My name is Nat. This year has brought a lot of surprises, good and bad ones. The beginning of 2019, I had brain surgery to remove a benign tumor. The recovery was rough, but I was happily back at work by June. Then my husband and I found out we were expecting our first miracle for 2020. We were so excited because we were also looking towards adoption. In October 2019, I went to the ER and was told to not keep my hopes up. So, I stayed safe, healthy and cautious when moving, working, and taking care of myself. I ended up in the ER about 5 times from Oct 2019 to Jan 2020 and they were each terrifying. We didn’t want to hear bad news when we went in. I had severe vomiting and other symptoms that came about from the surgery I had that same year, I knew it was risky, but this was the first time we ever had a positive stick.
So, because of these emergency room visits in such a short time with NO health insurance in October/November 2019 and didn’t hit a deductible for Dec 2019, the bills began pilling up. I am now owing about $15,000 in medical bills which also include my son’s birth bills from the hospital. I have been using my credit cards to pay for diapers, formula, (which he has expensive formula due to GERD and allergies. The health insurance company said they would cover that, and they never did.) food, gas for my car to go to doctor’s visits, and my son has been in the ER a few times himself already too.
My husband and I are trying hard to pay the hospital bills off but it’s not enough. I am currently on maternity baby bonding leave until Dec 2020 and as happy as I am to be bonding with my son, I might consider going back to work sooner, but then the fear of the coronavirus at a daycare is terrifying. He is only turning 4 months soon, so being less than 1 years old with the pandemic is just unpredictable. Before the pandemic, and before going on leave, we never needed assistance for anything. My husband and I have been living on our own for about 5 years now and are jobs we are grateful for, but now it’s rough. Our son is growing and our bills are pilling up.
It would be greatly appreciated if we can receive some assistance to help pay off all these bills. We are not planning for another child anytime soon due to the financial struggles we are having. We wanted a second one but again, when COVID-19 hit, and we saw how quickly our finances were depleting, we have decided to hold off for 4 years. Thank you so much for reading this letter. Stay safe.