Support my recovery from sepsis
I work as a nurse, which is a very physical job, so going back to work before February is unlikely. Due to other medical issues that have occurred unexpectedly this year, including both my husband and I undergoing surgery, I do not have any FMLA. I have applied for disability but it takes several weeks, so for the last few weeks and for the next month or so we will only have very limited income, as my husband works freelance and stays home with our children, making me the primary breadwinner. Any savings we had, we already used for other medical crises this year, leaving us with no way to pay our rent or car insurance. To make matters worse, we have to find a way to pay for COBRA as I have several follow ups and x rays planned over the next few weeks and it is paramount that we and our children have health insurance.
I have written all of this because I have to think of my family first. We cannot go into severe debt because I almost died. It is very sad that we live somewhere that people have to ask for help like this when they get sick. But we do. Our medical bills from the hospital stay will be upwards of approximately $20,000. Our COBRA will be $8,000. And our rent and car payments for 2 months will be $4,600. Obviously this does not include food, utilities, diapers, etc, which we are also left with no way to pay for, because I am out of work for the foreseeable future. We have our children, who are 2 and 3, to think about and this kind of debt will absolutely cripple our family. We are humble people and the decision to ask for help was so difficult for us. Any assistance we receive will be such an unimaginably incredible help. Every dollar and every share will help us. If, by some miracle, we receive more help than we need we will absolutely return any extra money we receive. We are so grateful for our friends and family who have been there for us through this ordeal. Your support means the world to us.
I got a chest X-ray last Friday. Part of my lower right lung is still infiltrated. Still swelling in the chest wall and lung. Also still fluid between the chest wall and lung. I have what's called a pleural friction rub, which will resolve once the fluid is gone.
I still can't quite spend a lot of time in the cold, and am still very short of breath at times, but it's significant improvement from a month ago.
A few more weeks and I should be almost back to my "normal" self.
We cannot begin to express our thanks to the out pouring of generosity, selflessness and kindness you have all shown us.
I am blessed to be surrounded with such caring and wonderful people.
Thank you all so much for your support. Our children and our family are able to pay some bills and keep the rent current - all because of YOU!
Much love, and as always, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You truly are getting us through the most difficult time in our lives.
Onward and upward!
Still in awe of the generousity and positive thoughts around me. You guys keep me going every day!!! Xoxoxoxo
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and may you all be well and happy! Xo
I wish i could help but im in the same position as you. I also had pneumonia that turned into sepsis and i was put on a ventilator and knocked out for 5 days in a coma. I feel your pain. Hang in there it will get better.