Shortly after surgery, we relocated and I became unemployed. I was able to find a contract project back in April/May 2015 that paid well enough for me to pay down some of the debt incurred in 2014. The copays and deductibles of the hospital stay and surgery were quite high. I was unemployed most of the year. My long-term partner was able to cover our housing (we were in the SF Bay Area so this is very high). Plus he took on some of my medical expenses from previous year and paid for the copays that I could not. However, I still have outstanding student loans in excess of $50,000 which I was able to get deferred for a time. I do have about $10,000 in other education related debt that I was paying on when I had income. I was able to find a decent part-time job to stretch our budget to cover our bills, food, pet supplies and the like. Unfortunately, I did not thrive in the Bay Area.
We moved back to Arizona in Sept 2016 with the goal of returning to a place with more in person support available plus lower living costs and more sunshine. I was able to work for a brief time but was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and impaired kidney function. I was finally diagnosed in October 2017 with chronic kidney disease. I have made changes to my diet and am hopeful that the progress of kidney damage will slow or reverse. Feb 2018: I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and a herniated disc. I've been referred to a specialist. Lab work in Jan showed abnormal values, this led to a referral to a hematologist. As of now, the hematologist does not feel my abnormal bloodwork is of concern. I have a follow up in September.
My partner truly does what they can but a single paycheck only stretches so far. In the meantime, I'm trying to find a steady source of income. Since I am not able to work at a regular job, I have started turning my hobby of jewelcrafting into a business. Dragon & Wolf Crafts I've gotten 20 sales so far. I am hopeful I can eventually earn enough money regularly to help pay the bills and move forward. Right now, however, I need a bit of help.
So I thought I would send this out into the universe and see what happens. Where will the money go? Pay the copays and other expenses incurred while trying to maintain and improve my health by seeing my care team (primary doctor, nephrologist, hematologist, neurosurgeon, therapist) and taking my medications.
More about depression and its affects on physical health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
For chronic pain: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/pain-and-depression/faq-20057823
Disability was denied as expected. Moving on.
Immediate needs include test strips, lancets. And it'd be really great to be able to pay a bill or two.
I'm working really hard on making pretty things and trying to sell them but it's not enough yet.
This winter has been cold, rainy and grey. My SAD kicked in and made everything twice as difficult. Plus the cold just exacerbated my pain so that was fun. The weather is starting to warm up a bit and the sun came out for a while. Hopefully, that will help.
Thanks for sticking around. If I could get $500 by the end of the month, I could get the supplies I need and cover enough of the bills to stop the phone calls.
So, after the good news of the biopsy, my ENT is still concerned about my thyroid nodules. He wants me to have an ultrasound in a few months just to check that they are stable. My voice is back and my vocal cord is much improved but I still need to be careful with it.
In other news, I saw a orthopedist about my carpal tunnel and will be getting a nerve conduction study today. So hopefully, that will lead to a treatment plan.
Then, my doc referred me to an endocrinologist because she's concerned about the interaction of my diabetes medication with my kidney function and all of that. So, I have an appointment....in Feb. But it's scheduled and hopefully, the endo can help figure out all the stuff going on with my diabetes, thyroid, and kidneys. Plus the hormonal changes from perimenopause. Yay team!
Good news is that the antidepressant seems to be working. Bad news is that my therapist will be out for a month or so for surgery.
Looks like I will not be able to get my wisdom teeth extracted because there isn't $404 laying around. Actually, I currently have $6 in my bank account.
However, I am have two shows lined up for next year so far. And I'm hoping that the consignment we sent for a show this weekend pays out well.
I know it is the holiday season so most folks are likely tapped out. However, if you can spare something, I could use the help. Money goes towards health and pet care. Thank you.
Not great: I desperately need $200 by the end of the month.
My deepest gratitude for all of the support and generosity that I've received since that fateful visit to the ER in 2014. I'm hopeful that my immune disorder will be fully diagnosed eventually.