Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hat in Hand...

Hi Everyone, J here again. While I was in Alaska fretting about mom's surgery and trying to keep friends and family updated on her progress, Richard has been in Juneau figuring out how to get her things moved down to California. He and his wonderful wife, Kathy, have been going through her things and trying to figure out what goes to California, and what gets tossed. It's not easy to go through someone else's things and figure out what has sentimental value to them, and what is something that is just sitting there because the person didn't have enough energy to throw it away. I don't envy him the task.

Last week, the movers came, and assessed the cost of shipping her things...and it came out to almost $8,000. ACK! Richard is going to put this on his credit card, and it will take a long time to pay off. I'm planning on chipping in what I can, but I'm not sure how much that will be.

So many people have asked how they can help, if there's anything they can do to help make the burden a little bit lighter. You have all helped already with your well wishes and support, which has meant so much to us, and to my mom. If you are in the position to help out a bit financially as well, and if you're so inclined, we would definitely appreciate it. And if you would like to help, but you don't have a paypal account, email me at j_asregadoo AT yahoo DOT com, and I'll write back with Richard's snail mail address, which is where any checks can be sent. If you prefer paypal, here's a button to a page Richard has set up for mom's move fund.






Again, thank you all so much for all that you've done. You don't know how much it has helped us already, especially mom, who has loved hearing from you all via blog comments, email, snail mail, and flowers. (Dea, the first thing she said to me when she came out of her drugged state was to please thank you for the card. :) )

~ J

Update: Thank you so much everyone...thus far, we have received over $1,200 toward mom's move, which will help a LOT. You are too kind, and it means a lot to us. The support of all of mom's friends, and of our friends, has meant a lot. Thank you.

13 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Moving costs are huge. It cost us almost that much just to truck our stuff across province a few years ago.

Linda Atkins said...

Great idea, J! $8K is a lot of money. I'll be sending something.

Deja Pseu said...

Sent!

Dea said...

I'm so glad your mom's doing okay. Thanks for letting us be able to help out.

ShortWoman said...

Moving is definitely expensive! I hope Granny adjusts well to the move...

And if I happen to be visiting the correct part of California, I'd love to drop in and give her a hug in person.

Never That Easy said...

I'm so glad that she's doing ok: I've been watching, and sending a ton of get better vibes out to her. (And some 'let's just get through this' vibes out to you as well, since I know how hard it is to be both the patient and the waiting.)

Much hugs. NTE

kenju said...

I sure would not want to be the person deciding what gets kept! What a thankless task. I hope the right decisions are made. If I can locate some extra $$.....

Winston said...

I have been "off planet" myself for a few weeks and just learned from Rain's blog that Maya's Granny had decided to take on and whip a heart problem. Please pass along my most sincere wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. The blogosphere needs the likes of her...

joared said...

Glad to hear MG is doing so well. Reading an earlier post, reminded me that communication picture boards with not only object pictures, but select words, phrases, sentences should routinely be available for patient/family/staff use whenever the patient who recognizes the info is unable to speak i.e. with tubes for breathing.

Ginnie said...

This will be a huge change for her. Life in California is sure to be very different but I look forward to her wonderful blog entries in the future. She will have a lot to tell us.

Anonymous said...

Richard here. Thank you all for your donations. It will help a lot.

Kate said...

I'll do what I can, but of course at the moment finances are a bit dire for me too. (crosses fingers that the coming regime change will help!)

Laura said...

J, I am so glad to hear she is on the mend. I'm also going to see if Paypal will work with me today. Life gets so expensive.