Ever hear of that person who can be hit by lightening on a clear day? Unfortunately, I am that person. No, I was not actually hit by lightening, but bad things seem to come my way no matter how hard I try to make my own destiny, or pray for something different, or work hard. Nothing I do seems to change that. If you know of a cure, please tell me!
At the end of January 2019 I was rear ended while driving home from work. I was stopped in traffic and was hit extremely hard by a 16 year old who just got her drivers license. I’ve been out of work since, and currently have no time frame for when I can go back. Unfortunately, I got a concussion, so I’m having symptoms from that – such as confusion, exhaustion, severe back pain, etc, not to mention the two hernetiated discs in my neck from the accident. I am also having extreme dizziness, so I have trouble keeping my balance when standing up, which has caused me to fall many times, and is a concern for worsening the concussion. I started vestibular physical therapy this week, and have to do that for three weeks before I am able to do any other type of physical therapy for the other injuries. This means I’m not going back to work until minimum of April 1st.
Most people have sick time saved up at work, specifically for times like this. I, however, do not. At the end of 2017 I got whooping cough. It didn’t end up being whooping cough, it was a sub-type of asthma that doesn’t respond well to most asthma medications. But I tested positive for whooping cough, so that’s what we went with. I used a bunch of sick time between December 2017 – April 2018 trying to deal with that issue.
Right when that issue was starting to get cleared up – around Easter 2018 – my foot started swelling up painfully. Eventually in November-ish 2018 I was finally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The swelling in my foot turned out to be from that. Let me tell you, when they say rheumatoid arthritis is painful, they’re not lying. This car accident has severely inflamed the arthritis in my spine, and since I also have mild scoliosis in my spine, the two together have greatly aggravated my back pain.
Due to all of these issues, I’m out of FMLA, as well as paid time. I’ve been attempting to get some type of disability with my job, but they only have long term disability – and that’s only after going 90 days unpaid. Sadly, even though I can’t afford it, I’m well on my way to those 90 days. Geico – the other driver’s car insurance – won’t help me with bills in the meantime. I do have a lawyer, she’s saying it’s going to be about 6-8 months for some type of settlement through Geico.
Currently, however, bills are piling up that I have no hope of paying. Before the accident I was already behind on my mortgage due to medical issues. Since the accident it’s only gotten worse, and now they’re threatening to foreclose on my house. I have just over two months to come up with $8500, plus my other bills also, in order to save my house. I’ve asked my family for help, but they have their own bills and aren’t able to help. I would love to be able to handle this on my own and take out some type of loan to deal with it, but after an extremely nasty three year domestic violence relationship which basically ruined my life and my credit, I don’t qualify for any loans.
This website says to be honest, so why not tell the rest? I also had thyroid cancer, and suffer from issues due to that, such as gaining weight easily. Since I’ve been on bed rest since the accident, I have gained about 30 pounds in the past month. The extra 30 pounds has also caused me to have trouble breathing because of my asthma, and I’ve been having to use my breathing treatments more frequently. I’m not supposed to get up and move around a lot, since I’m a fall risk, so the oxygen in my lungs just sits there and causes me to have more frequent asthma attacks.
To be honest, I’m a mess right now. My life, my finances. Basically everything. So anything you can give helps. Every dollar, quarter, or dime, would help a lot. If you can’t provide money, that’s ok, I know times are tough. I’ll take prayers also to whichever God you worship. They’ll make their way to my God eventually. Thank you so much for reading my story. I appreciate you all.