My husband and I adopted 3 children a few years ago. The twins were 2 and the baby was a newborn. We had an instant family. We went through hell waiting for court decisions and it was 2 1/2 years before we got the ok to adopt. Then we found out we were pregnant too. So, right now, we have 4 kids under the age of 10. Last year, my husband got very sick. He was home with the kids in the afternoon and called me at work about 3:30. He sounded out of it. He asked me what was going on, where I was, if he had been with the kids all afternoon. He blacked out about 4 hours of the afternoon and the kids were left alone (basically) and we had no idea what was going on. I rushed home and after my mom and brother got here for the kids, I took him to the hospital. He had to stay in the hospital for 5 days. He had several issues-thyroid, blood pressure, kidney disease, etc. He was very sick. The doctors put him on handfulls of pills and sent him home. Things seemed to be going good until one day, he passed out. Then it started happening alot. At work, at home, he fell down the stairs when he passed out and I had to call an ambulance and he had to stay a few more days. The passing out randomly continued until February. He had several test performed and they figured out it was one of the medications he was on. So they had him stop taking it. Unfortunatley, it is about the only drugs that can help the stage 3 kidney disease he has. The passing out stopped, but the doctors wanted him back on that pill. He tried it, passed out. They adjusted the dosage, he passed out. Finally after a couple of months, they got a dosage that he was able to tollerate. After some testing though, they found blood in the kidneys. The doctor suggested a biopsy. He had the needle biopsy done-it was a day surgery type of thing and would have been released after 4 hours of recovery. But in the recovery room, he doubled over in pain and starting throwing up, sweating, etc. After multiple doses of heavy drugs and more scans, they found he was bleeding from the biopsy site. Another 2 days in the hospital. He was released and told to take it easy. On Christmas eve, with the kids all geared up and excited to open presents, he went to the car to get the last of the presents. He slipped on the ice and was immediately in pain. He took ibuprofin and took a hot bath to ease the pain, but it was too much. I had to call an ambulance after he started vomitting from the pain. They rushed him to the hospital (30 miles from our home) and by the time I got there, they were going to transfer him to a larger hospital an hour away. They said he needed a blood transfusion as the biopsy side had reopened and he was bleeding internally. He got the transfusion and was in so much pain, he ended up being in the hospital for another 5 days to get everything under control and make sure the bleeding has stopped. He has been home for a few days now, and is still in some pain, but he is better. When he first got sick, he was working a part time job. He had to stop working until he got better. Then he starting passing out and had to stop working all together and I had to essentially have a sitter here for the kids and for him. He had gone back to work in November and finally the stress off of me eased some-raising a family of 6 on one income in a small town is difficult. We were able to give our kids a fair Christmas, but now we are back to one income...until he is better. We don't know how long that will be as the doctors said it could be a few months until he is completely healed. We are raising money for general household bills and for basically getting through the winter. Money is very tight on a regular basis, but of course, in the winter, it seems more expensive. Please help.