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Help Ruthann Live Pain Free

Organized by: Janine Love

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THE STORY:

Ruthann was a registered nurse BSN who worked as an ICU and hospice nurse until she became became very ill in Feb of 2012 with diverticulitis and had emergency surgery with an ostomy placed.

She spent a month in the hospital and in ICU for multiple complications. Severe adhesions were found during the surgery causing complications. The doctors tried to remove some of these adhesions but in the process intestine had to be removed and the spleen was torn and removed. Numerous complications and hospitalizations and surgeries have been ongoing. The adhesions have become so severe that she has been diagnosed with ARD and frozen abdomen for which there is no cure and no treatment and any more surgery has been totally ruled out because it would worsen the situation or could cause death.

Ruthann has been mostly bedridden for three years and suffered a heart attack in Oct of last year. The only possible relief for this condition is pain and symptom management.

Because she is single and unable to work her only medical coverage is Louisiana Medicaid which does not cover any type of pain management or palliative care. Her primary physicians refuse to manage pain. She is hospitalized about every 2 to 3 months due to bowel obstructions where the adhesions are growing around the intestines, attached under the rib cage to to the liver, bladder, kidneys and interior body cavity. The pain is excruciating and there is no way for her to pay for pain management. Although the end result of the severity of her condition is death, pain management would give her some quality of life until as the doctor told her, "you end up on a feeding tube or the damaged intestine ruptures. At 47 she would still like to have some relief to do some things while she still can. Money raised would go toward pain management treatment and medication so she can live without being in so much pain and gain some mobility. She truly needs all the help she can get as she has tried everything to get regular doctors to help her with pain relief and they want her to see a Pain Management Specialist which Medicaid will not cover.

$520

 

6% Raised of $8,500 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Graham and Mary

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • John Thibodeaux

    $40

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Janine Love

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Donor Comments

John Thibodeaux

John Thibodeaux

DONATION: $40

Hope this helps 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

We love you Ruthann!! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Graham and Mary

Graham and Mary

DONATION: $250

Hey! the rest of you! Donate! Or I will have to read you some of my poetry... 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

Wishing you a pain free life 2 years ago

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