My brother-in-law has Leukemia. ALL to be exact. They say this type has a pretty good cure rate, but needless to say, we've been really concerned for months now. He's had some serious complications, infections, internal bleeding due to liver testing, a collapsed lung due to internal bleeding due to liver testing... But, after a doctor/hospital transfer, he's getting better now, though how much so is hard to judge when you're 850 miles away. My sister-in-law and I just got off the phone, and they're going to do a bone marrow transplant now. Actually, it's a stem cell transplant, but it still requires finding a match, which is most likely going to be a sibling... Quite possibly Scott. Suddenly, at 9:30 at night, I'm scrambling to find information on the wheres and hows and whens and how muches. Pretty frustrating at this hour of the night, when all doctor's offices are closed. I can't seem to find a web page for any local doctors or hospitals that give me the information I need.
Any of you fellow NC Bloggers have any info? I may go insane by the time I have been able to set an appointment for Scott to go get tested, and figure out how we're financing it. All the information I can find is that it costs somewhere between $45 and $95. Without health insurance, believe it or not, even coming up with $45 is going to be a stretch between now and Friday.
I know that doctors and hospitals can't do this shit for free, but it's really frustrating that money takes precedence over life when it comes to the US health care system.
Can't wait to figure out how to finance TWO trips to Boston where they'll want to do further testing if he's a potential match, and where they'll eventually be doing the transplant if he does turn out to be a perfect match. We'd give up body parts for Randy, or any other of our family members, either one of us would... I just don't know where the money is going to come from to do this. I hear that The Red Cross will pay for travel expenses, that's something I'll eventually have to check into - but I'm trying not to get the cart in front of the horse here.
One thing at a time right? First things first, finding out where they do it, and how much they charge - and making an appointment. Ugh, I just want to be able to pick up a phone now and make an appointment for morning, you know?