My name is Ruby Ibbetson and I'm 51 years old.
July 6 of this year I found myself at the University of Washington in the emergency room because I had a pain on the left side of my abdomen which I knew was an ovarian cyst. I'm at the Husky Stadium and need to have an ambulance ride across the street to the University of Washington Hospital. I cannot breathe, walk or talk I'm like frozen in place due to the severity of the pain just totally paralyzed. When I arrive at the ER was not the best experience I told them that it was an ovarian cyst on my left side. I arrived at 11 o'clock and did not receive a ultrasound until seven o'clock that night. In the meantime I'm in such severe pain that nothing is working and they take 14 hours to get my pain under control 14 hours before I get an antibiotic and 14 hours before I get up into a room. During this time the doctor that I have wants to give me blood to flush out the fluid out the leaked in my abdomen which is totally crazy. Then she wants me to "have surgery to suck out all of this fluid in my abdomen because my pain is so severe and they can't seem to get it under control that there has to be something else wrong with me". I told her that there "has to be something wrong with her because if my pain was under control then we would have no issues ."
I have had an ovarian cyst burst before when you get to the hospital within the hour they have your pain under control you get an ultrasound and antibiotics and with in about four hours you feel like skipping not 14. I have been there for 10 hours and she has yet to get my pain under control plus I keep asking where is my antibiotic's? the Doctor tells me that they do not use anitiboics to treat this. Really? I told her what once I get a fever than you will give me antibiotics because there's going be some infection going on I thought that was totally ridiculous. I kept asking what is going on and why isn't this under control and what in the heck is this Dr. talking about? Well after about 12 people later I still never had any straight answers and it wasn't only until I got up to the seventh floor in a room that the nurse Nick there was taking control and realize that they were not giving me a full bag of antibiotics I have a 105 Degree fever by now that was crazy to.
Two days later and I'm finally out of there. I follow-up with the doctor in Anacortes a few days later and the ovarian cyst just leaked it did not burst and is about the size of a grapefruit recommend that I have surgery to remove it along with the ovary and the fallopian tube. So we set a scheduled date of August 29 to have the surgery. The plan is to start off with is looking threw the belly button see what's going on. There were so many adhesions all my organs are connected from pass Cysts that an incision had to be made. Over 50% of my bladder was being squished by the cyst for the last two months. It is the size of a cantaloupe when it was removed.
The life events that get us this point is that we may not have children but we have parents. We have them living in our house in Michigan so we have two mortgages. This past year Steven (my husband) his dad went into a demenita facility there in Michigan and mom had one winter by herself.
She's going to be moving out here this fall to permanently live with us. Steven needs to go back to our home in Michigan to prep the house for sale and moving out Mom. I must stay here and continue to recover.
About two years ago I had to go back to Michigan because my mother was dying. In my mothers will I was the executor and yet I had to go through probate and I had to fight my two evil sisters because they wanted the house and items what mom said they could not have. That whole ordeal cost me almost a year away from Steven $25,000 and then another year of my life to recover from the trauma and the drama.
So today I find myself not being able to afford even $300 for health insurance. Steven is covered by his work . With our monthly income and no surprises there is about $500 to try and save take care of automotive needs and maybe have a dinner out or two in a month.
Life will get better when the Michigan house sells then we no longer have that mortgage. In the meantime we will continue to be budget mindful because with this additional $28,961.93 is going to be a stretch.
We just need some help over this speedbump on the road of life please please help so we don't find ourselves off the road of live in the ditch because of the rock and a hard spot with unexpected medical expenses.
We truly appericate your consideration in assisitng us.
Much Heartfelt Apperication
Very truly yours,