Archive for December, 2011

The High Cost of Medical Care and I need Your Help!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

I have written that I was diagnosed with lymphedema several months ago. I have been in treatment using lymphedema bandages, where I am having my lower legs wapped twice a week at the cost of $30 per visit. This cost is slated to go up to $40 a visit January 1st. I typically go twice a week.

The goal of all this is to get me into compression garments. Well, the cost of the garments is prohibitive. I got a phone call on Tuesday, and the company that called me, Custom Care Solutions, said that my legs are TOO decompressed for off-the-shelf Lymphedema garments and that custom garments are going to cost $1000. I can’t afford this at all.

Lymphedema is a condition I will be managing for the rest of my life. I will be wearing compression garments. IF I can afford them, but I can’t. I am between a rock and a hard place. I need the compression garments, but I can’t pay one thousand dollars for them.

So, I’m swallowing my pride, and asking for help. I had an idea that if each of my Facebook friends were to donate $1 (one dollar) to a Paypal fund, I would have enough to buy the compression garments, and pay for lymphedema treatments to get my limbs compressed for the next 2 years. I have over 4000 Facebook friends.

I do not like asking for charity, but this, this is something I will never be able to pay for on matter how I try, the leggings are just too expensive. I do not fit in off-the-shelf compression garments, so I have to order custom garments.

So, unless I can get donations, I’m going to have to forgo the wrapping of my legs and just leave my legs to swell with lymph fluid (which is NOT a good solution) and decompress and get larger.

If you would like to donate to a fund to allow me to buy custom lymphedema garments and pay for lymphedema treatments to keep my legs compressed, I have set up a Paypal account under the email address of danawheels@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading this… I never realized how hard it is to ask for help like this…