Family in Need

Family in Need

From Logan Mendivil

Due to various health issues between myself, my wife and my daughter within the duration of a year we have found ourselves struggling financially and on the verge of losing our home.

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over 2 years ago

My family has been struggling throughout the year of 2018 with various complications primarily pinpointed at myself, my wife (Danielle) and my daughter (Krista). The year started out when Danielle had complications involving pulmonary embolisms which almost claimed her life following a surgery she had to undergo. Unfortunately, this was not the first time that this had almost claimed her life. It naturally took her awhile to recover from this and she had to undergo a follow up surgery to correct something the doctor missed and this left her with sepsis which had her admitted into the hospital for some time. Naturally, this not only caused hardship for our family on an emotional level and nearly destroyed my wife, but also hurt us financially as work had to be missed.

Danielle had recovered as well as you could after such an ordeal. While she was recovering I started to notice my own health begin to deteriorate. Breathing became more difficult. Energy was in short supply. My body always hurt. And coughing fits became more and more frequent. I discussed this with my doctor and they said they were not going to worry about this until I had my annual chest CT done later in November. I've been having these done for a couple years due to a nodule found in the right lung. Their main concern is that it's not to grow. They said more likely than not it would shrink with time. So they instructed me to leave it be for the time being.

Life rolled on. Until the beginning of August when I received a call from my brother to tell me that our oldest brother had taken his own life in Los Angeles. I was getting ready to start a new job at the time as I lost my last one due to health complications between my wife and I while working at a job that refused any and all medical documentation (I also was diagnosed with H1N1 while employed there). I had to postpone my start date and my brother paid for me to fly out to LA so we could tend to everything. My wife also had a second bout of pulmonary embolisms due to improper instructions by her physician on her blood thinner medicine that caused me to come home early to tend to her and the family.

I started the new job and they laid me off shortly before Thanksgiving in a wipe out that took out anybody that was under their 90 days of employment. I was only 6 days shy when I received the news.

Not long after Thanksgiving I had my CT scan performed. The doctor kind of brushed it off as a routine thing. I went and had it performed, being stressed like I am every time I had to go through this. A few days passed and we received a call from the doctor to contract them as soon as we could. I found out the nodule had increased in size by about 33% since the last annual scan. Instead of fooling around with another follow up they immediately referred me to a pulmonologist basically telling me it was out of hands at that point.

There was still some time before my first appointment. Within that time my daughter, Krista, had to undergo a procedure to place a device inside of her to regulate the flow of her bladder. It was a two part surgery that had her out of school for a whole month. The device is still causing her pain and the doctor is considering performing yet another surgery to remove the device from her if it continues to do so. It's a lot for a 12 year old (at the time of surgery, 11 year old) to go through.

Shortly after the second surgery I had started a new job. The job was easy and low stress. For the most part, I enjoyed it. However, I found my breathing begin to get even worse. For the sake of keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table I decided to tough it out.

I finally had my appointment with the pulmonologist who set me up for 5 tests. One of them is already complete as it was a simple specimen test that could be performed in office to test for a certain strain of infection or bacteria that is typically overlooked. The second test is set up in actually five hours from the time of my typing this which will be a PET scan as, if you haven't guessed already, the main fear is that this my be cancerous.

Last week I came down with what I thought was a regular flu. I visited the ER who couldn't figure out what was wrong with me but said "it wasn't the flu.. just something that looks like the flu. Maybe a bug?" After doing a follow up with my primary doctor it was determined that my lungs couldn't handle my new job. It was beginning to close up my airways and if I continued to work there I would undergo possible respiratory arrest. After taking almost a week off of work from what I thought I could come back from, I was forced to resign from job. I have already found a new job, but it doesn't start until the beginning of February. This is going to damage us even more financially.

We are finding ourselves struggling with our rent and all our bills. We are also struggling to buy groceries and personal necessities. Our health and circumstances haven't been agreeable and have slammed into each other like dominoes over the past year. We have been reaching out to local communities that help families in need and crisis, but have been met by all of them that they just don't have the funds at this time. We do not at this time receive HUD or Food stamps. The only government assistance that we have ever been approved for is medical benefits which we are currently fighting to keep as they are going by outdated pay information that the DOJFS failed to update when the proper documentation was supplied. This is why we are reaching out to you. Even a small donation would help.

Thank you for taking your time to read this.

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Our family has undergone a multitude of issues with our health having a domino effect on our financial situation. We are reaching out for help even if it's in the smallest way even if you it's only a few dollars. If you are unable to contribute at this time you can even share our page on social media. Please read the update feed for our story. I will add to it as time goes on.

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over 2 years ago

Update #1

My family has been struggling throughout the year of 2018 with various complications primarily pinpointed at myself, my wife (Danielle) and my daughter (Krista). The year started out when Danielle had complications involving pulmonary embolisms which almost claimed her life following a surgery she had to undergo. Unfortunately, this was not the first time that this had almost claimed her life. It naturally took her awhile to recover from this and she had to undergo a follow up surgery to correct something the doctor missed and this left her with sepsis which had her admitted into the hospital for some time. Naturally, this not only caused hardship for our family on an emotional level and nearly destroyed my wife, but also hurt us financially as work had to be missed.

Danielle had recovered as well as you could after such an ordeal. While she was recovering I started to notice my own health begin to deteriorate. Breathing became more difficult. Energy was in short supply. My body always hurt. And coughing fits became more and more frequent. I discussed this with my doctor and they said they were not going to worry about this until I had my annual chest CT done later in November. I've been having these done for a couple years due to a nodule found in the right lung. Their main concern is that it's not to grow. They said more likely than not it would shrink with time. So they instructed me to leave it be for the time being.

Life rolled on. Until the beginning of August when I received a call from my brother to tell me that our oldest brother had taken his own life in Los Angeles. I was getting ready to start a new job at the time as I lost my last one due to health complications between my wife and I while working at a job that refused any and all medical documentation (I also was diagnosed with H1N1 while employed there). I had to postpone my start date and my brother paid for me to fly out to LA so we could tend to everything. My wife also had a second bout of pulmonary embolisms due to improper instructions by her physician on her blood thinner medicine that caused me to come home early to tend to her and the family.

I started the new job and they laid me off shortly before Thanksgiving in a wipe out that took out anybody that was under their 90 days of employment. I was only 6 days shy when I received the news.

Not long after Thanksgiving I had my CT scan performed. The doctor kind of brushed it off as a routine thing. I went and had it performed, being stressed like I am every time I had to go through this. A few days passed and we received a call from the doctor to contract them as soon as we could. I found out the nodule had increased in size by about 33% since the last annual scan. Instead of fooling around with another follow up they immediately referred me to a pulmonologist basically telling me it was out of hands at that point.

There was still some time before my first appointment. Within that time my daughter, Krista, had to undergo a procedure to place a device inside of her to regulate the flow of her bladder. It was a two part surgery that had her out of school for a whole month. The device is still causing her pain and the doctor is considering performing yet another surgery to remove the device from her if it continues to do so. It's a lot for a 12 year old (at the time of surgery, 11 year old) to go through.

Shortly after the second surgery I had started a new job. The job was easy and low stress. For the most part, I enjoyed it. However, I found my breathing begin to get even worse. For the sake of keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table I decided to tough it out.

I finally had my appointment with the pulmonologist who set me up for 5 tests. One of them is already complete as it was a simple specimen test that could be performed in office to test for a certain strain of infection or bacteria that is typically overlooked. The second test is set up in actually five hours from the time of my typing this which will be a PET scan as, if you haven't guessed already, the main fear is that this my be cancerous.

Last week I came down with what I thought was a regular flu. I visited the ER who couldn't figure out what was wrong with me but said "it wasn't the flu.. just something that looks like the flu. Maybe a bug?" After doing a follow up with my primary doctor it was determined that my lungs couldn't handle my new job. It was beginning to close up my airways and if I continued to work there I would undergo possible respiratory arrest. After taking almost a week off of work from what I thought I could come back from, I was forced to resign from job. I have already found a new job, but it doesn't start until the beginning of February. This is going to damage us even more financially.

We are finding ourselves struggling with our rent and all our bills. We are also struggling to buy groceries and personal necessities. Our health and circumstances haven't been agreeable and have slammed into each other like dominoes over the past year. We have been reaching out to local communities that help families in need and crisis, but have been met by all of them that they just don't have the funds at this time. We do not at this time receive HUD or Food stamps. The only government assistance that we have ever been approved for is medical benefits which we are currently fighting to keep as they are going by outdated pay information that the DOJFS failed to update when the proper documentation was supplied. This is why we are reaching out to you. Even a small donation would help.

Thank you for taking your time to read this.

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