Ritchey Family Fund
Organized by: 4Mile March
4Mile March via Crowdrise
October 07, 2015
From The Ritchey Family:
**UPDATE** Melissa's seizures have pretty much stayed the same and we left Barns with NO answers except for my brain gets really sleepy sometimes. So we decided to find a new doctor here in St Louis through the help of a support group she attends. After talking to several of the people in the support group a lot of them had the same issues at Barns and some even worse!
Melissa went to see the new doctor on December 10th and got some good yet bad news. Doctor Rosenfeld has to look at all of the EMU visits from Barns and DePaul to decide if she even needs to do another one of those or not. He has worked with Dr. Mattson (her original doctor that said she needed surgery) and most the time he agrees with him. After he looks at all the records he will decide whether she needs to be a direct admit to start the brain grids or to start other tests to move into the surgery stage. The problem is this goes into the New Year and her copays start all over again. Matt is still working 6 days a week most days double shifts just so they can pay rent, food, electricity, and their other bills. Melissa still needs help everyday getting
around and what not which we are so blessed that family members are helping do that.
This truly is the season for giving and right now Matt and Melissa both are so stressed out about the future to come and how they are going to be able to pay the copays it is putting a lot of pressure on them. If you could find it in your heart to help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God Bless-
Matt & Melissa Ritchey
I was diagnosed with epilepsy in June 2013. I was able to work for the first year until the symptoms became too severe. I've been unable to work since July 2014. My husband has been trying to find enough work to keep us going, but several jobs have not worked out as expected. My family has also helped with expenses and support a great deal in order to keep a roof over our head. However, that support has quickly run out, and now we're barely keeping our head above water. We were able to get a good insurance plan in January 2015. It covered our medical costs and all prescriptions for me, my husband and my two teenage children. All of our family medical expenses were covered under the old insurance; seeing doctors at SSM and Mercy hospital in St. Louis. However, my symptoms have gotten increasingly worse since January. July of 2015, I was referred to the neurosurgery unit at Barnes (Washington University Medical Center) for additional tests and eventual brain surgery to control the daily seizures. This is the only facility within 500 miles qualified to perform this specialized epilepsy treatment. Unfortunately, Washington University Medical Center does not take our insurance. We have applied for new insurance that will go into effect on September 1. Until then, my husband is working 60 hours a week, while family and friends are staying with me at all times. The doctor doesn't want me to be left alone because of all the seizures, and the insurance does not cover home health providers. I have been scheduled for weeklong intensive tests on September 8th 2015 in preparation for inter cranial brain mapping. Unfortunately, we will need to come up with the deductible on the new insurance plan, as well as help with everyday living expenses. Thank you for all your help we truly appreciate it and will try and keep everyone posted as much as possible.