My wife Aileen and I are just starting our life together, and since November we've gone from healthy and managing well to this terribly dire position.
I absolutely detest and am ashamed to have dropped so far so quickly to the desperate straits of begging for assistance, but I have exhausted every other option of which I am aware.
Aileen suffered respiratory failure just after Thanksgiving of 2016, and was hospitalized for over a week. When she was released, she required oxygen around the clock. She was unable to work for over a month, and it made our finances begin to tighten. She was improving slowly and steadily, and by late January she was able to work about 30 hours per week (about half of what she had been doing before her hospitalization). We were already behind in all of our bills, but still felt like we were on track to catch up eventually.
About this time we were feeling hopeful, which was good, because in mid-February we discovered she was pregnant. This is the first child for both of us, and was a bit unexpected. It became more imperative that we get back on sturdy financial footing.
Shortly afterward, she began to experience morning sickness. This became increasingly severe and constant. She was hospitalized again and diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. She has been unable to work, and has had a second hospitalization since. There are medical allergies and related maladies which add complications to her ability to manage the condition...until it's hopeful passing as she enters her second trimester.
We are now terribly in debt, and have exhausted all family resources and assistance. She requires iv meds for the next few weeks at home, and they are not covered by insurance. This expense is the breaking point, and the monies are expected before treatment. This emptied all of our savings and will max out our credit as well.
This brings us to the present...and brings me here.
My number is simply a clean and rounded estimate of what it will take to get us near solvency again. I'll be grateful for whatever comes our way.
As I've said, I'm ashamed of myself for landing at this point in my life...but pride goeth before the fall, and I must do whatever I need to to fight for my wife and unborn child (who currently looks like this):
I can't offer very much beyond my humble appreciation for anything you may be able to do.