Almost a year ago, in February 2018, I was having dinner with friends, and as I was listening to what they were saying, felt myself beginning to lose consciousness. I tried to rush to the bathroom to take my medication, sit, and hopefully resolve my symptoms, but as I walked past customers, collapsed on the floor. When I woke up, I was lying on the ground, with customers surrounding me, and medical professionals attaching wires to my chest.
The year before, I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, a rare nervous system disorder. In healthy individuals, the blood vessels compress when you stand, allowing blood to reach your upper body, most importantly your brain. With POTS syndrome, the blood vessel constricting mechanism is default. The heart tries to make up for this by beating faster, but ultimately the lack of blood flow to the brain causes a loss of consciousness.
In the emergency room, the doctor told me I likely needed a higher dosage, and to follow up with a cardiologist. I listened to his advice, and saw a cardiologist who put me on an additional beta blocker, and ran numerous tests to see how my heart was functioning. The visits to the cardiologist, along with the Emergency Room, left me with numerous medical bills.
The current medication regime has helped me manage POTS Syndrome, and I haven’t passed out since that day. I graduated from college last May, was hired by my current employer in June, and have been working full time since July 2018.
I set up a payment plan to begin paying off my medical bills, and have made tremendous progress. After paying my bills, rent, student loans for this month, I’m left with less than $5 for food, transportation, and my next payment. I’m asking for $200 or less to help me stay afloat until my next paycheck deposits into my account on February 1st.
I’ve never done anything like this, and feel a bit of shame, but I see no other option with no money to make it through the next week and a half. I’m incredibly appreciative of any donation, and I’m thankful there are resources available to help those in need of temporary assistance.
On the 1st, I will continue to pay off my medical bills, and plan to use my income tax return to pay the remaining amount, relieving me of the financial burden I’ve had for the past year.
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