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NILES, Mich. (WOOD) - The pain in her right shoulder was unbearable and, withouthealth insurance, Kathy Myers was desperate.
So, she sought .25-caliber relief.
In her basement bedroom on Thursday, the 41-year-old womanshot herself in the same shoulder with a .25-caliber handgun,hoping it could get her the medical help she said she needs.
Instead, she's back home, still in pain, and could facecriminal charges.
Myers showed 24 Hour News 8 how she did it. She was lying inher bed in the basement, put pillows in front of and behind herright shoulder, along with an ice pack. Then, she fired a singleshot through the front pillow.
The bullet pierced the front of her shoulder and exited therear, lodging in the ice pack. She said she didn't feel any pain,just burning.
"It just felt warm. That's all," she said.
Myers, 41, said she told her girlfriend's mother to call 911.
Myers said she hurt her shoulder about a month ago when her80-pound golden Labrador went after one of her little dogs. Shetried to stop the dog, which jerked her right shoulder.
"I felt it pop in three places in my collar bone," she said.
Doctors gave her some anti-inflammatories, but couldn't domuch more than that, she said. "I didn't have insurance, so Icouldn't get a CT-scan or MRI."
Myers is among the 1.2 million uninsured people living inMichigan -- a number that has remained steady for about threeyears, state health officials said.
The pain, she says, is so excruciating that she can't sleep.She said she couldn't afford to see a neurologist. Myers says shelost her job with a hazardous-waste removal company in southernIndiana months ago.
She said she hasn't qualified for disability or Medicaid.
It was Thursday, she said, when she came up with the idea ofshooting herself. "I figured if I did something that would notnecessarily make it life-threatening but make it imminent dangerthat something would be done," she said. "I wanted them to fix me.I just wanted to be fixed."
She hoped the bullet would force doctors to treat what shebelieves is a rotator cuff injury. Instead, emergency room doctorsat Lakeland Hospital treated only the bullet wound and sent herhome.
On Friday, Niles Police said they would talk to prosecutorsto determine what, if any, charges to file against Myers.
Now, she's having second thoughts.
"It didn't take the pain away," she said. "I figured it wouldtake the pain away from the rotator cuff, where at least I couldfocus on something else, and maybe they would fix me, you know. Iguess I should have shot a little lower and got the bone and theartery."
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