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Disabled RN Seeks Government Grant Money To Better Care For Disabled Parents

by Alissa A. Adkins
(Sonora,Texas, USA)

I am a 48-year-old disabled RN. I struggle with physical and mental challenges on a minute-to-minute basis.

I have also been on the edge of suicide in the past, but realize my parents would have no one to care for them.

I am in desperate need of financial support for a scooter lift for my vehicle, so that I can get my parents to and from the doctors they both have to see regularly.

My father is recovering from a triple bypass done in March 2010.

My mom is on oxygen 24/7 due to CHF, COPD, and has been recently diagnosed with a nodule in her lungs and new onset of Diabetes.

I am on crutches, due to an old knee injury from work. I have been waiting for a total knee replacement since I was 31 years old.

I have a scooter, but I do my best to walk with one crutch, so that I can help more with my parents.

Is there anyone or anything someone would do to help with providing me with the means for a vehicle scooter lift? I would consider you an Angel in my book and I would greatly appreciate the gesture.

I am in desperate need when I have to push my mom in a wheelchair and watch her cry because I limp due to the pain I experience when walking.

I would greatly appreciate your consideration. Thank you for taking the time to read my woes. Alissa A. Adkins.

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Oct 31, 2010
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by: Anonymous

My heart goes out to you Alissa. I too took care of my Dad with COPD and had two very young children at the time.

First off, I don't know where you live, but it sounds like you could use a bit of a break. In California, there is funding for people who provide care for the disabled. You might want to start with the Department of Health. I have a friend that, although she is also disabled, is not as bad off as her sister and so my friend gets money to take care of her from the State.

I would also write to the newspapers and try and seek a donation for a wheelchair lift. It can give them excellent publicity as well as a tax write-off. Don't give up on the first call that you make.

Also, if your mom has Medicare, I do believe she is entitled to an electric wheelchair. You might want to check into that. At least that would relieve you of having to push a wheelchair.

You will be in my prayers and I hope I will be in yours, since I too have a story on this site.

My best to you and I wish you the best. Let me know if anything I have suggested has helped. Don't be afraid to reach out. We've made it this far myself and I have to keep believing in miracles.

My Best to you,
Dottie C.

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