My parents talked it over, discussing my situation as I presented it to them, and asked my paternal grandparents for a bit of assistance. They've agreed to send my birthday card, with the usual money present in it, a couple of weeks early. I'm going to use that to get home tomorrow afternoon. Here's the odd part though: I was so caught up in all this bullshit, that I actually forgot my birthday was coming up in a couple of weeks. I remembered my father's and my brother's though.