t have the greatest credit rating at the moment, so we tried to rework my lease for two leased cars with car payments lower then what I’m paying for one, so I’d about the same amount of a payment that I’m making now. The car dealer tried to stop me from even checking this out, because he said that the banks would question why I wanted to put two cars under my name. I thought that was strange, because my dad was the one that bought all the cars in our family, so I said I needed to try, because I have the best credit in our family. So he ran it through financial, but it didn’t go through, because I wasn’t going to be able to get the terms I needed without being able to supply a down payment.

My husband and I try not to worry and pray that his car will hold out until we can figure out how we are going to get him a newer car. But we both know we are starting to live on borrowed time with his car. And unfortunately, with our schedules we need two vehicles. I’m pretty sure the company I work for would work with me to accommodate Steve and I if his car became completely un-drivable, but I’m sure it would only be a temporary deal until we could get Steve a new vehicle.

I took the pictures of Steve’s car today and created this video so you can see my husband’s car.

I am also working on getting permission to take some pictures of my husband while he is getting his dialysis treatments.
Steve's Car
Steve's car
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Update 3
Posted by Karen Sundstrom
47 months ago
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Tomorrow is both a joyful and somber day for me and my husband. The joyfulness comes with the fact he is still here with me. And the somberness comes from nearly losing him on Valentine’s Day. Believe me that will be a day that I will never forget. As I had driving home from the hospital on highway 100 I was so sad that I missed all the exits to my neighborhood in Brooklyn Center. It also didn’t help that it was snowing. But when I did make it home I called my parents, but unfortunately they had gone out, so the tear filled message I left on their answering machine was, “Unavailable is not what I need right now.”
I didn’t know what to do. Here I was all alone; accept for my three cats, on a night I should be with my sweetheart. He wasn’t supposed to be in ICU of a hospital, with me having to tell him before I left, “You have to stay here.” Because he had wanted to come home.
So after a light diner of Green Giant mixed vegetables I sat on the couch and picked up the Kindle Fire my bosses had given us for Christmas and started to play Words for Friends to try and get my mind off how sad I was. If you’ve ever played that game you know there’s a texting feature to it; and my co-worker, Kim Gaida, who I had a game going with on there, texted me to find out how I was doing. She was a blessing that night as she spent a good hour texting me through the game. I thanked her the next day, but that was one of those intangible things that words alone can’t express how much that act of kindness meant to me then and still means to me today.
My first selfy
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Update 2
Posted by Karen Sundstrom
48 months ago
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I asked my husband if I could give everyone more information about what his life is like now. But due to him not feeling like he even deserves this fund he said he didn’t want me to do that. However I still feel a lot differently about him being deserving of this fund. The thing is his life isn’t easy. He’s not just sitting back and collecting his disability, he works a part time job that even a person in great health would have a hard time going to even the four days a week he now Is doing. (It used to be five days a week.)
The job he has is for Coburn’s Delivers, it’s a grocery store chain here in Minnesota that has a large two story warehouse where they do home deliveries from (it started out as Simon Delivers). He has to get up at 2AM to help get the orders ready. And from what we calculated he walks with a huge cart about eight to twelve miles during his entire shift. He does this with little to no complaint. (The only complaint is in-regards to how much his feet hurt.) And he has missed only one day since he started working there over a year and a half ago. (And this was when we both got snowed into our driveway last year.) He has gone in when he felt sick to his stomach, and when he didn’t get much sleep.
I think of what he’s enduring right now and it motivates me to get myself out of bed and to work even when I’m not feeling my best. Like I told my boss just the thought of him getting up at 2 AM in the morning gets me moving in the morning.
He also doesn’t like to admit that the dialysis treatments were him out, but I know they do. I can hear it in his voice when he talks and the heaviness of his eyes.
Right now he’s holding up pretty well, but when I see him doze off in the recliner I wonder how much longer he can do what he’s doing.
And yes he very much deserves this fund. No matter what he thinks.
Even extremely tired while on vacation
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Update 1
Posted by Karen Sundstrom
48 months ago
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I hope everyone knows that this isn't an easy thing for me to do. And I pray to God to give me strength and His loving guidance on how to move forward with getting this fund out there and noticed. So even if you are unable to help financially I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me in spreading the word. Thank you all! God Bless you and keep you and may he shine His everlasting love upon you.
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$2,115 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 48 months
Created February 3, 2015
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Theresa Sundstrom
46 months ago (Offline Donation)

My mom had accidentally taken back her original $1000.00 donation, which we are in the process of getting it reversed. Due to having taken the funds already and using them to pay a few of Steve's medical bills. My WePay account showed a negative balance and they went to correct it by taking it from my linked bank account, so my mom covered the short fall and said to keep the new $1000.00 as an additional donation when the original one gets reinstated to my WePay account to help Steve get a new car. I verified with her today, when I called her to give her an update on the CC reversal of her accidental take back not being completed yet, that she wanted me to keep this additional $1000.00 and she said yes, she wanted me to keep it. She also wants everyone to know how bad she feels about not talking to me to verify that the WePay thing on her CC was the $1000.00 donation she had made to me.

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Theresa Sundstrom
47 months ago

I love you! And I hope this helps.

$50
Anonymous
48 months ago
$15
Ellen Patterson
48 months ago

I hope this helps a little bit. It is all I can do right now.

KG
$50
Kim Gaida
48 months ago

Hope this helps!

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