Hi all, I’m a 30 year-old male living with my mom and dad. My health issues started about seven years (and $25,000 in debt ago) when I was 23. After taking a pill called Levaquin to get over a common cold, I experienced severe side effects which I am still in some ways recovering from. It’s called “Getting Floxed” and I would strongly recommend to anyone reading this to avoid any use of the drug class Fluoroquinolones unless absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, shortly after taking Levaquin, I developed several side effects like the complete disfunction of my hormonal system and something called multiple chemical sensitivity, a disorder which produces severe long-lasting headaches any time I’m around fumes like diesel or car exhaust, cleaning solvents and (thankfully to a lesser extent) EMF’S like Bluetooth, WiFi, and cellular signals. Not that any of that matters, that’s just to say that for the past ten years, the majority of my time and money has been spent racking up a significant amount of debt while trying to avoid these headaches and regain a sense of functionality.
I’m taking every step I can take to be functional again, and I’m getting there. I’ve completely changed my diet, cooking all my own meals, cut out alcohol, sugar and dairy, and I spend the little energy I have flipping thrift store items on eBay (best job I’ve ever had). In some ways I’m making great strides, feeling better than ever but I’m afraid I stand no match to COVID-19. Or should I say, my weakened immune system stands no match to my family’s lack of respect for this virus and having gotten myself under this mountain of debt, I’m not yet in a financial position to be able to move out or stock up on months worth of food.
Despite being 30 I have become highly immunodeficient, meaning I have the weakened immune system of someone 3x my age, putting me in the high risk category of potential COVID-19 cases. That is to say that if I were to contract the virus, the odds that my immune system would be able to repel the virus are less than ideal.
I moved in with my family about five years ago to cut costs and through this whole thing my family has been pretty judgmental, saying things like “this isn’t even real” and “just get over it already”, joining the plethora of doctors who can’t find anything wrong with me and say similar things.
My family also refuses to acknowledge that COVID-19 is real or that I am at high risk with my weakened immune system. They believe it’s all just a “political smear”. But I’m living in their home, so I’m doing my best to be respectful and I have kindly asked if they would consider taking precautions, keeping their distance given my weakened immune system and susceptibility to the virus. I have been repeatedly ignored and told “don’t worry, Jesus has a plan” and mocked when I wear gloves around the house.
Without the ability to work and virus cases now rising at an exponential rate here in the states (and an increasingly toxic home life) I’m getting more and more stressed about how this is going to play out. I hate to ask, but any amount of help would mean more than you know. I would feel so much less stressed if I had enough to stock up on the basics – medicine, my daily vitamin supplements, oatmeal, non perishables, rice, enough to hibernate in my room or possibly even rent a cheap studio apartment and get out of this toxic environment for a month or two until this whole thing starts to blow over and I can get back on my feet. If not, I completely understand. Most importantly, hope you’re all staying safe out there.
Good luck to you all in these stressful times and thank you for listening.