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Sat, Mar 21 7:40am · Tips needed: How do you manage finances during a big medical event? in Just Want to Talk

Thank you Ellen and prayers for your optimal health!

Fri, Mar 20 2:58pm · Tips needed: How do you manage finances during a big medical event? in Just Want to Talk

I'm finishing up my transplant evaluation at Mayo Clinic in Florida next week, and having seen so many doctors and being given so much information, I will be making a notebook by specialty when I get home. I feel far more in control of my situation when I can be organized and I will be doing this. Fortunately, as soon as I received my liver failure diagnosis with a hospitalization for HE, I applied for Medicaid and Disability, and thankfully I was approved for both. My employer up to that time offered to continue paying in full for me to keep my BCBS, but I knew I couldn't afford the large copays for services so chose not to keep it and to get Medicaid instead. I'm having to rearrange my finances to survive on approximately 1/3 of what I made before and that is so devastating but throughout this process I've seen God at work and he has given me a peace about it so I'm not worried about the outcome.

Fri, Mar 20 2:38pm · COVID-19 and Transplant Patients in Transplants

Hang in there! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as it is no fun to be depressed in any situation. I have found lately, however, that just going to sit outside in the sun a short period of time each day helps my mood immensely as I don't feel like I'm living out a prison sentence inside!

Thu, Mar 19 5:16pm · Transplant Evaluation - What to expect in Transplants

I have Monday and Tuesday appointments for consult so I will check again on Monday.

Thu, Mar 19 5:15pm · Transplant Evaluation - What to expect in Transplants

He suggested applying for cash assistance through the state at least until disability starts paying so I've done that and am waiting to hear back from that.

Thu, Mar 19 4:48pm · Transplant Evaluation - What to expect in Transplants

Thus far, everything is going well although they have now stopped scheduling xrays, etc. due to the Corona virus so hopefully I can get the orders I got yesterday done when I get home.

Thu, Mar 19 4:43pm · Transplant Evaluation - What to expect in Transplants

Thank you Rosemary! I was told by social security that it is now a normal policy to have a 6 month waiting period, so although I applied in January my first check won't come until July and I will never get the back pay from January. As I am a single mother of a 17 year old and have little other income, that wasn't good news. I'm cleaning out the last of my retirement account to survive but what does a person do who doesn't have those resources?

Thu, Mar 19 4:37pm · Transplant Evaluation - What to expect in Transplants

I had a bunch of appointments the first couple of days but now I'm averaging about 2 or 3 per day.