No place to call home after CHF diagnosis and treatmentHello AHA and all,
Hope all is good. I was diagnosed in 2014 with CHF and since being released from Jersey City Med Center, I have been and sill exist in a vicious cycle of homelessness where before the diagnosis, I was stable with an apartment and job. I just started receiving SSDI and also work as a licensed contractor at The United Nations in New York. What is very disturbing is the lack of guidance and assistance through various social service, health, state and city agencies who are supposed to assist patients with conditions as severe or worst than mine but the only words I hear are 'go to a shelter'. Well I tried and after 2nd day I left and slept in my car due to the environment of most shelters; very dangerous, negative and insane. The food is fat and sodium rich and lack of sleep doesn't help. Even though I am working now and receiving SSDI, I am still struggling to locate affordable housing in NY /NJ. I've contacted private landlords, on many waiting list but have been forced to rent hotel rooms that drain the money I need to save to acquire my own housing.
I've always been a independent, working and self sufficient man and this is my first major health crisis. I learned first hand how an illness can spin your life around in ways I could never imagine. To compound this, my doctor has me on 8 different medications for hypertension, heart issues, etc. I've suddenly had two seizures since Dec of 2015. I've never had seizures before, ever!
If anyone can comment on this please reach out to me asap. The stress of what has been going on will kill me before my heart will.