Support Samantha Moore Pinkelman
As many of you know, on July 3rd 2019, after bending down to grab a water out of the refrigerator, I hit the corner of the freezer handle with the top of my head as I was standing up. The pain was quite startling but I carried on about my day. As the days past I started to feel very ill to the point that I felt I had caught a virus. One morning, I woke up feeling disoriented, feverish, sweaty, and nauseous. I knew something was seriously wrong. My head was tender and the pain was severe.
On July 8, 2019, I was rushed to the emergency room. Hours later, and after multiple tests, it was determined that I had developed an infection in my head. Adding to the complications, my ulcerative colitis started to flare up to the point I could not eat without feeling ill. Just when I thought my situation could not get much worse, it actually did. I developed three small pustules (small bumps on the skin that contain fluid or pus), one on my back and two on my face. Doctors frantically worked to figure out what was going on. I had countless blood tests, cultures and a cat scan. I was told my ulcerative colitis needed to be controlled or I was going to lose my colon. This made treating my head infection difficult to treat as colitis flares are treated with steroids and infections are treated with antibiotics.
Unfortunately, the antibiotics and steroids were not working and my wounds were becoming worse. I became so ill that I was not able to function. The wounds doubled and tripled in size and I began developing sepsis. I was rushed to OR where surgeons opened my wounds to clean the infected, necrotic tissue. Doctors finally provided a name to the wounds that were trying to take my life. Pyoderma Gangrenosum is a non-contagious, dermatitis that develops when a severe trauma happens. So that innocent bump on the head actually became my worst nightmare. Doctors say that this disease can take up to two years to treat as it is a very aggressive condition that is resistant to traditional therapies. I can’t wait that long to get my life back.
We’ve recently learned about an alternative, natural treatment option called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). A combination of infection and lack of oxygen in the tissues is often the reason that wounds fail to heal promptly or completely, regardless of what may have caused the initial physical injury or irritation to the area. When the area around a wound does not receive adequate oxygen through the bloodstream, the tissues can’t produce enough of the new skin, connective tissue, and fine blood vessels that are fundamental to wound healing. White bloods cells also can’t properly perform their germ-killing function, and bacteria that thrive in low-oxygen environments spread.
HBOT reverses these deficiencies by increasing oxygen levels throughout the wound area. Both locally and throughout the body, it enhances immune function and helps new capillaries to form. Improved circulation, in turn, helps much-needed blood flow to reach damaged and infected areas. HBOT also decreases inflammation and swelling, increases energy, and increases the body’s white blood cell activity, boosting the immune system and promoting healing. Thus, by dramatically increasing the oxygen content level in blood and compromised tissue, HBOT provides the ideal environment to promote the growth of new tissue and vessels, and discourage growth of bacteria-factors that are all cornerstones of wound healing.
I found a facility in Wauseon, Ohio called Sara’s Garden that specializes in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and gives light to the hopeless. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for my condition is only $150 per treatment at Sara’s Garden (as opposed to $1,500-2,500 per treatment at a hospital). Unfortunately, my insurance company will not cover the cost of the treatments. Since my plan is to receive at least 40 HBOT treatments that cost adds up quickly.
If you could assist us with the cost (or even just part of the cost) of a single $150 treatment it would help reduce our overall expenses greatly. 100% of the funds received will go into an account in my name and will be used for my treatments. Any contribution made would be considered a tax-deductible donation as Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit facility. Checks can be made out to Sara’s Garden with my name written on a sheet of paper accompanying the check. Please do NOT write my name directly on the check. You can also donate securely online via credit card by clicking on the Donate Now button below.
Thank you so much for considering the support of my treatments at Sara’s Garden.
Samantha Moore Pinkelman
Sara’s Garden is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your charitable contribution is tax deductible under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, to the extent allowed by law. A receipt will be sent to you after your pledge has been received to use for tax purposes.