Wednesday, January 29, 2014
My mother has had diabetes for over 40 years. In the last 10-15 years she's also developed issues with congestive heart failure and renal failure. In September she ended up in the hospital with a sore on a toe and has spent more time in the hospital and nursing home than at home. In fact, she got home a week ago and was back in the hospital by Sunday with what we thought was a sinus infection. Today I got a call. Her body is failing. It can't take much more dialysis and apparently the coughing was congestive heart failure. She decided to sign a DNR and asked to go home with hospice care. They give her 2 weeks at best.
We thought we would have at least a couple more years. Time for me to get enough money together to buy an RV so I have a place to live and keep my fur-family together. As her caretaker I was getting paid to care for my mother. Not having her around for most of the last few months has been an emotional and financial drain. I'm just about broke. Business is extremely slow this time of year. I've only had a couple visits this month and, so far, I've got 2 or 3 next month. Trying to earn extra making jewelry, but that's just getting started. Haven't even had a sale yet. Some people are going to help me set up a gofundme page and I'm going to be selling everything pretty much everything I own that won't fit in an RV. Could use all the prayers I can get. Next few weeks gonna be rough.
2/10-Mother passed away this morning. My brothers & nephew are outside already plotting.
Family is behaving better than expected so far. They know mother and I talked at length about things, so I know what she wanted. I'm going to check with the cemetary this week to be sure we can inter both my parents together on March 28th. We've had Dad sitting here long enough and March 28th would have been their 55th wedding anniversary.
2/27-Brought mothers cremains home yesterday and we're almost finished clearing her storage unit. Next few weeks are going to be a lot of cleaning and sorting. Found out if we can find my fathers discharge papers the military will provide the headstone. Still have to pay to have it placed. Going to be having a lot of yard sales. Some of the more collectible things will probably go on EBay and Etsy.
3/6-found out there's an endowment fee that didn't get included in what was paid when we bought the plot, so I've got to come up with $120 for that. Also learned that unless I can find a piece of mail from 2005 addressed to my dad at a Roseville address he'll be considered a non-resident because he spent 9 months at a nursing home in Carmichael before he passed. That would cost us an additional $350 to inter him. That's $470 I have to come up with before the 28th. I'm hoping the weather will allow us to have a yard sale on the 15/16th, but the odds of us raising nearly $500 is not good.
3/7-Woooooo! Thank you Lord! The funeral home had a copy of dad's death certificate which showed a Roseville address for him! Still have to come up with the endowment fee, but $120 is a whole lot better than $470!
3/11-Had to get endowment fee from grandmother, but it's paid and everything is a go. My parents will go to their final rest together March 28th.
Friday, December 27, 2013
On twitter I've recently met a woman who could be me. Hard working, health issues, devoted 12 years of her life to caring for her mother. She's now living in a Motel 8, but only for a few more days. Friends have pitched in what they can and, last I checked, her room is paid until the 1st. After that she'll be living in her car with 2 elderly cats (11 & 14) while trying to cope with lupus in freezing weather. She's at her wits end. The shelters are all full and they don't allow pets anyway. She won't give up Buddy and Freddie. They're all she has left since her mom died.
Is there anyone in the Ames, Iowa area who could help her out. She just needs a safe place for her and the boys so she can get back on her feet. She doesn't have ties to anyplace in particular and is willing to relocate just about anywhere.
We're keeping our fingers crossed. There have been a couple possible leads tonight on temp housing including the offer to stay in a motorhome if she can get to Colorado. We'll know more tomorrow. If it works out we'll be looking for gas cards to help her get there. People have been so supportive. Prayers, donations of food & cat litter, gas money, money for the motel room...I'm very close to being in the same situation she's in. This has given me hope for my own future.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Did anyone else watch The Doctors today? They did a segment on a woman traveling in Tanzania who contracted malaria. She was lucky she was able to afford the $7 it cost to treat her, but learned many die because they can't afford a sum that we would consider minuscule. Many of the victims are young children. She started Malaika For Life to help people who can't afford the malaria medicine. They are selling bracelets made by Tanzanian women so not only are the malaria victims helped, but these women are also able to help support their families as well. Win Win.
Malaikaforlife.org or on twitter @MALAIKAforLIFE
Friday, November 30, 2012
HELP us by PRINTING Phoebes poster.. http://t.co/Nc1bT6DQ
Phoebes owner was dying and asked her daughter, Vanessa, to look after her chihuahuas, Phoebe and Chico. Not long after her owner passed away a gate was left open and Phoebe went missing from her home in England. The family is devastated! To make things worse, since Phoebes disappearance the daughters brother has also passed away. The stress of worrying about Phoebe is having an adverse effect on the daughters health. In fact, I just learned Vanessa is in the hospital now.
Nearly 2000 twitter friends around the world today held an hour long #PhoebeTweetathon to spread the word of this lost girl. Please help us bring Phoebe back home! @find_phoebe
Vanessa's home and feeling better except for the fact that Phoebe's still missing. The search continues as we spread Phoebes photo far and wide. Leads have been coming in, but nothing has panned out yet. We're not giving up. Someone knows where she is. It's only a matter if time.
We're still searching for more leads in Phoebes whereabouts. Latest is a sighting is in Blackpool. Please pass Phoebes information on to anyone you know in the UK. Post on Facebook, Twitter and any other social media you belong to. If you tweet join us every Friday for an hour long #PhoebeTweetathon starting 6:30GMT. All we want for Christmas is Phoebe home!
Phoebe's still missing, but we haven't given up.
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