Wherein I beg for money

Wherein I beg for money January 24, 2023

My wife was supposed to be in the hospital earlier this month for long-delayed, much-needed surgery. We were so psyched about getting this done, getting this fixed, at last, that we’d repurposed an Advent Calendar into a countdown to surgery day.

That procedure was supposed to correct a chronic, painful problem that was preventing her from working full time and that, her doctors worried, left her vulnerable to infection. That last bit proved true and so she wound up in a different hospital for most of this month, contending with two infections. The day she was supposed to be having her surgery she was, instead, in a medically induced coma on a ventilator, getting blasted with antibiotics. That was a very scary time.

My wife is home now, breathing well. She’s regained enough of her strength that we’ve been able to reschedule that surgery for the end of this month. If all goes well, she’ll be back home by early February and perhaps able to return to work by St. Patrick’s Day.

This has been our priority and our main focus in recent months, but some of the bills we’ve been juggling are starting to bounce away from us now. Our previous financial strategy of me picking up extra shifts at the Big Box is no longer an option as the Big Box has instituted a no-overtime rule for the foreseeable future.

And now things are starting to get a bit desperate. The language some of our creditors have begun using is nowhere near as terrifying as that week in the ICU, but it’s still scary in its own way and I can’t make the arithmetic add up to what they seem to require. We’re trying to figure out a way to pay off the remaining balance of a 401(k) loan in order to take out a new, larger 401(k) loan, but I’m struggling to find the right person on the other end of that 1-800-helpline to make that happen. We’re in a bind.

And so this is a fundraising post. This is me begging for money from anyone who has the means and the inclination to provide some.

Here is my PayPal account.

I am also on Venmo as @George-Clark-61. (George is my first name but, like George Orson Welles and George Thomas Seaver, I don’t usually go by my first name.)

Thank you in advance to anyone who is able to help us at this time.

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