Hello, my name is Hollie. I am a 25-year-old mother of two young children and engaged to a wonderful man. In December of 2015, I slipped on wet tiles in my home and broke my wrist. I went to the hospital and I was put in a cast for 10 weeks in total. After then long ten weeks had passed, I started Physiotherapy to regain the use of my wrist and hand again. However, my wrist never went back to what it was prior to the break, I always felt 'weak' and had burning pains that would wake me up- but I simply put it down to the fact I may not have been doing enough weights like my Physiotherapist suggested and perhaps the muscles haven't strengthened yet.
In November of 2016, I moved house and after putting together a set of drawers, I felt horrible pain all around my wrist but dismissed it as usual. In February of 2017, I finally decided to book an appointment with my doctor to find out the cause of my continuous pain that started affecting my everyday life. I had an X-Ray done but my doctor couldn't see a break in my bone on the films. She then referred me to a hand specialist who looked over my X-Ray and suggested there may be a cyst on the bone- he requested further testing. After a nerve test and an MRI, I went back to my specialist for my results early May 2017.
My specialist informed me that I have a large hole inside of my bone that needs a bone graft and a screw to hold it in place. I was told it would be an overnight stay in the hospital and back in a cast for six weeks. He expressed that this cannot be left how it is for much longer and needs surgery ASAP or the bone would start wearing out and would start affecting the bones around it.
The next available appointment for the surgery was booked in for 4 weeks after that appointment thinking my health fund would cover it... Unfortunately, my health fund has waiting periods I haven't completed yet. I called my specialist and asked exactly how urgent it is, and how long I could wait (thinking by this time my fund would be able to cover it). He informed me the maximum time before surgery is 2 months and expressed it needs to be done ASAP- unfortunately, my health fund would still be in the waiting period.
The estimated cost for the surgery and hospital stay is around $5,000. They could only give me estimates as they can't predict what will happen in surgery. My fiancé and I cannot afford this or even close to this so we tried to get a medical loan, but unfortunately were declined.
I cannot truly express how much your support would be greatly appreciated. It would mean so much to both myself and my family who have tried to make ends meet for a long time. It has been so long since I have been able to have full function of my wrist and I couldn't thank you enough for your help.