Monday, January 21, 2008

Breadwinner

So, this is my last post about money. I figure I should say something, but it’s hard to know what to say.

In the past, I’ve been very desperate and very honest about money here, and each time, readers I didn’t even know I had came out of the woodworks, so let’s stop here and say:

I AM NOT DESPERATE TODAY. THIS IS AN UPDATE, THAT’S IT.

The support of so many readers and friends and family and family of friends and friends of friends’ families …have brought us to a point that I think is familiar to most people – we have enough for today.

The extra gifts that we were surprised to receive over Christmas put us back on our own two feet: we’re using my paycheck to pay current bills each month. We’re even starting to slog through the last stack of hospital bills. It’s a big step. I am insensibly proud of this renewed independence, even though I know how many people it took to get us here.

Knowing that so many of you are like us, living close to the edge, I have very mixed feelings about leaving the PayPal button up. All along, I’ve known how bizarre our situation was, but like any parent, I focused on doing what I had to do for my son, without shame.

But, going forward, keep in mind that WE ARE NOT DESPERATE TODAY.

The reason why I’m going to leave our PayPal button up is there is I still owe Thomas some time. I do have a great job but I’m a contractor; I get paid when my butt’s in the chair. I am going to work as much as I can, but as Thomas’s care grows sadder and more demanding, there are just going to be some days.

Scott will need a break, I will just want to be home, Thomas will need his mom. And when we get to the end of all this, I’m going to need a break, too. I don’t think there’s going to be any braving it for a little while.

So should future donations appear – and we are not counting on them to eat or fend off the creepy collections agents like we have been – we are socking away money and positioning ourselves to ride this next season out. And one way or another, as we go forward, we are going with gratefulness to have had so much help so far.

Just so you know.


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