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educ8athome
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   Posted 8/29/2011 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My, my what a day it has been.
 
I awoke at 5:14a.m., jumped in the shower, cried through getting dressed, popped a pain pill and headed out to my PM doc.  I never made it that far.  I made it to my local hospital's E.R.  I am having surgery in the morning to remove a portion of the tissue affected by the infection on my upper left thigh/buttock and am in isolation.  They have opened the 2 areas (there is another on the left side of my belly) to allow them to drain.  Doing this has kept me from having to have surgical intervention on the on on my belly.
 
I'll check back in through the process.  I knew it was bad.  I knew it was serious.  I didn't want to be here, because I just don't know how we're ever going to pay for it.  But, my health is priceless.
 
Thanks for everyone's prayers and concern.
 
~Cathy

Dagger
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   Posted 8/29/2011 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry about paying for it. An uninsured friend recently had a heart attack and had bypass surgery. There were some minor complications due to other health issues so he was in the hospital for a while. The bill is just under $200,000.00. He made arrangements to pay $25/month. He will never pay this off (he is 67) but the payment arrangements show that he is attempting to pay and keeps it out of collection.

Jim1969
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   Posted 8/29/2011 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Cathy,

Worry about getting well first.

When you are feeling better ask about what kind of financial assistance programs the hospital has. I do not know, nor do I need to know, what your financial and/or insurance situation is but you might be surprised at what the income levels are at hospitals for financial assistance. Many of them have a lot more than just an "all or nothing" program when it comes to writing off medical bills. Depending on a person's or family's income situation, dependents, etc many hospitals will write off anywhere from 10% to 100% of the bill.

At our local hospital a family of 3 can make something like the mid $30,000/yr and still get a 100% write off and the percent write off for the same family go up to almost $60,000 a year.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/30/2011 2:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Cathy!

Well…I'm sorry that the infection is so bad, but I am glad you are receiving professional care now. As Jim said, you need to focus on getting better and put this nasty Staph infection to bed once and for all if they can. We wish you the best as you go into surgery this morning, and hopefully they will remove the worst of it.

I have always said if a person does not stop and take care of the body….it will do it for you. It's not the best way to go about it either. Most photographers absolutely love their work, and tend to be workaholics. I know, because I used to work both my current job and my photography business, and was putting in 16hr days or more. The love of the craft will often override the sensible solution of ones priority's.

I attribute some of this as the reason for my first Divorce, even though I thought I was doing a good thing by providing for my family. I think I would still be doing it to this day, had it not been for my current health problems. I remember full well having a Heart Attack in 2002, and telling the Dr, while I was laying in ICU, that I was planning on shooting a football league the following day. He just laughed and said "Not happing Pal" That news crushed me, and I was bound and determined to get the job done I had made a commitment to. In the end,.. some of the area photographers joined forces and helped me out to complete the photo shoots. The leagues forbear my absence, and when I got back on my feet, the contracts with them were still intact, and I served them many more years.


My leagues were more worried for me than I was, and the cards that arrived at the house were proof of it. It was a shock,... as a workaholic,... to think that the world would continue to turn one more day without me, but you know what!….it did! The only chance I had to return to something that I loved doing so well, was to stop everything for a while, and take the advice of the Dr's and friends.

I'm not sure if the photography is a hobby or a full time job for you, but I can tell you that it is hard on the body, especially if you are photographing children, as you have to get down on their level. I think I spent most of my time as a photographer on one knee, and made some great friends while down on that level. I received more high-five's and hugs from those kiddo's and it was truly humbling and an honor as I provided parents and their children a snap shot in time,...to be cherished forever! If you can't tell….then I will spell it out for you!…"I loved it" …..and it was an exciting period in my life!

I know you have things to do in life, and maybe some of them are pressing responsibilities, and others are the love of your life. The worry of cost and such will not heal you any quicker either. Again, I and others will beg you to take care of you're health first, and then cross that bridge when you get there.

I know you have not been a member very long here, but this I can tell you!…that the members do care, and will support you. I cannot think of a greater bunch of people to share with in my life….and that includes good friends of the church I belong too! Every member here, suffers from some sort of Chronic condition, and some of them multiple conditions! We hope you will continue to let us support you, and get to know you better as well.

We will continue to pray for your health, and that they can put this staph to rest once and for all.

Again!…good luck today…and healing prayers to you.

Take care!

SE wink
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"Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together"

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educ8athome
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   Posted 8/30/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
SE,

I pray that God allows our paths to cross just one time. JUST ONE. I have a passion for healthcare. My ESRD patients meant the world to me. I got up every morning for them. I breathed for my patients. Losing one was so hard on me, and I often checked on the family weeks after I lost a patient.

Now, take that drive, that passion, that desire and apply it to my, then, photography HOBBY. Identical drives, passions, fears. So, when my healthcare work fizzled out for me, it only made sense to become a photog.

Fortunately my shoot on Sunday was for my niece. She is getting married Sept 10. My youngest son is quite the up and coming photographer and is going to do their shoot this Friday. I am fortunately to have not just him, but 3 other hired cameras should I need them. It is a blessing.

Surgery is over. :35 until next dose of pain meds. Not soon enough. I'm dying.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 8/31/2011 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
 
      Hello Cathy!
 
             ....just checking on you to see how your doing today!
 
       If you get a chance, please update us on the latest with you and your progress.
 
           Take care, and We all hope you're feeling better today.
 
    SE wink
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Weekly Quote!

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CRPSpatient
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   Posted 8/31/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Sending best wishes Cathy. I hope the doctors are quick to manage your pain, and that this infection can be controlled.

Laura
CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bone spurs, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Midodrine, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.

momtofourangels
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   Posted 9/1/2011 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Cathy I'll be praying that this infection is taken care of also and goes away fast.

Take care. I hope you're feeling better tonight.

hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

Retired Mom
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   Posted 9/1/2011 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you well Cathy!
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, Pre-glaucomic, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (surgery related trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendionitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet & much more.....

Outdoorsman
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   Posted 9/1/2011 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
educ8athome,

A wedding! What a blessing...it's helpful in times of pain to have something exciting to look forward to, and it sounds like your photography hobby is a nice, productive distraction. I'm also a bit of a photographer - I sometimes wish that I could always live behind the camera, selecting only the frames that make me happy and pain-free. But, as they say, life is like photography - we develop from the negatives.

Also wishing you well,

Outdoorsman
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