Please Help Marks Battle With Severe Arthritis
Organized by: Christine Hagen
Hello Everyone, My husband has severe erosive osteoarthritis in his hands and wrists. Ordinary osteoarthritis causes the formation of bone spurs, while erosive osteoarthritis causes erosions of the bones and inflammation. Erosive osteoarthritis is a variant of osteoarthritis that occurs in a minority and causes redness, swelling and severe pain in the joints. He has been battling this (like a trooper) since April 2013 and has been through seven surgeries/joint replacements on his right hand and wrist, and left hand. Every surgery requiring 3-12 months of recovery time depending on the severity. He has not been able to work only about 4 months (painfully) in-between surgeries. He is an electrician and needs his hands to work. We are praying that this is the last surgery and he will be able to return to work at some point. I am also out of work many hours due to the fact that the only surgeon that could diagnose him is 3 hours away and I am there to drive him, care for him and support him in every way possible. Despite his improvement, he is currently healing from his last joint replacement in May 2016, our finances are strained more than I ever thought possible, as we are almost going on 3 years with only one paycheck trying to float us through. He has had to discontinue his P.T. as we owe from 2 years ago still and can no longer even make payments. We have collection letters coming from every angle, am no longer able to pay our household bills, including groceries, and have incurred more than $80,000 in debt during this time. Most due to medical expenses. Some due to having to put things like our car, house insurance, and groceries on our credit card just to continue living. I am afraid we will lose our home soon. We have applied to SSDI for help (2 years ago), but at this point have not even received a firm hearing date. Asking for help here is the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do, but we don’t see any other way. Please donate whatever you can so he can continue treatment. If you can’t donate, please share.