passed away in June. Her grandmother was a huge support and influence for Mrs. Salinas, who had previously lost her mother 1998 and her father in 2009. Both her parents passed from complications due to their diabetes. Mrs. Salinas and her family have struggled to become self-sufficient, and the family has had to become creative to make ends meet and find ways to provide for their children’s basic needs.
Mr.Salinas suffers from Crohn’s disease. He was recently released from his most recent surgery.
Mr.Salinas has had multiple surgeries over the past 17 years due to gastrointestinal problems. Mr.
Salinas was born with a birth defect, causing part of his large intestine to flare up and become irritated. Eventually, Mr. Salinas’ required a partial Colectomy, which is the partial removal of his colon. Two of the children are diabetic and insulin-dependent. Their youngest child, Texas, is autistic, ADHD and he is missing a chromosome. Mother states that their son's pituitary gland is not attached to his brain stem,
causing issues with his growth. Despite his health challenges, mom states he has a personality as big as the state he is named after. Daughter Priscilla is also autistic and has been diagnosed with dyslexia. Mrs. Salinas is grateful that they do not need any medical assistance at this time.
During this last year, the family has been unable to keep up with the bills. Mrs. Salinas as she had lost
her job due to COVID. Mrs. Salinas had been diagnosed positive for the virus in July. The diagnosis
was extremely alarming due to her children having compromised immunity. She self-quarantined and took precautions, and she eventually recovered, but she was unwilling to return to work for fear of contracting the virus again and possibly infecting her family. Her loss of income, however, caused the
family to struggle to pay off the bills. The family most recently had their electricity cut off. When their
electricity was cut off, the families’ anxiety spiked as their children had medication that needed to be refrigerated. Parents resorted to having the medication in an insulated box. Luckily, the family was able to pay their electricity bill after selling her Vanity dresser and some furniture on Offer Up. Most recently, the family refrigerator also broke down and needed to be replaced.
Despite the series of events, the family strives to become self-sufficient. The only income the family receives is from the social security from the children. Previously, both parents were working, but since the COVID scare and Mr. Salinas’ last surgery, neither parent has been able to work. The parents are the
only adults in the household. The nature of their case is not confidential, nor will highlighting the family create controversy for them.
The parents hope it would be a positive boost for the family prior to the holidays. Mother is hoping to find employment that will allow her to work from home.
Mrs. Salinas has experience working in the medical billing field. The family would greatly benefit from the income, as they would not have to struggle to pay their bills or provide for the basic needs of the family.
The parents state that they feel blessed that they have a roof over their heads, and just want their kids to enjoy the holidays.
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