After the first year of my life I had somewhat of a normal childhood. The fact that my stomach looked different than everyone else's was really the only difference I had in comparison to my friends and the kids around me. It was wasn't until my child bearing years that I started to have problems again. When I had my own children them growing inside me moved things around and created problems as far as scar tissue and adhesions getting wrapped around my intestines and causing multiple bowel obstructions. They always cleared up on their own without surgery and I went on with my pregnancy, delivering healthy children each time. Then, the year after I had my third child in 2010, things started to decline. I got a bacterial infection in my stomach that the doctors just couldn't get rid of that ultimately ended in my having a bowel resection after all of these years. Now, already having significantly less intestines than the average person because of all that were removed at birth due to damage from amniotic fluid etc, they were having to remove even more because they were dead, the tissue was dead, non functioning and causing me to be so sick I was on the verge of death. I flew from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Phoenix, Arizona to Mayo Clinic and had the head of surgery do this operation because I was terrified. Now a year later I am faced with all new challenges, essentially short bowel or "Short Gut" syndrome with less than 3 feet of intestines left. I am not able to digest my food properly therefore I cannot absorb nutrients from my food causing malnourishment and malabsorbtion problems. I have since been admitted into St Francis hospital as of May 10th 2013 and here we are today June 3rd 2013 in St Francis hospital with a feeding tube that does not work and a pic line delivering my nutrients via IV. Last week after suffering severe dehydration and losing 25lbs in 2 days time, the doctors came to the concensus that it would be beneficial for me to seek care at a better equipped facility. With the help of the doctors and by the grace of God I was able to achieve an appointment with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN for June 26th which leads me to to this cause, as a mother of 5 and on a single income, the expense of this critical visit is growing by the minute. Any help that you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
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