Fairhaven…

Today a representative stopped by to make sure I had found temporary housing. Jake is required to live near the hospital for 4 weeks after discharge. Jake will be in the hospital for six weeks. It won’t be our first or shortest hospital stay. We’ve slept on recliners many restless nights. If Jake is able to sleep, we are snoring and disturb him. We were elated to hear there was housing available for us for free. A 50.00/ night hotel room would be 1500.00 a month… unfortunately the free housing had waiting lists. It would be a bed, but the bathroom, kitchen and living room were shared. I started to use my detective skills. I called insurance and was told we DID NOT have coverage for lodging.  I started calling apartment complexes that offered furnished apartments.  I scoured Craigslist.  I spent 4 restless days calling, emailing and texting to try to find temporary housing. I narrowed it down to 4, and my dad was going to accompany me. You can’t just meet someone off Craigslist.  I received a phone call from Susie. Her husband was concerned that she was meeting someone from Craigslist too. She wanted to hear my voice. Turns out, she is familiar with our high school and knows Tanner, my Elvis singer from my mom’s funeral. So we giggled about our fears and met. I chose not to look at the other apartments.  This one was closest to the hospital and by a beautiful downtown canal.  I wanted something nice for Jake to come home. I called my insurance company one more time. This time I was transfered to the medical department,  and yes, we have a $5000.00 allowance for housing and transportation. The Fairhaven lady stopped by and seemed interested in my plight and resourcefulness.  I told her that we need an endowment or at least a relationship with some of the nearby apartment managers. There were other apartments other than Susie ‘ s that needed sublet. These apartments are less expensive than the hotels. I don’t know if it will make a difference, but maybe someone could help someone in the future. People come here from all over the world. They need a place to lay their head at night…

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