Help with expenses and with the dog

For: My dog, help with bills for next month
Organizer: Susan Nunes
of $600 goal.
Raised by 9 donors
48% Complete
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The Story

About two weeks ago, my Chihuahua, Sam, was having trouble breathing. He was breathing very rapidly, and he was very sluggish. His appetite was poor, and he didn't feel much like going for walks anymore. I started to panic because I just didn't know what was wrong with him.

Of course I wound up taking him to an emergency veterinary hospital, only because it was open 24 hours a day, and naturally it cost way more money than taking him to a regular vet, but I just felt I had to do it. He probably would have had to be referred to this place anyway.

Anyhow, I was so destitute I had to go on Care Credit, which I cannot afford to do, but it was necessary to do it to get him examined. He was diagnosed as having congestive heart failure, and I didn't have any more tests done on him because I had to keep expenses below the $500 credit limit. He had oxygen therapy for a couple of hours, which helped him a lot.

The thing that was going to really break the bank for me was the medication. Sam has to have three types of medication for the rest of his life: Furosemide or Lasix, Benazepril, also a diuretic, and Pimobendin, which is a heart medication. These medications, going through the vet, will cost me at least $150 a MONTH. Well, there is no way I can continue to do this as destitute as I am.

Today, January 31,  I have to refill his prescriptions for two weeks, but afterwards I am done. I can find the same things on the internet for way cheaper than what the vet charges:

Because I did not work at all in December, I am totally and completely destitute until the middle of February.  However, with the extra money I can also start ordering the medications for Sam online and start paying back what I owe Care Credit, which is $488.   I was able to negotiate that amount with the veterinarian.

At this time I estimate I will need $350-$450 total.

I absolutely HATE to beg, but such is the life of being forced to work intermittent work, having a tiny pension, and not being eligible for Social Security for another three years. It is impossible to budget at all, and this health situation with the dog threw everything out of whack.

Anyhow, any amount will be a great help and will be much appreciated.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Susan Nunes
I should add when I wrote "the middle of next month," I meant April, not March, so therefore there is like a six-week financial drought around here other than the pension.

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Susan Nunes
I also want to thank everybody who has donated so far to this.  It's a hell of a note to have to beg.  I have always prided myself as being independent, and then this thing happened six years ago and I haven't gotten back on my feet at all.

This next month I have two bills that are due to the tune of around $300, the CareCredit vet bill of $488, auto insurance of $128 due for two months' worth of bills, storage unit rent of $75, two front tires that need to be replaced to the tune of around $150-175 for the pair, brake work on the car, to say nothing of tax liability of $500 or the student loan of $11,000, but the latter two can be put off for quite awhile.  When I was teaching, it would have been no sweat to have paid all of these bills off or off eventually in the case of the student loan, but now that's history.  It will be a miracle to ever get a regular job again; it practically takes an act of Congress to get employment up here.

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Susan Nunes
BTW, I should add Sam's medical expenses to that list, although they won't be as nasty as they were.  I went to a different vet today, and it cost $59 total for the followup exam and his Pimobendin (two month supply which would have cost quadruple at the other vet's).  I still have to get his furosimide and the other deuretic.  Those should not cost as much as they did.  There was no way I could EVER pay $150 a month for his meds at that emergency vet office.

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Susan Nunes
So far I have raised enough money to get Sam through this week.  However, since the Medford School District went through a three-week strike  and ended last week, and there have been vitually NO jobs on the sub lists of either this district or the education service district, I will be completely without money other than the $306 pension until the middle of next month.  I don't know how much longer I can stand this.  I have been trying to contact local agencies to try and get training and employment  for people over 55, but I have yet to hear back from them.  I just know I can't sustain myself on such intermittent work.  Yes, I'd like to return back to education and try and work a few more years, but it seems like an impossible hurdle at this point given my age.  I am not giving up, but the hoops are just horrible up here in Oregon.

Posted on February 7, 2014 by Susan Nunes
I have been able to buy some medication for Sam, but I will need more funds because payday isn't for a couple of weeks.  Sam is doing great on it.  Please contribute what you can.

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