First, thank you for this opportunity. I truly appreciate your consideration. I am hoping someone here will help me pay my rent and a few other bills (power, internet, water/sewage). If you have the time, let me walk you through how I got here. Buckle up, it has been quite a ride.
In January of 2020, I was in the bathtub hoping to soak away the pain in my right shoulder blade that had been nagging me for days when my husband burst in to inform me that Kobe had died. That was the starting line in mind. Nothing ever slowed down or felt normal again.
Turns out, the pain in my shoulder kept getting worse. I eventually had my husband take me to the ER, because I was certain I was having a heart attack, and I mean “the big one, Elizabeth.” After several tests, and an extremely painful ultrasound, it was determined that my gallbladder was the source of my agony. They transferred me to the county hospital for surgery. My poor husband. He spent every moment he had free the next 3 days in that room trying to take care of my mean ass. Yeah, no cigarettes in the hospital. Good news is I haven’t smoked since! Still mean though. He even brought my babies to see me. They were so worried about me, that he ignored the nurses warnings about the “really bad flu, that doesn’t test as flu” that was going around… We went home with a $10k bill, and the flu, which we now know was COVID.
We then lived the rest of 2020.
January of 2021, we moved in with my dad to help with my sick grandma. Three weeks later, she died of a stroke. Despite my better judgement, we stayed to help with bills. That year also took one of my cousins to police violence, one of my closest friends to Covid, and my father in law to a long battle with alcohol. My husband was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. All I had left to show was ruined credit, and a family pitted against one another. My sociopath of a father had divided and attempted to conquer. He almost succeeded, but my husband moved us out of there in less than 2 hours while my dad was at work. It honestly felt like escaping prison, just like finishing high school had. The man was awful. Controlling, manipulative, and physically violent with me on more than one occasion.
After a few months at my mother in law’s, we finally found a place of our own. My husband had been door dashing since he couldn’t lay asphalt anymore because of his heart, the manual labor was too much. The day after we moved in (to a 2 bedroom millhouse for $1000 a month! Rent is God awful nowadays!), the Jeep was totaled. No one was hurt, and we were not at fault. But it is a little difficult to door dash without a vehicle. And to add insult to injury, my job of 7 years ( the last 2 of which were remote) decided suddenly that I should return to the office. I was unable to do so due to the lack of transportation. I was told that I quit. I was dumbfounded. Here we are, in an overpriced cracker box, with no transportation or income.
That’s when our daughter dropped a bombshell, and confirmed that my father was a bigger piece of sh*t than I could have ever imagined. I won’t go into detail, but know that reports were made, investigations were conducted, and my sanity… well, haha, where did that run off to?
They lacked the evidence to charge him, so he feels good enough about himself to ride by our house at least once a week. Our road dead ends out. He isn’t just passing by. So instead of focusing on finding another job, I was focused on getting the kids enrolled in a different school that the one in this district. I managed, and they are spending a lot of time with their mawmaw that we were staying with in the spring.
They seem to be doing well in school, and my sanity is slowly creeping back in. My husband is glad of that. We’ve fought more since we left my dad’s house at the beginning of the year, than we ever have in our whole 15 years. I finally stopped to take a breath, only to realize rent is late, and our funds have been exhausted. Normally, I would ask my dad for help, but he’s dead to me now. . .
If you read all of that, God bless you. I need about $1500 to pay rent (1000), power (150), internet (50), water/sewage (150), and get a few essential items and a couple of meals. Absolutely anything will help. I will be so thankful for any help we get! I have an interview coming up for a remote healthcare customer service representative, and my husband is building his tarot reading business. This will be enough to get us back on our feet. Thank you!