In order to support the family and Mason’s medical needs, Dave works 16 hours a day. His trade is as an electrician but he is more of a jack-of-all-trades. He gets up and leaves by 5am every day, gets home after 10pm, and does it all again the next day. He does this 6 days a week, and that’s during a slow period. He recently worked for 28 days straight without a day off. Not only is this physically taxing on Dave, it takes an emotional toll as well. Often times, the only member of his family he gets to see while they’re awake is the dog. Unfortunately, this is what he needs to do in order to make ends meet.
Elaine stopped working once Mason was born and it became clear that his medical needs would be a full-time job in itself. While she would love to go back to work in order to bring in more income, it just isn’t feasible right now.
Currently, Elaine and Dave have over $100,000 in hospital bills. They receive no government assistance and have been through a bankruptcy, a foreclosure, and voluntary vehicle repossession. Dave works as hard as he possibly can, but when the bills keep compounding on top of one another, it’s just too much. When Mason goes in the hospital, Dave is unable to do the side jobs that help keep the family afloat. This means that each and every hospital visit is a major financial blow to the family.
Financial advisors actually told the Dave and Elaine that they could receive financial support if they were willing to get a divorce. Then Elaine would be able to qualify on her own. However, they believe too much in the sanctity of marriage and making it on their own to even consider such a thing.