Falling Through The Safety Net
Lizzie always had such a beautiful smile. It was something I always counted on, no matter what obstacles we were facing. As long as we were facing it together we were happy.Now both of us are terrified.
Lizzie was working at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall Michigan when she first had chest pains. last year. The doctors found a 95% blockage and that she had diabetes. After a stent was put in, Lizzie went straight back to working her regular scheduled hours plus the many additional hours of on-call that the hospital wanted.
Then Lizzie's doctors said she could only work 40 hours a week and put her on FMLA. Oaklawn Hospital quickly fired her.
So, here we were with mounting medical bills, our insurance lost, and our savings depleted. We struggled for months.
Then Lizzie found a new job forty miles away. Its a good job. Lizzie had put in the first three weeks and then her big heart began hurting again. She knew how important this new job is to our family. I wasn't working since I'd been struck by a car two years ago and my own health was shattered. So Lizzie kept going to work -with chest pains- for the next week.It Gets Worse
Then our car stopped running. I spent the remaining funds we had trying to get it running - with no luck. Lizzie found a friend to drive her the 40 miles to work and then drive back again to pick her up.
Through chest pains and car troubles Lizzie kept going. to work and when she finally came home at the end of the week I could see how sick she was. Her face was ashen. I got her a drink of water and took out the blood pressure monitor. The numbers were way out of bounds, so I asked a friend to drive us to the hospital. I kept my fingers crossed, thinking her blood sugar was probably too high because we weren't able to get her medicines.
She was admitted to the hospital when it turned out to be more than blood sugar. Tests revealed she'd had a heart attack and more tests were run. Then the doctor told us the bad news, he'd found a spot on her lungs, 10mm,
Now we're going to need to go to a cancer treatment center and our car is not working. We don't have the funds to get it running. In fact we don't have the funds for much of anything as the whole year has seen us facing issues with Lizzie's diabetes and my declining vision.
We have to get her into treatment now. Doctors tell us the sooner the better. We just have to get going on this before it is too late.Things Just Keep Getting Worse
We are now behind on our property tax and just now received notice of a foreclosure proceeding. I don't know how much more Lizzie can take. I don't know how much more I can take.
We stand to lose everything and Lizzie will be dead if we can't get some help now.
We really need help now. More than I'd ever imagine.
Please help bring back Lizzie's smile to me and Jillie.
Right now we don't have much hope.