I was diagnosed in 2006-2008 (I never remember medical dates with how many appointments/event I constantly have!) with severe Sleep Apnea that requires a Bi-Pap machine (according to the sleep study nurses, who were freaking out saying mine was horrific in its severity).
I have had no treatment since my diagnoses because I've been unemployed almost 10 years now due to generalized anxiety disorder that I've had since 1991. I'm unable to receive full, quality, extended, no-cost physical and mental health care that I require PRIOR to being able to return to the workforce and make income. I've been denied disability at the state and federal level twice each now (told I can work positions I can't, such as lumberjack- hahahaha (there are no lumberjacks in my city, I can't work physical labor, I can't work outside, I can't use tools or power tools, can't work in a dangerous or potentially fatal enviornment... but no, I can't get aid because I can be my city's first lumberjack!)
So I have $0 to my name, no means to earn income, do not receive financial aid, and have no assets, and no insurance (I have state coverage that is not considered insurance but pays my community clinic costs and such.)
I have a right to a healthy, long life that transcends money, so I'm seeking someplace to get a new Bi-pap machine and supplies for free. I would not feel comfortable with a used device, as I do not understand how they would sterilize the inside of the machine itself from another person's aerosolized saliva. All I'd be thinking of with each breath is "great, I just got another lung full of some gross 82 year old's saliva particles" and would be unable to continue using the machine comfortably. (Hey, I don't share food or utensils even with someone I'm close to- I have my boundaries!)
Are there any services around for those of us who have no ability to pay to receive the treatment we require to prevent being murdered over lack of money? I'm getting more and more tired each day, starting to wake up with big headaches that take 30 minutes to clear while my brain sucks down air. I wouldn't survive a stroke or heart attack, and I'm too young to just pack it in and go wait in a corner to die.
There MUST be a service somewhere that provides new $2,000- $4,000 machines for those in need while they're unable to pay. Any leads?