Hello from Greenville, SC.
My husband and I are in a financial jam.
He let his law license go dormant while he took care of his mother by himself for nine years. We got married right before she went on Medicaid and moved into a nursing home, so he is now actively trying to “re-awaken” his license – and that’s expensive in South Carolina. We’ve scrimped for the continued learning education (CLE) courses that the state requires, and he’s completed all he needs for the South Carolina bar. But now we’re so broke we can’t pay attention.
This isn’t a sob story of money mismanagement. It’s the stark reality of our existence in Greenville at the moment. Neither of us have a permanent job, which means we never know when we will work or how long a temporary assignment will be. The pay is usually $11 0r $12 an hour, and we have zero health insurance. When we’re not scrambling for rent money, we’re panicked about paying utilities. To add a dose of un-fun to the mix, my husband was diagnosed in December with diabetes, high blood pressure, and a torn rotator cuff. I’m so freaked out, I can hardly move.
We don’t have a lavish lifestyle. I can’t make ends meet on my sparse income, and the only way we can keep afloat is to get a financial injection, so that neither stress nor exhaustion sink either of us. I reckon we need $3800 to make this happen. Here’s the itemized breakdown of what we need and why we need it:
- South Carolina Supreme Court and bar reinstatement appeal fees ($1200)
- January rent ($1200)
- January utilities – electric and bundled phone/cable/Internet ($300)
- renewed car insurance ($600)
- Gas/food/sundries ($500)
This is a huge game of catch-up for us. Once my husband has his license reactivated, he can legally practice law. Oh, and credit cards? Fuggeddabouddit. Mine are maxed out, my husband has no credit, and there’s no company who will extend us credit on my pithy income amount or my husband’s, which is nil. Family can’t help us because they don’t have any money to spare, and friends don’t have it, either. Any chance you’ll help us? We’ll no doubt go into debt for my husband’s rotator cuff surgery, but if he has a legal job in place prior to that, we’ll have both health insurance and he’ll have paid medical leave. But until then, I need a chance to not worry about rent or utilities and actually help my husband.
Please be our 2019 miracle and help us survive this unexpected blast of bad luck.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, my husband is a social services attorney. (Translation: actually does good.)