I have a 4 year old son who was diagnosed with ITP in December of 2018. I am a single mother who escaped an abusive relationship 4 months prior. After taking FMLA for my son who required multiple visits to a specialist, I began to start getting ill in Jan 2019. I thought it was just my compromised immune system and the stress of harassment and divorce and taking care of a sick child on my own with no financial support but the symptoms began to get worse.
About 3 months ago, after endless ER visits of myself, bills adding up, specialist after specialist I woke up one day and every lymphoid, mostly in my throat was completely swollen. I was sent to an ENT who gave me a CT scan to rule out lymphoma and thank goodness it was not. It was then put all together that I was being exposed to toxic mold daily and with my allergy testing, I was highly allergic. Office was tested and found that it existed, and clean up began. OSHA and the government has no laws written against mold as of yet, but being highly allergic this has effected my stomach, lymph nodes, chest, lungs, heart, migraines, fatigue, body aches, etc. It is absolutely awful.
Fast Forward to October- November 2019. My son has a compromised immune system but started pre-k. He absolutely loves to learn. But he started to develop a lot of ear infections and nose bleeds and respiratory issues due to exposure. Which meant mom- me, who had used all paid time off for his ITP visits, had to take off each time usually 3 days a week for 3 weeks and then my stomach had enough. I ended up in the ER 4 times in 3 weeks. CT scans done, pain relief, etc. and I was told to stay out of work for 2 weeks.
This leads me into my situation. For the first time in my life due to my son’s illness and being a single mom, and then having my own that I am in treatment for, and bad timing all together I am not able to pay any of my bills. My paycheck was $113 after healthcare was taken out and that went to his before and after care this week. I know that the next check I will actually OWE them to pay my health insurance and taxes. I don’t really have family to call. My mother is not in my life since the age of 4 and my father lives paycheck to paycheck as well since retirement.
My main concern in shelter. I have reached out to every single organization in the area. Due to the timing of Thanksgiving no one is able to assist with Rent help. I can find access to food pantries and try and make utility bill arrangements, but some things, like child care, legal fees, etc I cannot make arragements. My main concern is not becoming evicted. My son will be placed back with his father who I did the most I could to get him out of that situation and has 4 cases in CPS in regards to his children from previous relationships. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am absolutely at the end of my rope, I feel like a horrible mother not able for the first time, pay my rent in advance or even on time. I feel like I am failing my son who deserves the world. Rent itself I have $100 in savings and need $700 more before December 1, 2019. I will also need help with utilities if I am blessed enough to receive.
I appreciate all contributions in advance if your so feel the need. It may be small to you, but to me it means the world, it means my son, and it means life. XX