I WANT MY LIFE BACK!
I can't do this anymore. I am tired of sitting around,wishing & hoping! I MUST take action or i just will NEVER be able to afford the proper medical care i desperatly NEED. Especially as my condition is deteriorating.
Hi. My name is Michael. I live in Sydney, Australia. I am married & have 2 daughters. The youngest passed away from Trisomy 18 in late 2013.
I am a stay at home dad who suffers from:
* Major depressive Disorder
* Major Anxiety
* Degenerative Disc Disease, Pars Defects, & spondylolisthesis in my spine.
* (Amongst other things.)
What i NEED is:
*a motorized/electric Wheelchair tailored to my spine issues ($25,000 - $35,000)
*a very light weight, very reliable, reclining manual Wheelchair, ( $2000 - $5000)
*therapy, ( a couple hundred dollars per visit, sadly)
*a new electric “Hospital bed” ($3000 - $6000 ),
*single seater recliner, (So i don't have to spend all day in bed. Which i am getting sick of doing!)
*a waterproof seat for the shower, ($40 - $100 I cannot stand that long, sadly)
*Other things along the way as needed.
*Around 5 (or more) light weight, very reliable, reclining manual Wheelchairs & other mobility aids for certain family members & friends (who don't know i am doing this on their behalf) who are also disabled & are struggling with life. ( Amount needed will vary according to their needs. $5,000 - $10,000)
... specific things for disabled people that will assist me, & help with pain management & get on with life . But what i NEED most right now to start with is a motorized/electric Wheelchair. The other things as listed after that.
ASAP!! Due to the various health issues, the intense pain, the lack of mobility i am spending most/all of my days either in bed or laying down on my couch. Usually bed. I NEED a proper Electric Wheelchair that is tailored to my health issues specifically so can can get back to doing even simple, basic things immediately.
Having degenerative Disc Disease basically means the discs in my spine that sit between the bones are degenerating. Therefore i get bone-on-bone in my spine. As you can imagine, that is quite painful. Very intense! Plus i have lost alot of mobility. I need assistance even for simple things such as to tie shoe laces or cut my toe nails.
As a result:
*I live with intense pain EVERY day. Without fail! From dull aches to very intense pain. Over the counter drugs do NOT help, sadly.
*I cannot work.
*I am a stay-at-home dad who tries to take my daughter to Kindegarten everyday, & do all the house work ..... basic things which are getting ALOT harder as my condition deteriorates.
*I have trouble sleeping.
*I cannot stand or sit upright for any long periods of time, cannot stand straight, have lost alot of mobility, ...etc... it goes on & on.
*I spend most of my days horizontal...laying down & trying to rest & ease the pain which gets intense! I am spending more time in bed & have lost alot of freedom. My wife, who works full time, then comes home & has to cook dinner & do house work. :-(
*Their is more. It goes on & on.
This does NOT help my Depression! At all! On top of that my condition is getting worse. It IS degenerative.
I NEED my freedom back! I NEED to be able to be an effective stay at home dad again, to take care of my family!
I can't do this anymore. I am tired of wishing & hoping! I MUST take action or i just will NEVER be able to afford the proper medical care i desperatly NEED. Especially as my condition is deteriorating.
Their is far, far more to this, but i am sure you get the idea. PLEASE help me get my mobility back! PLEASE help me get some freedom back! PLEASE help me so i can at least do some of the housework i used to be able to do, and therefore take alot of the pressure off my wife!
As i said, I MUST take action or i just will NEVER be able to afford the proper medical care i desperatly NEED. Especially as my condition is deteriorating.