By writer to www.chinookobserver.com
NASELLE — Doug Sandell, Naselle resident and long-time hearth chief for Pacific County Hearth District four in Naselle, has been identified with non-alcohol cirrhosis of the liver and is in want of a liver transplant.
Upon discovering their insurance coverage didn’t cowl liver-related illnesses, medical payments started piling up for Sandell and his spouse, Kim. They’ve since secured insurance coverage which supplies a level of protection for cirrhosis, nevertheless its month-to-month price of $1,600 is a tough capsule to swallow. Between insurance coverage prices, co-pays, and earlier medical bills following detection of the illness, the monetary burden is clearly a heavy weight to bear.
Sandell, 62, graduated from Naselle Excessive College in 1977. After commencement, he labored for 11 years as an auto painter on the Naselle autobody store owned by the late John Bergquist and, later, by Invoice Lindstrom. In 1988, Sandell started working for Harvey Johnson’s forestry contracting enterprise and has remained working for Johnson ever since. Whereas nonetheless working for Lindstrom, Sandell turned a volunteer firefighter on the Naselle hearth station. Three years later, he took on the accountability of fireplace chief and has served the group in that place for the final 31 years.
Sandell and Kim have a household of six kids. Kim labored because the supervisor on the Astoria Dairy Queen till Sandell’s prognosis and, attributable to time calls for associated to his sickness, has since switched to part-time employment there.
The liver is the physique’s largest inner organ, and performs important roles in neutralizing toxins, combating infections, manufacturing proteins and hormones, controlling blood sugar, and serving to to clot the blood. One of many signs of cirrhosis is swelling of the legs and stomach attributable to fluid build-up. It was this symptom that led to the invention of Sandell’s well being downside.
“I assumed he was gaining an uncommon quantity of weight,” stated Kim. “I noticed how swollen his ankles had develop into and knew one thing was not proper.”
“I get winded and don’t have the stamina I used to have,” famous Sandell, who continues to drive log truck for Johnson as a lot as he can.
Quite a lot of hurdles lie forward for the Sandell household to beat. He at the moment undergoes a course of twice per week to take away fluid buildup in his stomach. Due to his in any other case good well being and the truth that he isn’t a drug consumer nor a drinker, he is an efficient candidate for a transplant. Nevertheless, earlier than he may be placed on the record for a transplant, he has to endure a protracted record of checks and coaching. A transplant requires hospitalization and long-term monitoring. All have prices and most have co-pays.
The hard-working Sandell is a crucial member of the Naselle/Pacific County group. For the final 34 years, he has unselfishly volunteered his time and power to aiding others throughout their time of want. For the primary time in his life, he’s now the one in want.
When interviewed, each Doug and Kim acknowledged their love and appreciation for everybody in the neighborhood who’ve already donated on Sandell’s behalf.
Those that are prepared and in a position to take action have a number of methods by which contributions may be made to help with Sandell’s medical prices. The Naselle Okie’s Retailer and Johnson’s One Cease Shell Station each have donation jars. Checks may be mailed to the Naselle Volunteer Hearth Division at PO Field 54, Naselle, WA 98638. A GoFundMe web page has been arrange on Fb, nevertheless, these wanting to contribute ought to word there’s a 12% cost for his or her service. For the extra pc savvy, contributions will also be transmitted to Doug and Kim Sandell by way of a website often known as Venmo.
A yard sale is scheduled on the Naselle Hearth Station from eight a.m. till four p.m., on Saturday, Could 29, with all proceeds going to help the Sandell household. The volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel welcome the donation of sale objects.