This is my husband, his name is Dan, he is currently in the hospital with a very bad infection. He thought he had a cold the whole week before our vacation, he was sleeping all the time and very weak but the day before we left for Busch Gardens, he said he was feeling better. Well, as it turns out, that wasn’t the case, I think he was really acting better than he actually was. That first day we were at the park, he started complaining of pain in his back and into his hip. A little background on his hip issue, he injured his hip in a skiing accident years ago, as far as his back, he injured that when our son was two because he slipped on icy stairs and held on for dear life to our baby taking the brunt of it on his back. So he has issues sometimes with it. We got him some ibuprofen and went on about the day. The next day, he couldn’t get out of bed that morning he was hurting so bad, so we thought he pulled a muscle. It was at this point we noticed a swelling in his hand, he thought maybe he hit it during the night or something and he’s pretty stubborn so we took a day off from the park and I took my boys to Ripley’s Museum. Well, when we got back he was no better, I went to Wal-Mart, cuz they are everywhere, and got him a bunch of stuff, Bio-Freeze, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Warming Patches, Lidocaine patches, and even a tens unit. Nothing helped. I begged him to go to the Emergency room then but he wouldn’t because he said, and this broke my heart, that he didn’t want to ruin my and the boy’s vacation. So Sunday, we tried to go back to the park and he tried to go even though he could barely walk. After a short time, he told us to go and he would be fine on his own, he ended up sitting over in Ireland watching the shows. Well after a few hours, we came to check on him and he was noticeably pained so we decided to leave. After going back to the hotel, he was so miserable, he wouldn’t eat or anything, it was awful, I asked him did he want to go so we could go to the doctor, he said no. Well, we ended up leaving Monday morning and I drove home since he couldn’t even drive. He didn’t want to go to the doctor at the time, he said he would wait a day or two then if it wasn’t better he would go. So Wednesday, June 8 was my oldest son’s High School graduation, so when I went to see if Dan was going, he couldn’t move or dress and FINALLY admitted he needed to go to the hospital. I got a friend to drive him so that I could see my son walk and got a text from him right after my son received his Diploma saying that he was septic and had a severe infection. So I rushed to the hospital not knowing how bad it was. So after this everything happened pretty fast. No antibiotics at Lewis Gale made it better, they came up and said he needed a hip replacement which was strange to me because he hadn’t had a whole lot of problems from it but anyway, that’s what they said. So after being there two weeks with no improvement, only worsening, they sent him to UVA. Once there, they discovered, he has a vegetation in his bicuspid valve in his heart, his lungs are full of infection pockets, his hip actually was full of infection which is where most of the pain was coming from. He had to have surgery on the hip like two days after being there. They ended up removing a part of his hip flexor joint and parts of the head of his femur because of the infection. He won’t need a replacement, but it will be a while before he will be able to walk normally. So when he was a kid, he was allergic to cillins so Lewis Gale never tried them, UVA, however, gave him an allergy test and found out that he is no longer allergic and put him on a penicillin-type antibiotic. It has helped tremendously! They will still have to take care of his heart but they are hoping the rest will heal with this antibiotic. I have health insurance but it isn’t made for this, it is a wellness plan. He will have to go to a transitional hospital after this for at least 8 weeks for physical rehabilitation and IV antibiotics. There is no way I can afford these bills, not to mention my own bills at home. My rent is 1150, my electric 196, my gas 50, my phone 99, my water bill is always right around 70, plus I have loans for 261 and car insurance at 99, and my renter’s insurance at 30 so my total monthly bills are $1985. I make $35000 on salary from my job, but after health insurance, dental, vision, and taxes, I only bring home $913 every two weeks. So I am left with a bill balance of $136/month and that doesn’t even include gas to and from work and groceries. I am trying to find another job on top of my regular one but it’s difficult with my hours. I just got the first Lewis Gale bill in the mail and it’s over $2800 after insurance and that was just the first one. I really need help. I am trying to be positive and trying to pray and do the right thing and even I am trying to get a roommate to help, but so far I have had no luck and I can’t lose the house, my lease isn’t up until next March and I gave a $2200 security deposit, that I can’t lose by breaking the lease, not to mention the fact that I won’t be able to pay a security deposit on another place. I can’t get help from Social Services because my pre-tax, pre-insurance income is too high even though my bills exceed my income. I really need help. I am drowning and I just want to get my head above water. Please, I have never done anything like this and I wouldn’t if it wasn’t a desperate situation. Please if you can find it in your heart to help, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much! I will post pictures of my bills as I can, the first couple are my electric, gas, and water, I have to be at home to find my lease with my rent payment but I want you to have optical verification of everything I am telling you.