Joshua’s Health Update

28 Oct

Many of you know that my little boy has been ill and that we’re doing our best to help him get well.

I’ve been getting swamped by people wanting an update on the little guy, so here’s the deal:

Right before Joshua’s 4th birthday, we had to take him to the emergency room of our local hospital.

His face was swelling severely and we thought that he’d fallen and struck his face, it was so pronounced.

He wouldn’t let us examine his teeth. That was our first clue.

Antibiotics started after it was determined that his lower jaw was inflamed.

Swelling slowed somewhat and then… just exploded. His face swelled to the point where both his eyes blacked.

Back to the emergency room. More antibiotics, but they refused to treat him further. And, they refused to refer him to an oral surgeon “because it was against hospital policy”.

I started raising hell. No avail. So we took him home and I started “reaching out and threatening to smack someone”… if they didn’t help me find a way to help my child.

NOTE: Do NOT go without health insurance in Mississippi, especially if your child has a dental problem. They’ll literally let your child suffer and even possibly perish…  in the street.

Yes, there’s Medicade. It’s designed to be nearly impossible to qualify for.

Yes, there’s CHIPs. Both take at least a month to get approved and no one will see your child while you wait to be “processed”. In the meantime, your child will grow sicker…

In the U.S., 50 million citizens without medical insurance statistically die too soon for lack of proper care.  It’s a big club, that unfortunately my family is a member of.

And… Medical insurance is NOT health care. Obama spent three years campaigning for his health care reform touting numerous times that 45,000 people die each year from a lack of health care insurance.

Yet when it came time to enacting legislation to save those very same people they used as a club, Obama and the Democratic party choose to delay support for those people by four years, thereby “officially sanctioning” the death of 180,000 more Americans, based on their own quoted numbers and rantings.

How many American CHILDREN fell through the cracks?

Um… mine, for one.

It is… a mess.

Ironically, the doctor now treating Joshua is ON that hospital’s staff and HE doesn’t understand why he wasn’t called immediately. We are STILL trying to get to the bottom of that.

Joshua needs surgery. He has a severely abscessed tooth and the infection has spread throughout his lower jaw, in spite of the massive bombardment of antibiotics we’ve applied (so that they could treat it).

Joshua was scheduled for oral surgery last Monday and the dentist/doctor looked into his mouth and then punted. The situation was enough that Josh now needs a HOSPITAL operation and a severe rework of his lower jaw. It’s pretty serious.

The infection isn’t responding to “normal” pediatric antibiotics and now we’re using the “mega-strength” stuff. We’re currently trying to keep the infection from entering his brain, while we wait for surgery.

Joshua’s surgery is scheduled for early morning on Friday, Nov. 4th.

In the meantime, it’s Pre-op physicals to insure he can deal with  anesthesia and battles with hospital finance departments to insure he gets his surgery without delay.

We don’t have health insurance and they (hospital administrators) have been anything but cooperative. It’s not about “patients”, it’s about “profits”, even when the patients are little children.

We’re being told that the surgery and aftercare are going to run at least $15,000 and probably closer to $18,000…

If not for aggressive doctors championing Joshua’s cause, I’m not sure where we’d be.

We’ve literally had to move mountains to make this happen.

Joshua is NOT a happy camper.

Try telling a four year old that “it’s going to be okay…” as his face throbs like it’s on fire. Oy. Would that my own tears could douse those flames…

Char continues to fight her illness and we’re just doing all we can, day to day.

So, that said, posts are going to be farther apart for a few weeks, I suspect.  The Gang at the Corten Cavalry will help out, but we’re going to focus on getting my family healthy.

Sometimes, regretfully, helping families means helping your own family, first.

We’ll get things back to normal, as soon as possible.

Taken 2 weeks ago on his 4th Birthday, before the swelling blacked his eyes.

Thanks for your understanding and your prayers. They are appreciated.

Ronin and family

As an addendum:

Many readers have emailed me personally to ask how they could help.

Bless you Amanda (you know who you are), you were the first.

We’re going to try to help other kids. This has really opened our eyes.

We just returned from the Medical Center. Joshua just received his “pre-operative physical”. Surgery is scheduled for Friday, the 4th of Nov. 6am. I don’t know whether to be happy or cry. He’s getting his surgery (several hours worth) the day after my birthday.

It’s the best birthday ever.

WE have spent the entire day hearing about kids who can’t see doctors for lack of a $20 co-pay.

Want to help my son, and kids just like him?

You can click on the “donate” button on the RR sidebar (it’s located below the information about the new – soon to be released – book – “Nuts and Bolts”) and comment in the note you can leave that that you just want it to go to help “Joshua’s kids”.

We appreciate your kindness more than you know. It’s easy to feel alone in times like this. Other family’s are hurting just like mine is. It’s heartbreaking knowing your child is hurting and you have nowhere to turn.

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3 Responses to “Joshua’s Health Update”

  1. Amanda Miller October 28, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    Do you have a Paypal account so we can send donations? I don’t have much but maybe if everyone gave just a little bit…

    • Renaissance Ronin October 28, 2011 at 8:56 am #

      Hi Amanda,

      That’s kind of you to offer. There are so many children falling thru the cracks. You can click on the “donate” button on the sidebar (it’s located below the information about the new – soon to be released – book – “Nuts and Bolts”) and comment in the note you can leave that that you want it to go to help Joshua. We appreciate your kindness more than you know. It’s easy to feel alone in times like this.

      We’re going to try to help other kids. This has really opened our eyes.

      As an addendum: We just returned from the Hospital. Joshua just received his pre-operative physical. Surgery is scheduled for Friday, the 4th of Nov. 6am. I don’t know whether to be happy or cry. He’s getting his surgery the day after my birthday. It’s the best birthday ever.

      Alex

  2. lunawriter October 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Poor, little sweet Joshua. 😦 I’m so sorry it got to this point, Alex. I’ll have you and your lovely family in my thoughts and will be sending strength to all of you November 4th. Hugs. –Alina

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