I struggle asking others for help but I am in a desperate situation. I am a veteran, was a 9/11 first responder in NYC, and lost my job last December for reporting my employer ( a hospital) for violating patient civil rights. A complaint that was “founded” by regulatory agencies. I was retaliated against and pushed out of my job. I do have a lawsuit against the organization, unfortunately, I cannot post a copy of my demand letter on the internet against the advice of my attorneys but it is 4 different counts of whistleblower violations and wrongful constructive termination. Resolution of this will take years.
I have struggled since losing my job as I developed a temporary disability which prevented me from working. As I was getting ready to go back to work and my disability was discontinued I developed additional medical issues that resulted in my not being able to work. I have 2 diagnosed lesions on my spine that are going to require radiation treatment. I have a torn rotator cuff and multiple problems with my lower spine. Many of these issues typical of emergency room nurses.
After receiving no help from the “politicians” in Los Angeles I turned for help to the Veterans Administration. Zero help from them. I cannot pay my rent in 2 weeks, or ongoing after that until my medical issues are resolved. My electric will be shut off in two weeks and this will be the second time my power will be turned off. The last time resulted in the death of one of my pets as it got over a hundred degrees in my home. I had to spend the remainder of the summer rotating my pets to my car to run the air conditioning. I have exhausted every avenue available to me reaching out to every elected official including the Governor of California and the responses range from no response to telling me to find a shelter. Nobody in Los Angeles Cares. I now understand why there is such a homeless crisis in Los Angeles.
I came forward to protect patients and lost everything in the process. The minute my medical issues are resolved I will immediately go back to work as I would prefer to be doing anyway but I am likely going to unable to work for another year based on my medical issues. The only reason I am reaching out here is truly out of desperation. I had to file bankruptcy so my living expenses consist of a ridiculously high electric bill that runs about 200.00 a month. I have no insulation and the electric in Los Angeles is outrageously high. My rent is 1525.00 month. I also have various other bills such as car insurance. My car is also on its last legs so if I am able to get some assistance I hope to get my car serviced.
I never expected to find myself in this situation. I spent thousands of dollars on my co-workers in the past 5 years organizing trips, parties, and events. I rarely asked for money. I try to live simply and try to be generous to others which is why my resources ran low so quickly. I wish I could post more than one picture as I would include the multiple things I had done for me peers but I will enclose a picture of my radiology results to establish that my medical concerns are real.
Thank you in advance to anyone who is able to assist me. I am only looking to survive for the next year. Once I start working and/or resolve my lawsuit I will make a commitment to donate whatever money I have left that was donated to another in need. I am a Christian, I attend Calvary Chapel in Pasadena and I’m ashamed to ask fellow members for money (I shouldn’t but I do). I understand that people would just have to take my word over this but I absolutely will do so.
I’m just trying to survive while I get my medical issues resolved and until I can get back to work. I’m also working overtime to assure that the issues related to the hospital where I was working are elevated to the community for the protection of patients. It’s heartbreaking to me that my co-workers all turned a blind eye to what was going on and told me to look the other way because nobody would support me or back me up. Sadly that is exactly what happened. Seeing what happened to me only reinforces to the other nurses that being quiet and looking the other way is the right thing to do. That is very sad. I wish I could provide contact information to provide anyone with any questions absolute proof of my claims but that is not permitted. I also can’t fit all of my CT/MRI findings in one picture but my official diagnoses are as follows.
1. partial-thickness intrasubstance tear at the footprint of the infraspinatus tndon
3. Neurofibroma C4-C5 (cervical lesion on spine) Neurofibroma T5-T6 (Lesion on thoracic spine (requires radiation treatment my insurance is trying to deny)
4. L5-SI broad based disc protrusion contributing to server narrowing of the neural foramen bilaterally. Just a sample. My spine is a mess from working in the emergency room for the past 15 years.
For anyone who can help I will be truly grateful.