Witchydiva: congrats on walking that far today!
smells_like_meat: [i271.photobucket.com image 640x480]May, 2012. Down 50 pounds. Pissing in a jar. I'm better now.
smells_like_meat: I walked a mile today, with a cane. First time over a mile Last March I couldn't walk 10 feet.
smells_like_meat: Witchydiva:Please email me at address K f 7 y d l (at) a r r l dawt net, no spaces. Or get back to me here if you can't make it work.I haven't been on TF much lately, but Vincent is a particularly, good friend of mine. I've met him in person and would like to help.I had the same infection in January 2012. Never sick a day in my life before. I was in a coma for 22 days and in the hospital for 2 months. During the first week that I was sick my wife was told one evening to make funeral arrangements for me. My 2 doctors saved my life although they expected to bury me. I made it. I was home in a hospital bed, on IV antibiotics for months. I didn't really start to get better until September. My cognition was screwed up for a long while.It cost over $500K all but $7,500 covered by insurance.If Mrs. Blackshadow would care to call me I, and my wife would be available to give insight as to what to expect. My wife also saved my life by being there all the time.It will not be easy, the recovery will be long.I walked a mile today, with a cane. First time over a mile Last March I couldn't walk 10 feet.Call us. We can help.
This Face Left Blank: Bathia_Mapes:Total Fark from Bathia_Mapes, our malevbenevolent Admin! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at Total Fark everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.[searches frantically about computer for Photoshop and directory of memes]/ Seriously, much appreciated. I'll dedicate my next Looty 'Shop to you :)
GBmanNC: Sucks to here. Hope to see him back posting soon.And any medical experts wanna comment on how you catch something scary like this?
This Face Left Blank: That's a rough goddamn year-plus right there
vegaswench: Mr. Wench is in some medical straits himself lately
Witchydiva: PayPal balance: $2,130.00 USDI did not expect this on a Saturday, much less the day before St. Patty's Day.IMHO, 12.fl.oz. nailed it in Arelas' memorial thread:"I never could really put my finger on why I kept coming back to fark. The name calling, trolls, and some of the narrow thinking that I am as guilty as the next person.Then I think I figured it out, WE are all one big dysfunctional family. We call each other names and get in our little fights but when the chips are down, we have each other's backs."
smells_like_meat: I'm really sorry to hear that. If I can help, let me know. We gotta keep the bookies in business ;-)
smells_like_meat: This Face Left Blank: That's a rough goddamn year-plus right thereThanks. I'm doing OK. I'm keeping a positive attitude and keeping active physically and mentally. This is very important. Walking a mile today, trivial to the young studs on TFD, was like running a marathon. But I felt so good after, both physically and mentally.I have a loving wife and good friends to support me and push me and I know that Vincent has the same. When I was in the critical care hospita,l I witnessed many patients, some much younger than me, who refused to do physical therapy, and wouldn't get out of bed. They had just given up. I wish them well, but fear for the worst. Having met Vincent, I know that he want's to get better with every fiber of his being. You have to want to get better, and have loved ones to support you. I'm so lucky that I did.
Kensey: If you want to donate without having to set up a PayPal account, this may work -- copy & paste this URL into your favorite browser:http://paypal.com/xclick/business=and add the fundraiser e-mail address to the end before you hit Enter. You should get a payment form that will allow you to skip the account setup.If somebody on the receiving end can verify that 1) the $25 I sent this way from my orion-com.com address showed up, and 2) there don't appear to be weird fund holds on it, this may be a workable solution for all the other non-PayPal'ers out there.(Thanks modmins for nuking the screwed-up link I posted earlier)
techmom: gambitsgirl: I need to correct that. Choo was the first and I blame him for my ticket to hell. You were the fist TFerhehehehe
vegaswench: smells_like_meat: I walked a mile today, with a cane. First time over a mile Last March I couldn't walk 10 feet.I thought of you when I read this thread. I am glad you are feeling better. Mr. Wench is in some medical straits himself lately (though nothing as serious as MRSA, thankfully) and I can't give enough credit to your wife, GG, and Mrs. V.B. and others in their situation who are supporting their spouses while they are ill.
Witchydiva: From his wife:"VBlackshadow and I are just blown away by the outpouring of kind words and financial donations that have come flooding in. To know that there are so many people out there who have our backs is very humbling and we will never be able to thank you enough for helping us get through this nightmare. You are all amazing, outstanding people and I hope to have the chance to thank each and every one of you in person and buy you many, many alcoholic beverages. God bless you all.Missus Blackshadow"From me:Current PayPal balance: $3,314.41 USD
gambitsgirl: I asked Drew last night to fix the headline and tack it up to repeat on Monday. He asked I remind him today as he might delete FARK.com in his condition. I've written him again today./here's hoping// my condition was just as bad. My first request was to change it to "He's a farmer". So there's that
Snowydog: V_B is one of the most generous, loving, and wonderful men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. There's no way to accurately describe how kind and just amazing he is. If it were one of his fellow Fark friends he would give until it hurt.
Witchydiva: Below is a message from his wife:"On Superbowl Sunday, Blackshadow came down with what we assumed was your garden variety flu. By Thursday he was so sick that I had to call the paramedics; he was admitted to the ICU that night; at that time they knew he had pneumonia, but further tests revealed that he had a massive MRSA infection in his bloodstream and lungs. Within 24 hours he was intubated and sedated. He went into septic shock and I almost lost him for than once; it took a week and a half just to get him stabilized. He spent nearly a month in ICU and has been slowly recovering for the past 3 weeks. The infection is gone but the damage it's done is going to take a lot of work to recover from. He IS going to recover, thank God, but we've got a long way to go yet.At this point I'm guessing that we're going to be facing around $5,000 to cover what the insurance won't - and Blackshadow's only receiving about half what he usually earns while he's on Disability. Any amount that can be gathered through a fundraiser would be a blessing. Thank you so much."For transparency, while I might be in charge of this fundraiser, Sir Cumference the Flatulent, Roman Fyseek, and Blackshadow's wife have access to the email and the PayPal and email account.To donate via PayPal, please use vblackshadowfundraiserliamgcomPlease be generous.
Lsherm: gambitsgirl: I asked Drew last night to fix the headline and tack it up to repeat on Monday. He asked I remind him today as he might delete FARK.com in his condition. I've written him again today./here's hoping// my condition was just as bad. My first request was to change it to "He's a farmer". So there's thatThis has had me giggling like a schoolgirl for the past 20 minutes, and I don't know why.Thank you.
fat_free: Yo Fundraiser Organizer person, how hard is that $5K for the hospital? For instance, can you go down to the Finance dept at the hospital and negotiate, say you got $3500 in cold hard cash that you can pay RIGHT NOW instead of going onto a payment plan? If that's an option, go for it and you can keep any extraneous cash-ola.
gambitsgirl: fat_free: Yo Fundraiser Organizer person, how hard is that $5K for the hospital? For instance, can you go down to the Finance dept at the hospital and negotiate, say you got $3500 in cold hard cash that you can pay RIGHT NOW instead of going onto a payment plan? If that's an option, go for it and you can keep any extraneous cash-ola.TO THOSE IN CHARGE!!!!! Make sure J_VB sees this!!!!!! Stellar idea.There is no such thing as extra money as long as V_B is on disability and this idea is stellar.
gambitsgirl: There is no such thing as extra money as long as V_B is on disability and this idea is stellar.
smells_like_meat: gambitsgirl: There is no such thing as extra money as long as V_B is on disability and this idea is stellar.The hospitals and doctors made many serious billing mistakes (mostly in their favor, go figure). They hope that you won't notice and just pay up. When you're dealing with an ill spouse its particularity difficult as I'm sure gambitsgirl remembers.It would seem the the initial bills for V_B hospitalization are just now showing up and a little bit of freaking out is going on, particularly if you've never dealt with this before. My advice is to take a deep breath, put the bills aside, and focus on getting V_B well. If you ignore them for a while two good things happen: one your health care provider will slap the wrist of anyone who is overcharging, two, you buy time to think and go through the bills at your leisure. Are any out of network charges included in the bills? These are usually outrageous. Inform them that you have no obligation to pay out of net as the hospital was informed of your insurance carrier upon admission. Its the out of nets responsibility to ask. Those bills always get reduced to net levels. Often 90% or more. Are there any charges that you simply don't know what they are talking about? While in the extreme care facility for two months I was charged $200 a day by visits from a Dr. that I had never heard of. I informed my health care provider, they investigated, and it was removed.For the most part your health care provider is your friend. If approached in a calm, friendly, business like manner most of them are glad to help straighten things out. This would best be done when V_B is well on the road to recovery. Don't be afraid to sit on the bills for a while. Nobody involved is going to threaten you or do bad things while your husbands sick.Feel free to email me with any specific questions.Good luck.
kiwimoogle84: I can help sort out bills,
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