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2013-07-14 11:07:06 PM
Hi everyone -
A lot of you know me, and know that I don't solicit the internet for anything, but this is an extenuating circumstance that I am really hoping you will help with.

One of our own (kiwimoogle84) has hit a pretty hard patch financially -  and has a baby arriving in two weeks. I'm asking that we, as the amazing community we are, pitch in to help her in this trying time.
She emailed me this weekend with this:

"My situation has gotten dire. I'm two weeks from my scheduled induction date and we JUST got paid- it disappeared into the void of overdue cell phone bills, registration and a tune up on the car, utilities, fuel, my prescriptions, etc. We're basically broke right now.
The trouble is, there's still a lot of stuff we need for the baby.  We don't have enough bottles, a pump, a feeding pillow, a diaper bag, near enough diapers... I don't even have any sheets for her crib.
...and I got a collection call from my hospital yesterday. It's scary to be that deep in debt to a hospital, but still need their services. I have a balance of $5,295 to their ER dept. I've been making small payments as best I can but I have to finish paying my doctor her professional fee first before I can worry about the hospital, and that is from my first ER trip back from March that they're calling on- about $1850. And the financial office won't work with me until I'm done accruing debt. I know how this works- it's what I do for a living :)
I'll owe them $7200ish by the time kid's born. My max out of pocket on my insurance plan is $9k. Most I ever have to pay in a calendar year. Which is, you know, GREAT, if you get cancer or need a heart transplant. Not so great if you're just having a baby.
I'd be fine if I'd been working this whole time, but losing half my pay to disability just crippled us. Absolutely destroyed us. And with an insurance plan that says I owe 30% of each hospital visit... I've had four separate trips thanks to my high blood pressure, leaking protein from my kidneys, fainting spells, threatened miscarriages, false labor a few weeks ago when I was sick..."


I know that we as a community can rally around one of our own when things are tough. If any of you could see fit to contribute in any way, that would be really amazing. Holly has a baby registry at through Amazon with necessities that they're still missing:
http://www.amazon.com/registry/baby/3876F3FT7EVO2

As there are also big bills coming up with the hospital, if you can, please donate money to help offset those, anything would be most appreciated. Her PayPal account is k­i­wim­o­ogl­e8­4­[nospam-﹫-backwards]liamg­*com

Again, if this wasn't a desperate situation I'd never ask Fark to help, but she's an awesome lady, and is doing everything she can to keep her head above water - and with a baby coming, that is looking more like drowning just now.

I have more information for anyone who wants it - EIP, call me, text me, whatever. I also have copies of her hospital bills, if you need additional proof that she's proper f*cked. Anything you can spare will be helpful.
I'm sure at least some of you can relate to the despair that comes with overwhelming debt. Please help!
xox
-teriaki
 
2013-07-15 11:06:48 AM
I recommend you push. PUSH PUSH PUSH PUSH PUSH

Real good.
 
2013-07-15 11:07:05 AM
Ok.
 
2013-07-15 11:10:41 AM
I have no money to give, but she could look into Freecycle.org for free (they're literally not allowed to charge) baby supplies.
 
2013-07-15 11:11:00 AM
Wait. She's not a lurker, and neither are you.

something is fishy here...  i just can't put my finger in it.
 
2013-07-15 11:11:37 AM
OK
 
2013-07-15 11:12:02 AM
TFD has helped me out when I was desperate before. Now that I have a job, I'll gladly get her some stuff off the registry when I get home from work.
 
2013-07-15 11:13:06 AM
I'll be happy to help.
 
2013-07-15 11:13:41 AM
Teriaki:

Socks are on their way.
 
2013-07-15 11:14:39 AM
You got it.
 
2013-07-15 11:14:49 AM
Y'all are good people. I know she'll appreciate anything at this point.

I've also met her IRL, she's pretty awesome.
 
2013-07-15 11:14:54 AM
If you guys have questions I'll be happy to answer them. This was suggested as a solution after everyone rallied around Vincent Blackshadow earlier in the year.

I'm asking for nothing from those who don't have it to spare, but even a little hope is getting me through right now.

Thanks for reading/ listening. It truly is appreciated.
 
2013-07-15 11:15:01 AM
Donated!
 
2013-07-15 11:15:01 AM
There is a sheet set, a diaper genie, and some diapers on the way from Amazon.

Good luck, kiwi. Let me know if there is anything else I can do.
 
2013-07-15 11:15:09 AM
I like her, but I don't even give money to my best friends
 
2013-07-15 11:16:08 AM
How much do we have to donate to get naming rights for the baby?

//Good luck, i hope the rest of it goes easy
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2013-07-15 11:16:09 AM
Definitely not a lurker, has been helpful in the past in trying to drum up support for others, and is a generally awesome individual working through a high risk pregnancy. I hope folks are able to support her one way or another!
 
2013-07-15 11:16:26 AM
I bought a few things off the registry. It's not much but it's all I can do. I hope it helps, Kiwi. Best of luck to you!
 
2013-07-15 11:16:50 AM
On my phone now, but will pitch in tonight.
 
2013-07-15 11:17:32 AM

NickelP: How much do we have to donate to get naming rights for the baby?


I'm suggesting:  Weather'by Dot Com Chanel Forecast [last name].
 
2013-07-15 11:18:04 AM

skybreaker: I like her, but I don't even give money to my best friends


This.

I hope everything works out for you, Kiwi.  My gift to you and your unborn child will be a place in the power rankings.
 
2013-07-15 11:18:17 AM

kiwimoogle84: If you guys have questions I'll be happy to answer them. This was suggested as a solution after everyone rallied around Vincent Blackshadow earlier in the year.

I'm asking for nothing from those who don't have it to spare, but even a little hope is getting me through right now.

Thanks for reading/ listening. It truly is appreciated.


Who puts a paternity test on a baby registry?

/kidding
 
2013-07-15 11:18:31 AM
Got ya some bottles.
Gonna check my budget later today and see if I can get more stuff.

Sorry things suck right now.

Name the baby Pickle or Llama. ;)
 
2013-07-15 11:19:45 AM

Teriaki: . My max out of pocket on my insurance plan is $9k.


Fu( k the insurance situation in this country. Seriously, fu( k it.
 
2013-07-15 11:19:46 AM
I'll probably pitch in some cash tonight (or whatever rejected item is still on the registry). Friend of mine is going through financial hardships herself and is looking for some help, so I'm giving out to her this week as well

/so happy you didn't ask me next week
 
2013-07-15 11:19:58 AM

kiwimoogle84: If you guys have questions I'll be happy to answer them. This was suggested as a solution after everyone rallied around Vincent Blackshadow earlier in the year.

I'm asking for nothing from those who don't have it to spare, but even a little hope is getting me through right now.

Thanks for reading/ listening. It truly is appreciated.


*hugs honey*

I love baby shopping.  I'm off to the wishlist.
 
2013-07-15 11:20:05 AM
Thanks for bring this to our attention, Teriaki.  There are some baby items on the way.
 
2013-07-15 11:20:22 AM

Mr. Murder: skybreaker: I like her, but I don't even give money to my best friends

This.

I hope everything works out for you, Kiwi.  My gift to you and your unborn child will be a place in the power rankings.


I'll take it!

And hey, CatherineM ain't wrong. I just didn't ANTICIPATE being poor by the time I got here.
 
2013-07-15 11:21:47 AM

kiwimoogle84: And hey, CatherineM ain't wrong. I just didn't ANTICIPATE being poor by the time I got here.


if only there was some place where potential parents could plan for their parenthood. To help out them out with these things. Oh well

/sorry, had to go there
 
2013-07-15 11:21:58 AM
Done. Happy to help.
 
2013-07-15 11:23:00 AM
Bottle warmer on the way!
 
2013-07-15 11:23:03 AM
Diapers on the way kiwi.
 
2013-07-15 11:23:44 AM
kiwi, your sangria recipe got me quite blitzed last weekend, and for that i will thank you with something on your registry when i get home tonite, or a donation, whichever i figure out first.
 
2013-07-15 11:24:12 AM

NickelP: How much do we have to donate to get naming rights for the baby?

//Good luck, i hope the rest of it goes easy


Chalupa Batman Macarthur Moogle?
 
2013-07-15 11:24:55 AM

namegoeshere: Teriaki: . My max out of pocket on my insurance plan is $9k.

Fu( k the insurance situation in this country. Seriously, fu( k it.


This is one place where Canadian smugness is 100% justified.
 
2013-07-15 11:24:57 AM
Good luck kiwi!! Also look on craigslist for baby items, somethings are OBO, and you can get a steal! (specifically for infant diapers that babies have outgrown)

I'll do what I can when I get home, but in the meantime my blood is boiling about your expenses. We've already talked about this, and I realize you're high risk, but a hospital is a business, they need to make $$ and lots of it. Make sure your birth plan is updated, don't get nickled and dimed! they'll charge you $20 for two Tylenol.
 
2013-07-15 11:25:19 AM
Isn't this what baby showers are for?
 
2013-07-15 11:25:32 AM
Stuff on the way.  Enjoy!

/Homies help homies.
 
2013-07-15 11:25:58 AM
You should consider cloth diapers rather than spending so much money on disposable ones. A child will go through an average of 3500 or so diapers in the first year of its life.
 
2013-07-15 11:27:11 AM

Starryeyes: You should consider cloth diapers rather than spending so much money on disposable ones. A child will go through an average of 3500 or so diapers in the first year of its life.


I did notice cloth diapers on the registry.
 
2013-07-15 11:27:23 AM

Starryeyes: A child will go through an average of 3500 or so diapers in the first year of its life.


You know, when I was an infant, I had the good manners of learning to use the toilet on my own first to save my parents the aggravation.
 
2013-07-15 11:27:24 AM
Don't buy baby stuff oin Craigslist unless you check to see if they were recalled.
 
2013-07-15 11:27:38 AM

Starryeyes: You should consider cloth diapers rather than spending so much money on disposable ones. A child will go through an average of 3500 or so diapers in the first year of its life.


And as we all know, electricity and water for washing cloth diapers are free.
 
2013-07-15 11:27:47 AM
If my wife asks why I am sending another woman a baby food maker and baby laundry detergent, I am going to be sooooo pissed off.
 
2013-07-15 11:28:12 AM

Starryeyes: You should consider cloth diapers rather than spending so much money on disposable ones. A child will go through an average of 3500 or so diapers in the first year of its life.


hahahaha

Ain't nobody got the stomach for that. I would have shot myself in the face within three months if I had to scrub that mess out of cloth diapers every time the baby exploded.
 
2013-07-15 11:28:14 AM

Starryeyes: You should consider cloth diapers rather than spending so much money on disposable ones. A child will go through an average of 3500 or so diapers in the first year of its life.


Tell her that after you deal with cloth diapers for a year with your own kid. We tried that with kid #2, it lasted 3 weeks. They stink!
 
2013-07-15 11:28:49 AM
I don't often post here, but  kiwialways seems like good people, so there's some stuff off the registry coming your way!

Good luck with the kiddo, lady.
 
2013-07-15 11:28:50 AM
Anyway, add me to the "I'll chip in when I get home" crowd.  Best of luck to you, kiwi!
 
2013-07-15 11:29:14 AM
kiwimoogle84.... I'll see what we still have from my daughter and email you later.
 
2013-07-15 11:29:14 AM
Apparently Amazon has nexus for tax purposes in California.
 
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