A New Life

Campaign Created by: CLIFFORD POWERS
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Goal : $27,000

Raised : $10,620

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I had thought that a false diagnosis of cancer and a botched colonoscopy were life changing events. However, if you really want to see your life, health, and finances go sideways, just get hit by lightning. Prior to having part of a bolt that hit nearby come over and say hi, arthritis/inflammation and allergies were the worst issues in my medical life. Since being hit, I've developed cardiac issues that we are hoping recent open heart surgery has dealt with. They had to do three different things while in there: bypass several arteries that had become so inflamed and thickened (possibly/probably from the lightning) they were no longer functioning; zap seven spots on the heart to prevent atrial fibrillation; and, install a clip on the back of my heart to prevent clots from forming. While there are no guarantees, the effort seems to be working for now though we continue to work on dealing with some issues surgery can't fix. In many respects, I am starting life over again. This fundraiser is so that I can not only start over, but do so in a way that will help me live as long and healthy a life as possible. I need the help because each of the events I've mentioned have cost me work, savings, and more. While I have been working my way back, it has been slow (to be polite). I'm not making anywhere near what I used to, and the last few jobs have been technically part-time and had no paid time off. For the last couple of years, I've been advised to do a number of things, including move to the desert southwest. The warmth and low humidity are supposed to be very good for the allergies, arthritis and related inflammatory issues. The cold is not good for me, and the true cold snaps we have had since the surgery have done a number on me. Financially and job-wise I've not been able to make much progress on moving (or anything else). Since I'm going to be out of work until at least February, the goals of the fundraiser are to: 1. Cover my basic expenses while I am out of work 2. Cover the cost of traveling to the three areas in the SW where I've been focusing on finding work; determine which area is the best option for now; and, secure a place to live there. 3. Cover the expenses of moving there, as I will not be able to lift, tote, or otherwise do the normal things of moving myself. As of right now, I've exhausted my financial resources. With this fundraiser, I can use the time I know I will be out of work to take care of the things needed to start my life over again on the best possible footing, and to be prepared for being out of work longer than expected. Thank you for your help with this effort.

UPDATES

Wow. Thank You!
January 15, 2022
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Since Sarah kindly gave this a push at Instapundit, things have taken off.  I\'ve already thanked her in private, but do so again here in public.  It\'s not easy asking for help, and to get the response her posts have driven is a bit overwhelming.  I know each of you have gotten the automated thank you, but I am going to do my best to thank everyone again.  

Progress is being made.  Somewhere, I mentioned the need for an orthopedic mattress.  It is being delivered in the next few days.  Thanks to you, I was able to go try two versions of the mattress, and the one that works best for me will be delivered in a couple of days.  I\'m caught up on bills and getting ahead where I can.  In fact, on a recurring bill I was able to make a change that will reduce my monthly bill.  

I\'m now starting to look at heading out to the SW.  I\'ve got some medical appointments coming up that can\'t be missed.  In fact, two of them we tried to get set up back in August (!!!) and while they won\'t show more immediate effects on the brain, they may give us some clues if there are long-term effects building from the lightning strike.  Worth knowing, and worth having the baseline.  Also, I\'m now wearing a heart monitor and I may end up doing a geek post on my little snitch as it is rather neat.  Especially if you\'ve ever dealt with its ancestor.  I haven\'t, but know people who did have the wear the old big box.  Instead, I\'m wearing something about the size of a matchbox that is water resistant enough I can shower.  My skin does not like the patch to which it is attached, but if it gets us answers...  

Again, my thanks to everyone who has donated and is donating.  My thanks to all who are spreading the word.  A huge Thank You to all who are praying as prayers are very much appreciated.  Onwards! 

First Update
January 7, 2022
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Huge thanks to the first, very generous, donor!  I\'m still hoping to get to travel to the Southwest around the end of the month, if the funds are available.  I\'m also still hoping to be cleared to return to work in February, but the office visit on Tuesday of this week included an abnormal ECG, so I will be wearing a monitor for a few weeks starting as soon as it arrives.  Rehab is going well overall, though my stamina is not yet where I would like it to be.  It will take time, I know, but...  For taking the time to read this, my thanks!  For contributing, thank you!  For taking the time for a prayer, thank you!  The road to recovery from both the lightning strike and the open heart surgery is a long one.  Thank you for helping make it a better and smoother one.  

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