On December 9th my life was forever changed. I woke up to news that my 59 year old mother was in the hospital and it was serious. Upon going into the hospital I found out she had suffered a category 4 subarachnoid hemmorrhage. Prognosis was unknown and for the last month I have had to make all medical decisions regarding my mother’s care. She’s gone through two brain surgeries and was in a coma until December 26th. I work full time at an ophthalmology clinic in Michigan but because it’s a private owned clinic with less than 50 employees I do not qualify for FMLA leave. I have been applying for assistance for mom as she will need rehab to restart her life and it will be a long journey. Since she has been in the neuroICU since being admitted I have been there every day and have not been able to work. My office has been kind enough to guarantee my position until my mom is well enough to be in a rehab facility. Unfortunately I come from a family with a lot of love, but little means. I rent an apartment and cannot pay rent right now because I have not worked in over a month since this happened. I take the bus everyday to and from the hospital and the little money I had saved has mostly gone to food and transportation. I make “too much money” to qualify for state assistance yet not enough money to survive a hardship like this. I never thought that I would have to beg for money but I never thought that at 58 my mother would have such a traumatic near death experience that would change both of our lives. My mom has always been my protector and best friend. Any time I needed anything she would ensure that it happened as single mothers often do, it’s my turn to take care of her. I have to do whatever necessary to make sure that my mom comes out of this and is given her second chance at life. She is a wonderful sarcastic strong woman who has already beaten the odds. Most people do not survive a brain aneurysm and if they do, they pass within the week. One month later she is breathing on her own, responding to commands and showing great signs of recovery. I am putting my faith back into humanity and hoping someone could help us on here and when I’m back to work I promise to come back and do the same for a person in need. Thank you all so much.