Epileptic being sued

I have suffered with, previously undiagnosed, epilepsy most of my life. Back in late 2018, I almost suffered status epilepticus and had to spend 48 hours in the hospital on a video EEG. At the time I was receiving my mother's health benefits via her work, and had been under the impression that the payment had been taken care of through the health provider. In December of 2019 I was presented with papers stating that I was being sued by the hospital for nearly $1,000. Due to the pandemic, the process has been dragged out but I am on my way of being garnished after not being given the choice of making payment arrangements, as they were only willing to accept the payment in full, during the very beginning of lock down once I had been laid off.

I live on my own, with just my income. I was on HIP for a few years until I "made too much" while working for $8.50 an hour. This is when I lost my own health benefits and was relying solely on my mothers so that I would still somewhat be able to afford my medications. At this point, doctor's visits, being $122 a visit, were obviously out of the question, but at least I could still afford my medications, right? I wish it were right, seeing as one of my prescriptions is $80. I haven't been to see the neurologist since the appointment I'm being sued for because I cannot afford the cost of the office visits let alone any scan or such should they discover something else if I ever did see a doctor again.

For the past year I have struggled to balance my job, court, the garnishment, with absolutely no room to even make a dent towards trying to take it with grace and pay the bill off being as I've been out of my own vehicle since August of 2019. Between paying my rent, that's gone up nearly $100 since January, my utilities, my medication, groceries, and paying for rides to and from work, the reality of the situation is setting in:

I very well could become homeless because of this. Which, probably could be doable if I had at least a car to sleep in.

My next court date is scheduled for October 15th 2020, which is when the garnishment is to be discussed and most likely placed into effect. They are allowed to take up to 25% of my income, before taxes, which would barely leave me $200 a week. My rent is $450, my utilities round out to about another $500. My medication costs another $400. I also have a fur baby who needs shots updated to be able to keep her in my apartment.

I have been back to work for a couple months now, but even working an insane amount of overtime, it's as if I'm drowning now in bills and debt more than ever before. Truly, any amount helps and is incredibly appreciated, and even if you cannot help, please share and spread awareness!


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Paigelynn Shockey 
Roanoke, IN
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