Here's the update on Barrie, aka the Ant, aka barriequark
I ended up taking her in to the emergency room last night after all. By the time I got home, the ankle was worsening, not improving, even with an entire day's worth of icing and staying off of it. Also, when she told me that just trying to put weight on it made her want to scream, I shoved dinner in us and got us to the ER.
She has what in the lingo is referred to as a bilateral sprain, or in normal human speak, she has managed to horribly sprain *both* ankles.
While it is a relief that the ankles and/or feet are not broken, as some of you who have suffered sports injuries (like me) know, sprains unfortunately can sometimes take longer to heal than a straight, clean break.
What this means is that Barrie is pretty hampered in caring for the Bean and the Mouse, since she is the family childcare while I and the husband are at the dayjobs.
We're in trouble. And she needs help.
As some of you also know, Barrie doesn't have health insurance, being the in home one, and a freelance artist and writer.
I shit you not, as we were leaving, even though we told them she had no insurance and no ability to pay and that she would need to be signed up for Medi-Cal, the discharging nurse handed Barrie a bill. For $750. Which doesn't include the attending physician's fees or the X-ray fees or anything else. That's just for the ER. And it doubles if it's not paid within five days. So, that's 50% off, which is awesome if you, y'know, have that kind of money just laying around.
Which she does not.
Why can't we have a public option for healthcare already?
Anyway, moving on.
She has a deviant art site with art for sale here: http://friendlyquark.deviantart.com
I am extending my print sale and donating all my art sales to her medical and Rx costs until the end of October. Details here: http://quennessa.livejournal.com/242359.html
This also means that all art sales from the next two shows, the artwalk on Friday, October 2nd and the Book & Art Party on Saturday, 11/7 will also go to helping offset her medical expenses.
You can send donations to either her or to me. If this is something you'd like to do, ping me at angela.n.hunt at gmail.com
And if you are local and can just lend a hand to Barrie, since she has such limited mobility for the near future, also ping me at the same email. I can also be reached on my cell at 310.890.8617.
On a personal note, I'm exhausted. Three hours in an ER is always an adventure, even if the writing brain rather loves it for the dialogue and soaks it up, while constantly saying, ooo, I gotta use that in a story. Prayers, energy, Reiki, spells are all also appreciated. Just a word in the god of your choice's ear for her.
I know we're all experiencing different levels of compassion fatigue with all that's going on in the world. So if all you can spare is just a quick prayer? Believe me, it helps. Just knowing that you all are thinking of her and us, it matters.
I have to immediately call out an awesome thank you to Mike and Denison without LJs, who showed up without a moment's hesitation yesterday, when I had to bail to work. Without you, yesterday would have been a lot harder. Thank you, thank you, thank you.