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From: "Suzie" <>
Subject: Re: [PTREE] Health things
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 23:15:37 -0600
As you well know, I've been through my share of helth issues ( still am, I
have surgery March 7th). Where there is a will, there is a way, keep that
faith. I also went through my ordeal with disability and I'm not sure if we
talked about it or not BUT, what helped me was I contacted the congressman
here in MS. Explained how long I'd been waiting and such and they flagged my
file as the congressman taking a personal interest in my case. After that, I
checked in with the woman in his office that was taking care of it about
once a month and it only took a few months after he looked into it for me to
get some results.
I don't know how it works there but here there are programs at some of the
hospitals that will help you. My old neighbor used to go through some
program at Methodist hospital in Memphis and they took her in without
insurance because she had cancer. I do know that at the MED in Memphis, they
can't turn you away with life threatening problems because they are state
funded. My uncle went to Byhalia Family Medical here in Byhalia, MS and
they told him he was having a heart attack even though he had no signs, he
was just trying to get them to take care of the pain he'd had in his legs
for several months. They sent him to Baptist DeSoto and they did open heart
surgery the next day and he had no insurance, he was waiting to be approved
for disability. While in there, a social worker came in to talk to him and
he told her he had no idea how he was going to pay and she told him that is
what she was there for. She did the paperwork and filed and got his SSI
going to carry him until his disability came through and got him on
medicaid as a disability pending patient and medicaid can go retro for 3
months and covered it all. Not meaning to babble but, just letting you
know, hang in there. Don't give up. If I gave up everytime they told me I
was on borrowed time, I'd never have met any of you wonderful people. If
there is anything I can do, let me know. As I said, I have a major surgery
on the 7th and will be down for a while but after that, heck, I'd be happy
to help you dig around and see what we can find for you. You're FAMILY and
that is what family is for.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken Jackson" <>
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 12:12 AM
Subject: [PTREE] O.D.'s health report
> I'm glad you had a good report from the cardiologist. You say you are
> feeling some better now.
> Does that mean you are feeling some better physically/heart-wise, or are
> feeling some better because the report was good????
> I hope you continue to do well and don't have any more problems for a long
> I will just be blunt with everybody. Peggy already knows this, but I just
> haven't discussed it openly here. And not to gain sympathy by any means,
> just want you all to know the reality of my situation.
> I need to have a triple bypass and also a repair of the "hole" in my heart
> I've had from birth in order to even survive another some years on this
> earth. The procedure will require two surgeons at the same time, and the
> price tag is about $100,000. I have no insurance, cannot get TennCare
> is like Medicare in MS or other states) because the Governor changed the
> requirements and single white males with no dependents are excluded from
> services. I haven't been able to be approved for Disability Insurance/SSI,
> so I am like living one day at a time, hoping I wake up tomorrow to see
> another day. I try to keep my mind off it and keep positive, but sometimes
> it does weigh on me like a ton of bricks.
> The doctors at Vanderbilt say the medications I am on are working, but
> eventually they will stop working and the CHF will return and there won't
> a way to help it. They said that eventually, without the surgery, my heart
> function will get so bad there will be no way to repair it and I will just
> Now, wasn't that depressing? It sure is to me.
> But you know what? I have always had a strong belief in God, and have
> trusted in Him, and have always known he has kept me alive for something.
> And evidently He isn't done with me yet or else I wouldn't still be here.
> I just trust in Him day by day and console myself that He is in control of
> my life, and whatever happens to me will be His will. I remember when I
> a child, the Evangelists would be on TV, healing people who believe. I
> watched some of these folks with my mother from time to time, and she
> ask me, "Kenny, do you believe God can heal you?" And I would say "Yes,
> mama, I do." And then I would put my hand on the tv and ask that preacher
> heal me.
> That never happened, so I guess that wasn't God's plan for my life. God
> keep me alive and healthy as a young adult to take care of my mother in
> last years, and I am thankful for that.
> I know I have babbled here, and I am sure many of you don't care about
> or even believe anything I have said, but I just want you all to know if I
> suddenly pass away, you will know the reason. I am still doing all I can
> find a way to have the surgery, but if I don't, then I have the assurance
> that I will see and be with God in Eternity.
> I'm sorry if I have offended any of you, so please forgive me if I have,
> you all know that I do not hold back my emotions when I talk to my family
> Love to all.
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto:] On Behalf Of od mcelroy
> Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:47 PM
> To: "P"-List
> Subject: [PTREE] Fw: Heart Problem
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: od mcelroy
> To: "P"-List
> Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 10:39 PM
> Subject: Heart Problem
> I had a very good report from my heart Dr. , Friday , and am feeling
> some better now.
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