A New Life

Campaign Created by: CLIFFORD POWERS

The funds from this campaign will be received by CLIFFORD POWERS.

Goal: USD $40,000
Raised: USD $ 21,722
I had thought that a false diagnosis of cancer and a botched colonoscopy were life changing events. However, if you really want to see your life, health, and finances go sideways, just get hit by lightning. Prior to having part of a bolt that hit nearby come over and say hi, arthritis/inflammation and allergies were the worst issues in my medical life. Since being hit, I've developed cardiac issues that we are hoping recent open heart surgery has dealt with. They had to do three different things while in there: bypass several arteries that had become so inflamed and thickened (possibly/probably from the lightning) they were no longer functioning; zap seven spots on the heart to prevent atrial fibrillation; and, install a clip on the back of my heart to prevent clots from forming. While there are no guarantees, the effort seems to be working for now though we continue to work on dealing with some issues surgery can't fix. In many respects, I am starting life over again. This fundraiser is so that I can not only start over, but do so in a way that will help me live as long and healthy a life as possible. I need the help because each of the events I've mentioned have cost me work, savings, and more. While I have been working my way back, it has been slow (to be polite). I'm not making anywhere near what I used to, and the last few jobs have been technically part-time and had no paid time off. For the last couple of years, I've been advised to do a number of things, including move to the desert southwest. The warmth and low humidity are supposed to be very good for the allergies, arthritis and related inflammatory issues. The cold is not good for me, and the true cold snaps we have had since the surgery have done a number on me. Financially and job-wise I've not been able to make much progress on moving (or anything else). Since I'm going to be out of work until at least February, the goals of the fundraiser are to: 1. Cover my basic expenses while I am out of work 2. Cover the cost of traveling to the three areas in the SW where I've been focusing on finding work; determine which area is the best option for now; and, secure a place to live there. 3. Cover the expenses of moving there, as I will not be able to lift, tote, or otherwise do the normal things of moving myself. As of right now, I've exhausted my financial resources. With this fundraiser, I can use the time I know I will be out of work to take care of the things needed to start my life over again on the best possible footing, and to be prepared for being out of work longer than expected. Thank you for your help with this effort.

UPDATES

5 December 2022
December 5, 2022
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For everyone who has me in prayer and/or made a donation, THANK YOU!  

This is the roughest month I've faced so far.  Things are beyond tight, but I also have faith.  I'm working on some things to try to take some expenses off the board, and to build the lump-sum needed to move.  Trust me, with winter coming I'm continuing to be creative and look outside the box for getting out to the Southwest.  It can't happen soon enough, and having the bills covered and some food would be a huge help too.  

I've been having to document some things, and it is interesting that people and agencies tend to focus on one thing.  One of the things I'm having to do is try to get across that it's not one thing.  It's not being hit by lightning, or just the joint issues, or just the heart:  It's a cascade of all that and more.  Yes, I had allergies, osteoarthritis, and the shoulder joint and back issues before.  Then came the lightning, and suddenly I have high blood pressure, open heart surgery to do/treat three different issues, hearing loss, and short- and long-term memory issues.  Then some issues came up with my digestive track.  It's enough to make one take quantum probability cascades seriously.  Take any one issue and I'm either doing as well as possible or working to get there.  Yes, the memory issues are the worst, but, when you take all of them together, there's a reason I've been out of work this long.  Getting all of them to the point I can move has taken longer than I wanted (or expected, I'm used to bouncing back faster and higher than I am currently).  

That said, I'm incredibly blessed.  I am alive.  I am healing, even if slower than I would like.  There are challenges, but that's life and scripture is correct in pointing out that rising to challenges makes for a stronger person and spirit.  There's permanent damage, but again, I'm here and I'm trying to work back as much as possible.  I have faith both in that there is a reason for this and that God's plan for me will continue to unfold.  Meantime, take lightning seriously, be safe, and don't get hit!  

Thank you all!  

21 Nov 22
November 21, 2022
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A Blessed Thanksgiving To All

On some levels, this year has moved far faster than I wanted.  On other levels, it has moved slow.  Getting as many of the medical issues dealt with as we can, well, that was a lot slower than I would have liked.  In terms of life in general, I still can't believe it's November. 

That said, I want to take the time to give thanks, and explore the many reasons I am blessed.  I'm alive, first of all.  From the lightning strike on to everything else that has gone on medical and otherwise, I'm glad to still be here.  

Would I be having the traditional meal this Thursday even if I could afford it?  No, it just doesn't make sense for me by myself.  Besides, the things I love are all the things I shouldn't be eating anyway.  :)  Not sure what I will be doing yet, but will find ways to make it all tasty.  Who knows, if I get the chance and funds, may indulge in dessert or such.  I am thankful that I have options, that I have food, and that if I am hungry that day it is by choice.  

I am thankful for all the support I've gotten from so many wonderful people.  Your prayers have lifted me up.  Your financial support has sustained me.  The words of encouragement have eased my path.  Thank you all. 

I am thankful that for now I have a roof over my head.  

I am thankful that we have reached a point where I can move when the opportunity arises.  I am hopeful that nothing changes with that.  

I am thankful for all the many blessings in my life. 

Please take a moment to think about your life, and give thanks for that which fills your life.  

To everyone who has donated, to everyone who has sent prayers, and to everyone who has offered encouragement:  Thank you.  May your life be as blessed as you have made mine. 

9 Nov 22
November 9, 2022
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First, to everyone who has donated, thank you! I can’t say how much I appreciate each and every donation, and each and every one of you, especially given the current economy. Having been out of work for more than a year now, life has been interesting.

I never anticipated that I would be out of work for this long. However, getting hit by lightning is a touch traumatic and leads to all sorts of issues. Who knew?

Getting all the medical issues that have come up directly, and apparently indirectly as well, dealt with as best possible has taken time; but, other than my shoulder joints needing replacement (and lower back not doing well), we seem to have most things contained for now. I continue to adjust to the hearing loss and other issues.

The real problem has been and will be the memory issues for some time. I’m told the brain will heal in about three years. Then we will learn if the long-term memory issues are permanent or not, and the short-term memory should return to normal. I certainly hope so, as it blows to have the short-term memory of a mayfly. Even with the coping mechanisms I’ve been taught, it is not fun. 

While I am working my way back physically as much as I can, I can no longer do truly physical work. Even if my body could handle it, my shoulder joints and lower back can’t. The short-term memory issues make it hard to learn new things and even with all the coping mechanisms I, frankly, space it every now and then. 

I really had wanted to be moved by now, but getting all the medical taken care of (or at least as much as we can for now) has taken more time than I expected. Still planning, plotting, and working on it, but just not happening as soon as I want.

For yet more background, something I shared with some others elsewhere:  One of the side effects, if you will, of being hit by lightning is that you tend to collect doctors and other medical types. At least for a while, I had my GP, a cardiologist, a cardiac surgeon, a couple of different rehab people, a neurologist, the doctor who did my cognitive evaluation, my ENT, a dermatologist, and even a podiatrist. I feel like I may be leaving one or two out, but you get the idea.

We have spent a bit over a year now trying to get everything fixed, make sure nothing else needs fixing or is trying to develop, and otherwise slowly trying to get the number of medical types back down to a manageable level (by my standards). We’ve had to rule out a couple of types of cancer, identify and deal with issues in my digestive system, monitor shoulder joints that need replacement (I really want the funds to try some regenerative medicine), confirm the amount of hearing loss and the nerve death associated with some of it, do cognitive and physical therapy, and other such fun things.

When I get asked why I haven’t yet moved, I tend to point to the above. I will also point out that my current insurance will not transfer out of state, and within the limits of what it covers, has been a champ. Their call center rates a 10 to the negative 14 Tor on customer service, but they have paid the bills and even gotten creative on a few things much to my surprise. I HAD to get everything possible fixed before moving, unless I want to risk needing specialized care with possibly no insurance as it will take a while to get new insurance once I move. 

In looking at things, I recently decided to take two steps I really had hoped to avoid. I am applying to retire (early), which is one set of bureaucratic hurdles. I can’t actually do so until Mid-December, and no idea how long the process may take if I am indeed allowed to retire early. I’ve also filed for disability with Social Security, which looks to be 17-24 months of process (Per SS) at best with no guarantee of being approved.

All of which means, for now, that I remain far more dependent upon your generosity than I care for, desire, or — most of all — deserve. I hate having to ask for the help more than I can say. That said, I also appreciate your gifts, your prayers, and your support and encouragement more than words can express. I will never truly feel that I deserve it; but, I do appreciate it more than I can begin to express. Most of all, and most importantly, however, is that I appreciate each and every one of you for all that you do in thought, word, and deed.  

With luck and other things, including the blessings that are your gifts and encouragement, I will continue to plug along and eventually get moved.  It can't happen soon enough! 

Thank you all so very, very much!

28 Oct 22
October 28, 2022
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To my donors, THANK YOU!  Things are incredibly tight, and your help comes at a great time.  Know that you and your gifts are both very much appreciated. 

To say things are tight is, unfortunately, an understatement.  I'm hanging on, but it's by my claws.  Any help you can provide is very, very much appreciated.  I had hoped to avoid some things, but the issues left by the lightning strike are such that it is going to take three years (or more) to heal.  That has an impact on my ability to work, much less just deal with day-to-day life.  I've taken some steps recently to try to cover everyday expenses, but that will not have immediate results.  Indeed, one thing I did is likely to take 24 months, while the other step I've taken won't see the actual filing until late December (earliest appointment) and who knows how long after the application is filed. 


So, any and all help is very much appreciated.  If I can get enough built up, I'm moving and will work details later.  Not the best way to do things, but if it works...  

Again, my thanks!  I know times are rough for everyone, which makes your prayers and gifts all that much more appreciated.  

17 October 22
October 17, 2022
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First, to everyone who has donated or sent a prayer, THANK YOU!  I can't tell you how much you and your gifts are appreciated.  

I hate to ask, but things are beyond tight and the bills are coming due.  Anything helps.  Anything extra will go towards some emergency preparations that will also help with getting moved.  Might I suggest that you also stock up a bit on food and preparations, as things could get a bit too interesting here soon.  All the more reason I could wish for enough lump sum to just go ahead and move, even if I don't have a place to live locked in.  Yet. 

Again, my thanks, and I know times are hard for us all, but your gifts and prayers do make the difference.  

12 Oct 22
October 12, 2022
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As always, if someone has made a non-anonymous donation and not gotten a thank you, please let me know.  I have the short term memory of a mayfly, stupid lightning.  If you have made an anonymous donation, please know how much I appreciate it and you!  I can't begin to say thank you loud enough, strong enough, and often enough for all the gifts and prayers! 

In the good news front, my visit with the GP this week, and the cardiologist a week or so ago, went well.  On the cardiologists part, she's good with my moving to the Southwest.  Doesn't want to lose me as a patient, but does want me to be in the best place possible.  My GP is very happy with all the other systems, and I had some amazingly good blood work.  To quote from something I wrote: 

"We have spent a bit over a year now trying to get everything fixed, make sure nothing else needs fixing or is trying to develop, and otherwise slowly trying to get the number of medical types back down to a manageable level (by my standards). We’ve had to rule out a couple of types of cancer, identify and deal with issues in my digestive system, monitor shoulder joints that need replacement (I really want the funds to try some regenerative medicine), confirm the amount of hearing loss and the nerve death associated with some of it, do cognitive and physical therapy, and other such fun things.

When I get asked why I haven’t yet moved, I tend to point to the above. I will also point out that my current insurance will not transfer out of state, and within the limits of what it covers, has been a champ. "  The biggest "If" right now that we know of are the shoulders, but I really hope to put that off for a few years.  Heck, if I can get the money, I want to try regenerative medicine before replacing both. 

I'm exploring creative options on getting out there and where to live.  I may not have been able to do things as fast as I would like, but I am continuing to push and prepare to move.  

Meantime, there are normal and some not-regular bills to pay even as the cost of living goes up.  As always, your generosity has gotten me this far, and I hope that soon it will get me on the road.  Thank you, and know that whatever you can do in these challenging times is appreciated.  

30 Sept 22
September 30, 2022
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It's the end of the month, and I really could use some help.  One major bill came in early, there are the regular bills, and all the other joys of life.  Heck, wish I could win the lotto as I just found some land in the area I am extremely interested in for sale, at one heck of a good price.  

I know times are tough for us all, but any help and all the prayers I can get are appreciated.  Thank you! 

26 Sept. 22
September 26, 2022
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First, my thanks to all who have donated including those doing so anonymously.  You are all very much appreciated! 

It's the end of the month, and in addition to the normal bills I've had one drop in about a month ahead of schedule.  To add to that, my move to a new hosting provider did not go as planned so am now looking at having to move yet again.  Joy.  So, any help right now would be appreciated.  Working hard on that nest egg to move, looking at options to move on the cheap (not easy right now), and working to step outside the box to get things done. 

Your gifts and prayers have kept me going, and with your help I will not only keep going, but start the new life as planned.  Thank you! 

22 Sept. 22
September 22, 2022
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A day of symmetry.  To all those who have donated, thank you!  I particularly want to thank those who do so anonymously and as such don't get an extra thank you; and, for all those sending prayers and more for me.  All are much appreciated and your kind gifts of all types are keeping me going.  

Working on taking care of some things, and as always can use the help.  Some good news to share includes new glasses courtesy of some very nice people who help hundreds at an event here in Indy; plus, new shoes so I can get in more exercise.  I did a personal best since being hit by lightning a week or so ago that unfortunately made it clear my old shoes were pretty much done in.  Again, a couple of kind people helped and I am now breaking in some new, wonderful shoes, and hope to be doing 3-7.5 miles on a regular basis while the weather is good.  

I am beyond ready to move, and am doing all I can to make it happen.  Any and all help just getting by, much less moving, is very much appreciated.  

Thank you all so much for all your kind gifts including gifts of prayer and love.  Thank you. 

14 Sept 22
September 14, 2022
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Again, my thanks to all who have donated.  I want to take a moment to thank those who have donated anonymously for their kindness!  All of the gifts, prayers, and good thoughts are very much appreciated.  Still chuckling over the "Indian-no-place" line, that is a good one.  :) 

As always, can use some help on the bills but am also looking at a couple of other things.  I have the chance to switch a service provider out for one better and more reliable, but it will take about $200 in donations to pull off.  Good thing is, that will also take that bill out of play for a year.  

Last week, I hit a personal best milestone when I did a nice 7+ mile walk (7.48 miles to be exact) and very much enjoyed it.  However, it showed that after 4 years, I do need a new pair of walking shoes and inserts.  Any help towards that is also very much appreciated.  

Meantime, continuing to get creative on getting out to the SW.  Starting to explore if shipping containers might be the best option, both to get out there and perhaps to even set up temporary housing.  If the idea of a wet-CHU in Iraq was a dream, maybe it works as a dream here too.  All options are on the table right now, just need to get enough in one place at one time to act.  

Again, my thanks to all for your gifts, prayers, and suggestions!  I can't say how much I appreciate all of it, especially in the current economic times.  Appreciate the humor too!  With your help, I've not only hung in there, but am working hard to move out and start a new life.  Thank you. 

8 Sept 22
September 8, 2022
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To everyone who has donated, thank you!  Your gifts and prayers make the difference in my fight to start a new life.  Your help is very much appreciated, especially as I work to pay bills and do the things that will let me move as soon as possible.  I never thought I would be out of work this long, or face the challenges that I do.  The impact on my short-term memory as well as the effects on general memory are indeed a challenge.  

I am taking some steps to try to get my day-to-day expenses covered, but that will take time.  Right now, I am facing some key bills coming up, and would love to put gas in the car and buy a few groceries.  

Any and all help is appreciated!  Thank you all so much for your gifts and prayers.  Together, we will see me move and start that new life.  

31 August 2022
August 31, 2022
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It is the end of the month, and the EOM bills are rolling into the first of the month bills.  Any and all help is very much appreciated! 

So you know, I have begun the process to file for social security ahead of schedule.  If I can take the monthly expenses out of this, it should help me get moved faster.  In fact, at the advice of the very nice lady at social security, I'm not only applying for social security, but also disability.  I really didn't want to do either, but I also need to get things stable so I can get out of here and start a new life as fast as possible. 

Thank you to the most recent group of anonymous donors, and to all who have donated gifts and sent prayers to help me start a new life.  All are appreciated, and with your continued gifts and prayers I can and will start the new life as quickly as possible.  

My Thanks To All
August 24, 2022
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I want to thank all who have offered prayers and made donations, esp. those who have made anonymous donations.  My thanks to you all!  

Anything helps.  It's the end of the month, there are some unexpected, and I'm trying to go outside the box on moving as I want to do so as fast as I can.  I'm looking into pods, and even into buying some shipping containers that I could then use to create a home if I can find some land.  Nothing is off the table.  I've had one suggestion made for taking the daily expenses out of the equation, and am talking with some financial professionals to see if that is an option, and if so, is it a good option?  I would like to avoid having to rent a place while I find what works, but if that is the best option...  Again, nothing off the table but it is increasingly looking like professional movers are out of the question as the rates keep going up.  

For now, thank you for your gifts, your prayers, and your good thoughts.  Thank you, and may God's grace and mercy be upon you all now and in the days ahead.  May God guide us all in these difficult times.  

17 August 22
August 17, 2022
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It is headed into the end of the month and I want out of here!  Somewhere I have a snippet of Bugs Bunny hanging off the moon yelling "Get Me Outa Here!" and it does sort of sum up how I feel.  :)  

I would have loved to have moved months ago, but all the health issues kept that from happening. I do well most days, the coping mechanisms for the brain issues work well and it could be imagination but I swear I see/feel some progress in the healing. I don’t want to wait three years, I want to be good now! 🙂 So far, we have most everything under control as far as we can tell. Working to keep it that way. Please help me keep my head above water and get out of the bad place that Indy has become. 

Again, my thanks to all for the gifts, the encouragement, and especially the prayers.  With your continued help, I can and will start a new life soon. 

12 August 22
August 12, 2022
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If you have made a named (not anonymous) donation and have not gotten thanked, please let me know!  I try to get that taken care of ASAP, but given my short term memory Oh Shiney!  :)  Yeah, it's a pain and using lists to track what I need to do as well as what I've done helps -- when I remember to make the lists.  :) 

For all the support, the prayers, and the encouragement, Thank You Very Much!  Your help is making it possible for me to get by while getting a new life off the ground.  

Update 10 August
August 10, 2022
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Thank you!  

Thank you to everyone who has donated, and a special shout out to the anonymous donors as they don't get a letter in addition to the automatic thank you's. In this economy, I very much appreciate and am humbled by your support.  With your help and prayers, my head is above water for now and we are moving forward.  

Any and all help is appreciated as I do need to pay bills, eat, and save up money to get moved.  I admit I did splurge a bit grocery shopping this week.  I found both sriracha and Cholula chili garlic sauce available, where they had been hard to find so I grabbed some while I could. :)  There are a few spices I would like to order, as they either aren't readily available locally or are best gotten from the source.  Was sad to learn one place I used to get my chipotle from in NM apparently is no more.  High-quality bulk at a great price.  Yes, when I can I do buy bulk where appropriate. 

Again, my thanks and appreciation for the help, the prayers, and the encouragement. It truly does make the difference in my efforts to start a new life.  

Monday 8 August
August 8, 2022
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First up, thank you to everyone who has donated!  Especially given the economy and times being hard for all, your stepping up is very much appreciated.  I also appreciate the variety of kind words about myself and my blog, and the prayers.  

Second, I really want to see things start to move so I can move.  Anything you can do to help is appreciated as costs keep rising and I want move as soon as possible, not later.  Time to get this new life moving! 

Third, I have raised the goal.  Yes, costs keep rising, and the amount taken by the payments processor (GIveSendGo takes nothing!  Great people!!) means that to get the amount I need I have to ask for more.  Hated to do it, but just no way around it.  

Thank you all!  Your help lets me hang on, get by, and hopefully soon get enough of a lump sum together to get moved!  With your help, every day brings me closer to starting that new life.  

Thank You!
August 2, 2022
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I want to thank everyone who has donated!  In particular, I want to thank all the anonymous donors that only get the automated thanks.  All of you, especially in these times, are amazing people doing amazing things to help.  With your donations, and those to come, I am working to start a new life even as I work to keep my head above water otherwise.  Thank you all so much, as the donations and prayers are appreciated more than I can say.  Thank you!  Here's hoping more can help and we can truly get things moving. 

Thank You!
August 2, 2022
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I want to thank everyone who has donated!  In particular, I want to thank all the anonymous donors that only get the automated thanks.  All of you, especially in these times, are amazing people doing amazing things to help.  With your donations, and those to come, I am working to start a new life even as I work to keep my head above water otherwise.  Thank you all so much, as the donations and prayers are appreciated more than I can say.  Thank you!  Here's hoping more can help and we can truly get things moving. 

End Of July Update
July 31, 2022
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I really could use the help, as this month has been interesting.  As I noted in the last update, I need to get some supplements that are not covered by insurance, plus pay the bills.  I'm not in bad shape yet, but things are a lot closer than I care for.  I know times are tough for everyone, and appreciate any and all gifts and prayers! 

As noted previously, I'm looking at having to increase my goal to cover what is taken by the payments provider.  GiveSendGo is wonderful, and the people here amazing, but the payment processor takes a good share.  I will probably decide Monday on this. 

Meantime, aside from bills I'm looking to get together larger sums to cover both the move itself and a place to call home.  Investigating ways to make the move for less than using movers without pushing myself into doing things the doctors (and friends) are not going to be happy about.  Rents have almost doubled since this started, plus there are deposits and other joys.  Meantime, I still have to pay rent and bills here.  

Anything you can do is appreciated!  Thank you all for everything you have done, both monetary and prayer.  Thank you.  With your continued help I will start a new life. 

End Of The Month Plea
July 27, 2022
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Things are dragging, and given the economy I'm not surprised.  To all who have donated, especially those who have done so anonymously, my profound thanks!  

The end of the month bills are fast approaching, and I'm also having to restock some supplements that seem to be helping. The supplements are like a compounded prescription I had a few years ago where the insurance won't cover anything other than big pharma products. I will say this, tried one of them and had a blood test not long after where the doc looked at the bloodwork, then the previous results, looked at me and said "Keep taking it!" So I do.  

There are days that things seem so close for moving, and days when I just wonder if I will get by.  Working on a couple of things to try to get the move jumpstarted, will just have to see if they work.  

Any help you can give is very, very much appreciated.  Also, please keep those prayers coming!  

Birthday Wish
July 12, 2022
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At some point in the next seven days, I turn another year older. Yes, I've just had my Alive Day, but I do have a wish or three for my birthday.

First, I really wish more people would come together to make the world a better place, and to appreciate all the wonderful things we do have in life. Take a moment to stop and give thanks for the natural beauty in the world, the many wonderful people within, and all the blessings we have been granted. Seriously, take a moment and give thanks.

Outside of that, what do I want for my birthday? Well, I'm not going to ask for the impossible of running back the clock to before everything that has gone on in the last few years, especially the lightning strike. As much as it is a challenge, I'm not sure I would change much, if anything. I wouldn't be the me I am today without all of it.

What I would like to see is this effort go viral so I can get moved and truly start a new life. I would also appreciate it if I could ask for a few specific things: $20 for a haircut; $20 so I could eat out on my birthday; and, $20 so I could go see a movie in the theatre. Yes, I would like to see Top Gun just for the grins of it.

It's a rough time for everyone, but your help and prayers have gotten me this far with my head above water. With your help, the next stage of my life can take off.

Thank You!
July 5, 2022
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I've just finished sending out thank you notes to those who donated other than anonymously. If you were anon, you should have gotten an automated thank you. If you donated and have not gotten a thank you, let me know and I will correct that situation. If you got more than one thank you, well, I didn't do a checklist like I should have, and if I wasn't sure I sent one again.

Things are tight for all, and I really do appreciate the help. Hoping that maybe we can get things rolling so I can start, or even finish, the move this month. Meantime, all help and prayers are appreciated!

Alive Day
June 30, 2022
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Alive Day. My military friends will know what that means, but potentially countless others will not. It is the day you died, or should have died. The day something catastrophic impacted you and perhaps those around you. In some cases, people I know quite literally died and the docs and doctors brought them back. Some more than once. In other cases, the docs and doctors poured forth their skills and power like water, and kept them alive. Even spending time in Iraq and elsewhere, I never truly thought that I would have an alive day.

On this day one year ago, I was sitting in this same spot, in the same chair, drinking coffee and doing my equivalent of reading the newspaper. I was watching the light show from a thunderstorm that was a mile to a mile and a half off, enjoying it as it moved away from me. I had just put down my phone and coffee when my world went white, then black, and though I didn't realize it at the time, the life I had been living died.

Keep in mind that this day a year ago, I literally had no clue I had been hit. I truly thought it a near miss, and when I was no longer locked up from the hit and could go inside, I did so. I took care of a couple of things, gave thanks to God and the Blessed Mother that I was alive, got my shower, and went to work. That there was a hole in the bottom of my right foot is something that escaped me for a while.

For a while, it seemed like I was living a quantum probability cascade, where if there was even a remote possibility for something to go wrong in my body, it did so. It has meant a stream of doctor visits, tests, and even procedures to check things out, fix if possible, and to figure out how to live with some of the issues. We have just recently (knock on wood) finished the last tests and treatments and all appears to be good to go for moving. My insurance will not transfer to where I'm headed, so want to be sure we have everything possible taken care of first.

I do not know why I was spared, but am thankful I was and I think there is something I'm supposed to do. I don't have a clue what that is, and admit it could be simply to serve as the horrible example 'don't be that person or this happens' though I hope that's not it. Meantime, if you need a speaker to talk lightning strikes and safety, or about the blessings and challenges of being a survivor, I'm available.

Today is my Alive Day, and God's help and yours, I will make the most of this new life I now live. 

 

Update #14
June 29, 2022
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I know times are tight for everyone.  That said, I hope you can help.  I'm working to be able to move as fast as possible, but meantime there are bills and some unexpecteds.  Any help is very much appreciated.  As always, your prayers are very much appreciated and helpful.  

Update #13
June 25, 2022
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It's the end of the month and there are a couple of unexpecteds in with the bills.  

The cost of moving has doubled since this started, as has the cost of rent.  Rent is the only option for right now, though if I win the lottery...  That said, I have come up with an idea that may work to do the move for less. Option 1 involves finding someone else to drive the truck, hiring help to load and unload, and going out and putting things in storage while I find a place to rent.  Option 2 would be trickier, with carting the car behind the truck. Right now, unless someone wants' to drop $5k to cover the move by movers, going to have to go with renting a truck.  I also need about $5k to cover rent, deposits, etc.  

All that said, anything helps and the more that comes in means the sooner I can act.  It's taken far longer than I would like, but getting as much medical cleared and dealt with was essential since my insurance won't transfer.  

Thank you all again for your support!  The gifts, the prayers, the support -- they have been and are essential, and appreciated more than I can say.  

Update #12
June 17, 2022
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I feel like we are finally coming into the home stretch. The major and most minor medical issues are dealt with for now. I'm about as set as I can be, now what I need are the funds.  The economy is hurting both fundraising and the planning I had done. Rents are higher, moving is higher, fuel is higher -- and it doesn't matter.  I need to get this done. I have faith that I will be guided and that which is right will be. 

Your prayers and donations are crucial, and much appreciated. With your continued help, I will get moved and will be able to start a new life. 

Update #11
May 25, 2022
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So much for this being a down week.  Late last week, I started having pain, poking sensations, and some burning in my breastbone. This was on top of the possibility I was retaining more fluids than I should.  Went in for X-rays yesterday as we were concerned the plates and/or three wire sutures on the breastbone were doing something unexpected. 

I'm glad to say that the X-rays showed things going well and normally.  The problem is, we don't know why I'm getting those sensations or what is going on.  So, in to see a doc on Friday. 

On Monday, I had my last regularly scheduled cognitive therapy session.  As I've said before, I was blessed in that testing has shown that I'm still above average in most areas of cognition.  That said, there are some issues with short-term memory and being able to access long-term.  Not surprising that some things are scrambled as God's own stun gun was effectively discharged into my version of the most powerful bio-electric computer in the known universe:  the human brain and central nervous system. 

I've been told that it will take about three years for the brain to heal and settle down.  The therapists believe that very little has truly been lost, but that the data is a bit scrambled if you will.  Most of the therapy has concentrated on coping mechanisms to help me work around those issues.  As for exercising the brain, I was told my writing is the best thing I can be doing and should be doing.  So, plan to see if I can get up to more than just a post a day and take on more writing tasks. 

I would appreciate any prayers I can get in regards Friday and figuring out what is going on in a body that has not behaved normally since the lightning strike. Big surprise.  :)  Meantime, pushing on with the efforts to move and start a new life as soon as I can medically do so. 

Thank you everyone for your support.  I can't say thank you enough as you have kept me going while I've been out of work, and as I try to move.  It is close, I think, and with your continued support I will get there.  


Update #10
May 19, 2022
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Since I was hit by lightning, I've felt like my health has been a descending quantum cascade. Glad to report, however, that all the samples from earlier this week came back negative, no cancer there. What may be a new cardiac issue is being monitored, the recent test and prep may be cause. Will see. Thankful for the good news. Also, thankful and grateful for the recent anonymous donations, prayers, and messages of support! Thank you! With your continued help, prayers, and support, I do have a shot at a new, and hopefully healthier, life.

Update #9
May 18, 2022
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Well, what I hope will be the last major medical test/procedure is over.  Waiting on some biopsy results, and we are having to monitor what could be a new cardiac issue (hopefully temporary) but I am pressing on.  Your help will keep me going and get me moved to where I can heal better and faster, and actually be able to enjoy life more.  Thank you all so much, and for those just tuning in, please consider helping me in my efforts to recover from a lightning strike and move to a new life! 

Update #8
May 9, 2022
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Since the campaign has stalled, I did not move by the end of last month.  That looks to have been a good thing, as some specialized therapy sessions finally were approved by my insurance and are underway.  I've also seen a wide variety of doctors and am getting checked out stem to stern for everything from cancer onwards.  While I have one more outpatient test/checkup with sedation to go, so far everything has been looking good.  We do finally seem to have the BP in an acceptable range, and most of my bloodwork looks good.  

Provided this next test shows clear, I really would like to move as soon as possible.  If you can help, please know that it is very much needed and appreciated.  It has not been fun to be out of work this long, much less not being able to do all I would normally do.  With continued work, I will be able to bounce back physically and otherwise.  Your help will let me do that.  

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.  Thank you to everyone who does donate.  With your help, I can build a new life.  

Oh Joy
April 7, 2022
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I've had to update things a bit after today's visit to the dentist.  Seems at some point I chomped down hard enough to break some previous dental work.  No way to fix it, a crown is needed and guess what insurance doesn't cover...  There is other work on top of that, but some of it needs to be put off until after I move.  Could have happened when I got hit by lightning, could have happened after, and it's possible that when I was hit and locked up it did enough damage that it didn't take much later.  

Any and all help appreciated!  I really do want to move ASAP, and with your help and prayers, I will.  Thank you.  

End Of The Month?
April 5, 2022
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My goal was to be on the move by the end of this month. Thanks to a couple of things, it is now a real possibility.

One of the things making it a possibility is that we may finally have the blood pressure coming under control. Instead of me running around in the 175-189/99 (or higher) range, we have it consistently under 140/90 and may even be on track to a consistent 110 (or less)/80 range. Jury is still out on that, but it is nice to not have to worry about stroking out. At one point, before the open-heart surgery, it was well above 200/100. The only good news from all this is that I likely don't have any aneurysms simply because if I did, they would have already blown.

Sadly, we may not get to do the cognitive therapy that we would like to do. Insurance turned down the first application for it, but there apparently was an option for the provider to appeal. Would love to do at least some of it...

I was very lucky on several fronts, particularly on the cognitive side. There was no physical damage. While there are some cognitive issues, they seem mostly to be in one area and while some of the data is scrambled, so to speak, a lot of it should shake out over the next three years. Getting on out West will help with that, since the weather changes do have an effect on more than just the body.

The warmer, dry climate will help body and mind. Everything helps, and with your help and prayers, we can push this along and get me on out of here.

Home Stretch In Sight
March 22, 2022
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The location is set, and as fast as the last part of this campaign is raised, the move will begin.  A little extra won\'t hurt, as the estimate to move appears to have doubled over the initial -- even with as little as I have to move.  It\'s not like I have any furniture other than the bed, and most of what I have to move is what I have to have to live.  

And, if we can raise the remaining money, it would not come at a better time.  Where I am living is experiencing flooding problems suddenly.  We had a problem last year, but it appeared to have been fixed and there were no problems until a couple of weeks ago when we flooded once again.  This time, it got up into the room I rent, and while it thankfully did little damage to my gear, the landlord did jack to help me get the water out of the room and carpet.  Just caught it trying to flood again, and we think it\'s under control but clearly there\'s a problem as the rain has not been that heavy.  

Not to mention that all the weather changes are locking me up.  Makes it hard to do anything, and more than ever I miss being out West.  As I said, the destination is set and with your help I can get on out there.  I wish I could move myself, but the reality is I can\'t do the physical part.  I want to, and in my mind I still think I can; but, the fact is just getting the groceries in from the car can be an adventure.  I\'ve been told that things will improve, but it takes time, like months to a year.  

We are still working some medical issues, but there is a plan for them in the move as well.  

Please help me get out West.  Then maybe I can get better a bit faster, and with a lot less pain and related delights.  

Lurching Back To My Feet. Sorta.
February 28, 2022
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Well, it has been interesting since the last update.  I think that\'s the right word for things.  

The migration help I was promised with the computer did not materialize, so moving from what was a state-of-the-art 32-bit processor and system in 2007 to a 64-bit processor system today has been slow.  On the good news front, what I can do on the new computer has allowed me to prune things off the old system.  As of right now, have it where I can use it for very slow photo/video work, and critical software that won\'t go over to the new system.  New system requires buying all new versions of that software, and I don\'t see that happening within the current budget especially since some software places don\'t see moving up such a leap as an upgrade...  

Last Thursday, I ended up having to have my landlord drive me to the ER that\'s about a block or so away.  Not heart issues, thankfully, but something new out of the blue:  diverticulitis.  Nope, no sign on my last two colonoscopies.  Given that I just had open heart with almost zero pain, if you had told me this would hurt 8-9 times worse (even worse than the gall bladder attacks that led to mine being removed), I might have laughed.  Not so much any more.  

So, back behind again but trying to catch up.  I had my first solid food since Thursday morning today, and so far, so good.  More soon, and Bless You All for the prayers and help!  I can\'t tell you how much I appreciate both.  

Halfway There
February 21, 2022
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Sorry for the lack of updates, but there have been computer issues and more health issues that hit on top of this site getting hacked.  The good news is, progress has been made on health and computer, as well as some other joys.  The site is back up, and things are moving along.  In fact, I was able to make my trip to the Southwest and came back with a most interesting job offer:  dressing in 1880s clothing and sharing history and more with visitors.  I\'m seriously considering it, though I am also working on some more traditional employment opportunities as well.  The other nice thing about the trip, aside from how good I felt while in the Southwest, is that I was able to eliminate some places from consideration, find a couple of new possibilities, and get the information that will let me refine things down so that I may can move in as little as six weeks -- with your continued help.  I will have to hire movers, as recent events have reinforced that I can\'t do the move myself.  

Thank you all for your support and prayers!  I can\'t tell you how much both are appreciated.  

Wow. Thank You!
January 15, 2022
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Since Sarah kindly gave this a push at Instapundit, things have taken off.  I\'ve already thanked her in private, but do so again here in public.  It\'s not easy asking for help, and to get the response her posts have driven is a bit overwhelming.  I know each of you have gotten the automated thank you, but I am going to do my best to thank everyone again.  

Progress is being made.  Somewhere, I mentioned the need for an orthopedic mattress.  It is being delivered in the next few days.  Thanks to you, I was able to go try two versions of the mattress, and the one that works best for me will be delivered in a couple of days.  I\'m caught up on bills and getting ahead where I can.  In fact, on a recurring bill I was able to make a change that will reduce my monthly bill.  

I\'m now starting to look at heading out to the SW.  I\'ve got some medical appointments coming up that can\'t be missed.  In fact, two of them we tried to get set up back in August (!!!) and while they won\'t show more immediate effects on the brain, they may give us some clues if there are long-term effects building from the lightning strike.  Worth knowing, and worth having the baseline.  Also, I\'m now wearing a heart monitor and I may end up doing a geek post on my little snitch as it is rather neat.  Especially if you\'ve ever dealt with its ancestor.  I haven\'t, but know people who did have the wear the old big box.  Instead, I\'m wearing something about the size of a matchbox that is water resistant enough I can shower.  My skin does not like the patch to which it is attached, but if it gets us answers...  

Again, my thanks to everyone who has donated and is donating.  My thanks to all who are spreading the word.  A huge Thank You to all who are praying as prayers are very much appreciated.  Onwards! 

First Update
January 7, 2022
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Huge thanks to the first, very generous, donor!  I\'m still hoping to get to travel to the Southwest around the end of the month, if the funds are available.  I\'m also still hoping to be cleared to return to work in February, but the office visit on Tuesday of this week included an abnormal ECG, so I will be wearing a monitor for a few weeks starting as soon as it arrives.  Rehab is going well overall, though my stamina is not yet where I would like it to be.  It will take time, I know, but...  For taking the time to read this, my thanks!  For contributing, thank you!  For taking the time for a prayer, thank you!  The road to recovery from both the lightning strike and the open heart surgery is a long one.  Thank you for helping make it a better and smoother one.  

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