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new floridian
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   Posted 1/6/2011 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
mad  about a year ago, I had to quit my job that I had for 5 years to move for my husbands health.  Now our money is gone and i can't find a job.  Bills are all past due and I am really starting to freak out.  Both my husband and I are depressed about our situation and we don't know what to do.  He doesn't really know the extent of our financial situation.  I try to carry that burden alone.  I just need somewhere to vent my feelings and hope someone can listen to me.

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   Posted 1/6/2011 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, New Floridian, and welcome to the depression forum,

Because your financial situation is seemingly a significant part of the blame for the depression you and your husband are experiencing, there are two things that, in my view, are called for:

1. You might wish to see an attorney as soon as possible to make arrangements to file documents requesting delay in payments or, if called for, to try for bankruptcy. The sooner the problem is faced, the quicker and easier it is going to be for you to get back to normal feeling tone and functioning level.

2. You might wish, also, to talk to a psychiatrist--both you and your husband--to keep communication channels open to discuss the problems and to find a resolution to restore the balance in your home.

I know that it must be very difficult for you, but you do not need to try to manage this alone. Regardless of how much you wish to protect your husband from escalating his illness, you must take care of yourself first so that you are able to care for him. That means having people on your side who are going to lead the way and get relief for you.

Most lawyers will work with you on payment of their fees, and I feel
sure that you must have insurance that would cover at least twelve
psychiatric visits during this year. There is nothing like restoring health than facing the family's financial status with your husband and the appropriate counselors.

We are here to help support you and would like for you to feel free to vent any feelings that you are having difficulty managing.

I'm going to be away from my computer for the morning hours but will
return in the afternoon; so if you don't hear from me if you post immediately, it's because I'm leaving shortly for a doctor's appointment.
I'll respond later in the afternoon. Others may very likely respond to you, as well, in short order.

Best wishes,

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 1/7/2011 7:20:08 AM (GMT-7)


new floridian
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   Posted 1/6/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess I was right. No one cares! Good Bye!

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   Posted 1/6/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Your post, New Floridian was within one minute of my post,
so you just happened to get yours online before I had finished editing my post. That's just an accidental event.

Please believe that the members of the Depression Forum are sincere in
their desire to help. Many are at work now and haven't access to their
computer to communicate with you. Others are working on another project, but you may be sure that all of them are eager and willing to provide you with their opinions and support.

Don't give up.

It's Genetic

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   Posted 1/6/2011 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
New Floridian,

We all care, some of us get on later than others as we are in different time zones. So please do keep posting. We are here to help you.

It's Genetic posted a wonderful message to you, you were just on at the same time and you missed it.

Hugs, Karen
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chman
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   Posted 1/6/2011 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Florida like Ohio, my State, is one of the hardest hit by the forecolusure crisis. If you own a home this can be important to you, let me know.
 
Don't forget about government agencies. the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, food stamps and the bureau of unemployment.
 
Lastly, go to a local mental heath meeting to talk about your depression.
 
I eat at meals provided by churches as every little bit helps.

red lightening
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   Posted 1/6/2011 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Money is like clouds in the sky...sometimes they're there, other times , not.

This too shall pass...you will come out of this...take it one step at a time.

stkitt
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   Posted 1/6/2011 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear  New Floridian,
 
I am sure your are very frightened and depressed re your financial situation.  I am sorry you did not get a response to your post right away as this is a forum and not like a chat room.  We do care about you and I hope you come back and talk with us more about your situation.
 
One place to look for financial help is the federal government.  The federal government is providing billons of dollars for housing and rent assistance.  Another place to look for financial aid is your state, city and county programs.
 
You can google online,  which you may have done already, or check the Federal Assitance progams for informmation.
 
I wish you peace and hope you find help ASAP.  Please stick with us as we truly care.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 
 
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new floridian
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   Posted 1/7/2011 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry that I reacted the way that I did. Thank You to the those who responded to me. I have tried all the government agencies that I can and everything is a waiting game. I don't have time left to wait. How do I continue to look for a job if I lose my phone, the internet and the car? At least I still have until the end of February before I have to worry about my rent. I just feel so helpless. I have never had such a problem finding a job. I have appiled for A LOT in the last 4 months and have only been on 3 interviews. I don't know if I am just overqualified or what, but something needs to hapen quick. It's not just me and my husband, but my 19 year old son lives with us as well. He did manage to find some part time work, but 15 ours a week at minimum wage just does't help to pay the bills. I don't want hand outs, just a job!! I want to work.
I also struggle with seeing the pain my husband is in. We have no medical insurance and can no longer afford for him to get his pain pills. He was injured 3 years ago and has permanent nerve damage in his lower back and right leg. He can never work again. We have been fighting with the government over Social Security for 2 years now and may have 2 more years before the issue is resolved. I just find it difficult when things are so far beyond my control. I feel like my life is spinning out of control and I am terrified of the crash! How do i stop the crash?

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   Posted 1/7/2011 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you contacted the Department of Human Services to see if you qualify for any assistance? You could all probably get medicaid. That would help a lot with doctor's visits and medications. Check it out and see if you qualify. If they say you don't, ask them about a spend down.


Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
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new floridian
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   Posted 1/7/2011 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
getting by,
I have an appointment next week for food stamps and medicaid. I am hoping we qualify for both. Thanks for the suggestion

stkitt
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   Posted 1/7/2011 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning new floridian
 
I am glad to see you stuck with us.  :)
 
A couple ideas for you re medication, the Needy Meds Drug Discount Card is a good deal and members have reported that is 100% real, no catches.  Here is the link for the site:

http://www.needymeds.org/indices/discountcards.shtml
 
Also if you have a Walmart near you  they have the $4.00 prescription program for some of the medications so you might give them a call and see if your husband's medication is eligible for this program.  I do not like to read that you cannot get him his medications.  That is really tough.
 
Here is another link that may be helpful for you.
 
 
I do understand that you want to work and not looking for hand outs. 
The government is full of red tape when it comes to applying for aid so I hope you get a response soon as I understand you are in dire straights.  
 
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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It's Genetic
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   Posted 1/7/2011 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I would keep trying for the disability income through the federal
government, New Floridian. The government is just slow in accepting and recognizing (and responding) to requests for disability payments. It sounds to me as if your husband is definitely entitled to them.

Best wishes,

It's Genetic

new floridian
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   Posted 1/14/2011 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
OK now I am really depressed.  I found someone to loan me the money to cover my bills, but my husband has an issue with it.  he refuses to take the money.  It is a close family friend with alot of money and everyone else in the family has borrowed money from him so my husband says he wont.  How do I convince him that this is our only option.  Ive been crying way too long today.  I need help.  I just dont know how much more of this I can take.  I think I am starting to lose control.  How do I keep the bad thoughts out of my head.

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   Posted 1/14/2011 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, New Floridian,

Does your husband have an alternative suggestion to offer for funding
your immediate needs? I'd ask him what he thinks should be done. If
it's reasonable, go with him to get things taken care of. It he has no
ideas, you're going to have to assume responsibility for trying to
convince him of the consequences of doing nothing.

I feel sure he will come around if you show him how difficult it's becoming. Maybe you might suggest that you both see a lawyer about the matter. I've felt all along that seeing an attorney might be the best
choice, if for no other reason than seeking some sort of delay in payment on the financial obligations you have.

Surely your husband is mentally stable enough to think clearly, isn't he?
I do hope so; if not, that is even more reason for you to see a good attorney who will work with you. Keep remembering that you are not alone; there are people out there who will advise you and get results for you.

Payment to a lawyer is generally a workable condition, as I've mentioned before.

Keep the faith, New Floridian; you'll see the sun soon.

It's Genetic

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   Posted 1/14/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry that your husband doesn't want to take the money. You just might have to show him you need it by letting it go. When things start getting shut off, he will realize that a loan from a friend is better than losing power or heat. I know it sounds drastic, but you might have to play your hand this way.

Try to let him worry and not you. It isn't healthy. If you can trust him to come through, then go with the flow. If not you might have to take it upon yourself to take the money and paying it back. I don't feel like I am making a lot of sense, I guess that these are just the alternatives that I can think of.

I am really sorry that you are going through this right now. Try not to let the stress of this get to you. Know that we are here for you.

Hugs, Karen
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givinguponit24
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   Posted 1/26/2011 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
just put one foot in front of the other you will get through this just like i did.
Like kitt said you can get help from the federal government.
The federal government is providing billons of dollars for housing and rent assistance. Another place to look for financial aid is your state, city and county programs.
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   Posted 1/26/2011 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Just like Its genetic said.
I'd ask him what he thinks should be done. If
it's reasonable, go with him to get things taken care of.

If he has no
ideas, you're going to have to assume responsibility for trying to
convince him of the consequences of doing nothing.
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   Posted 1/26/2011 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow!  Look at all the support and caring you've gotten here.  I would suggest to your husband that accepting the help from your friend isn't all one way.  I mean he might think it is a hand out and feel like he is taking advantage of a friend, or maybe feel like a lesser man for taking it.  BUT, perhaps the friend really wants to help - perhaps the friend feels low and bad too, and maybe reaching out to someone will make the friend feel better.
 
It is not the same thing, but my mother is an independent cuss!!  She also is quite old and has a hard time walking. Anyway, I wanted to take her on a short trip and while we were walking down the street she was obviously in a lot of pain.  In fact, we couldn't even cross the street with the light before it turned red.  So I told her I was going to rent her a wheelchair.  She said "no, that would be too much work for you to push me around."  So I told her that it wasn't for HER that I was renting the wheelchair, it was for ME so I wouldn't have to worry so much, and it would be so much easier for ME.  She said "oh, I didn't think about that.  Okay, you can rent one."  So I did and the trip was much better.  I hope you can see what I'm getting at - perhaps your friend feels like I did, and want's to give you the money because he needs to do it.  He has this money and it will make him feel better to help someone.  And he wants to help someone he knows and cares about.
 
I'm thinking about you.

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   Posted 1/27/2011 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not married, but other than that my situation is pretty similar.

It took a lot for me to finally accept assistance. The reality is that if I don't get help from some of these programs, I am going to be a permanent drain on the system & that's not good for anyone. Talk to a bankruptcy lawyer. Bankruptcy exists for a reason. It shouldn't be the first choice, but it is a real option. My pastor finally talked me into seeing an attorney after discussing how even back in the Old Testament days people realized that they couldn't have others basically (or literally) enslaved to them over debts forever. My lawyer has been a god-send. He has actually helped me avoid filing for bankruptcy so far by hooking me up with educational resources that have allowed me to work with my credit card companies to get lower interest rates (0% !) and monthly payments. You don't necessarily need an attorney to do that, but I had done everything I could think of -- I actually got 0% for 12 months entirely on my own before I started with him. Call the credit card company & ask for their WorkOut Department.

Call the utilities & ask them what assistance programs they have. Almost every major utility company has some kind of short-term assistance program for people who can't pay their bills. Make sure you deal with the credit card companies first unless you're already behind a couple months on the utilities. You may need to fall behind a month or two to qualify for assistance, but I'm sure you have plenty of other bills to pay with that money anyways.

Go to a food bank & get whatever food you can get. Just because you're getting food stamps doesn't mean you can't also get assistance from a private food bank. Your local religious organization (church, synagogue, temple) or the local United Way or Salvation Army can direct you to food banks in your area. They won't cover everything, but it's a start.

For the pain meds (& any other meds) the other members have already listed a bunch of options. Here are 4 more:
a) go to /www.pparx.org/ to find out about assistance programs in your area
b) go to www.easydrugcard.com/ for discounts on expensive generic meds -- in one case I save $1800/month for a single medicine
c) for name brand meds go to the manufacturer's website & look for their prescription assistance program (Pfizer Pfriends, CephalonCares, etc.). I've found ways to get 2 of my meds for free for up to 12 months since I don't have prescription insurance.
d) call (don't schedule an appointment, just call the office) your/your husband's doctors' offices & explain the situation and ask for any samples they can give you or coupons they can give you. you'd be surprised what they have squirreled away.

For doctor's appointments, try to find a free clinic or public hospital. If you need on-going care for something longer term, check out research hospitals or ask about charity care (esp. popular at Catholic-run hospitals). Also, if you have an established relationship with a particular doctor, ask what kind of deal they can cut you while uninsured. My PM cut his rate by 75% to help me out & gives me scripts to last me for 3 months at a time. Some counselors/psychiatrists will work on a sliding scale for fees. I once had a psychologist who agreed to meet with me for $5-10/session when that was all I could pay.

In Florida, if you meet certain income guidelines, there are programs for free home health care. In addition to the Department of Human Services, you can contact your local United Way. They will send out someone to your home for a set number of hours every week as long as there is a need & you have less than a certain amount of money (I don't remember the amount b/c my gma was above the threshold, but it was pretty high).

Do you have an attorney working on the SSD case? If not, look for one who will take the case on a contingency. Many times the lawyers can get a response very quickly. Also, regardless of what's wrong with him, if he's seriously depressed, put that down rather than that he has nerve damage. For some crazy reason, SSD cases for mental health issues are almost always approved. SSD cases where any other issues are listed, or co-listed with MH issues are often denied the first few times through appeals. If he doesn't have depression or anxiety, definitely don't lie, but if you're thinking that nerve damage surely must be a better reason to not work than depression, the SSD people don't seem to agree. I even worked for a lady with post-polio syndrome & severe grand mal seizures & about 7 other life-threatening or seriously disabling conditions & she's been in a wheelchair practically her whole life and they say they contest her SSD application every time. My lazy friend who has depression only b/c she's an alcoholic & drinks herself into despair gets her application approved without any questions. So wrong, but that's the way it works.

Jobs are just really hard to come by right now. You might consider applying for a retail job. I got something part time in retail. The pay isn't great, but it's something & it gets me out of the house for a bit (which makes me feel better about myself). Temp jobs are also a possibility. I haven't had much luck the past couple of months, but was doing pretty steady work for the year or so before that as a temp. You could also consider doing volunteer work or an unpaid internship in a field related to your interests. That can be a huge resume booster & also provides great networking opportunities.
Cut yourself a bit of a break about the job situation, though. They say that probably 25% or more of Americans right now are either unemployed or seriously underemployed. The stats the politicians quote (10%) only include people who've been out of work for less than 2 years, are actively looking for work & are not doing some kind of menial job making a fraction of what they used to bring in. Everyone is struggling so don't be so hard on yourself. Yes, look for work. Spend as much time as possible looking for work. Just know that it takes time. I've been looking for a permanent job for 22 months now. It's just really bleak but I haven't given up & neither should you. :)

Last but not least, housing. Not sure what your situation is with that. If you rent, see if your landlord will allow you to do some work in exchange for reduced rent. Maybe they hire a cleaning service for the common areas & you could do that for them in exchange for a discount on your rent. I know in my old apt. the landlord let a tenant put up flyers that if anyone wanted their garbage taken out to the dumpster they could pay an extra $7.50 per week on their rent & put their trash (up to 3 bags at a time) in the back stairwell before 7am. Many tenants signed up for the service. It nearly covered the cost of that person's monthly rent & people were very happy b/c there were no elevators in our building so it was a huge hassle to try to carry down their trash. If you own, I'll refer back to the attorney. By filing for bankruptcy you can protect your home. There is an automatic delay on foreclosure/eviction once you file bankruptcy. It will give you time to sort things out & possibly work something out with the mortgage company.

I think that covers mostly everything. I'm not sure what to suggest about borrowing money from the friend. Some people are co-dependent -- they loan out money to others even though they can't cover their own bills b/c they like to feel needed. But if your friend has a good paying job & is simply a kind-hearted soul, take the loan! I absolutely agree with Cat that giving can bless the Giver even more than the Recipient. Maybe the friend was blessed by someone else many years ago & now has the chance to pay it forward. So as long as s/he is financially stable, why not borrow the money now knowing that when someone else is in need & you have the money to lend you will be able to do so graciously, fully understanding how difficult it is to ask for/accept money from a friend?

Really, I've helped people out in the past. I've also offered to help a guy out once & he refused. 4 months later he was out on the street & begging to sleep on my couch. I don't let guy friends stay overnight in my home, so I found another friend (a guy) who let my friend stay with him for a while but I just couldn't get over how much greater of a burden it was to find him a home than it would have been to loan him -- or give him -- the money to stay in his prior apartment. I was still glad to help him out, but talked to him about trying to plan better & choose options with less drama in the future.
I know that's hard to hear. Harder to hear than it is to say & it wasn't easy to say. But it's true for my life & I know it's sometimes true for others. Don't make things out to be more than they are. And don't make things out to be less than they are. Borrowing money from a well-enough-off friend is not a huge deal. Being sick, broke & homeless is a very big deal. We all like to think we're just a week away from a great job, financial stability, better health, etc. but increasingly that's not a very realistic assessment. And if you do get a good job next week, great! Pay your friend back on Pay Day. If you don't get a job right away, you've avoided things getting worse. You've gotten a little bit of help early to avoid having to get a LOT of help later on. I'm still learning that lesson myself, but I think it's a good one. As long as you're not harming someone else, take what help you can get to put yourself in a better position to get on top of things -- job, finances, putting house in order, etc.

And stop hiding things from your husband. He needs to know how bad the situation is. I have nerve pain too & it sucks, but he can't hide his head in the sand. You need his help & he needs to get real about that your family needs to take advantage of programs designed to help people get their lives put back together. He needs to know that you depend on him to encourage you & love you through this trying time. He needs to know that you can't do this without him. He needs to be a leader in your family & the best way to do that right now besides supporting you emotionally is to start filling out the paperwork so the two of you & your son can get what you need to survive & eventually thrive. I think after the initial shock of it all, you'll find that ending the secret-keeping might even help with your depression (not saying it will go away, just lessen a little bit & every little bit helps).

You are ALWAYS welcome to post here. HW is a GREAT community. Depending on what time you post, you may be waiting for a few hours for a response. Sometimes even a few days, but members are really good about being there for one another. They have gotten me through some really rough times. I hope we can be there for you too.

blessings & peace,
frances

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   Posted 1/27/2011 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   

sorry in australia, and in pain. unwell at present.

sending healing compassionate thoughts your way. we do care, alike me, massive time zone stuff, plus i am severly manic, well crashing at the moment, but we do care. if we did not i would not be on this forum!!! and i have been given plenty of care as well-along with dishing out care and healings too!! keep strong. with compassion, jamie


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   Posted 1/27/2011 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Frances, what a wonder and loving response you have written  yeah    I sure hope she/they read it all, word for word, and take your advice to heart.
Bless you.
Poppycat
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