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Name: Dave
Gender: Male
Hometown: Gallatin, TN
Home country: USA
Current location: Portland, OR
Member since: Mon Nov 6, 2006, 02:59 PM
Number of posts: 5,756

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I Can't Beleive I'm Doing This but I'm Desperate. Need Assistance

I'm a long-time member of DU and have been happy to serve multiple terms on MIRT. I know some of you have disagreed with my posts at times. That's okay. If we all had the exact same opinions this wouldn't be a very interesting place. Here is a link and the text of my gofundme page.

link: http://www.gofundme.com/t2afj27f

2014 was not the best year I've had. In late January I broke my left humerus. The first surgery to fix it didn't work nor did the second surgery to correct the first one.

What is worse is during the second surgery I got a staph infection at the hospital. That meant, that since the bone was infected they had to remove part of it. The upper part that connects to the shoulder. After surgery number 3 to remove the infected bone I was on heavy antibiotics for 8 weeks. That entailed infusing antibiotics three times a day into a catherter that was inserted into my arm and reached right over to my heart.

Needless to say, this was all very bad for trying to maintain the IT Contract work I do.

Finally, I had surgeries number 4 and 5 in September to get a compelete shoulder replacement. That entailed more hospital time and physical therapy.

Through all of last year I lived on my savings and early withdrawals from my pension. Now I'm out of resources. I've applied for food stamps and I continue to seek work. Seeking work is difficult at my age and given I had so much time off.

I have, thankfully the ACA to pay for medical bills. Otherwise I'd have been bankrupt about 4 surgeries ago.

I am, as of May 1st, 4 months behind on rent. I will not be able to pay my car and renter's insurance mid-month. I will also loose my internet-only connection. I cut cable last year and my wireless phone late in the month. I need both of those to continue my job search.

Any help and well wishes would be appreciated.
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