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Old 05-29-2017, 11:43 PM
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I know I haven't been on in a few months, a lot's been going on, and honestly, nothing's really getting better. Dad's shoulder WAS torn, and judging by the MRI, the injury occurred last year when his arm was rolled up in a mold and the doctor at the time told him it was a sprain. This doctor told him it was torn almost to the point of being inoperable, but he had surgery last Tuesday and it is fixed, but he will be off work for at least three weeks, and in a sling for a few months. We will be receiving workman's comp checks, but things will still be tight around here.

On top of that, last week, Mom learned that her therapist found a new job and will be leaving in two weeks. Her new job is at a pay-per-session clinic and as we do not have the money to pay for therapy, Mom will not be able to keep the same therapist. There is another therapist at the free location she's been going to who she can switch to, but she is very nervous about having to start all over again with a new therapist (a younger one, who is still in college, although she is almost finished with her master's degree) after it took her almost two years with her current therapist to learn to trust her and build up a rapport.

She's incredibly upset, and confided in me that she's considering just giving up on therapy rather than starting over with a new therapist. She's afraid that the new therapist won't get along with her, or that she'll like her, and then she'll end up getting a different job and leaving, too. While I understand why she is so upset, I think giving up would be the worst thing for her right now. I mean, in some ways, maybe starting over would be good for her. But she's very upset and nervous.

Things have been pretty tense around here...I'm praying every morning and every night still, and sometimes in the middle of the day, but your prayers in addition to my own, as always, are very much appreciated.

Thank you.

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(My original thread seems to have gone missing, lol, so I just made a new one, if the old one still exists and can be merged, that'd be great.)
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Dear NarniaFan95,
I am so sorry your dad's shoulder really was torn but I pray that his healing will be complete and swift now that the needed surgery was done. As for your mom, I pray that the wall of fear that is wrapping its way around her heart and mind would be crushed by the light and truth of Christ. May the Lord sovereignly guide her into a place of peace and healing, and if that means more therapy, may he provide just the right rapport she needs with a counselor that can see her through God's eyes. I am so sorry things have been so tense; may the Lord be very tender to you too, NF, and meet your true needs with his understanding grace.
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Dear NarniaFan95,
I am so sorry your dad's shoulder really was torn but I pray that his healing will be complete and swift now that the needed surgery was done. As for your mom, I pray that the wall of fear that is wrapping its way around her heart and mind would be crushed by the light and truth of Christ. May the Lord sovereignly guide her into a place of peace and healing, and if that means more therapy, may he provide just the right rapport she needs with a counselor that can see her through God's eyes. I am so sorry things have been so tense; may the Lord be very tender to you too, NF, and meet your true needs with his understanding grace.
Thank you <3 As always, it is truly appreciated.

I have some good news today. Dad's shoulder seems to be doing well -- he's been doing some exercises they gave him throughout the days to keep the muscle limber, and he has been only taking one pain pill at night before bed, so he hasn't been in much pain.
He has a follow-up appointment on I think Monday or Tuesday to see how it's coming along and to see if he can start physical therapy and talk about when he can return to work.

My Mom met with her new therapist on Wednesday, and while she's still nervous, she is trying to look at it as a fresh start, as she has been feeling stuck for a while now and starting with a new counselor may be just what she needs to get "unstuck."

My older sister has been having problems with her vehicle for about a year now, needing repairs about once or twice a month, but she was able to get a loan from the bank this week and yesterday, she brought home a new (used, lol, but newer) car for a really good deal that is in much better condition and will hopefully be more dependable than her previous car.
In addition to this, she plans on signing her old car (which we just repaired again about a week ago) over to my dad to use to go back and forth to work, which means we will have an extra car around (my car), which will be great, since for about a year, we've had to juggle everybody's schedules to get everybody where they needed to be with only two cars.

Also, my Mom got a phone call today from the eye doctor -- apparently back in April, when she went to get new glasses, she actually overpaid them, so they're sending her a check in the mail with the money she overpaid.

It's just little things, sure, but little things make all the difference. Things may not be perfect, but I hold onto the happy moments. I think everything will be okay, in time.

Thank you, as always, for the prayers.

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Good news is my Mom loves her new therapist and says she is actually more helpful than her old therapist. My dad is also back to work and has been for quite some time.


Bad news is --
We do not owe our landlord any rent. But he does not have the property tax money for the place. He needs 500 dollars and wants us to help. If he does not have 500 dollars for the property tax payment by November, he is kicking us out and selling the property to our neighbors. The details are kind of jumbled in my head at the moment, but that's the basic gist.
So, as it stands at the moment, we have to use money we were going to use to fill up our gas tank (how we get hot water) for the winter to help him pay for the property tax so we have someplace to live.

We always find a way, but things are tight again right now as it is, and even though we always find a way, it's hard not to be afraid. Things were okay again for a few months. But now it's getting hard again. I know that's just the way things are, but right now, all I can feel is fear, and frustration.

I'm praying my hardest, for hope, strength, patience...your prayers would be greatly appreciated as well.
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I pray that your family will have enough money to pay your landlord without running out of money you need for other necessities. And I pray that God will give you all peace and help your family to make wise decisions.
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Thank you both -- the prayers are much appreciated.

A few continuing issues, but with a few silver linings, too.

1. Mom has some money saved up to go toward the money we need to give the landlord, and since his shoulder injury happened at work, Dad receives mileage checks for his physical therapy appointments.
We have a few of those coming in which, combined with what my Mom has saved, will hopefully cover that. We haven't received it yet and it's been almost a month, but we have until November to get the money for the landlord.

2. However, they have cut back on overtime at the factory where Dad works, so his checks have been about 120 dollars short for the last few weeks. Normally, we can get by on his check without overtime, but we're also trying to save up money for the landlord so bills and such are tight.

3. My brother usually pays the electric bill and helps as much as he can with other expenses. But the gas station where he works is closing for four months for renovations (they've been planning it for a few years now, and I don't think it's a smart move to start construction in the fall, but they're doing it anyway) so he will be laid off for 4 months starting in October.
HOWEVER -- Good news for him, the manager at the general store down the street from the gas station says she needs more workers because most of her employees were students who have now returned to school.
She approached my brother directly and told him to put in an application as soon as possible, and he told her he can't start until October, and she says that's fine. He's filling out his application as I'm typing this and will HOPEFULLY be hired on there for the time that he is laid off. He is a good, hard worker and has plenty of experience, so I think he has a good shot at the job.

4. I still haven't heard anything from the library, but the head librarian told me when I turned in my application that they will be making those decisions after their board meeting around the middle of this month, so if I don't hear anything in a week or so, I'll call them and ask. If I can get work, I will do all I can to help my family. I don't have a cell phone or anything, so the only personal bills I would have to pay right away would be gas money for my car, and I intend to put the rest of my check away to help fill the gas tank for the house to have hot water for this winter.

That will be another $500 -- our gas tank is at 5% and we're using as much cold water as possible to conserve gas -- but the landlord is first priority because there's no point in buying gas if you don't have a house to live in.

Once Dad's mileage check arrives, I think it will be easier to breathe because we'll know exactly how much more we need to save for the landlord (right now I think a lot of the stress is the waiting and not knowing) and I think, once we have the money for the landlord (after which we are going to write up another lease), things will be easier, but at the moment, it feels like a bunch of stuff getting thrown our way at once, and we all have pretty high stress levels.

My deepest thanks, as always, for your prayers, and for a sympathetic "ear," so-to-speak. I know I always come here and dump a load of text about what's going on, lol, but in addition to the helpful prayers, sometimes it helps just to get it all out, ya know??

Thank you.

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Well, while Dad still has mileage he can turn in, there was a misunderstanding and it will not be as much as he thought because they do not reimburse him for time spent at therapy because he goes BEFORE work, so there will eventually be a mileage check, but that will be less than we thought.

However, my Mom has $200 put away, her aunt sent us $50, I have $70 saved up, and my brother is going to give her $100 out of his check this weekend, my sister is giving her $60, so after that, there will be a lot less left to save up for the landlord. The mileage check dad gets later will go toward filling the gas tank. It would be nice if it had been easier, but it appears that we have it figured out, so, big picture, I see that as a good thing.


As for employment, we don't know when overtime will pick back up at Dad's job, but one of my brother's favorite managers at the gas station was recently hired as the new assistant manager at the general store, so there's more hope that he will get the job. I know a few people who have worked there in the past and it usually takes about a week to process applications and make phone calls to set up interviews, so I told my brother to give it another few days. I think he has a good chance.
No call from the library yet. If I don't hear back in another week, I think I might call and see if the position has been filled.

Thank you, and much love, as always,
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We will have the money by this weekend for the landlord and one of my mom's aunts just emailed her and said she is sending us a check for $250 to help cover the gas. It looks like things are going to be okay after all. We were a bit shocked to hear it, though, because my mom hasn't even heard from this particular aunt in about two years. But she heard we were struggling and wanted to help.

Thank God for family who look out for you.

Thank you for your prayers.

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Liz, What wonderful answers to prayer! Praise God for his provision -- praying that everything will indeed come together, and that your whole family will see God's hand of mercy in the midst of these trials and stress. Praying for green pastures and quiet waters for your family (Psalm 23: 1-3)...

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