I have five children, three girls and two boys. All of them, except my youngest, the eight year-old, are grown and live on their own. During the day, I work in the dietary department preparing trays for our residents. In the evening, I look forward to going home to spend time with my little girl. We always have dinner together. That day in June was no different.
When I came home from work, I went into the kitchen to cook something for my baby, and I kept feeling sick. It felt like my arm was giving out and my head was hurting. It had been hurting for days…really bad. I tried three times to get up and cook us something to eat, and each time I had to go back and lay down for a little bit. Finally, something just told me that I needed to go to the hospital. So, I went to the emergency room. After a few tests and x-rays, they found an aneurism in my brain. I had surgery immediately. When the surgeons cut into my head, they found that the aneurysm was much larger than they expected. It was a nightmare…but everything happened so fast, I didn’t have much time to worry. But, my children were very worried.
The doctors didn’t know what kind of damage had been done to my brain and that’s all my kids could think about. They didn’t’ know if I would be able to walk or talk after the surgery. I was in the ICU for several days, and my youngest wasn’t even allowed to see me. It was difficult for all of the kids, but we made it through this crisis. I woke up and I’m fine. My memory messes with me a little bit, but other than that, I’m doing well. It all happened so fast.
It’s been a long journey. I had to be off of work for almost four months. I couldn’t pay my bills; my water was going to be turned off. I was trying to recover from major brain surgery and take care of my young daughter. And, at the same time, I couldn’t pay my bills because there was no money coming in.
I remember hearing about the Hug Fund for the very first time when one of our co-workers had a family member that died and the Hug Fund helped with funeral costs. I never thought about the fund while I was in the hospital, until one of my co-workers suggested that I try to get help with some of my bills…and the Hug Fund did just that. It helped me with my bills and eased my mind while I was recuperating.
I never thought about donating to the Fund until now…until this terrible thing happened to me. The Hug Fund did exactly what it says it will do; it helps employees who have experienced a catastrophic event. Unfortunately, I experienced that kind of event. I will help the Fund from now on and if I could talk to the employees who donate to the Hug Fund, I would tell them that you really have no idea how you helped me, I mean, really helped me. You are wonderful. Thank you very much.