Procrastinated for far too long
Good afternoon everyone! I am new to this club, just joined up 3 minutes ago and I am very excited that this place exists!! I have so many questions and am very interested in getting to learn things here and there from people that have gone through similar things as myself. My name is Wanda, I am 33 years old and live in Florida. I had open-heart surgery in December of 2015 and soon after had a Medtronic pacemaker implanted in early January of 2016. There is a HUGE issue though and is the main reason I decided to post a message. I have procrastinated and have been entirely irresponsible since leaving the hospital in February 2016. I have NEVER had a visit or check-up with a cardiologist. I continued living life as if I never got sick and went through the ordeal I went through. I have only recently started to have concerns, talk about, and read about things pertaining to pacemakers to learn more. I have also been wanting to make an appointment to check up on my pacemaker and also start planning ahead for when my pacemaker needs new batteries. I can not explain why I have neglected to do any of this and I am upset with myself for doing so. Last month I called a cardiologist a town over since I live in a very small town and we do not have any cardiologists nearby. I called, asked a few questions, and made an appointment, however, I was called back a week later and was told what I needed to bring with me to the appointment and was asked for information on my insurance which I do not have at all. This was a problem. I assumed they worked on a sliding scale fee and was informed that they do not have this option. I currently am a full-time student and do not hold a job therefore do not have much if any income at all. I was on Medicaid after I left the hospital in 2016, but this only lasted for 6 months before receiving a letter in the mail stating that I no longer was eligible for Medicaid. I attempted to reapply soon after and have been denied every time ever since.
So, my question and reason for explaining all of this is, does anyone know of any programs or have any kind of suggestions on how I could go about getting any sort of help, regarding my situation, in able to be seen by a cardiologist? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! I absolutely understand that it is extremely dumb of me to have waited this long to actually care, but all that matters is that I do care and am trying to take better care of myself now.