My patrons helped save my life

I just posted the following to my patreon and wanted to share it here as well:

Dear Patrons,

Thanks for helping to save my life.
As you know, I recently hit my head. I tripped on the rainy walkway up to our house and hit my head on the edge of a concrete stair leading to our porch.
I was massively lucky. The injury sliced across my forehead. It required sixteen surface stitches and three deep muscle tissue stitches, and went down to my skull. Yet despite all this, I had no concussion, no brain injury. My skull stayed intact. My catscan was clean. I never lost consciousness or got alarmingly confused. Even the scar, while extremely long, is tucked up at my hairline where it can be missed or covered if necessary.
I am also extremely lucky because of your help. We have health insurance, but it’s got a high deductible. The emergency room doctor and nurses, along with the ambulance staff were amazing — but it cost them a lot of time, while I also needed things like a catscan.
My husband and I are treading along financially at a fragile sustainability, and the medical bills could have thrown us for a loop. But again, I’m extremely lucky. The amount we needed was almost exactly my patreon balance.
It turns out I use my head for a lot of things, like writing and thinking and blinking. It would be very difficult to produce fiction without it.
Thank you so much for your help. I am enduringly grateful.
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5 Responses to My patrons helped save my life

  1. 1
    Douglas Scheinberg says:

    That definitely could have been a lot worse. I’m glad you’re (mostly) okay.

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    Eytan Zweig says:

    I’m very glad you’re okay now, and I’m glad my contribution helped. But I wish this wasn’t necessary – both in the sense that I wish you hadn’t gotten hurt but more importantly in that I wish you had a healthcare system where an accident would not cause financial stress.

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    Mandolin says:

    Eytan – I know what you mean. At the same time, I’m so grateful to be okay, the money also kind of doesn’t bother me, if that makes sense.

    And thank you so much.

    (You too, Douglas!)

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    J. Squid says:

    Well, that must have been super scary. I’m glad it’s relatively minor and, given our economic & health systems, not financially devastating.

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    RonF says:

    Thank God you’re O.K.!