Help Jason rebuild after his medical scare.
On February 19th I woke up like normal but quickly didn't feel right. I began feeling extremely hot, and sweat started dripping off of me, then I felt dizzy. Moments later my hearing started to get muffled and then my vision went out. It's the last thing I remember, and I blacked out. Falling onto the bed backward (thankfully) I woke my girlfriend, Stephanie. She jumped out of bed in a panic attempting to wake me. I can't imagine how scared she was. I woke up to her above me, trying to wake me, and when I sat up, I felt like my body was disappearing (the best way I could describe it). This was something I have never experienced, and I knew I needed to go to the hospital.
After arriving at the Hospital, I was put in a room, where I was given an IV and nurses began to connect devices to monitor my heart, breathing, and other elements. I began to get hot again, dizzy and my hearing started to get muffled again. The last thing I remember saying was "Nurse, I don't feel right." Stephanie said my lips and face had zero color I blacked out a second time.
Luckily this time I was being monitored, and I had the aid of an entire ER room by my side. When I woke up, I had 2 more IV's in me, 5 doctors around me and more cables and pads attached to my chest than I could count. The nurse said my heart rate dropped to 31. A rate at which they were very concerned about.
After 8 hours of being monitored and running tests, doctors said I would be transported by ambulance to a hospital 30 minutes away that focuses specifically on the heart and brain.
Once I arrived at the heart hospital, I spoke to many doctors and nurses about my morning, reliving the moments in great detail. We discussed my life, habits, stresses, diet and family history. It was three days of tests, waiting for results, all while being the most scared I have ever been in my life. The extent of my visit consisted of 10 tests including MRI, EEG, Echo, EKG and many more.
In the end, doctors discharged me with "unidentified blackouts" with three months of recovery time. I am unable to drive a vehicle, use heavy machinery, I need to continue testing (brain) and need to be monitored closely for any repeat episodes during this time. This has caused great stress to Stephanie and me. I have been unable to work for the last month, and am forcing myself to return to work against doctors recommendations.
Then, while home resting, working on getting my life back to normal, trying to figure out how to overcome this challenge, the first hospital bill came in the mail, $16,000.00. That number is frightening. I thought that was my total bill for all services. However, this was only for the ER visit (I didn't know that yet). I decided to make a video, and ask for the community's assistance in any way they could.
Two weeks later another hospital bill comes, it's the total for both ER and Heart/Brain Hospital work $34,122,86 is the total. I do not have insurance to cover this cost, and I am making all attempts to apply for state and hospital assistance. However, when you have a physical home address (not homeless), have a full-time job and do make (although just slightly) above minimum wage, you don't qualify for these benefits. The level of difficulty I face trying to discuss my situation with someone at the Hospital and the state of AZ has been disheartening.