Heart Defect Disabled Nurse Seeks Education Grant To Help Others
(Pottstown, PA, USA)
I am 48 years old. I just live with two dogs. I have been disabled since 2003.
I was working as an RN in an ICU at the hospital after obtaining my associates degree in nursing when I developed chest pain.
I was told after a cardiac catheterization that I have a congenital defect in my heart and also severe endothelial dysfunction. This meant that all my vessels don't do what they should at the right times which causes pain.
I couldn't breathe through these excruciating episodes. Vessels would shut blood supply off from organs at times.
I have severe coronary endothelial dysfunction. The vessels throughout my body are dysfunctional. I have congenital heart defect. I have severe asthma and my stomach shut down a year ago due to vessels.
I am on multiple medicines to control the disease process. I also have lower back herniations due to my disease. My disease process is now under control but I must get a low-key nursing job, which all requires a bachelor's degree.
I had to stop working in 2003, two years after I got my RN position. This was because stress triggered more episodes as per my cardiologist.
Then I got hurt falling down the stairs during one of my episodes with my heart. I have four herniations in my lower back and some in my neck.
I have a mortgage to pay, credit cards, a car that needs repair, costs for monthly medications that are over $500 a month, insurance, and visits to specialists that need to be consistently done.
I live alone and only have social security income.
I have limitations on lifting due to heart and back aches. I have no family members that can help me financially. I cannot get another nursing job that is not stressful with long hours.
I need a bachelor degree for teaching and school nursing jobs. These are low key nursing jobs that I can do as per my doctors.
I need grants/free money that I don't have to pay back. I have very limited income and do not qualify for any medical assistance or government help. My income exceeds their standards by $50!
I want to get grants to get my bachelor degree in nursing. This way, I can go back to work as a school nurse or teacher in health field.
I want to feel normal again.
I worked so hard to get my RN license. I want to be able to use it to help people.
My business idea would be to start a nursing care program. This is for homebound people who need assistance with daily activities or medical care.
I would hire nurses to do home visits. I would be in charge to set up their home visits and plan of care. I will work with their insurance carriers to give them the low cost care they need.