Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my story. I am a 51 year old currently living in San Miguel, Mexico. I moved down here from Houston almost 2 years ago. My friend had been living in Mexico for quite some time and I finally got convinced to make the move. I am on disability and a dollar goes a lot further down here. I was constantly behind on everything in the states. I did have a car in the US but since it was financed I was not able to take it out of the country. When I first got here I tried to find a car that I could afford. I found a 1994 VW bug. It was a need and at the time, it was sufficient to at least get me into town (about 8km away). However, it can’t go much further and that’s where my request comes in.
My disability has to do with a few neurological conditions, including IIH (idiopathic intracranial hypertension), occipital neuralgia, chronic migraines, tremors and a host of other issues. In Houston, I had a great team of doctors, headache specialists, neurologists and neurosurgeons. I even had a specialist in Dallas that I would see and the kind people at Angel Flight South central arranged transportation between Houston & Dallas. San Miguel just does not offer this level of care I need, the closest large city (Queretaro) that can handle my extensive medical needs is about 1 1/2 hours drive away. I have been doing zoom visits with my doctors in Houston, but that cannot continue and plus the extra anxiety this causes, having the fear of an emergency and how to get back to Houston for care, I have to have a team here. There is no way the bug could make it to Queretaro, and to top it all off, the battery died in the bug two weeks ago. I first started to look for used cars here that would be more reliable. I found I can get a new car for almost the same price as a used car. The Fiat Mobi brand new is $200,000 pesos (about $10,000 usd) and it would be better than buying another used car that comes with unknown problems and history.
I went to the dealer to find out about financing, but that option is out until I get a permanent residency visa and a large down payment. I am trying to sell my art, but it seems with every sale I have, it goes to cover one expense or another, including medications that I am on. The longer the time goes by between my doctor appointments with the doctors in Houston, the ability to get refills through the US and medicare is harder and harder, so I am having to purchase them here (some less expensive, others more and some unavailable).
I have had multiple surgeries on my brain, including having a VP shunt placed in my right ventricle of the brain. A stent was attempted but did not work. I have multiple nerve decompression surgeries as well. The shunt has been in place since 2016, which is another source of anxiety, as the lifespan of a shunt is 5 to 7 years on average, so as each day goes by the greater the chance of shunt failure which is an emergency.
I don’t have any family really. My mother was killed just before I moved here and my siblings have cut off contact. So it is me & my dog, Marlow, along with a few close friends. I really don’t have anyone that I can ask for help. My art is just getting some traction and I have sold a few pieces, just not enough and not consistently enough to rely on. I’ve been looking for things that I could do on-line like transcription work or virtual juror, so I am trying to gather some funds together. However, at this rate the chances of problems arising are greater than me making enough before an emergency happens.
I wish I could be the person reading this than writing this. If you could contribute anything, it would be appreciated. If you are willing to fund the entire thing – I would be more than willing to have you pay the dealership directly so you know exactly where your money is going. I am also a fir believer in paying it forward. My mantra is give what you can, when you can, however you can. I might not be able to buy someone a car, but if they need $5 for groceries, I am more than happy to help. I also will pledge right here that if anyone does help me in getting a new car, I will donate the VW to a local charity to use or to sell.
My monthly disability is enough to cover my bills and keep me current on my credit cards. If you would like any other information or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Again, thank you so much for stopping by and reading my story.
@ulabaldwin is my PayPal link