Helping the healer
Organized by: Linda Dodd-Brown
Linda has spent her entire life taking care of others, first in the Army, Medic, then as a nurse. Over time, this care has taken a toll on her body. And surgery has to be done to correct ruptured discs, sciatic pain, and leg pain. Having moved from Joplin to the St Louis area in March of 2015, to be closer to Kelly's (her spouse) young daughters. Linda is an employee of St Lukes hospital in the emergency department and the main wage earner in the home. Kelly started her master's course this year in effort to fulfill a lifetime goal of helping those in need of mental healthcare. Linda worked overtime and extra shifts so that Kelly could go to school. Even with Kelly's full ride scholarship, costs were expensive. Kelly constantly looked for employment that would work sound school schedule. Then about 10 weeks ago, the pain started. Chronic pain was no stranger to Linda as she had ruptured discs in her lower back from military service in Iraq and years of being a nurse. But this was severe, intense, sharp. Surgery was the only option. Linda only had 3 weeks of sick time and vacation built up. She was off 2 weeks before the surgery. Surgery is scheduled for this afternoon. St Lukes has no short term disability available for its nursing staff. She will go on FLMA status but after the vacation time is used up, there will be no income, no health insurance, no prescription drug plan, and no money for house payment, food or utilities. There is the possibility of long term disability but if approved, she will no longer be employed through St Lukes. Kelly and Linda have 5 girls ages 9 through 20, a 2. Year old grandson and 3 Week old grand daughter. All they are asking is to help them make it through until Linda can get back to work and while Kelly searches for employment.