posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 07:25 AM
Yes, my family is struggling.
I have had to give up my treatments for multiple sclerosis so that we can continue to afford gas, grocery, and the rising cost of our electricity
I have optic neuritis caused by MS, so my vision has been giving me much trouble off and on. I do not qualify for SSI, as the state has turned me down
twice now, and will not give me a single dime until their doctor claims me as legally blind. Stopping my treatments though, will probably land me in
this category soon enough. There are no other options for me.
I have a child to feed. My husband works six days a week + over time, and has one year left in school.
There is much stress on his back. He worries quite a bit, and blames himself for our troubles. But he is doing all that he can to make sure we have
enough. He is a good man. All of our money goes straight away to bills, groceries, and rent. We do not have much for entertainment. The occasional
$1.99 movie rental at the grocery store.
We opted for fans this summer instead of air conditioner to help keep our electric bill as low as possible. I conserve energy more so than I ever
have. The tv isn't ever left on. Computer shut down when not in use. Fans off as soon as a cool breeze hits. Showers, shorter. No dishwasher, I wash
them by hand. Lights in the house not in use, are turned off. No more night light's except for my daughter's room.
Despite my efforts to conserve energy for the past three months, I am coming up with an $80 bill. When I call them, they say..."Oh, the price is up,
the average for this reading is accurate". No, I believe I'm getting ripped off.
My husband works in the next city, so the commute is killer with gas prices. He drives 55 mph in a 70 mph speed zone, as do other people we notice, in
order to stretch the gas a little.
We are not starving. We are okay, but we are having to do without some things we used to have and I do not see the situation improving until my
husband has finished school.
I have much faith. But there's days where I wonder where the next extra $$ will come from so we can have enough for groceries for the whole week.