Government Grants To Help Donald With Multiple Disabilities Pay Medical Visits And Medications
by Donald Eldridge
(St. Ann, Missouri, USA)
Hi, I'm Donald Eldridge, 60-year-old father of three, grandfather to three and husband of 39 years.
Donald With Multiple Disabilities Seeks Grants To Pay Medical Visits And Medications
I have three wonderful children who have all started families and have been gone from the home for a while.
I've never been in the military.
I love my family very much and I've been a member of the same church for 12 years.
I've been an electrician since my dad started training me at the age of nine. I graduated from Vatterott College as a Certified Electrical Mechanic in 1992.
I've also been a performing artist since I was a child... another hat that my daddy gave me to wear through life.
I hurt so much inside that I'm unable to do either one of them anymore.
I suffer from Type 2 diabetes, psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis and polyneuropathy in both feet.
Polyneuropathy is now starting to affect my hands and wrists.
I stopped being able to work in September 2014. The electrician trade involves very physical work that I can simply no longer do.
My condition since then has continued to worsen and other diagnoses have been added to my list:
• Coronary artery disease
• High blood pressure
• Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus with diabetic polyneuropathy
• Arthritis with psoriasis
• Low sodium levels
• Infection in bloodstream
In September 2016, I stepped on a piece of metal and it punctured my right foot causing a need for surgery.
The same foot was reinfected in December 2016 and I had to have a second surgery. I was in the state of Texas and hospitalized there from December 28, 2016 until February 2, 2017 in two hospitals.
In April 2017 my left foot became infected and I needed surgery.
In May 2017 it was reinfected and I needed a second surgery.
My condition of disability at this writing is that I can barely stand and walk.
I'm in constant pain from the surgeries and the neuropathy.
As gruesome as all these hospitalizations sound and are, I refuse to be without hope.
I always tell my kids, "You may see Pop struggle, but you will never see him quit."Financial Hardship
The financial hardship of this situation has made it impossible to keep pace with medications that I can't purchase and doctor visits that I can't make or keep.
I can't work so there is no income to help my wife with our home. I literally cannot remember the last time I put a $100 bill in her hand or bought groceries.
It has even been difficult to get to and from appointments, as I've no transportation ability.
I'm told by my medical professionals to stay off of my feet, but there are so many things that have to be done and I'm alone all day because my wife works so hard.
I love to take my grandsons shopping especially for baseball gear. I can't do it anymore though because of all of my financial hardships and that really hurts.Income Efforts
I've made many attempts to obtain income.
I've been unsuccessful though at finding any work that I can do from home.
Friends and family get worn out after a while of constantly being leaned on financially no matter how much they love you.
Church benevolent funds have been exhausted.
I'm seeking SSI Disability at this writing. I had a hearing in March 2017.
I've made attempts to sell music online with my DAHN B Music Website
I even have an online Fundraiser With You Caring
, so far raising only a minimal amount.
I'm trying to stay focused on income, but there's only so much you can do when you're immobile.Specific Needs
At this time I'm seeking a grant to help me with all the recurring medical visits and medications that I cannot afford.
I already have the SSI and a lawyer posted up and I'm just waiting for advice from someone who is knowledgeable about my situation. That would always be helpful. I'm all ears for that.
I don't really know what all is available but I will humbly receive any direction I can get that makes sense.Business Idea
I don't know if a business grant would be feasible, as it would entail investment in the music that I create. I can say that if the right kind of financing was involved it could be a very lucrative venture.