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Wed Oct 19, 2022, 07:14 AM

4 a.m., can't sleep

I'm in trouble, sinking under my medical and other expenses.
I paid off one of my hospital bills for my 2nd cancer surgery 2 months ago. It was a bad mistake to do, because as soon as I got to work, I learned I was getting laid off, (essentially, I'm a traveler) in 2 weeks. So, that 2 weeks pay is nearly gone.
I'm just over 200 short of sinking my bank account below zero in about 1 month. Both are medical bills, payment on my first surgery (16.000 after insurance, on payment plan) and my PCP's monthly fee.
My PCP is driving me nuts with his secretary calls that I'm now overdue for tests.
Soon as I get some mail information relayed to me I can finish my social security application. But that's a 6 week gap away once that happens. I thought I'd get work by now, but 2 interviews and still no gig.
I may be able to do some local work but getting there is an expense I dare not do unless it's a multi-tasking trip.
I'm so tired from lack of sleep and trying to deal with depression of trying to get work at 63.
Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated.
So I set up this gofundme.
https://gofund.me/057a8210
I'm only asking for what I need. 250 will keep my bank account afloat. Another 250 I can go see my doctor and get the u/s and minimal tests he's driving me crazy to get done. 40 gas, 100 motel 6, various road food, etc.
So I set my goal at 500, plenty to do what I need, fresh food and if the best happens- get me to a job site.

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Reply 4 a.m., can't sleep (Original post)
lambchopp59 Oct 19 OP
AntivaxHunters Oct 19 #1
berniesandersmittens Oct 19 #2
Skittles Oct 19 #3
Delphinus Oct 19 #4
Meowmee Oct 19 #5
spooky3 Oct 19 #6
XanaDUer2 Oct 19 #7
WinstonSmith4740 Oct 19 #8
Frustratedlady Oct 20 #44
Sienna86 Oct 19 #9
AllyCat Oct 19 #10
Evolve Dammit Oct 19 #11
AmBlue Oct 19 #12
debm55 Oct 19 #13
Joinfortmill Oct 19 #14
dameatball Oct 19 #15
MontanaMama Oct 19 #16
lambchopp59 Oct 19 #17
Justice matters. Oct 19 #23
yardwork Oct 19 #31
questionseverything Oct 19 #35
Justice matters. Oct 19 #39
iemanja Oct 19 #41
Rhiannon12866 Oct 20 #43
iemanja Oct 19 #18
Native Oct 19 #19
Grumpy Old Guy Oct 19 #20
ashredux Oct 19 #21
iemanja Oct 19 #24
Hermit-The-Prog Oct 19 #30
herding cats Oct 19 #22
iemanja Oct 19 #25
yardwork Oct 19 #26
CaptainTruth Oct 19 #27
mvd Oct 19 #28
Ilsa Oct 19 #29
XanaDUer2 Oct 19 #32
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 19 #33
padfun Oct 19 #34
JuJuChen Oct 19 #36
tavernier Oct 19 #37
Rhiannon12866 Oct 19 #38
canetoad Oct 19 #40
George McGovern Oct 19 #42
Skittles Oct 21 #45

Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 07:19 AM

1. I'm sorry.....

And you & many others are why I fight for Medicare For All.
It's the ONLY solution to end this nightmare scenario of our healthcare system.
I too am very ill & have been for a few years. I don't understand why people and many of our elected officials don't support M4A when so many like yourself are hurting so bad. It's a disgrace.

I'll share you GoFundMe with my friends. Let's try & get you the help you need & require

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 07:23 AM

2. K & R

I hope things get better for you soon. DU is a loving and giving community and I'm so glad you reached out.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 07:24 AM

3. you're on your way

glad to help

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 07:30 AM

4. Oh my ...

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 07:32 AM

5. Hoping things get better soon

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 08:06 AM

6. Knr

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 08:07 AM

7. Hoping things get better

We're here for you.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 08:13 AM

8. Just got you over the $300 mark.

You'll be OK...the DU community will make sure of it. Now go get some sleep.

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Response to WinstonSmith4740 (Reply #8)

Thu Oct 20, 2022, 11:20 AM

44. This is a good example of the power of the DU community.

Good luck! This should give you a boost and help you along your way.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 08:23 AM

9. Just helped

Hang in there.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 08:49 AM

10. Try to catch up on sleep.

Just helped a little.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 08:53 AM

11. All the best! What a beautiful pooch! Take care of each other.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 08:57 AM

12. Just sent a little your way

So sorry you are going through so much. I hope this gives you some breathing room and enough to keep up with what you need medically until a job comes through for you. That's one handsome pup you've got! And you've got some very caring friends here at DU. Hang in there!

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 08:57 AM

13. lampchopp

What state are you in? You need a patient advocate. We recently went through this with my son. If you are in PA --go to PA Compass. We will donate to your Go Fund Me . Peace to you. I'm sure most states have a similar program. Don't ever forget you are loved.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 09:25 AM

14. So sorry for your situation.. a couple of things

Call your hospital and tell them your situation. They have programs that will cover your expenses. At the very least, you'll be able to put a hold on things or get some referrals for agencies that will help you.

Try not to despair. I prayed for you.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 09:33 AM

15. I'm in. I hope you can sort things out and get back on track. Life can get overwhelming sometimes.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 09:34 AM

16. I'm rooting for you.

Please try to get your sleep and snuggle that beautiful dog…Tiago. I tucked a little bit into your fundraiser. Keep us posted on what’s next for you. DUers care…that includes me.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 09:44 AM

17. OMG my signal is nearly gone but I just checked

Thank you DU members! I'm already over my goal just as the sun is rising, which already means so much more: I can probably even afford some other strategies now, including heading to the BLM LTVA for several advantages over staying here. It is going to hit near freezing here this weekend and I only had two camp propane bottles left, now I can get more and stay warm.
I'm heading to town for a tire repair U was going to forgo and take my chances with the auxiliary tank, and check on a potential problem I discovered that will require usage of the library internet. (I may have USPS that is bouncing between an old forwarding to my brother's and the new, sending it there) but can't get on the proper page on my phone here to check with the signal that drops towatds daytime.
I can call the doctor, head there next week and do what I'm supposed to be doing.
I was so messed up yesterday with worry I couldn't concentrate on anything.
On top of it all, one travel organization has requested a PDF form I can't do on my phone.
Heaven bless everyone here.
I gotta get busy, back on track now, thanks to DU members!!!

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Response to lambchopp59 (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 10:21 AM

23. I just went there and you've got a thousand more.

Good for you but please make donations to Dem candidates running in your state and county with the surplus.

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Response to Justice matters. (Reply #23)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 12:53 PM

31. Speaking for myself, I hope the OP banks the surplus and uses it to create stability.

Having a small cushion of funds can make a huge difference in terms of becoming stable in the long-term. For instance, a deposit on a rented apartment to allow postal delivery, allowing him to obtain a job.

It's so hard to build stability with no safety net.

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Response to questionseverything (Reply #35)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 09:09 PM

39. What? He originally asked for 500 and when I went to look at the amount

it was up to 1,600+ < in what world is my honest proposal to help Dems candidates "cruel" pal?

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Response to Justice matters. (Reply #39)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 10:26 PM

41. Campaigns have lots of money

The OP doesn’t. Now he has some for a safety net, or to cover a bill for cancer treatment.

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Response to iemanja (Reply #41)

Thu Oct 20, 2022, 02:39 AM

43. Exactly. Meds and medical bills can add up.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 09:48 AM

18. Happy to contribute.

I'm glad you're reaching out for help. I wish you all the best.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 09:54 AM

19. We've got your back!

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 10:10 AM

20. Done!

Best of luck to you!

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 10:14 AM

21. I don't jump on me, but does anyone on this thread know this person?

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Response to ashredux (Reply #21)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 10:33 AM

24. He posted this below and was encouraged to set up a gofundme.

https://democraticunderground.com/100217260847#post10

I'm usually pretty cynical about these things, but this one is legit.

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Response to ashredux (Reply #21)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 12:14 PM

30. click the name here, examine the journal. Sure seems legitimate to me.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 10:16 AM

22. Hang in there.

Get some fresh food, needed repairs and rest. Then refocus and work through all this.

It's going to be ok. You and Tiago are on the right track to being able to stay warm and fed this winter.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 11:57 AM

25. Kick

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 12:03 PM

26. I donated. Sounds like you're doing all the right things.

Be sure to tell your doctor what's going on. Tell them that you don't have enough money for food or housing. Many doctor's offices now have social workers who can help you connect with resources.

I hope things get better for you soon.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 12:04 PM

27. I just gave what I could. I've been sick & unable to work for months this year...

...it's made things tight for me, but I will always help a friend in need.

Best of luck to you!

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 12:11 PM

28. K&R

I can’t give anything but good vibes since I am in another emergency. Utility shut off. But so far my friend is coming through. I love how DU has come through for you. DU has helped me a lot. Best of luck.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 12:11 PM

29. Help is on the way. nt

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 01:17 PM

32. Kick nt

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 02:31 PM

33. Hope things get better for you! I'm glad I can help. n/t

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 06:17 PM

34. Looks like you're over 4,000 now.

Lete's see if we can hit 10,000.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 06:49 PM

36. bless your heart I hope you make it

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 06:56 PM

37. You scared us!

We were to find you!
No more of that… stay in touch.

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 07:40 PM

38. K&R! Donating and shared! Kudos to our wonderful DU family!

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 09:36 PM

40. K&D

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Response to lambchopp59 (Original post)

Wed Oct 19, 2022, 11:11 PM

42. Kick Kick Kick

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