Get the utilities on for Alexandra!

$2,050 of $2,800 goal

Raised by 43 people in 31 months
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Rebecca Riley  ANDERSON, IN
My husband Bear became unable to work three years ago, and a year ago, we had a water leak that ran our bill up to $2000. Anderson bundles their water and electricity bills, so before we could get any money together, they turned it all off....the gas and the internet too. We lived with my husband's father for nine months, but then he went into a nursing home....so we moved back to our home, and lived without utilities.

We were scraping along, putting a little here and there towards the big bill, but then he had what we thought was an asthma attack on May 27. It put him into the hospital, and he wound up having a quintuple bypass on May 5.  He has also been diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes and sleep apnea. We already knew about the COPD and the asthma and his intolerance of temperature extremes, hot or cold, or too much humidity.

I can't bring him home without the utilities on; he's got to have electricity to run the CPAP machine, and his insulin will need refrigeration.  If he is to eat properly to lose weight and keep his diabetes in check, I'll need the electricity and gas on, and the internet is our main source of news, connection, and entertainment in general, since we don't have a TV.

$2000 pays off the bundled electric and water bills. The remaining money goes for the gas bill and the internet.  He has applied for disability, but we are not sure when that will come through.

My thanks and blessings on all who give.
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Update 6
Posted by Rebecca Riley
30 months ago
Two thousand gets my power and water back on! I'm going to leave this up and take the goal higher so that I can work on getting the gas and internet on too.

While the gas isn't critical for heating in the summer, not having it means that I can't use my stove or oven, nor have hot water. Obviously, it would be nice to be able to take a hot shower at home, and cook on the stove.

I don't have to tell anyone how nice it would be to be able to access the internet at home again.
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Update 5
Posted by Rebecca Riley
30 months ago
They plan to do the tracheotomy and wake him up on Tuesday. I am terribly excited.
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Update 4
Posted by Rebecca Riley
30 months ago
We are waiting for the ENT people to come and do a tracheotomy on him. Once that is in place and the vent is linked to it, they will wake him up.
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Update 3
Posted by Rebecca Riley
31 months ago
His chest tubes have been pulled, and he is off the Dilaudid, but he still has the fever. They are going to give him steroids to see if that helps.
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$2,050 of $2,800 goal

Raised by 43 people in 31 months
Created May 06, 2014
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Rebecca Riley  
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$5
Jill Groce
30 months ago

I'm JG in MD on DK and I love to read your diaries. My bills get paid each month by the skin of my teeth and I'm grateful every month that when I sink below the waterline I bob up again somehow. I'm so sorry you couldn't. Best of everything to you and Bear. —Jill (@AuntJill)

$5
Rachel Port
31 months ago

Hope this works. Wish I could do more than a token amount.

RB
$10
Rachel B
31 months ago

from an old Street Prophets lurker.... Hugs and hang in there.

CW
$10
Crone Wit
31 months ago

Wishing you well (one Hoosier to another)

JB
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Jan Burch
30 months ago

Paying it forward to help a fellow Kossack.

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Anonymous
31 months ago
NL
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Nick Lentz
31 months ago

I hope this helps. I will see if I can do a bit more a little later.

JS
$20
Judy Schultheis
30 months ago

loggersbrat here. To hell with it - another $20 isn't going to put me in the hole.

$20
Anonymous
31 months ago
JS
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Judy Schultheis
31 months ago

loggersbrat here

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