|Mostly bedridden, Hazel usually gets out only for medical appointments. |
This beach photo was taken at her first outing just for fun in years.
News Flash! Fundraising Goal Met and Exceeded!
Thank you all so very, very much!
Hazel is a beautiful young women who has been cursed with more than her fair share of medical challenges. Twenty years old, she spent her teen years mostly bedridden, in terrible pain.
There is a lot of hope for Hazel to live an active life, especially now that she's seeing a qualified specialist to treat her neuro-immune disease. But her visits to that specialist are not covered by her insurance, nor are some of the treatments prescribed, and many other aspects of her health needs aside from the neuro-immune disease.
To begin with, her teeth.
Hazel has had impacted wisdom teeth for years. They are causing her terrible pain. Their extraction was scheduled, and delayed, and scheduled again, and rescheduled, as she got an insurance run-around. Some oral surgeons declined to treat her because they felt incompetent to deal with the special anesthesia considerations imposed by her neurological disease.
|Getting a blood draw, Hazel must wear dark glasses and ear plugs due to sensitivity to noise and light, |
and recline rather than sit up while her blood is drawn, because she gets so dizzy.
But the GOOD NEWS is.... she is scheduled for extraction with a competent oral surgeon at last, VERY SOON - the 6th of August.
The bad news is, she needs $2530 to get five impacted teeth---three wisdom teeth and two molars---extracted. Hazel lives on scanty Disability income so she doesn't have that kind of cash. But if 100 people would each chip in $25.30, voila, she would have it covered.
UPDATE: As you see from the thermometer below, we're almost there! 46 generous people have donated from $5 to $300 each to bring us nearly to goal. We must raise just the final $212 today to have the payment made to the oral surgeon in time for surgery scheduled Wednesday 6 August. Ten people with $21 each?
If you can make a donation please use the paypal button above or write to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the snail mail address where you can send a check or money order made out directly to the oral surgeon.
If you donate, we'll offer you a small gift in return. Perhaps a poem? A tarot card reading? A hand-crocheted hat? Or if you prefer, simply heartfelt gratitude. And some RED in our thermometer!
The image below is for the lady who commented that this might be a scam. It's a scan of Hazel's "Treatment Plan" from the oral surgeon's office, and her appointment card. You can see right there the costs, the teeth that will be removed, and the date for which surgery is scheduled. For the sake of her privacy I blocked out Hazel's last name, but anyone who contributes will learn that name when I send them a thank you note. It's hard to believe that anybody would think this was a scam, but hopefully this will set any doubts to rest.
Thank you for visiting Heal Hazel, and for any help you can give to this talented and intelligent, and unfairly handicapped, young woman.
|Hoping Hazel will feel better and better, and be able to go to the beach again soon!|