I am so stressed today

United States
September 23, 2008 11:43pm CST
So much going on I don't know what to do.I am out of work due to illness and have been this time for quite awhile.Those of you who know me on here know that I have multiple sclerosis and this time I have been sick again for much to long.I am worrying about my gas and electric bill I am in danger of both being shut off.I have gone to my local church for help but they are overwhelmed by others that need help and got there before me.I do not ask for help unless I absolutely have to so I waited too long and now they can't help me.Heating assistance isn't for another month and they are saying they are going to shut me off by September 28th if I don't have $200.00 for the gas and $175.00 for the electric.Even if I chose between the two which I put the money on I don't think I could live without either.I just don't know what to do.Oh well had to vent somewhere I know I will figure something out I always do.
6 responses
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
24 Sep 08
Check with the Salvation Army. If they can't help you out, maybe they can suggest someone that can. Also, there is a medical waiver that can entitle you to extra base units on your electricity. I have it here in California. It is for people who are disabled and need the extra electricity for their illness, whether it is for cooling and heating or for running medical equipment. You need to have your doctor sign it, but it saves a ton of money. I wish I was close by you and could help you out with your bills...but there are places to go for help, including Salvation Army, and the social services agencies in your area. I had to go to Salvation Army the last time the kids lived with me...and it was a true blessing when they paid my electric bill. I hope this will help you out, also call the electric company and the gas company and explain the situation. They may work with you to set up a payment schedule with you that will help cut down the balance due.
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• United States
24 Sep 08
Thank you so much for your response.I will check with the salvation army in my state but it is my understanding that they work with my local church so I don't know that they will help me,I will call them and find out though.Your kind words and offer to help mean a lot no matter what happens.I wish I could count on my family more but they are not in any better position then I am though they don't have multiple sclerosis I like to think they would help if they could.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
24 Sep 08
I've been in this situation a few times and it is scary and stressful. It's not something like the phone or internet that we can live without for some time. You need your power for everything, including cooking and heating your home, taking showers, etc etc. Have you spoken to the power company? Sometimes they have programs to help you out. My power company will split the bill up and add $10 to my future bills until this one is paid off. That is a huge help sometimes when I'm having a rough month. Or if the power company won't help you come up with something, is there a different company to switch to, or perhaps you could put the bill in someone else's name? We had to do that about a year ago. Our bill had gotten out of hand so we put it in my husband's name and started on a clean slate. Unfortunatly now if we don't pay his bill we're in trouble because we can't afford to pay mine off, it was over $1,000.
• China
25 Sep 08
Oh!You are lucky!You can split the bill up with the power company!But I don't know why you have not much money to pay for the eletricity and gas?If you have not enough money to pay for these,what about food and other things?
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
4 Oct 10
I am so sorry to hear that. Many people are facing similar problems like you. Health problem, and medicaid expenses problem. The cost for health care just skyrocketed, and the expenses for all the medical bills just can't bear by average people. I hope that you can get everything straighten out, and I wish you well too.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
4 Oct 10
Stress is overloading the mind with multiple thoughts or pressures, that the mind or brain cannot able to withstand..so we burst out in anxiety and tension.
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
try to drink energy drink. ?
• China
25 Sep 08
Oh!friend!I am very sorry to hear you are in trouble.All the trouble is the money!If we have enough money many problem will be solve!I advise you go to your government office to get some help.