I want to do a treatment that has two phases. If it is successful, the possible outcomes range from my symptoms are permanently reduced to I am cured of everything, including my gastrointestinal problems. The first phase takes 9 to 11 days. It is the most difficult, and if I don’t have an improvement, the second phase is unnecessary.
I have already collected the most difficult items and finished the most difficult tasks. I must accomplish one more task that would be easy if I were not homeless, but will be challenging and/or unnecessarily costly because I am homeless.
The medicine will certainly cause me to feel something similar to being drunk, non stop, for 8 to 10 days. I don’t want that, but I will deal with it. Another side effect that will probably happen is an extremely painful headache, also non stop, for 8 to 10 days. I’m scared of that happening. I don’t have the courage to overcome that fear and start the treatment. Instead, I am desperate and I have been unable to find any other treatment that might work.
Today, I started calculating the remaining costs to start the treatment. I didn’t reach a grand total because I stopped adding things to the list when the cost reached MXN$7400 (US$400). I tried to find ways to cut corners, but I gave up at MXN$4600 (US$250) because cutting that many corners would be unsafe. I’m not sure what the total is.
Further increasing the costs is that I would still need to buy my coping medicines during the treatment: MXN$3180 (US$172). If the treatment works, the costs of the expensive medicines will be reduced or eliminated. If I don’t do the treatment, I will still need to buy these same medicines, and there is no possibility of the cost being reduced. So, the longer I wait, the more it costs.
While I am doing the treatment, I won’t be able to ask for money on the street, so I must have enough money at the start of the treatment. I have MXN$2200 and US$9.78.
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