Hello, everyone. In advance, thank you for reading. I am writing this as a plea for donations, in order to raise enough money for me to get the treatment needed for my bladder dysfunction. Five years ago, I began to need to use the washroom frequently, and there was also a sudden sense of urgency, even if I had just went five minutes ago. This got worse and worse, to the point where I got in trouble at work for going to the bathroom too many times during my shift, and eventually I saw a urologist. He put me through lots of testing; urine analysis, cystoscopies, urodynamics, etc., and was not able to diagnose me with any preexisting bladder conditions, though he did discover through the urodynamics that my bladder reacts with urgency as soon as 15ML of liquid is in it, which basically means that I always feel like I need to urinate, every second of every day, and I am unable to hold it for a normal amount of time. Depending on how much water I have drank, sometimes I can hold it for an hour, sometimes only 20 minutes. I have felt like a zombie these past years because I wake up at least once an hour to urinate during the night. I had to stop working outside of the home because nobody could accommodate how many times I need to urinate during a shift. I now work from home as a transcriber, which is good because I can go to the bathroom whenever I need, but I make less than I was making when I worked as a store manager in retail.
At this point I have tried many medications that the urologist has prescribed to me, and none have worked. He has told me that the only thing left is a last resort; an electrode placed under the skin that stimulates the nerve that controls your bladder and tells it that it isn’t full when it thinks it is. The picture I’ve uploaded is from a page of the pamphlet I was given to understand the procedure. Because I have not yet given the doctor an answer on whether I can go through with it or not, since it depends on if I can raise the money, I do not know the exact cost, but the doctor said “thousands” and from looking it up online, it horrifyingly looks more like $10,000. It says that it is sometimes partially covered by insurance, but unfortunately I do not have any insurance benefits through my job, because I am an independent contractor for a work-from-home company, since I can’t work outside the house due to my bladder needs. I live in Canada, where we have provincial health insurance, but it only covers certain health services, and this is not one of them.
Most people have family that they can ask for money in a bind, but unfortunately I come from a very poor family. My grandmother had six children, so she and my grandfather were never able to save money until their children grew older, and now that money is for their retirement. As much as it pains me to say, my two uncles are jobless bums. And while my aunts work jobs that are decent, they have their own children that they are sending to university and have told me that they’re sorry, but they do not have any money to spare for me. My mother has struggled to make ends meet ever since she became a single mom and was left with a ton of debt from my dad, and I have been working full-time since I got out of high school in order to help her make ends meet. So I don’t have the options that a lot of more privileged people do.
If you are still reading, thank you, and I’m sorry it was so long. I just wanted to explain why I’m asking strangers for money. It’s not that I’m lazy or that I’m trying to scam anyone. I just honestly don’t have anywhere else to turn. If you are able to donate anything, I will be forever grateful.
My paypal.me is: https://paypal.me/gaialulls
(It’s a screen-name I use online, because I always loved the name Gaia. I have used that name in this post as well.)