Diabetic Jeffrey And PTSD Disabled Wife Seek Increased Disability Benefits
by Jeffrey Baker
(Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA)
My name is Jeffrey Baker. I am a 38-year-old male. I have been married to the most wonderful woman in the world, Amy Baker, for 15 years.
We have two children: a 10-year-old boy, Joshua and a 24-year-old girl, Lindsey, who has a two-year-old daughter of her own.
We have all lived in the state of Missouri our whole lives.
When I was 18 months old I was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, so I have had diabetes since I can remember.
It wasn't that big a surprise then when my kidneys started to fail in 2009; however, it was quite a shock when I had to be placed on emergency kidney dialysis in January of 2012.
In the past two years, I have had to have five surgeries. My first surgery was to have a peritoneal catheter placed in my abdomen, and a hemo heart catheter placed in my heart. When the peritoneal catheter was ready for use the heart catheter was removed.
Then I had a fistula placed in my arm for back-up. Then my son and I were roughhousing and it caused my arm to swell, so I had to have a vein tied-off.
My wife also has disabling conditions such as degenerative disc disease, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and bipolar disorder.
Her disabilities started as a young child. She was adopted into a family that kicked her out onto the streets at only 15 years old. So of course she suffered some pretty traumatic stuff before she was even 20 years old.
She has been in over eight car accidents as well as a few abusive relationships. Most days it is very difficult for her to get out of bed.
We are both currently on disability. Unfortunately it doesn't pay nearly enough.
We do not make enough money to pay all our bills and rent and feed our son or buy him clothes for school. Now that the schools want a specific dress code it makes it worse because we can't just dress him in donated clothes with unapproved logos and pockets on the legs etc.
As I am on Medicare and Medicaid most (but not all) of my medications are free. And my wife only has Medicare, so most of her medications cost.
As we are both on disability we cannot afford the repairs we need to make to our car. Actually we cannot even afford our car or the gas to make it run. But we desperately need a vehicle to get to and from doctor appointments.
Ever since I was 17 years old I have worked up until 2012 when I was sick enough that my performance at work was affected. Then no one wanted to hire me and in January of 2013 I was put on kidney dialysis and I have been unable to work since then.
Currently I receive disability I believe SSDI, as I had to wait 5 months to start being paid.
My wife is receiving SSI for her disabilities.
As her adoptive parents kicked my wife out of her home at the young age of 15, we are not able to get any help from them. However, my mother is still alive and she helps us as much as she can, but it is not enough.
Unfortunately my dad died in 1999 otherwise he would help as well.
I would like to get more benefits, like more money from SSI and SSDI and more food stamps as well as more minutes on our phone service.
I would also like to get some grants especially since we are about to lose our car.
At this point we cannot even afford to pay the bills and feed the family so doing things like buying shoes and clothes or going on vacation is just out of the question.
It would be nice if we could go out once in a while. I mean I cannot even take my wife on a date. People need to get away from their children sometimes but we cannot.
As far as business ideas go I have a few of them that I would like to finance. I would like to open a kind of Family Fun Center with Go-cart tracks, a playground for adults and children and some food and drinks.
I would also like to open a restaurant where I can make food like no one has ever had before. And I would like to open a Jack-in-the Box in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
However since we cannot even pay our bills and feed our family I do not know how I would go about financing any of my business ideas. But if I could get a grant for any of these business ideas I would definitely be interested.