Ohhhhh *SNAP*... [a call for help]

They put my hospital band over the VIP band.

The yellow arrow is my Achilles tendon.  The purple arrow is the swelling (where my tendon detached).
Let me start this out by saying that this blog is going to ask you for money. 
If that's something you don't want to do... fine.  You don't have to.  I won't even force you to read about my situation or what's happening.  You can bail now. 

Still here?

Thanks for that. 

Saturday night I was performing on stage at the Echoplex in Los Angeles (for the Bootie Decades show) when I went up on my ball of my foot... and when I came back down I felt this *SNAP*... and it felt like the stage dropped a foot. 

I tried to keep performing.  It felt like I got shot in the leg. 
And, I thought "Fuck, did I just break my shoe?  What just happened?"
I couldn't keep going... and hand to call a friend out to finish the song for me.  My foot felt floppy and dead (but, I could still wiggle my toes).   

I don't even remember how I got down the stairs backstage.  Most of the night is a blur, to be honest. 
Luckily the R.A.I.D dancers are amazing people and got me ice, my husband and my phone and car for me. 

Went to the ER.  They said it wasn't a broken bone... but, "maybe a torn muscle"... and sent me home. 
The next day I went to see an orthopedic surgeon who confirmed what husband and I knew happened... I had snapped my Achilles tendon in two.   I need surgery. 

This is going to be a 4-6 month process of getting the function back in my leg.  Surgery is set for Thursday January 29th at 6am. 

And, I need help! 

I have insurance... but, I still have medical costs and living expenses I am not going to be able to cover.  I am self-employeed.  The injury happened while I was a volunteer/independent contractor... so, I don't qualify for any worker's comp assistance. 

Here is the link to my FUNDRAISER PAGE

Alternately... you can order a custom illustration from my husband HERE for $50. 

I need to rent myself a rolling knee walker.  I am currently on crutches (and boy am I getting in shape using those!).  The knee cart will help me have better mobility and keep moving (which is imperative for healing). 

I am not going to be able to run my business while healing.  I can try for temporary disability... but, that is going to take time and effort.  $3,000 isn't actually a lot of money in Southern California.  That's less than one month's living expenses for me.  And, my portion of the medical bills will be considerably more than that. 
$3,000 is just going to help buffer us so that we don't end up homeless during this random crisis. 

If you read to the end of this... thank you. 
Again... you are not obligated to help me if you don't want to (or can't) help me. 


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