2 Broken Arms - Help With Medical Bills

Campaign Created by: Sarah Cain

The funds from this campaign will be received by Sarah Cain.

Goal: USD $20,000
Raised: USD $ 12,420

I was riding my bike, only a mile from my home, when I came upon a T intersection through which I was driving straight. A black Jeep pulled out in front of me to make a left turn, hitting me. I broke the radial bone (one of the long ones) in my right arm, in addition to both breaking and dislocating the ulna bone (the bone that sticks out in your wrist) in the same arm. I also broke the scaphoid bone in my left wrist, so I have two broken arms. I have a concussion, pain in my neck, and extensive bruising on my legs. If not for the helmet, I've been told that I would have died. I'm incredibly fortunate, and thank God that my injuries were not worse, and that I have so many good people who provided support in a litany of ways.

As you might imagine, I'm still pretty dependent, so I'm staying with friends. I'm creating this GiveSendGo because my medical bills are coming in. Eventually, insurance should help to offset them, in the meantime though, the medical industry wants its cut immediately. So, I'm creating this campaign to avoid being bankrupted by the medical fees that need to be paid immediately.

I have had a surgery in my right arm which went really well. I now have two plates inside of it, and will need occupational therapy for a while. It's going to be a fight to get full motion back. The expenses in all of this added up rapidly. The fee for the surgery was $9500, of which they needed 10% ahead of time before they would be willing to slice into it. I also traveled by ambulance, spent some time in the emergency room, and had CT scans of my arm, head, and wrist, in addition to x-rays. The occupational therapy will have its own expenses as well.

I didn't want to start this campaign. I don't like asking for money. I had hoped that I could simply delay the medical expenses until the insurance jumped in, but that's apparently not how it works. If you're able to help financially, I would greatly appreciate it. Please never put yourself in a difficult financial position on my account, however. I also appreciate prayers and supportive messages throughout this time. I've received more of those than I thought possible, and it's been an incredibly moving experience. Thank you. I did purchase dictation software to try to compensate for my lack of mobility, which is how I'm writing this.  I hope to get back to writing soon. Getting back to videos may take longer. Thank you for your kindness.


I Got To Go Home
November 8, 2022
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Here's an update on my health, provided in this video, as well as information on my work going forward. Thank you all so much for supporting my recovery thus far. I don't know what I would have done without you.

Watch now: https://youtu.be/SywMQ_u5LHs

Update #2
October 8, 2022
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I was hoping to soon regain mobility, but I've had some bad news. My left wrist, in which I broke my scaphoid bone, has been in a brace for a month. We were hoping that the bone would fuse back together. A recent X-ray showed that not only has that not happened, but it's in worse shape than it was weeks ago. As such, it has now been placed in a hard cast, reducing my mobility further, but which is a last ditch effort to avoid surgery in my left arm.

My right arm (which had major surgery) is still healing, but it's not weight-bearing yet (I can lift a fork but that's about it.) The pain has increased recently because of more arm stretching, which is needed to get more motion with that arm.

Further, there's a rash developing on my right arm which has 3 potential causes:

1) Allergy to lotion
2) Infection
3) Rejection of the metal implants

We're hoping that it's just an allergy.

Finally, it was revealed that the driver who hit me has minimal insurance coverage, making everything more complicated. 

If you would keep me in prayer during this trial, I would appreciate it. Thank you so much to those who have been doing so. It's a long road, and the fight is not yet over. Thank you also to all those who have donated to make these burdens easier to bear, and to enable me to focus on healing instead of financial burdens. I'm touched by the response of so many. Thank you, truly.

Update #1
September 26, 2022
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I just want to sincerely thank everyone who has donated to this campaign. Your support during this difficult period has relieved a tremendous burden, and allowed me to focus on healing, instead of finances. It occurs to me that those of you who were willing to sacrifice for me may wish to have an update about my condition.

I had surgery and I am already in occupational therapy, to try to maximize the chance that I will regain full mobility in my right arm. There are exercises that I have to do three times a day, which keeps a pretty constant degree of pain, unfortunately. I'm sure it will get better with time.

My left wrist gets x-rayed every two weeks, to ensure that the bone hasn't separated ("displaced"). If that happens, I will need surgery on my left, so I have to be really careful not to lift anything heavy with it, or pull it in strange ways. It's difficult because that's my dominant arm right now, due to my right being post-surgery.

I have enduring pains in my neck and shoulders that seem to be getting worse, so I'm going to see a specialist soon. I had pain in my neck at the time of the accident, but after a CT scan didn't show anything, we hoped that it would recover by itself. It may need some help, however.

On the plus side, my dictation software has finally learned how to understand my mixed accent. So, that's a win. I am still staying with friends, who have been incredibly gracious and charitable, for I'm still unable to lift more than about 2 pounds, and I can't open jars. Please keep them in your prayers (my friends, not the jars).

Thank you all so much for your generosity, your prayers, and your messages of support. I'm incredibly moved by the response in the wake of this accident.


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