Whatever you’ve heard about kidney stones, the reality is worse.
In 2012, I woke up one night with this terrible pain in my back and abdomen. I had no idea what it was, but it HURT. I was nauseous, I couldn’t find a comfortable position… it was the worst. I asked my wife to drive me to the ER where I learned that I have a particular skill – I’m great at making kidney stones.
Follow me on the journey from sick and broke to healthy and wealthy.
Some pain medication and a consultation with a Urologist later, and I was scheduled for my surgery to remove the stone (which was too big to pass on it’s own). The surgery went fine, the doctor got the stone and there was no complication. In a day or two, I was feeling much better. Fast forward to just ONE month later and I had the SAME experience. Another, even larger, stone had become dislodged. ER, pain medications, Urologist, surgery. But it had to be done, I needed the relief. And sweet relief it was.
Until I got the bill.
The hospital, doctor, anesthesiologist, etc., total bill for my two incidents came to nearly $43,000. I knew I was going to be in for a large expense, but I had no idea. Unfortunately, this was before the Affordable Care Act, and I was one of the millions of underinsured in the United States. What was I going to do?
Setting aside bankruptcy as a last resort, I set out on a mission to find help. Resources on the internet. Charitable organizations that help with medical bills. Part time jobs. Whatever it would take to help get me out of this medical debt. At the time, there wasn’t a lot of good information out there – and what did exist was in different places that you really had to search to find.
Sick and Broke is my attempt at gathering all the great information and resources together in one, easy to use place. I’m going to do my best to give you access to what I’ve learned over the course of the past several years and hope that you can learn from my mistakes and from my successes. I write about medical debt. medical billing mistakes, personal finance and the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
I got out of debt, and I know you can too. Follow me on the journey from sick and broke to healthy and wealthy.
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