I sincerely appreciate your time in reading my post. I’m a single mom to a foster child I hope to adopt in the next few months, and an at home caregiver for a friend with neurological deficits.
In March my client had brain surgery that was supposed to leave him in the hospital for 1 week, and instead due to unforseen complications stayed for a month and a half- despite the surgery going textbook.
In that time I was his caregiver I was not getting paid because he was in the hospital, and the state does not consider a home care aide necessary during that time.
What they don’t account for, however, is the fact that my client left his six cats and three dogs for me to care for. He owns the duplex that I live in, I rent half of it.
During his stay in the hospital, I was not only expected to continuously update his family, but also to answer calls from any doctors or nurses who had questions about his care or his home life. Every weekend in March I had to drive on my dime nearly five hours one way to Seattle upon doctor’s request.
I don’t ask for handouts, I’ve earned everything that I have and I am incredibly proud about that; but unfortunately, I gave too much of myself, my time, and my money to my client and now my child and I are living with the consequences.
I could have told them no. I could have stayed at my house in my comfort zone, since I wasn’t getting paid anyways. I didn’t though. I couldn’t. I care too much about my client/friend to leave him high and dry.
Yesterday someone got a hold of my credit card numbers, causing me to have to close my card and order a new one. That was my backup plan. Now I have bills that are due next week and no way to pay them.
I’m asking if someone would be gracious enough to donate. I feel like an incredible failure. So close to adoption, and I’m at risk of losing him because I cannot show financial security.
My hours have since gone up tremendously, but catching up will take months, and my first check won’t be until mid May.