Friday, April 07, 2006

The Money Thing, Currently

Like everything else in our lives right now, the money situation is changing all the time. The good news is, this part of the equation seems to be changing for the better.

For example, when we first sat down with Thomas’s social worker at the beginning of March, she delicately asked about if we had any assets or things we could sell to help defray expenses. I considered this.

“I have two kidneys,” I offered, “Does that help?”

The only thing I could really come up with was the house. I’d sell it in a heartbeat if I thought it would help. But as I thought about what it would take to bring our shabby-without-the-chic home up to speed, much less to code, I shuddered. Selling a kidney sounded easier.

Fortunately, neither of these options has proved to be necessary just yet. Hospital bills are mounting, and we are beginning to suspect that one of us is going to have to stay home with Thomas most of this year. But you all are making it possible to imagine life after treatment, even a life in our little house.

“You” – Blog a Thon participants, Dallas Morning News readers, the Jasper High School community, Scott’s old job, our friends and their parents, our parents and their long-lost friends, and an individual to whom I shall refer only as Lex Luther* -- have succeeded in donating enough money to make up for what Scott would have made this year. It’s astonishing.

Of course, Scott’s pay covered our past commitments, like the mortgage, and doesn’t begin to address our new scenario. But this is a huge, massive start, more than we’d ever hoped for, and I wanted you to get to celebrate with us.

Because of you, we’re beginning to imagine a life after treatment with our little hero. I thank you from the bottom of my kidneys.

*in the Smallville sense, not the villainous comic book sense


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2 Comments:

At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey its Gus from Milestone Electric, i was just making sure that everything was going okay. Making sure that the outlet was still working okay. If you need anything else please let us know, best wishes. God Bless

 
At 11:08 PM, Blogger Rhonda said...

did i mention how he is by far the cutestest baby in the world. While visiting grandpa in the hospital he kept saying (about all the tubes), "all i can think about is that little thomas, if he can handle this and get through it and still be so darn cute, then ... by god i know i can".

thomas inspires everyone, his life his struggle and his smile are enough to keep an "old crazy man" to calm down and realize he can make it through anything.

I cant tell you how much i miss being there and how bad i just want to hold him. I cant wait until he is home again and His AUNT RHONDA can give him a big hug! :)

i love you all, Let me know if you need anything. :)

he's superman in every aspect

 

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