Please Help Annie
Annie Walton is one of those good people who will give you the shirt off her back -- literally! She has struggled all her life and worked hard, following in her father's footsteps as a school custodian for 30 years before losing her job. That didn't stop her, as she immediately sought out a retail position. When her father died, she took care of her infirmed mother, and as the youngest member of her family, she has always been the one who could be counted on to help her older siblings, many of whom have since passed. All she has left is her sister Hazel, who lives with Annie and is unable to drive.
Not long ago, Annie began to have health issues, beginning with insulin-dependent diabetes. Last February, she was diagnosed with renal failure; they put her on a diet which is not diabetic-friendly but at least her kidney function has improved. However, the years of strenuous physical labor caused other problems and she could never afford the time off to have them addressed. Now, as she approaches her 60th birthday, it's all catching up to her. Her insurance barely covers all the tests she's had to undergo, and she has missed a lot of work during many emergency stays at the hospital. She has had to have surgeries on her wrists, and most recently her spine. On Christmas Eve, she was readmitted into the hospital when Hazel could not wake her and had to call 911. Hazel is 74; she relies on Annie for daily assistance and has no one else to help her while Annie is in the hospital.
Annie has suffered a lot over the years, often living hand to mouth, always in pain but rarely complaining. She can be struggling but she will still help a friend who has less, sending what little money she has to spare. She is a talented artist and she makes lovely jewelry which she gives as gifts. She loves animals and dotes on her pet hedgehog, Bucky; sadly, she hasn't had a lot of time to spend with him lately because she's been in the hospital so much. Annie is a beautiful, humble soul who desperately deserves a break. She does not know how to ask for help, which is why I am doing it for her.
After a week in a rehabilitation facility, Annie has been released and is home again. She is now on a walker and while they gave her a wheelchair, her house is too small to use it. She was given a list of physical therapy exercises to do at home. She is in extreme pain from the waist down, and whenever she stands up her legs threaten to give out on her. She has been prescribed Tramadol to replace the Hydrocodone she had been on before her last trip to the hospital. Her insurance barely covers these medications.
I know this is a tough time of year, money has been spent on the holidays and we're currently in a government shut down, so everyone is facing financial difficulties. Even if all you can donate is $5, $10, even $20 -- it adds up. If you share this around and make it go viral, it will get more attention. There might be other people out there who can spare a little to help. I know Annie would appreciate it.
But the situation is urgent. Annie has often said that maybe life would be better if she wasn't around, that sometimes the pain gets so bad she wishes she could die. Nobody should be forced to live that way and believe that about themselves. A lot of people would be devastated if that happened, too, because Annie brings so much joy to everyone she meets.
Please join me in helping this well-deserving person, to restore her hope, alleviate the heavy burden of stress and worry she carries, and pay off some of her bills. Let's give Annie a reason to keep living.
On behalf of my friend Annie, thank you.
First, I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the fundraiser and to please continue to pass it around. Annie is still in need of help. She is still out of work and has yet to receive the bills for the ambulance ride on Christmas Eve, and for her stay at the hospital and rehab center. Here is her latest medical report:
"I got my stitches out this morning. The doctor's PA said I looked good. I see him again on Feb 7. I asked about all the pain I was having. Of course, his answer was the pain was normal. I just have to let all the raw and upset nerves heal. If my next visit goes well I will be released to go back to work. Right now I can stand up about 10 mins at a time. I walk like a hunchback. I will be glad to walk standing straight up. I start walking straight then an invisible string pulls me to the front."
She's going to have other bills to pay since she hasn't been working all this time. Let's try to get a little more for her. Please, keep circulating this fundraiser. I know there are a lot of people out there who are being affected by the government shutdown (I'm one of them) but Annie can't go out and get a temporary job until things get better. As much as she hates to ask for a hand-out, she has no choice. Only the kindness and generosity of friends and strangers will get her through this.
Again, I want to thank everyone who has contributed. I know Annie is beyond grateful, and very touched by the outpouring of love, concern, and support.