Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Medical GoFundMe for Booksteve

I had hoped to avoid this but I've had to set up a fundraiser for all the medical bills starting to come in. Please consider a contribution at the link just above. Many thanks!

My name is Steven Thompson, aka Booksteve. Last month, I went for a regular check-up to my PCP. While she was in the middle of telling me how healthy I was based on recent bloodwork, she checked my heart and detected A-fib. As it was a Friday evening, she told me to get to the hospital ER as quickly as possible. 

After spending 8 hours in the ER on various drips and getting various shots, all intended to bring my crazy rapid heartbeat down so they could figure out what was causing it, and the A-fib, I was admitted at midnight, and spent the weekend on a double drip of blood thinners, being poked and prodded and having my blood pressure and blood sugars checked every few hours...but they still haven't been able to figure out what's wrong with me! Since my release I have been on blood thinners and have two weeks to go on a heart monitor. At the end of the month, I am scheduled for an echocardiogram. 

All of this comes on the heels of MOHS skin cancer surgery on my nose a month earlier!

The good news is that I have actually FELT fine through all of this. Also, it has turned out that my cheap insurance is better than I expected as they have informed me that they have either paid or disallowed at least $25,000 worth of claims since this all began, leaving me on the hook for only about $5000 so far. We've already paid a few of the smaller bills that have come in but the larger bills have started to arrive--$897 for the hospital stay, $700 for the upcoming Echo, etc...I'n retired, working as a freelance writer-editor. My wife is disabled and works part-time from home. We aren't hurting. We get along just fine under normal circumstances, but as of this writing we have $60 in the bank, a little more due in on Friday, and if a Debt Ceiling deal isn't reached, our Social Security payments might be delayed. 

And the medical bills keep coming, I'm still having rapid heartbeat, and they still don't know how to proceed. I'd appreciate it if you'd consider helping out.

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