Friday, August 15, 2008

A little AVM news!

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By Renee Worthing

Staff Writer

When the community learned about Sanford resident Ricky Arsenault’s struggle with a painful birthmark, called an arterio-venous malformation (AVM) and his desire to have surgery to remove it, they rallied behind him, raising about $40,000 with a pancake breakfast, a dance and a raffle.

The first surgery to remove the AVM is scheduled for Aug. 28 and includes an angiogram and emobilization, a process in which blockages are placed in the arteries to restrict and redirect the flow of blood to the site.

Arsenault hopes it will relieve him of the pain that has been part of his life for so long, but he said his energy level is low and he wonders how quickly he will heal following the surgery. He said the birthmark is bleeding “a lot,” leaving him “feeling like a zombie.”

He said he wants to prepare for the upcoming surgery by readying his body with a bowel cleansing followed by a nourishing product called MaxGXL.

“I would like some honest input from the group. I have been pondering what I can do to prepare for my upcoming surgeries that will start later this month. In the past year, I have lost over 30 pounds. My thoughts are that I will recover more quickly if my physical body is in better shape. I would like to do some cleansing and nourishing, but due to the slow economic conditions, my construction company has not been very profitable. How do you all feel about my using some of the AVM fund for this purpose? Please let me know ASAP if you have an opinion,” he asked in an email to the group, dated Aug. 1

Arsenault is self-employed and must carry his own health insurance for $600 a month in addition to a yearly $5,000 deductible, but because his insurance does not cover the bowel cleansing or supplement, he hopes to use some of the funds raised on his behalf, but said he does not want to misuse the money.

“I just think if my energy level was up, I’d recover quicker,” Arsenault said.

Arsenault said he has always been interested in nutrition, particularly when he was younger.

“Food at the supermarket these days just doesn’t provide the nutrients you need,” he said. “Supplementation is almost a necessity.”

He said in order to supplement his diet with a nutritional product, he would like to cleanse his bowels first to allow the nutrients to absorb into his system.

“The whole idea is to cleanse and then nourish,” he said.

He said the nutritional supplement would probably cost about $30 a month, but he said he hasn’t delved that far into the program yet.

He said he used bowel-cleansing products for the first time about 12 years ago at a cost of about $100 total.

At the beginning of August, Arsenault sent a letter to the small group of people who organized the fund raising events, seeking permission to use some of the surgery money for the supplement.

Debbie Beal, a representative of TDBanknorth in Sanford where an account was set up for Arsenault, said there are no restrictions on how the funds could be used.

As of press time, Arsenault has not received any response.

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