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Andrew Got Sick

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It’s always been hard for me to ask for help; I’m very independent and more often than not people are coming to me so you will imagine how difficult it has been for me to reach out.
31934216_1534201946780608_r.jpegI’ve been sick my whole life and not known it. In July of 2017 I started showing more physical signs and started seeing doctors about it because it was something that was getting worse and I couldn’t handle it myself. At first I thought it was the residual stress of a one-sided divorce that left me broke and confused but as the pain of a baseball sized undiagnosed brain tumour reared it’s head and it became apparent that I was close to dying, at Christmas time I rushed in for surgery and spent about 6 weeks trying to recover. The damage done was significant, my left eye has been crushed due to the pressure in my head and as a result I can’t read, watch television or play video games for very long without getting a headache because my eyes won’t work together. The left half of my body is clumsy now and my only enjoyable pastime is playing guitar. I’m only a third as technically proficient as I was before the surgery and I guess I am happy that I can still play since I’ve been doing it for about 25 years. I went back to work in February of 2018 and was robbed of some of my audio tools which basically shut down my home business which was primarily editing and restoring audio. Since then I have dropped nearly 70 pounds which is unforeseen and something I am keeping an eye on. It’s pretty terrifying considering how much I eat and try to gain weight that it is still slowly going down.
31934216_1534201975693320_r.jpegThe good news is that I am still able to work, although I am losing vision in my left eye at an alarming pace and might not be able to fix it - I’ll hopefully find out what my chances are for some vision correction on August 31. If I lose my vision I won’t be able to drive to my current job and will try to find something more local. Honestly the idea of going on a Disability claim sounds like a prison term to me.
31934216_1534202004825981_r.jpegI see my collection of doctors and specialists fairly regularly and since I am asking for help, it’s only fair that I am honest and open about it. If you have questions about my illnesses or limitations, feel free to ask and if I can’t answer it I will be sure to get an answer from a medical professional when I go in for my regular visits.
31934216_1534202065117808_r.jpegThe bad news is that I am going to get sick again. Likely not for a number of years but I don’t want to sit around and hope that there will be a miracle cure for my condition in the future. I would like to follow through with my dream of eventually having a place to set up my audio equipment again and rebuilding my clientele, and doing what I can to live a normal and productive life despite the rough circumstances I’m going through. Unfortunately my divorce, being robbed, and being sick have left me in a bit of a hole and I need help out.
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Damn I have never had a bout of depression so bad in my whole life. I had a job that seemed like a sure thing lined up. Many interviews and even some testing was done only to not get it. Truth be told it was a "normal" job, which I am happy with the idea of - I do enough audio on the side that a regular job would actually leave me more time to do my own thing. It would have also afforded me the opportunity to get out of where I live currently as that situation is either going downhill or I just can't handle it anymore - not entirely sure. Although the owner of the place keeps doing little upgrades and I'm sure the end goal is to sell it. I have agreed to do another show at my regular-ish theatre gig, but that means another summer of awful days off, working all the daylight hours away in a building with no windows. It didn't used to get to me so much but I'm more social now since the surgery. I need my friends and I feel so alone all the time.

There's a group in Nanaimo that I discovered called the "Nanaimo Brain Injury Society" that does regular meetings - of course on days I can't make due to the theatre's schedule. Seems like something that might be beneficial so I am going to try to make a few meetings before I start back up at the theatre mid May.

Honestly I think that I have had enough - ENOUGH - of this "bad luck" if you want to call it that, and just need a CHANCE. Someone needs to put their faith in me, because despite the annoying rumours being spread I am a capable and talented person. I have a sharp mind despite what I went through. Someone recently told me that I was courageous to face the surgery like that. I think it was Mark Twain who said something like courage is the mastery of fear. I think I just faked it.
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Update: I'm gonna ditch my boat. I've never even used it, but my brother said he wanted to do more brotherly things and suggested we get a boat to fix up together. Before I got ill I had some extra pennies and picked one up - it's not a fancy boat but it looked like a good project. Since I'm the only one who ever bothered to do anything with it I figure I can be the one to make the choice to let it go. I need a place to live badly and it looks like I am in need of some cash to make that happen. I'm happy to let the boat dream sink, but the rest of my life is equally depressing currently. In the past week 2 people I know have died suddenly, and although I wasn't overly close to either of them I did have a lot of respect for one and the other was the stepdad of the first girl I dated, whom I became close friends with after we broke up and then spent a significant amount of time in their household. That one sounds more sinister however the family is being very quiet about what happened and I'll wait to find out exactly what happened. From the vague descriptions it sounds like it was an accident and not a natural thing, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see :/

Anyone wanna buy a boat? 15' with an outboard, $500
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News! Where to begin? Nothing good which I am really getting sick and tired of. I am currently doing a lot of audio editing work for a hypnotherapist and the positive messages are a little infuriating since they never seem to apply to me.

So last week I got a rather threatening letter about some debt leftover from the divorce, offering to settle. I don't want to settle, I think it should have been paid off with the sale of the house but it's either stand up for what's right (which I have been trying to do) and wreck my credit or just suck it up and pay. I had to take out a loan to do so which is another monthly bill I can look forward to.

The other great (sarcasm) news is that my left eye has received the final verdict that it will be blind forever. I was told there was some hope once the swelling went down, but now that all the problems are gone the nerve damage is too severe and therefore at the current time the technology doesn't exist to fix it. I'm going to wait for a break in my work contracts and go get a second opinion, but my current doctor has a really good reputation as one of the best...
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Here I was just thinking I was getting ahead (or at least stable) and again, credit card debt leftover from the divorce that landed on me keeps coming back again and again. It's so frustrating that every time I make some sort of headroom another thing holds me back. At least I start back at the theater full time week after next. Being off and on employment insurance was just enough to keep me afloat this last little while.

Other news includes the roof got fixed in a timely manner, which was really good but the bad news is that I'm constantly fighting mold now in several parts of the house. I had hoped to leave but looks like I'm stuck here (rent is affordable) until I can figure out how I could survive with this debt, live somewhere better, and scrape together enough to have a future.
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