Help for Young Family after Medical procedure
Organized by: ASHLEY HARRISON
My name is Ashley. I am the mother of a 10 year old daughter and 5 year old son. Casey is my boyfriend/best friend/better half and an amazing father. On July 9th Casey was admitted to the hospital for appendicitis. We were told not to worry, it's a very routine procedure. He was released late that night and was told to expect some pain. When he came home he was in excruciating pain. He toughed it out for a few days, but the pain became unbearable. To make matters worse, he hadn't had a bowel movement since before the appendectomy. We took him to the ER twice and both times he was sent back home and told to take massive amounts of stool softeners and laxatives and that once he had a bowel movement the pain would ease up. No luck. He began throwing up violently without stopping for almost 26 hours, so I insisted on yet another trip to the ER, refusing to take him home until something was done about his pain and vomitting. They finally admitted him on July 20th (still no bowel movement) and ran test after test and did scan after scan and couldn't figure out why this was happening. They put a tube in his stomach to drain his waste and pumped him full of pain killers, which just make him sick. They finally decided to open his stomach up on July 22nd and see if the problem was something that didn't show up on scans but that they could figure out having access to the site. The surgeon informed me that when his bowel was being stitched from his appendectomy surgery, his intestines mistakenly got bunched up into the stitching as well. So his intestines were attached to his bowel, causing them to shut down entirely. They had to untwist and massage his intestines (which causes a condition called ileus, when the intestines become paralyzed). On top of all the internal pain, he then had pain from a huge incision. They also found that his hours worth of vomitting caused a hernia in his stomach, which still has to be repaired. He was released from the hospital finally on July 29th. Casey lost his job as a result of this whole ordeal. He hasn't had a paycheck since the beginning of July. The day before his appendectomy his car broke down. Luckily, that was the same day I got a new (used) car as my previous car was repossessed by the bank a few weeks prior. We are now being taken to court by our apartment complex for eviction and my car payment is already behind by a month. On top of our 2 months worth of rent due, we now have court costs. I work full time, but with all the medical bills and late fees from other bills, we are unable to get our feet back on the ground. We spent all summer paying for both of the kids' summer camp, thinking that once school started we would be able to breathe again. Now we are in the process of getting evicted, we have nowhere to go, we have one car, and Casey is just now starting to recover and his intestines are just now functioning again. It is embarrassing and humbling to have to ask for help like this, but we are at a loss. I was sent home from work one day last week because I had a full blown panic attack after my student loan company called me asking for a payment. Casey will be able to start working again as soon as he finds another job. But with all this financial stress it's hard for us to function, especially as parents. My kids don't deserve this and the guilt I feel for them being in this situation has consumed me. Any donation is greatly appreciated more than you could ever know.