Dear family and friends.
Some of you know I have been off work for a month due to a bad endometriosis flare up. I’ve had 5 trips to emergency for pain relief and am now taking some strong oral pain killers. Eating greatly increases the pain. A laparoscopic surgery is booked for June 14th….but I have already lost 18 pounds and I wonder how long I can go on just 500 calories a day. There is a possibility of surgery cancellation- but not a promise.
I just heard from a Doctor’s office in Bend, Oregon. Dr Redwine is a specialist in endometriosis and his goal is to remove ALL lesions- even deep ones via excision- not just laser-ing away the top. I contacted him in 2010 and had him do a chart review.
There office today informed me that there is currently an opening for surgery May 22nd- but that the surgery is $9500, the St Charles Hospital charges $16000 for out of state patients, the anaesthetist, $1000 and another $1000 for …the OR?
Total cost is $27500 US. Of course- I would have to stay in Bend Oregon from May 20-25th and I would need someone to travel with me.
I asked for a referral and for MB Health to cover this last year- and, after a long delay, was refused. I am not yet covered by any benefits in my new term position at St Boniface . I sent an email to the Minister of Health pleading for some help. They are looking into it.
So… what do I do? Go into debt for a surgery? Sell my car? Wait it out? The likelihood of needing additional surgery within 3 years if I have the same surgeon as for my 2009 oopherectomy- is very high.
The likelihood of real and comprehensive relief from this specialist is also high.
Please pray that I will be guided.