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My name is Jerry Combs and I am 46 years old. My wife's name is Lisa and she is 51 years old. I am disabled and my wife is my sole caregiver. I have Arteriosclerotic Vascular Disease...

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My name is Jerry Combs and I am 46 years old. My wife's name is Lisa and she is 51 years old. I am disabled and my wife is my sole caregiver. I have Arteriosclerotic Vascular Disease (ASVD)/Artherosclerotic Calcification of the Aorta and Carotid Artery, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) with Angina, High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 (Hyperglycemia), Diabetic Neuropathy, Hidradenitis Suppurativa/Chronic Furunculosis that has led to Fournier's Gangrene, Chronic Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome with Hypopnea, Morbid Obesity, Degenerative Disc Disease (Cervical Spondylosis with Myelopathy and Lumbosacral Spondylosis), Osteoarthritis Arthritis (Facet Joint Anthropathy also known as Degenerative Joint Arthritis), Persistant Daily Migraine Syndrome with Auras, Essential Tremors (Kinetic Tremors), Chronic Pancreatitis, Recurring Bell's Palsy with permanent paralysis of the facial muscles and permanent Tinnitus, Bi-Lateral Carpal Tunnel and Post Bi-Lateral Carpal Tunnel Release Arthritis, Arthritis in my knees and hips, a Wide-Based Antalgic Gait, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Panic Attacks related to Panic Disorder with Agoriphobia, Pain Disorder associated with Psychological Factors and a General Medical Condition and Adjustment Anxiety Disorder (Situational Depression). All of these added to total physical and mental exhaustion contribute to what I believe may be Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). I have had High Blood Pressure/Hypertension since before being diagnosed by Dr. Charles Watkins, MD in 1982 (records and pratice now with Dr. Ralph Peeler, MD) on 8/2/83. After many years of trying different High Blood Pressure medications I have finally found one that helps control my blood pressure. I take Lisonipril. But it does cause me to be constantly dizzy and impotent. The dizziness is so severe at times that I can't walk without running into things, tripping and sometimes falling. But, I have now run out of refills for Lisinopril and Dr. Verbitsky will not refill them unless I come for an office visit and blood test that I can not now afford. I now have Arteriosclerotic Vascular Disease (ASVD), also known as Artherosclerotic Calcification and Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) also known as Coronary Artery Disease, with Angina. I have Artherosclerotic Calcification and Vascular Calcification in the soft tissues of the neck on the right side related to the Carotid Artery (principal arteries of the neck) and of the Aorta (largest artery in the body, originating from the left ventricle of the heart) that were diagnosed by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD (December 17, 2012; X-rays read by Jessica Yuen, Radiologist) at my examination for my claim to SSI. There is likely more extensive Atherosclerosis throughout my Circulatory System. But, I have not been able to afford to see a doctor or have any test regarding these problems. I have had Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 (Hyperglycemia) since being diagnosed by Dr, Isabella Verbitsky at Internal Medicine Alliance on 6/07/10. Though I changed my diet completely and lost 100 lbs., I have to check my Blood Glucose three to four times a day and take 70/30 Insulin as needed to keep my bloodglucose level under control. I am now out of Test Strips, Insulin and Test Solution and can not afford to buy any more. And, I have NEVER been able to afford to see an Endocrenologist or have any test. I have had Hidradenitis Suppurativa/Chronic Furunculosis since before first being treated by Dr. Michael Champney, MD at Dekalb Surgical Associates, P.C. in 10/03 that led to me nearly dying of Fournier's Gangrene which was caused by Necrotizing Fasciitis diagnosed at Dekalb Medical Center Emergency Room by Dr. Hien T. Nguyen, MD of Infectious Disease Specialist of Atlanta on 01/23/12. Hidradenitis Suppurativa is an illness in which there are multiple abscesses that form often in the groin around oil glands, sweat glands and hair follicles. That leads to an infection of the follicles caused by a common skin bacterium, resulting in a painful swollen area on the skin with an accumulation of pus, blood and necrotic tissue. This creates a deep Folliculitis or Boil, also called Furuncles or Carbuncles (individual boils clustered together with Fistula) which is most often the case. It is most commonly caused by infection by Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Staphylococcus (Firmicutes) is a group of Bacteria that can cause a number of diseases as a result of infection of various tissues of the body. A number of skin rashes that can occur in diabetes are collectively known as Diabetic Dermadromes (A group of Cutaneous Conditions commonly seen in diabetic patients with longstanding disease). Since I have Diabetes I am prone to recurrent episodes of Furunculosis called Chronic Furunculosis. Because of this, I have to have my wife's help with cleaning, debriding (draining) of Fluctuance (pus and blood) and bandaging each one every day. After first cleaning and debridement of all boils I have to soak in a hot bath with Epsom Salts every day for 15 to 20 minutes before cleaning and bandaging with gauze and either A&D ointment, if they are draining or with Icthamol, if they are not draining. Because I can not afford medical tape I have to use duct tape for the bandages. I have had only four days in the past nine years where I did not have at least one Boil, and sometimes as many as 5 at one time. They are very painful and make it difficult to walk and sometimes difficult to sit. They are constantly draining and have a horrible smell of rotting flesh, blood and pus (Fluctuance) all the time. Some of them have lasted several months. I now can no longer afford any of these supplies, to see a doctor or have any test regarding this problem. In January 2012, by the time I realized that I was in a life threatening situation (3 hours) and arrived at the hospital, I had Acute Renal Failure (kidneys) with Hyponatremia (low sodium), Hypophosphatemia (low phosphates), Hypokalemia (potassium), Sepsis (pathogenic organisms or their toxins in the blood or tissues resulting in septicemia), Tachycardia (rapid heart rate), Bacteremia and Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) (an inflammatory state affecting the whole body). My Scrotum and Epididymis (tightly-coiled tube connecting the efferent ducts from the rear of each testicles) showed severe Erythema (redness of the skin), Edema (abnormal accumulation of fluid in the interstitium beneath the skin in cavities of the body) and Fluctuance (pus and blood in a bacterial infection) with extension into the right Groin and Inguinal area (lowest lateral regions of the abdomen) with Perineal Cellulitic (inflammation of the subcutaneous fat), Horseshoe Abscess (Perirectal abscess) and Intra Abdominal Processes. I was swollen to the size of two grapefruits and a summer sausage. After consulting with four emergency room Physicians, two Radiologist, two Urologist, an Anesthesiologist and an Infectious Diseases Specialist, the Surgeon removed a 2 inch round section of my Scrotum that left an open wound that needed Debridment and Intravenous Antibiotics for ten days. The open wound had to be cleaned with Dakins Solution and packed with Curlex twice a day for four months and treated with Zinc Barrier Creme and Nystatin Powder which we still had to use six months later as the wound had not completely healed yet because of Diabetes and was still painful. The wound has completly closed now but, it still hurts and makes it hard to walk without hurting more. And, any overheating and sweating can cause this to happen again since I have Chronic Furunculosis. Because of this I can only rarely wear long pants. Even with taking all of these prevenative measures, it is only a matter of time before it happens again. Since this time I have been having chills that I think may have to do with the 10 day need for constant multiple High Strength Intravenous Antibiotics used for the treatment of the Antibiotic Resistant Infections associated with Fournier's Gangrene. Before this event I never got cold. But, I have not been able to afford to see a doctor or have any test regarding this change. I have also begun to have Diabetic Neuropathy (nerve damage caused by Diabetes) in my feet and left center toes with a tingling or pricking sensation since 8/2012. I also have Hyperpigmented Erythematous skin (redness of the skin caused by dilatation and congestion of the capillaries, often a sign ofinflammation or infection) on both feet as diagnosed by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD on January 17, 2013. Diabetic Neuropathy is the impact of Diabetes on the Nervous System also increasing the risk of skin damage due to altered sensation. But, I have not been able to afford to see a doctor or have any test regarding these problems. I have had Chronic Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome with Hypopnea (pause in breathing) requiring Constant Positive Air Pressure Sleep Therapy (CPAP) since before being diagnosed by Dr. David Lesch, MD at Georgia Neurological Sleep Medicine Associates on 07/31/06 after a Polysomnogram (Sleep Study). This increases the risks of hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart problems(Arteriosclerotic Vascular Disease (ASVD)/Artherosclerotic Calcification of the Aorta and Carotid Artery, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) with Angina). I have to use a CPAP machine and Sleep Mask. Because of the severity of my Chronic Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Hypopnea, my machine has to be set at a pressure of 22 lbs. This forces me to tighten my Sleep Mask as much as possible to prevent the mask from leaking due to the pressure. The straps of my Sleep Mask puts pressure on my neck and head and causes complications with my Degenerative Disc Disease (Cervical Spondylosis) and Persistant Daily Migraine Syndrome with Auras. If the mask leaks then the CPAP Machine does not work properly. Currently, I do not fall asleep during conversations or while eating anymore. And, I no longer snore loudly or wake up in the middle of the night choking and vomiting. But, I still do not get enough "restful" sleep. As a result I always have Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS) as well as impaired alertness and can not stay awake all day without taking a nap. It also causes me to have trouble concentrating. This in turn affects all of my other conditions either because I am exhausted or because my Sleep Mask has to be so tight. And with my Sleep Mask wearing out this will only increase. I have not been able to afford to see Dr. Lesch or have any test about the increase in problems related to this disorder since 2006. I have had Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD, also known as Degenerative Disc Disorder) resulting in Cervical Spondylosis with Myelopathy, a medical condition that causes me chronic pains in the upper part of the vertebral column due to the misplacement of the vertebrae, in the C 5/6 area of my neck since before it was diagnosed on 03/05/02 by Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology (X-rays read by Dr. J. Bricker Burns, MD at Kennestone Hospital). I also have straightening of the normal Cervical Lordosis (the inward curvature of a portion of the cervical vertebral column) and Disk Space Narrowing (wear changes in the individual discs) at C5-6, C6-7 and C7-T1 with Anterior Vertebral (bones or cartilaginous segments forming the spinal column from front of the body) Osteophyte Formation (small osseous excrescence or outgrowth on bone) due to Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) as diagnosed by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD January 17, 2013 (X-rays read by Jessica Yuen, Radiologist). This causes pain and neck spasms as well as a limited Active Range of Motion and requires me to take Flexeril and Tizanidine. Nothing helps the pain. But, the Flexeril and Tizanidine do help with the spasms enough to reduce the pain and increase the Active Range of Motion somewhat. I use a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Electronic Impulse Unit to help with the pain and spasms. And, I also use a "neck log" (a cotton tube with walnuts shells inside) that my wife, Lisa heats in the microwave to help with the pain and spasms. I also have used Lidoderm Patches that do help somewhat. But I can not afford to pay for the prescription and used only the five samples I get at my appointments with Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN very sparingly. Even with the heat, patches and medicines, I have trouble getting or staying comfortable for more than a few minutes at a time whether I am standing or sitting. And, looking down to read for any length of time causes pain and spasms. I now have pain radiating into my shoulders since before it was diagnosed by Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology on 6/25/08 with numbness in arms since before it was diagnosed by Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology on 4/23/09. Both of these make my arm and hand weak. Even with Flexeril and Tizanidine I am in at least moderate pain from this condition all the time. And, when the pain and spasms get severe it can last for 5 - 7 days at a time. When this is severe I have trouble sleeping or will wake up from sleeping. The CPAP sleep mask I have to wear makes this worse as well, because the strap that goes around my neck puts much pressure on this area. Because of Degenerative Disc Disease (also known as Degenerative Joint Disease / Osteoarthritis / Degenerative Arthritis) I also have Lumbosacral Spondylosis, the misplacement of the vertebrae, that causes me chronic pain in the Lumbar Region of my back and decreases the Active Range of Motion to the Dorsolumbar Spine (lower thoracic and upper lumbar vertebral), the lower thoracic (the chest or thorax) and upper lumbar vertebral region (The five vertebrae between the rib cage and the pelvis) of the back, since before it was diagnosed by Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology on 03/05/02. Also caused by Degenerative Disc Disease is Disk Space Narrowing at L1-2 and L5-S1, I have Facet Joint Arthropathy (A Joint Disease in the synovial joints are located on both sides of the spine also known as Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Arthritis) at L5-S1 (Inflamation of these is Arthritis), Anterior Vertebral Ostephytes (small osseous excrescence or outgrowth on bone in spinal column from front of the body) noted at T9, T10, T11, T12, L3 and L4 as diagnosed by by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD January 17, 2013 (X-rays read by Jessica Yuen, Radiologist). Because of this, I have trouble holding anything up or lifting heavy objects. Sitting in an office chair or standing for more than 15 minutes is impossible. I have also been unable to afford to go to the doctor about the pain I have been having in my knees, hips and hands for almost 2 years that I believe may be Arthritis which would be consistant with Degenerative Joint Disease. And this results in an Wide-Based Antalgic Gait, caused by Morbid Obesity as diagnosed by Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology on 8/02/11. I tie rolled up bandanas around my legs just below my knees to help with the pain. But, I have found nothing to help with my hips or hands.Though there are no acute abnormalities in an X-ray of the left knee only as diagnosed by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD on January 17, 2013 (X-rays read by Jessica Yuen, Radiologist), I have constant pain in my knees, hips, left shoulder and hands (no x-rays were ordered by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD. of right knee, hips, shoulder or hands). Also noted by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD on January 17, 2013 are Active Range of Motion Abnormalities in my neck and back during Flexion, Extension, Right and Left Lateral Bending and Right and Left Lateral Rotation. Noted also are Gross Coordination Impairments with my hands due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as well as Funtional Impairments to Active Range of Motion and Back Pathology. Recomendations by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD on January 17, 2013 included "avoiding distance walking, heavy lifting, excessive bending, and pushing/pulling/holding and using my hands until further treatment options can be considered." But, I have not been able to afford to see a doctor or have any test regarding these changes. It should be noted that the examination and all conclusions by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD on January 17, 2013 were while I was taking all my current perscriptions for pain and muscle relaxers. Otherwise the results would have shown a much more Severe Pathology and much more limited Active Range of Motion. Flexeril and Tizanidine do help with the pain and Active Range of Motion these conditions cause. I also use an electric heating pad, a larger TENS Unit and a Homedics Vibrating Tube to help with spasms and pain. But, occasionally I am in so much pain that I can barely move at all without having severe pain and painful spasms. At that point, I have to use a walking cane to brace against just to walk to the bathroom. This level of pain and spasms can last up to a week at a time and also prevents me from sleeping well or at all. I have had Persistant Daily Migraine Syndrome with Auras (flashes of light and blind spots) since before it was diagnosed by Dr. Charles Watkins, MD in 1982 (records and pratice now with Dr. Ralph Peeler, MD) and then again by Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology in 2002. When I have a Migraine I have severe pain in the left front area of my head behind my eyes all the way to my temple and sometimes in the center of my head half way back on my skull. I also have trouble focusing my eyes on anything and have to keep the room cool, dark and quiet or the pain will get worse. During this period I have trouble concentrating or having a conversation. I have to take Fioricet with Codiene to help control the pain. Fioricet has Codiene, Butanol and Tylenol. And no other medicine will help. The Fioricet does not stop the pain entirely, but it does make it less severe. If the pain is severe enough, I get nausous and have to take Phenergen (Promethrizine) to make this stop. I use an elastic ice gel pack for my head to help with the pain. I have also learned how to "calm" the natural panic response to the sudden pain and vision changes and that helps to keep both from becoming even worse. But, even with all of this I still have a migraine at least once a day and sometimes as many as three a day. Anytime I am around bright lights, glare, heat, loud noises, stress or strong odors I have no way to control the onset of pain and Aura blindness. Sometimes I have to wait to go to sleep at bedtime because it makes it impossible to sleep in this much pain and will make it worse from laying down. Sometimes I fall asleep and wake up because the pain is so severe. The CPAP sleep mask I have to wear makes this worse as well, because the strap that goes around my neck puts much pressure on this area. I have not been able to afford to see my Neurologist, Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology or have any test since May 11, 2012. I have tried many medications to try to help with this condition. The Migraine medicines that have not worked include: 05-10-1991 Dr. Ralph Peeler / Tofranil 05-28-1992 Dr. Ralph Peeler / Cafergot (vision problems, nervousness) 09-13-1996 Dr. Ralph Peeler / Cefzil, Ergomar (severe nausea) 09-27-1996 Dr. Ralph Peeler / Inderal (dizziness, impotense, vomiting) 10-29-1996 Dr. Ralph Peeler / Imitrex (breathing difficulty) 06-20-2000 Dr. Ralph Peeler / Zomig (chest and arm pain), Tequin 07-18-2001 Dr. Ralph Peeler / Atenolol (dizziness, impotense), Migrazone (reflux,vomiting) 07-24-2001 Dr. Ralph Peeler / Effexor, Midrin (reflux, Vomiting), Verapamil (vomiting, lethargic, impotent) 02-13-2002 Heidi Meyer, APRN, MSN, CFNP / Celexa, Maxalt 04-25-2002 Heidi Meyer, APRN, MSN, CFNP / Midrin 06-13-2002 Heidi Meyer, APRN, MSN, CFNP / Inderal(blood pressure too high),Mysoline 05-13-2004 Heidi Meyer, APRN, MSN, CFNP / Neurotin (violent mood swings), Topomax (lethargic, vomiting), Requip 08-13-2004 Heidi Meyer, APRN, MSN, CFNP / Depakote (violent mood swings), Vioxx By Class: Others: -Antiepileptic: Vioxx Gabaperntin/Neurontin Requip Valproate/Depakote Tequin Cefzil -Antidepressants: Tofranil Wellbutrin Duradin Effexor Celexa Citalopram -Beta-Blockers: Propanolol/Inderal Atenolol -Calcium Channel Blockers: Diltiazem/Cardiazem Verapamil -Ergot Alkaloids: Dihydroergotamine/Migrazone, Migranol Ergotamine/Cafergot, Ergomar -Triptans: Rizatriptan/Maxalt Succinate/Imitrex Zolmitriptan/Zomig I have had Essential Tremors also known as Kinetic Tremors, since before it was diagnosed by Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology on 04/25/02. Essential Tremors is a Progressive Neurological Disorder. Because of this condition I am unable to do anything that requires fine detail work. And, even though the Primidone helps with most of my tremors, I still have trouble controlling the shaking of my hands, arms and neck. The more exhausted and in pain I become, the more I have trouble with this condition. In addition to these motor problems, a variety of non-motor features have recently been linked with ET. These include anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as cognitive difficulty. I am now out of Primidone and can not afford my prescription. I have not been able to afford to see my Neurologist, Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology or have any test since August 9, 2012. I have had Chronic Pancreatitis Attacks since being diagnosed by Dr. Michael Champney, MD along with Dr. Jennifer Berman, MD and Dr. Victor Camacho, MD at Dekalb Medical Center Emergency Room on 1/20/2009. And, even though I control the attacks by keeping the fats in my diet as low as possible, it appears that the first attack I had caused extensive damage to the Pancreas and may have led to Diabetes Melittus Type 2. I have no medication for this problem and cannot afford to see a doctor. I have had Recurring Bell's Palsy with Permanent Paralysis in my facial muscles that has resulted in an Assymetry of my face causing it to droop on the left side and food to fall out of my mouth when chewing. It also causes my left eye to be unable to clear any excess tears that build up naturally and I have to wipe my eye constantly to be able to focus. And, it also has caused the hearing in my left ear to be diminished and Permanant Tinnitus in my left ear that results in a high pitched whistle that has never stopped since being diagnosed by Dr. Sharon S. Lamadieu, MD at Northlake Regional Medical Center Emergency Room on 09/26/03. Occasionally this is so loud I cannot think. Also, two to three times a year, I have pain in the left side of my face that runs the length of my jaw and up through my ear to my temple and is extremly painful. My CPAP mask for Sleep Apnea makes this worse from the straps crossing this area of my face. This severe pain can last as long as two weeks. And nothing can stop the pain or spasms. Sleeping when this happens is not possible. I have not been able to afford to see my Neurologist, Heidi Meyer, APRN, FNP-BC, CNRN, MSN and Dr. David Villasana, MD at Kennestone Neurology or have any test since May 11, 2012. I have had Bi-Lateral Carpal Tunnel (Median Nerve Entrapment Neuropathy) since before being diagnosed in 12/1995. And even though Bi-Lateral Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Cadier, MD in 6/1996 has stopped the pain and numbness in my three middle fingers, forearm and elbow, I have always had continuing weakness from the nerve damage Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has caused. The pain in my thumbs at times is severe and limits my ability to grasp greatly. And, I now have Post Bi-Lateral Carpal Tunnel Realease Arthritis since 2010. The pain from this condition is rarely severe but, I do drop things constantly because of the nerve damage in my hand. And, My hands get tired very easily. Writing for any length of time makes them grower weaker the longer I use them and they become more painful. When this pain is severe I use wrist braces. But, this limits my ability to do anything with my hands at all. I have no medication to help with this problem and have not been able to afford to see a doctor about this growing problem. From the beginning of my problems with Diabetes my vision has changed rapidly. Even though I haven't been able to afford an exam since I was examined by Dr. Robert F. Burke, O.D. on 07/13/05, my vision had been fairly good until right before I was diagnosed with diabetes. Now I have to use a magnifing glass to read even when wearing my glasses. With my current corrective wear (perscription: OD: Sphere: +1.50, Cylinder: -.50, Axis: 05, Prism: 1^BD, ADD: +1.00 and OS: Sphere: +1.75, Cylinder: -.50, Axis: 175, Prism: 1^BU, ADD: +1.00) I have a Visual Acuity of Right (OG) 20/25 and Left(OS) 20/50 as diagnosed by Dr. Tiffany Strawbridge Lee, MD on January 17, 2013. I cannot afford an examination or new glasses. I have been diagnosed with Panic Disorder with Agoriphobia, an Anxiety Disorder, as well as Pain Disorder Associated with Psychological Factors and a General Medical Condition. This is a Somatoform Disorder and not considered a mental disorder so it is coded on Axis III with general medical conditions. For the past 13 months I have been having Panic Attacks that are increasing in length and severity since before being diagnosed on 10/17/12 by Dr. Brickman, Psy. D at Wellbeings Occupational Healthcare due to my worsening medical and financial situation. I feel my heart racing, and begin having trouble breathing. At times I have heart palpatations and become very emotional. The Panic Attacks last all day now. I begin crying almost immediately from the pain I am in when I first wake up several days a week, and at several points during the day. My wife helps me stay as calm as is possible. But, everyday our situation gets worse. And, as the fear of not being able to do anything about any of these problems only grows, so do the Panic Attacks. And, I also have been diagnosed by Dr. Rachel Kieran, Psy.D. (January 11, 2013) with Adjustment Anxiety Disorder that is also known as Situational Depression (sub-threshold clinical syndrome). I have not been able to afford to see a doctor or have any test regarding these problems. Both confirmed the previous diagnoses of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD is psychological trauma overwhelming the individual's ability to cope) by three different Psychologist (04/24/98 Dr. James Brooks, PHD from GMHI and 03/15/00 Dr. Rowan, PHD from Winn Way, could not find third Dr.'s name) which has resulted in chronic nightmares, hypervigilance and being easily startled since the childhood traumas that have caused this condition. But, I have not been able to afford to see a doctor or have any test regarding these problems. The everyday routine of trying to deal with just my medical problems sometimes takes more energy than I have in a day. Even though there are so many other things I need to do, I can't get them done in what little time I have left over before I am exhausted and have to nap for a while to help me get all the way through the rest of the day. And, most of my medicines for Persistant Daily Migraine Syndrome, Degenerative Disc Disease and Essentail Tremors add to this exhaustion. Needless to say, there is no time left for enjoyment or relaxation. The combination of all of my problems added to total physical and mental exhaustion contribute to what I believe that I also have Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). But, I have not been able to see a doctor or have any test about this. Added to these problems is the fact that I have serious issues that have been unadressed with my teeth rotting from a combination of medicines and years of being unable to afford appropriate dental care. And, because I am Diabetic any one of these could cause an infection that could lead to my death. I also have Vertical Occular Misalignment from a childhood eye injury, Gastrointestional Reflux Disease (GERD), severe Rhinoitus, Morbid Obesity, Hemorrhoids and Nail Fungus on four of my toenails. But, I have not been able to afford to see a dentist or doctor to have any test regarding these issues. Because of pre-existing conditions I have been unable to find insurance at any price since 2002. I now have $43,000 in unpaid medical bills and am unable to afford the medicines and supplies I need daily for my permanent medical conditions as well as my next doctor's visit with Dr. Verbitsky because she will not continue to prescribe my medicines. These include Insulin and Test Strips for my Diabetes and High Blood Pressure medicine. And, I am now out of ALL my medications. As well as my medications I need A&D ointment, gauze bandages, Icthamol, Q-tips, Hydrogen Peroxide, medical tape, Epsom Salts, antibacterial soap and detergent, baby powder for my Hidradenitis Suppurativa/Chronic Furunculosis. For my Diabetes I also need Diabetic Test Strips, Isopropyl Alcohol, Lancets, Syringes, Insulin and Test Solution for my Glucose Meter. For my Chronic Obstructive Sleep Apnea I need filters, distilled water and sleep masks. I have not been able to afford a new mask since 10/05/11 and the one I have is worn out and does not work properly any longer. On top of everything else, after 25 years, I am trying to stop smoking without Nicotene Patches because I cannot afford them. But this has resulted in more Angina and Panic Attacks. All of our utilites are past due. And without power, water and natural gas I will be unable to use the CPAP machine I need to sleep without risking death, and the air conditioning, washing machine and hot water that I need to prevent more infections from Hidradenitis Suppurativa/Chronic Furunculosis that caused my hospital emergency and nearly my death in January 2012. I honestly believe that without Social Security Supplemental Income and Medicaid I am headed toward another health crisis or my death. Since I have been denied for SSI I have also been denied for Medicaid. Because I have been unable to work in the past ten years due to all these medical problems, and my wife Lisa had been in a car wreck and had neck surgery that made it difficult to work, Lisa and I had moved in with my mother who needed full time care after my father died because she had Alzheimer's Disease and severe Arthritis in her legs from thirty years as a school teacher that made her unable to walk and could no longer care for herself. The deal with her included inheriting her house and half of her retirement from Ga Teacher's Retirement System. But, after she died, two weeks before Christmas 2011, we found out that GTRS had been given permission by the state to no longer honor their contracts to beneficiaries because they would no longer be able to meet their contracts with retirees. This left me and many others without the benefits that GTRS was contractually obligated to honor when retirees signed the contract, even though the retirees received less money every month to insure that their beneficiaries would be taken care of as well. Shortly after that our car broke down from a cracked block that needed $2000 in repairs to fix. And, with all of these problems, and caring for me during my recovery, Lisa has been unable to work. So, now we have been trying to sell everything we own through Craigslist and yard sales to pay for utilities, medicines, expenses ect. But, because we have run out of anything that could sell for more than a few dollars and the weather will not cooperate on the weekends to have another yard sale, we are out of money and time. And, the property taxes are past due. The county has said that they will auction our house the if not paid in full. We also have been unable to probate my mother's will in time to prevent having to pay property taxes to the county so they will not auction our home. If we could get this taken care of we were going to sell the house and move to a trailer so our living expenses would less and we would be able to pay off some of our bills, but I have found out that if we do this we will be sued before we could even take care of any of these bills, adding more expenses. All of our utilites are past due. And without power, water and natural gas I will be unable to use the CPAP machine I need to sleep without risking death, and the air conditioning, washing machine and hot water that I need to prevent more infections from Hidradenitis Suppurativa/Chronic Furunculosis that caused my hospital emergency and nearly my death in January 2012. I have been denied SSA Disability twice before because I did not have enough work credits in the past ten years to qualify. As it stands now, a forest of paper work and eight months later, SSI has denied me twice. They have said it will be at least twenty days from the time I make a request before I can have an Administrative Law Judge Hearing. Because SSI has denied me so has Medicaid. The only things that have worked out for us is that the Georgia Department of Human Resources has granted us an EBT card (food stamps). Otherwise we would have starved to death by now. And, with Diabetes, any interruption of my normal routine would result in my blood glucose falling so low that I would slip into a coma and die. We have also received help from The Jewish Family Financial and Career Services, Toco Hills Community Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Network Co-op, NET Food Pantry and Rec Center, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Feed the Hungry Foundation and our neighbor and friend Karen who has given us rides to and from the grocery store and doctor's appointments.
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08/02/2012
by Jerry Combs
Thank you to everyone who has viewed our page.  Unfortunately, we lost internet service and it has just come to our attention that our Pay Pal account had not been verified.  This issue has now been resolved and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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08/28/2012
by Jerry Combs
We finally had a clear weather weekend to have our yard sale. It really didn't go to well, though. I guess everyone is "over" yard sales for this summer. After trying for two weeks we were only able to come up with enough to keep the phone/internet on for a few more days.
I also went to an appointment with a doctor for SSI. Since I am making a medical claim I am not too hopeful because this doctor was a Psychiatrist. I had said on a "Function Report" that I have been having panic attacks. So they were focused on that. I'm not sure where things go from here. I just have to wait and see what's next.
And, as you can see, we haven't raised any money on this site. The $2 we had added to test Paypal after the problems we had getting verified in the beginning. And it has not been credited to our account. I'm not even sure if this is being seen at all. When I try to find it without "logging in" I don't see it. If anyone can see this please E-Mail us at jerrycatl@yahoo.com. We would like to know if anyone is able to find our postings at all.
I would like to thank our neighbor Karen once again for being our hero. Without her I would not have been able to keep the doctor's appointment this week. And, we would not be able to get to the store for food either. We do "chip-in" for gas when we have it to give. But she never has asked and we know she is having a hard time financially, too.
If anyone wants to E-Mail for anything, feel free to do so. We could use a little encouragement even if noone can help financially. This whole process feels really hopeless at times.
After reading some of the postings here and seeing others having luck with their fundraising, we would appreciate any advice. And, if anyone has any advice on how to attract buyers and not scammers on Craigslist, we would appreciate that too. Thank you in advance for any help at all.
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11/01/2012
by Jerry Combs
We just found out that I was denied by Social Security 30 days ago, but they never sent a letter. I have filed an appeal, but that takes 60 days. And, having been put behind by 30 days because of not recieving notification, we have no idea how we are going to make it another 60 days. It has taken practically everything we had, mentally, emotionally, physically and financially to get this far.
The yard sale we had weekend before last was a bust. I guess everyone is thiking of Christmas and trying to save every penny. And, I have been in constant pain for the last three weeks from my Cervical Spondylosis and Migraines. And, having to spend every day trying to make enough money to keep the bills paid has kept us so stressed out that neither of us is sleeping well, not that I sleep well to begin with because of Chronic Sleep Apnea.
I just wish someone could help at least a bit to get us through the next 60 days. I know things are hard on everyone, but we are running out of things to sell and running out of hope.

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10/06/2012
by Jerry Combs
We got some great news yesterday from Slavation Army. Thanks to Dexter Landfair, Salvation Army has brought our bill with Ga. Power Co. up to date. We really appreciate his help with this situation because I need the power to run my CPAP machine when I am sleeping as well as all the normal needs for electricity. We would also like to thank Audrey Simon again from Ga Power Co. for putting us in touch with Mr. Landfair after hearing about all our trouble.
We are still waiting to hear from Social Security about qualifying for SSI. With any luck that will be soon thanks to the help of Mr. Davis from The Ga Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Disability Adjudication Service. He has been so kind and understanding while helping us through this process. And, regardless of the outcome we will always be grateful to him.
We did receive a letter from Ga Department of Community Health denying me Medicaid. But if I am approved for SSI then I will automatically receive Medicaid from that point forward. Unfortunately, it looks like they are not going to help in any way with the bills I incurred at the begining of this year when I had to go to the hospital for Fournier's Gangrene.
We would like to thank our neighbor and friend Karen again for her continued help with all of our problems. Without her giving us rides, food and encouragement during this ordeal we could have never made it this far. She is our hero!
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09/30/2012
by Jerry Combs

Posted on08/06/2012 by Jerry Combs

August 6. 2012
Well. we are back online for the moment. We had to sell our non-functioning car for scrap to do it, though. And,  the power should have been cut off already. We're not really sure why it is srill on. We just have to keep hoping for now that it will be on a little longer so we can find some way to sale something on Craigslist. If you are interested, search our phone number. Cut and paste it like this "  (770)938-5429  "
We really need for something to happen. But, the situation seems so hopeless at this point.
Jerry and Lisa


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09/30/2012
by Jerry Combs

Posted on08/08/2012 by Jerry Combs

Our power, water and gas will be cut off Monday August 13, 2012 if we don't find some way to pay them before then. So, against our better judgement, we are having a yard sale this weekend. The last time we did this, a month ago, I ended up with "two" boils almost as large as the "one" that started the Fournier's Gangrene in January. Luckily we we got those under control after three weeks of Epsom Salt baths and Icthamol treatments. And, at the moment, I am boil free for the first time in four years.
I hope this all goes well. I am out of BP medicine and Insulin because my Doctor is refusing to refill my prescriptions untill I come in for an office visit I do not have the money for. And if I did, I would not have the money for the prescriptions. We have explained the situation to her but she is refusing anyway.


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09/26/2012
by Jerry Combs
We just realized that this posting expires soon. So, we are going to repost it as soon as it does. If anyone has any ideas about how to attract more attention from donors please let us know. Just E-Mail us at jerrycatl@yahoo.com. Thank You
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09/26/2012
by Jerry Combs
Yesterday we met with Mr. Dexter Landfair from Salvation Army about our growing bill with Ga. Power. And, we would like to thank him and Ms. Audrey Simon from Ga. Power again. We should hear something in the next couple of days about being able to help us. Just hearing that someone cared is a boost to our spirits.
But, we still have to find something to sell that will help pay for other bills that are growing as well. If anyone has any ideas that we haven't thought of please let us know. We haven't received any E-Mails from anyone about seeing our ads, But, we welcome any advice or encouragement if anyone has the time.
Thanks again to everyone that has bought anything we had listed on Craigslist. And, if you know of anyone that needs anything else listed, please let them know how to get to our ads.
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08/28/2012
by Jerry Combs
We finally had a clear weather weekend to have our yard sale. It really didn't go to well, though. I guess everyone is "over" yard sales for this summer. After trying for two weeks we were only able to come up with enough to keep the phone/internet on for a few more days.
I also went to an appointment with a doctor for SSI. Since I am making a medical claim I am not too hopeful because this doctor was a Psychiatrist. I had said on a "Function Report" that I have been having panic attacks. So they were focused on that. I'm not sure where things go from here. I just have to wait and see what's next.
And, as you can see, we haven't raised any money on this site. The $2 we had added to test Paypal after the problems we had getting verified in the beginning. And it has not been credited to our account. I'm not even sure if this is being seen at all. When I try to find it without "logging in" I don't see it. If anyone can see this please E-Mail us at jerrycatl@yahoo.com . We would like to know if anyone is able to find our postings at all.
I would like to thank our neighbor Karen once again for being our hero. Without her I would not have been able to keep the doctor's appointment this week. And, we would not be able to get to the store for food either. We do "chip-in" for gas when we have it to give. But she never has asked and we know she is having a hard time financially, too.
If anyone wants to E-Mail for anything, feel free to do so. We could use a little encouragement even if noone can help financially. This whole process feels really hopeless at times.
After reading some of the postings here and seeing others having luck with their fundraising, we would appreciate any advice. And, if anyone has any advice on how to attract buyers and not scammers on Craigslist, we would appreciate that too. Thank you in advance for any help at all.
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08/15/2012
by Jerry Combs

Well, it's Wednesday and our yard sale didn't work out. And, I have another large and painful boil. After four years I was boil free for four days. Even though we worked very hard for days to pull the yard sale together, we got up Friday morning and it was looking like rain. We waited until 12:00 pm hoping it might clear up enough. But, by the time it did it was too hot to attempt putting everything out safely. And, though we didn't know then it was going to rain that night anyway, we decided it was too big a risk to try. Because I do not have the energy and can't risk another boil, we decided we would have to wait until Saturday to start.
Friday evening we discovered I had a new boil. So I took an Epsom Salt bath and we treated the infection with Icthamol. At the same time we treated my Fournier's wound like we do every day.
Later my blood sugar dropped very low and I nearly passed out several times before we could get a snack in me and bring it back up. Besides being barely conscious and unable to think, this leaves you feeling "far away" long after. Once we felt like it was safe enough for me to go to sleep, we went to bed.
We had only been in bed for thirty minutes when the power went off. When that happens my CPAP machine and mask create a vaccum and I can't breathe in or out. Since I had just fallen asleep, this is a terrifying way to wake up. The only thing worse is waking up choking on vomit, which is what happens without the CPAP equipment. Also, I could have a heart attack since I stop breathing several times a minute because I have "Chronic" Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
At first we were afraid the power had been turned off by Ga Power, but saw that the neighborhood was dark. So, we waited up for the power to come back on until 5:30 am. And we had to be up at 7:00 am at the latest for the yard sale.When we got up the weather report was for rain about midday and the sky looked like it was about to rain until about 2 pm. And, it was supposed to rain again that night.
Fridays are the best day for yard sales. And Saturdays are the day you get to rest a bit before having to put it all away on Sunday. We had really been counting on the yard sale to go like it usually does beacuse we were exhausted after how hard the past week had been.
By this point the risk was way to high for such a small chance of reward, so we canelled the sale all together. But, a couple of lucky breaks did come our way last Thursday that made the decision a little easier to make.
I had EMailed Ga Power trying to convince someone that without the power I would be in a dangerous health crisis. And, on Thursday Ms. Audrey Simon from Ga Power called and told us that after reading about our situation she called the Salvation Army on our behalf. She spoke to someone there that agreed, after hearing our story, that they would pay for our power bill once we had an interview with them later this week. Ms. Simon put a hold on our account so the power would stay on until The Salvation Army had time to pay this for us.
We want to thank Ms. Simon very much for all the help she has provided to us and to The Salvation Army for their offer. We will never forget this gift from either of them.
We also had a visit with Joe and Mary from The Saint Vincent de Paul Society. After calling them for several weeks and leaving messages they were able to find a way to try to help with some of the power bill. Since we had just found out about The Salvation Army's promise to pay the power bill, Joe spoke with them to confirm their comittment, and then he and Mary were able to pay for all of the gas and water bills. So, to Joe, Mary and all of The Saint Vincent de Paul Society we are also very grateful for their kind gift as well.
These two wonderful gifts came at just the right time to help us continue to move forward, even if we still have so many obsticles in front of us. It has also helped to not feel so hopeless.
By last Thursday we were exhausted and very sad about having to sell what was left of our car for a junker price. It wasn't of any use the way it was, but it made us feel better having it in the yard to keep our house from appearing abandoned. And, in our nieghborhood other houses had their pipes and condensers stolen for that reason.
So for now the next yard sale, this weekend, is still in question. And, I'm in a lot of pain from the boil and we both are from trying to get stuff ready for the yard sale. But, the power, gas, water and telephone/internet are still on.
Thanks again to everyone that has helped or bought some of our stuff on Craigslist!
We are still "hanging on" because of these wonderful people. We will never forget.


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08/02/2012
by Jerry Combs
Thank you to everyone who has viewed our page.  Unfortunately, we lost internet service and it has just come to our attention that our Pay Pal account had not been verified.  This issue has now been resolved and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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