#RestoreMyLegs

#RestoreMyLegs

From Rhonda Drummond

I have had a venous ulcer on my left leg for nearly 15 years. I work a near minimum wage job, and have no medical insurance to fix this. I suppose you would like to know more about what an untreated cellulitis infec...

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almost 4 years ago

This has been a very rough Spring Break week for me. Dreading doctor bills and hospital fees has had me avoiding seeking medical help for the infection in my legs, but this time it about did me in. After about a month of low appetite, vomiting, and dizzy spells, I finally went to the Health Dept. I came to find out that my hemoglobin was at 6.7. It is supposed to be at 11. The nurse practitioner said I should go to the ER right away, and that I needed to get a blood transfusion. I put this off, and got some iron supplements, and some iron rich foods, and hoped for some improvement. Well, I got the bloodwork back a week later, and my count had gone down! I was close to knock, knock, knockin of Heaven's Door, but with no Guns and Roses.

My husband took me to the ER, and I was kept overnight to receive two units of blood. The transfusion took, but the improvement was very slight. The hemoglobin count was up to 7.4, and should have been at 8.5, but in reality, I should be around 12.

We live in a NW Florida county that is scarce in jobs and in resources for help for medical needs. There is a wound care center right across the street from my workplace, one of the best in the state, but I cannot access it due to my income. My husband is 50, and has been seraching for work for over 5 years, and has submitted over 500 application nationwide. My son has submitted locally, but he has not gotten callbacks from anyone. I am the mainstay of our income, and even the doctors and nurses agree that I should not be working. I need to take time off to heal, and perhaps file for disability until my legs are healed.

I need help before these wounds kill me. I came so close Tuesday night. I don't want to die!

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I suppose you would like to know more about what an untreated cellulitis infection can lead to.  Despite the term, cellulitis has noting to do with cellutlite.  In this case, this infection was brought on by Red Tide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_tide), a type of biological toxin that occurs in shallow seawater.  It can happen in lakes, too, such as Lake Nyos in Cameroon. 

In this case, it got under my skin, and I was unaware of it.  This was back in 1999.  Soon, my left leg was swelling, and the skin burst, and there were red sores.  I tried to treat it with conventional OVC methods, but nothing worked, and soon I was a the emergency room at the Northwest Florida Community Hospital, and was diagnosed.  I was given antibiotics and patched up.  It worked for a short time.  This infection was bad. 

I eventually was led to a vocational rehab service that paid for me to go to a wound care centre in Panama City.  After many attempts find a good treatment for me, it took something called seven day silver mesh to do the job.  It worked like a dream!  The wound that had covered the front part of my left leg was almost healed, then Voc-Rehab cut my funding. I still have the wound, and still have no insurance to keep getting treatments.

Come seven years later, the wound is back with a vengeance, and Thanks to our stubborn state lack of government, I still have no insurance, nor any way to get on Medicaid.  I am currently using Silvasorb gel, triple antibiotic ointment, and compression socks to treat the wound, but the effects of this treatment has been minimal. This is why I have come toFundly seeking your help.

The everyday pain is a nightmare, and it grows more difficult to do everyday things, let alone join in fun social events like parties or swimming.  I had this infection for fifteen years, please don't let it atck me for another one.  Help!

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Rhonda Drummond posted a new update:
almost 4 years ago

Update #2

This has been a very rough Spring Break week for me. Dreading doctor bills and hospital fees has had me avoiding seeking medical help for the infection in my legs, but this time it about did me in. After about a month of low appetite, vomiting, and dizzy spells, I finally went to the Health Dept. I came to find out that my hemoglobin was at 6.7. It is supposed to be at 11. The nurse practitioner said I should go to the ER right away, and that I needed to get a blood transfusion. I put this off, and got some iron supplements, and some iron rich foods, and hoped for some improvement. Well, I got the bloodwork back a week later, and my count had gone down! I was close to knock, knock, knockin of Heaven's Door, but with no Guns and Roses.

My husband took me to the ER, and I was kept overnight to receive two units of blood. The transfusion took, but the improvement was very slight. The hemoglobin count was up to 7.4, and should have been at 8.5, but in reality, I should be around 12.

We live in a NW Florida county that is scarce in jobs and in resources for help for medical needs. There is a wound care center right across the street from my workplace, one of the best in the state, but I cannot access it due to my income. My husband is 50, and has been seraching for work for over 5 years, and has submitted over 500 application nationwide. My son has submitted locally, but he has not gotten callbacks from anyone. I am the mainstay of our income, and even the doctors and nurses agree that I should not be working. I need to take time off to heal, and perhaps file for disability until my legs are healed.

I need help before these wounds kill me. I came so close Tuesday night. I don't want to die!

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Rhonda Drummond posted a new update:
over 4 years ago

Thanks to those few whom have shared my page at Google +. It is great to get the word out, but I really need funding to make this work. Keep up the great work, though.

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