Here’s the situation.
I’m currently unemployed and bringing in no income (I’m stay at home for the kids, since we can’t afford child care). My wife is our sole breadwinner. She earns about $60,000 a year, which isn’t bad, but it’s less than $40k after we pay for health insurance and taxes. We own a house and support four people on that income. And seriously, honestly, it’s not undoable, and we were doing fine keeping our heads above water until recently.
With everything else going on I haven’t talked about it much, but the nugget – our 3 month old son – has a mystery allergy, or possibly a mystery health problem. So far, he’s hitting his physical and mental developmental milestones, but we can’t figure out what the problem is. His skin is continually broken out in hives, he produces bloody stools, and his breathing is perpetually wheezy. Regular appointments with the doctor, various changes to his daily routine, and dietary changes have helped the problems but haven’t cured them. It’s added both work and daily expense that we happily cover to the best our ability, but it’s absolutely made things harder.
He’s taking neocate, a fancy hypoallergenic formula that costs roughly three times more than regular formula. I’m not able to breastfeed (thanks, PCOS), and our insurance company has declined our requests for financial support to pay for the formula because he’s not actively dying (not exaggerating, that’s their literal reason). Instead of spending maybe $100 on formula each month, we’re spending three times that, and it will only increase as he grows. Even with fancy food, he’s edging dangerously into “failure to thrive” territory. He was born small – around 15th percentile for boys – and though he’s been gaining weight, it’s not at the rate he should be. Three weeks ago, he was in the 4th percentile for weight, and on Friday at his most recent appointment he was in the first percentile (he’s been pretty steady at the 25th percentile for height). Further, we thought he was doing better but then he had more bloody discharge this Saturday, so that means back to the doctor. We’ll have to afford the $300 plus each month most likely until he’s at least 9 months or a year old, and probably won’t be able to switch him to milk – until we identify the allergy we can’t even guess how much this will cost going forward. The price of this more than exceeds the wiggle room in our monthly budget, especially since we’re also paying extra doctor co-pays, extra washing prices for fancy detergent, and slathering him in expensive lotion to protect his skin.
As such, hi, I’m here asking for help. I’m keeping things really simple. If you want to chip in a little, you can:
1. Buy me a ko-fi.
I’ll try to write commissions of 1k or fewer words for anyone who buys me a ko-fi or supports me on Patreon, but I can’t promise when they’ll get done. Time is limited, and I get little enough time to write that it’s even harder for me to get done writing “responsibilities” than it used to be, and honestly? It was never my strong point. People who’ve commissioned me can attest, I’m really unreliable, and I feel like shit about that but there we are – I learned the hard way that’s how I am and now all I can do is try to be honest and straightforward about it, and ask that people support me despite that short-coming. What I can promise – I’m doing my best to continue producing stories and other content. That won’t change. And financial support in this would really alleviate stress for my wife and I, which would make it easier for me to get writing and such done, so indirectly, ya’ll will benefit.
Thanks for reading, everybody. Here, have a picture of my happy wiggly boy.
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PLEASE READ AND SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE! Help out an amazing person and dedicated teacher and support this gofundme her friend @edit-nameredacted set up.
“Inspired by GoFundMe’s #ThankATeacher initiative, I’m starting this campaign to show teacher Jackie some support and appreciation.
For those who don’t know her personally, Jackie works at St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf in the Bronx, a 4201 state supported, privately run school.
“In 1947, New York lawmakers enacted legislation designating certain schools to serve the special education needs of children who are deaf, blind and/or severely physically disabled. The 4201 schools – so known because of the specific provision of the Education Law (§4201) where the schools are listed – have been providing unique and appropriate educational and related services to students with low-incidence disabilities in New York State for nearly 200 years.
There are currently 11 private, state-supported 4201 schools across New York State. 4201 schools are not merely an educational option for children with low-incidence disabilities, the schools are often the most constructive learning environment. Students in 4201 schools receive a quality education in a supportive and challenging learning setting from teachers and staff with specialized training and experience. Students in 4201 schools develop emotional, social and cognitive abilities that are crucial to their success. The schools also provide extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities and mentoring.
The education received at 4201 schools has led to scores of graduates, many receiving Regents diplomas, scholarships and acceptance into many colleges and vocational programs. The education has also prepared students for the workforce, with many graduates securing jobs in the local community.”
Jackie cultivates a classroom environment that is consistently a welcoming and structured place for students to learn.
When she’s not in the classroom she’s providing state-mandated services to students who are unable to receive services in their school, taking classes, or participating in workshops to further develop her skill sets.
Like MANY teachers she is super underpaid (#parity4students ) and a little bit of support will go a long way. If we can reach at least $100 in this campaign (through at least 5 seperate donations) GoFundMe will match our $100. That could mean more yarn for the super popular kntting club she runs at the school, or a document camera to enhance the visual learning style of her students – or just a little something extra for her.
Thanks for your consideration – anything you can cotribute is greatly appreciated.“