No Time for Recovery


 

 

No Time for Recovery

 

 

John McCain’s Surgery will be covered and he has enough money to stay at home as long as he needs to recover. I had to come back early when I had a minor stroke in Nov. 2008 and again returning to work way before I was healed from my retina surgery in Jan. 2010 because I could not afford to stay home. What a difference.  Also my health insurance did not cover all my health expenses, surgeries or the cost of EMS transporting me to the hospital so last year I filed for and received Bankruptcy.

Declaring Bankruptcy was one of my best decisions. It was physically impossible me to work enough hours of overtime to pay all the bills incurred from being ill and losing time off from work. At my age I’m not going to make any major purchases like a house (I would not live long enough to pay off the mortgage nor am I physically capable of maintaining a property) a car (I no longer see well enough to drive)………  Even now I avoid doctor visits and renewing my high blood pressure medication because I cannot afford the co-pays. Yes I am the Working Poor. I work overtime however the basic necessities are going further away.

To this day I still suffer the effects of my stroke but I know I must work because for me there is no such thing as a prolonged respite.  No extra money. No support systems. No resources. Nothing.  For me and millions like me the choice is either to work or starve and be homeless.

To quote one of my co-workers. “That says it all. In a more just world, McCain and all of his Republican buddies would be forced to go on private insurance plans and told what will and won’t be covered etc…..”

 

However even in the midst of being broke I still plan to retire next year mostly because of health reasons. My situation is up in the air but whatever happens….happens.

Wherever I’m meant to be is where I will be.  One thing I’ve learned is that you might think you have control over your life and circumstances but you really don’t.  All it takes is one tragedy or one traumatic experience and your life is reduced to the domino effect. I also recognize and respect my limitations.  Getting in all my fun now. The end of this year is going to be really rough.  That’s why I’m preparing myself emotionally and mentally for the upcoming storm.

The Republican/Conservatives who dominant the Oval Office, House, Senate, Congress etc… will never have those issues. They are all millionaires with Free Health Coverage with access to every good thing that Life has to offer.

Real Life.  Tough Choices.

 

Stephen’s Upcoming 55th Birthday Celebration


 

Greetings Family and Friends!! My brother Stephen’s 55th Birthday Celebration is coming May 3rd. Two things I need.

Anyone in the NYC area who has a car who could help me pick up Stephen from his group home in Bellerose, Queens and bring him to Brownsville, Brooklyn would be much appreciated. Pick up May 1st. Return to Queens Residence May 4th. I will pay you for gas.

Stephen has Autism and I am his only living relative so I have no one else who can assist me.

Nov. 7th 2008 I had a minor stroke which affected my eyesight particularly the vision in my left eye. My eyesight is now 20/100 and I can no longer drive  car.  Retina surgery in Jan.2010 only partially corrected my vision problems.

I have always tried to be independent and do things on my own but as I’m getting older there are certain functions with which I need help.  Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I struggle with my job, doing overtime and suffering the effects of standing for long hours on hard floors.  Arthritis is no joke!!

Guess I’ve finally realized that I cannot do everything on my own.  So I’m trying to establish a supportive network.  Hopefully other people with developmentally disabled siblings with join with me.

Also Stephen loves sunglasses and key chains/rings. I’m collecting those and hope to put the key chains in a decorative jar for his special born day celebration. Plus baseball caps. Since Stephen is now bald he really loves baseball caps!  🙂

Please contact me via my email address.

Monetary Blessings/Donations can be made to my PayPal account using my email address: deborah.palmer280@gmail.com.

Many Thanks and God Bless!