I’ve been getting so many emails from people asking me about my health stuff, to the point where it’s a little overwhelming to answer them all, so I thought I’d clarify stuff here rather than reply to every email.
First I want to thank all of you who have so generously donated to help offset the exorbitant costs of my operations, you people are really angels. Very few musicians have good health insurance, most don’t have any, like me, and we live in hope of nothing bad happening to us. Obviously that’s not always the case. My savings have already been wiped out by doctor’s bills, etc., and I have been forced to take out loans to cover the costs of the operations, loans which I have no idea how I’ll pay back.
I am just one of thousands of stories depicting the sorry state of healthcare in America and if it wasn’t for the people donating and helping me out right now I’m not sure where I’d be, so to say I am grateful to you guys is a huge understatement.
As far as what’s going on, I have developed bone loss which has resulted in advanced periodontal disease, which basically means all my teeth have become loose and I have developed infections in my jaw which are life threatening. There is apparently so much poison being pumped into my bloodstream that a heart attack is a matter of when not if.
So you see, I can’t really waver on having this operation. Maybe if I didn’t have a wife and kid I might pretend it’s not happening, but they won’t let me do that.
Apparently it’s been happening for about the last five years, which explains why I feel so tired, sluggish and generally sick most of the time. It’s now reached a critical point.
So next Wednesday I will be having all my teeth removed, something I am totally terrified about, and the doc’s will attempt to remove all the infections in my jaw and thus remove the risk of heart attack. They will fit me with dentures which is both humiliating and painful, they told me that it will take me some time to learn how to eat and talk again. As scared as I am, this operation will save my life so I am trying to look at it as a good thing.
The long-term goal is to get implants to replace the dentures, but at this point the costs are so high it seems like a pie-in-the-sky dream.
So anyway, I probably won’t be around for a while after next week, the recovery is going to take a while, but I’ll be thinking of you guys. Thanks once more to all the hard-working folks out there that are helping me pay for this shit, I really don’t know what I’d do without you.
If you can afford to help out the donate button is up there on the right. I don’t know how I’ll pay all you guys back, but I promise we’ll figure it out.