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Grateful for a second chance but struggling to get started

Organized by: Sue Proffitt

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not giving up
September 17, 2016

exhausted but the bills seemingly never stop. i don't wish what we are going thru on anyone. supposed to hear a decision from disability by october See More


First of all this a last resort and it's embarrassing for us. We were finally getting a feeling of accomplishment in our financial lives (far short of being caught up, but able to pay our rent and utilities with a small amount of help each month. Then November 11th 2015 happened and our world started falling apart. On November 11th 2015, Brian was sleeping and was awakened by our dog Kibble barking like crazy. Brian went to the living room to see why Sue wasn't making Kibble behave. Sue was unresponsive in the recliner and Kibble was trying to wake her up. Brian yelled Sue's name and shook Sue a little and Sue still didn't respond. Brian called 911 and they told him to start CPR and help was on the way. Brian did CPR for about 5 minutes until help arrived and they took over. Sue had to be shocked with the paddles 3 times before she responded. Her body and brain had shut down. Although she was still unresponsive, the paramedics had an indication that there was a chance for her to live. She was transported to the ER and put on life support. Sue spent 3.5 days in the ICU, another 5 in the hospital and a little less than a month in physical, speech, and occupational rehab to learn how to walk, write, get dressed, etc. On December 8th, Sue was released from rehab and we were immediately sent to the hospital from there so that they could examine her new defibrillator. There was liquid filling the covering over it and they were concerned that it might be infected. On December 9th they decided that it had to be removed due to a staph infection in her blood heading towards her heart. She was diagnosed with MRSA (infection) and the defibrillator was removed. She spent 3 more days in the hospital to be observed and started on antibiotics. On December 12th, Sue was released from the hospital with a "life vest" which is a wearable defibrillator until she can get a new defibrillator implanted again and a picc line for her antibiotic. From December 12th until February 16th 2016, Sue had to have a daily antibiotic IV as well as getting her dressing changed at the infectious disease clinic. She had to wear the life vest every hour of the day except for washing her hair. Sue had a new defibrillator implanted on February 16th. Due to all the medical issues, she is having trouble moving her left arm, the side that both defibrillators were implanted on. As we said, we were already struggling financially but were managing to stay somewhat afloat. Since this happened, Sue has been unable to work and we aren't really sure when she will be able to go back to work. We are trying to make it work on 1 part time paycheck and it is quickly sinking us. Sue is looking into trying to get disability, even if it's short term until she is healthy again. Brian is continually looking for full time work to give us stability whether Sue is able to work again or not. Beyond the medical issues, there are also past garnishments coming out of Brian's check that are making our take home pay even less. We have already had angels in our lives who have helped immensely and we are extremely grateful. We are looking for any help that anyone is able to give and if you're not in a position to help financially, believe us, we understand and thank you for just taking the time to read this. We are hoping that Sue can get back to work sooner than later and continue to get healthy. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and welcome any questions you might have. Also we would be grateful if you could share this if you would like to. Thank you! Sue and Brian


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