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
My hands are super painful but I have to make jewelry for my shop dragonwolfcrafts.etsy.com and for the convention this weekend.
I am hoping to get enough sales to give me breathing room for a bit.
Then I had adventures in blood draws. It wasn't too bad. Just an inexperienced person who wasn't able to get my veins to cooperate. Luckily, experienced person took over and took many, many vials of blood. Now I have bandages on both arms.
Then I went over to the radiology place and got x-rays of my right shoulder, both hips, both hands and right foot. Wheeee!
I'm very tired now. Hopefully, I will hear something by tomorrow afternoon. Answers would be awesome.
Thanks for your support. Thank you for helping me feed my cats, myself and pay copays. I still need help with the dental stuff. Any amount will help.
Huge thank you for the support so far. I did get into another show so I'm hoping that I will be able to do more shows and *fingers crossed* actually net some income.
The move was a big, huge, ugly hassle but it is done. Except for the unpacking. I did, however, manage to get some crafting in. Yay!
Otherwise, I've been struggling. Not sleeping much or well. Lots of pain. Need to pick up kidney/diabetic friendly foods to stock the pantry. I keep forgetting to eat. I've been weeping over everything from sad songs to reminders of my Dad (all the Father's Day ads) and just everything. I'm so glad I had therapy today. I felt near to breaking. The session was so helpful and left me with some hope to cling to.
Please share and give if you are able. Thank you so much!
Meanwhile, I am creating new items for the shop and for the convention next month. Any help with signal boosting my shop or sharing this fundraiser is greatly appreciated!