Lend a Hand if You Can

October 26, 2009 at 8:51 pm (By Randy)

As we have read, our friend Annie has been struggling with the devastating fire that left her and Jacques homeless and J. temporarily in the hospice. They now have temporary housing of a sorts. Some might argue she took J. out too early, but Annie will answer that she saw him quickly deteriorating despite the hospice providing care as fine as can be obtained in an institutional setting. Nothing can replace the one-on-one care and activity found at home.

As is typical with her, Annie buried her request for some small help in the middle of the comments section of the video post on the fire. I was thinking it ought be front-paged:

Annie could use some help. Without a landline for the time being, she has to buy time for the GoPhone she was only using for emergencies. This is a budget buster for someone whose budget had absolutely no room for error. We all know that more phone time is unlikely to be her only unexpected expense.

The best way to help is to drop something via Annie’s hat link to her PayPal account on Ambivablog. It looks like this:


It is on the left side of Ambivablog, under the 74% addicted to internet graphic. Click on it and the PayPal page will open. (Sorry, I can’t replicate it here, as it creates a session ID which times out). They don’t have a minimum (or a maximum) and anything anyone gives will be the most effective, and appreciated, donation made this year, even if not tax-deductible!

Thanks in advance to all of you!


  1. El Pollo Real said,

    Thank you for tweeting this Randy!

  2. michael reynolds said,

    Jesus H. Christ, I miss reading a couple of days and Annie gets burned out?

    Small cash donation en route.

    Nobody ever tells me what’s happening.

  3. amba said,

    Yow! What an unexpected sense of security in the midst of insecurity! You all are above and beyond unto the wild blue yonder.

  4. amba said,

    As for taking J out of hospice, he was going downhill fast, turning into a nursing home patient. Some people urged me to leave him in there at least a few more days for some more respite for myself, but both of us would’ve paid a high price for it. Besides, we were under pressure to leave. We were getting mixed messages: the social workers were saying “take your time” and the nurse, who’s much tougher and more down-to-earth, was saying, “When are you leaving?” I think the nurse was the one who (while she likes J a lot and promised to visit him as a friend if we got kicked off) didn’t think he met the criteria. She seems to be sort of the cost watchdog, and possibly also she could see that it wasn’t good for him to be in there if he didn’t have to be. And maybe someone sicker needed the bed. In this case all the vectors pointed the same way. I was really kinda proud that we kept it down to two nights. Seemed like much longer.

  5. Emilie Babcox said,

    Thanks for the update – small donation on the way now. So glad you posted this!

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