Keep the Sheldons Afloat

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Raised by 82 people in 4 months
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John and I have been, over the past few years, experiencing a lot of financial setbacks because of my mental and physical health as well as general struggles & bad luck. This week, however, we've been hit especially hard. 

Our budget has already been tight from my car accident and some illness keeping me out of work, but then last night our Honda CR-V, Majel, broke a serpentine belt and broke down, along with some other issues. Repairs will be around $1500, not accounting for the cost of lost work hours. 

On top of this, we're still fighting mysterious invaders (critters) into our walls that we've had handled by exterminators twice, and the biggest issue of all: our basement has been getting flooded with sewage from backflow. We aren't sure the extent of the damage in the actual plumbing, and right now we've just locked up the basement until we can afford a plumber. It could cost a couple thousand to get a backflow valve put in, if that is the only issue - and it could be more than that since we have a house that's over 100 years old.

We're also still recovering from the expense of the surgery for our kitten Bragi, who had a blocked tear duct and cost over $1500 for surgery to repair. I know having pets is a luxury, but we love them and caring for them is important to us.

(above, Bragi before surgery, below, Bragi after surgery)

We're both in hard places at work with no likelihood of increased pay, and I can't take on more freelance work than I already have with grad school. Our budget is in rough shape and our savings are reserved for "if we can't afford the mortgage" and not for long. I am very reluctant to ask for help, but I don't know what else we can do.

If you can support us, we would truly appreciate it, and if you can't, please share considerately to see if anyone else can. I know that we will do our best to survive, but we can only do so much.


Brie & John Sheldon
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We had the plumber in Wednesday. They have not provided us with a full estimate yet, but in the discussion with the plumber, he said to expect somewhere in the $5k range if it was the easier fix, and beyond that if it turns out they can't fix it that easier. There are cracks in a few pipes, significant root buildup, and the pipes are uneven, leading to clogging.

We have started discussion about refinancing the house. John has had a potential good thing at work, but we don't know the details yet, and even if it's good, it's not enough to make up for this tenuous situation. My dental work is next week. I just don't even know what's going on at this point.

We appreciate any donations, but I don't know if I will continue sending out updates for a while. I feel really ashamed of our situation, and asking for help makes me feel sick, especially knowing others need it more. Thank you all for your support! It really has been so generous of all of you.



P.S. - Thank you to those who donated here and elsewhere to allow me to have a 30th birthday dinner. It meant a lot. I also had a coupon so it ended up not costing anything beyond those funds! Thank you so much <3
This is the picture from my bday dinner.
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Hi all,

You will see that we've updated our goal to $5k. This is in light of the big expense that showed up yesterday ($2500 in dental work) on top of remaining expenses with the plumbing.

We are trying our best. I had to leave my day job for mental health reasons, among others, but I'm still looking for replacement income and developing some projects on the side to help fund our livelihood. I just can only do so much, and John is in a similar state.

We appreciate any support you can provide, and shares are so appreciated as well.

Love to you all, thank you for being here!


Brie & John & the kitties
Bragi snuggles.
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Note: we will still be doing my birthday dinner tonight that we were gifted money to be used for. It was gifted outside of the GoFundMe and intended explicitly for a birthday dinner. Just so y'all don't think we're being freeloaders or whatever.
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You know the saying, "when it rains, it pours"? Well, I talked with my dentist recently about having temporary crowns on for too long and it damaging my teeth that I had two pricey surgeries to save. I got this email today:

_Good afternoon Brie,

    After researching your benefits I was able to determine the procedures for the crowns are not covered by your insurance. The insurance company has a limitation of 1 procedure per tooth every five years.  Therefore, the total cost for the benefit totals to $3,540. [Dentist] has agreed to 30% off this cost equaling a total of $2,478. Please confirm if you would like to proceed with the crowns._

I quit my one job Tuesday because the stress of it was making me risk failing my Master's program and because my health has declined further. I'm getting new crowns because my old dentist massively screwed up my teeth and left me in pain for years before I got those surgeries, which involved removing the original crowns.

We can't afford this. At all. We have a special healthcare credit card but you can only delay the expense, and if we don't pay it off in 6 months the rate jacks up.

My current plan is to proceed with the dental work using some GoFundMe funds and the last of my spillover from my student loans (not a great option, but it's what I've got). After that, we'll need to find work or something to fund future repairs for the sewage if it's even possible. At this time it's not violating any health codes or building up in the basement anymore - meanwhile my teeth are being weakened by my temps and the temps aren't seated well to be comfortable either.

This is awful. I'm so angry. I don't know why all of this is happening and I feel like it has to be my fault for being lazy and irresponsible and not working hard enough and I'm having a really hard time with it.

I just wanted to tell you all what is going on. I don't know what we should do. Up the goal? Give up? I can only do so much more work right now.

Thank you all for your support!

For your reference, we have PayPal.me/briecs, GoFundMe.com/keep-the-sheldons-afloat, and cash.me/briecs. I know we've bled everyone dry but I have no real choice at this point.
Bragi is very angsty about the situation as well.
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