Posted on September 29, 2016
PRAYER AND SUPPORT REQUEST
Another anniversary of the accident is here this September. It's been 4 years since a reckless driver changed my life forever.
Read my last update if you're new here and want to know more about what happened and what my daily life has been like the last few years:
There are lot of mixed thoughts and emotions as I think back — and look forward.
Among them, gratefulness. I am grateful that God protected my life, grateful the injuries weren't worse, grateful for those who have become my friends through all the loss during these last countless hard months.
Some things are better, but many things are still very difficult — some become more difficult as time passes.
This is pretty humbling to share details of my life like this with the whole world, but I've been surprised and honored by the kindness shown to me by complete strangers, it's encouraged me to invite you all to pray with me and see how God works.
I wrote up a prayer and support request, an update of sorts, to share with you all specifically what my current needs are and how you can help. Thank you for your prayers and love.
Please pray for the following — and support me and my family financially, if you feel moved to and are able:
Pray that we would be able to pay off our debt (and not lose our small home). This is the most urgent need — despite the pain and sickness I endure daily.
My current debt is almost $90,000. That sounds like a lot, so I'll break it down. Pretty early on, the result of the accident cumulated $30,000 in medical debt. Since then, I have put off expensive testing and treatment, but emergency bills (when I've had to be taken to the ER) have accumulated another $10,000. Add to that about $50,000 for 4 years of living expenses (food, rent, health insurance, car insurance and gas, the most basic necessities) due to being unable to hold a job because I've been very sick.
2.) A CAR
We lost our family car due to the accident and had to sell the replacement in May to cover bills due. We need a basic car — one that can transport me and my service dog to doctors appointments, etc. We estimate the cost at around $10,000 to $15,000 for something accomodating to these needs and reliable.
3.) MEDICAL TESTS AND TREATMENT
The doctors have ordered several urgent tests to find out the causes for my symptoms and what to do next, among them:
Multiple detailed MRIs, $5,000 — to check for brain damage and for the possibility of tumors due to my extreme symptoms, insurance won't cover due to my high detuctable but the clinic is very kindly trying to negotiate the costs down for me.
Vestibular tests and surgery, $2,500 + surgery — I had some testing during a consultation with a neurotologist, but more is needed to determine the next course of action (surgery), we checked and insurance won't cover these tests or the surgery.
Retina and vision tests, (cost not yet determined) — the eye doctor urgently ordered these because I am still experiencing devastating vision loss, my insurance does not cover vision at all.
Physical therapy, 2-3 years recommended to "full" recovery, $24,000 a year ($48,000 to $72,000 total) — not currently sure of the out of pocket cost, but it can be really difficult to negotiate coverage of PT long term, as needed for my injuries.
Vision therapy, 2 years recommended to "full" recovery, $7,000 a year ($14,000 total) — again, my insurance does not cover vision at all.
Cognitive testing and therapy, (cost not yet determined) — I had some testing done with a neuropsychologist, and while I've worked hard indepentantly to recover as much as I have (hence being able to write this letter — with a lot of help, but these are my words!), I still have a long way to go to get back to "normal" (that the doctors say I can work towards if we deal with my physical, vestibular and vision injuries).
4.) A NEW MATTRESS
$700 — this may seem like a strange request, but I've spent a lot of time stuck in bed and my very old mattress can get pretty painful for my injuries. Due to my migraines (brain injury) and immune system issues (from being unhealthy so long) resulting from the accident — I'm also presented with the challenge of finding a new mattress made without chemicals that aggravate my symptoms. After a lot of research, we found a local guy who handcrafts third-party certified organic chemical free prescription mattresses for less than 1/2 the cost of any nationally known company — and he's offered to give us an additional discount.
5.) LIVING EXPENSES
$1,000+ a month, 2 years estimated — in order to undergo testing, treatment, surgery, etc., and until I am well enough to be back on my feet and working a normal job (the goal!), I and my family need some help financially for the most basic stuff — food, rent, car insurance and gas, etc. We've cut back on everything, but I'm still too sick to work and doctors estimate it will take me a couple years to recover enough once I can start treatment.