Random ramblings from my beer soaked melon about politics, religion, sex, stupidities, nature, and any other subject that penetrates the haze. Sometimes crude and not for the faint of heart or people with normal intelligence, or an abundance of common sense.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
What drives people to public service is a sense of possibility. If you haven't sensed that possibility you don't get started in the same way, you don't feel you can have an impact.
Henry Hampton

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
Harry S. Truman

How was your Friday?
Mine was a little strange and at  times felt like it was when I was in the hospital and having everything filtered through a drug induced haze.

I have been sleeping poorly all week, spending hours tossing and turning and getting up at strange times.
I got up about 10 PM Thursday night after a few hours sleep and spent the night watching the programs I record like Olbermann, Rachel Maddow,The Daily Show, Letterman and Poker After Dark to name a few.

That takes me to early morning when I take my 14 and 16 year old Grandkids to their bus stop. I do this because their mother is back with her crazy boyfriend and they are not safe staying there.
One nice thing about this county is that if you don't want to go to school in the district you are living in you just have to go to the nearest bus stop for the district you wish to attend. The Grandkids have gone to the school system near their mother's home for years so we keep them in it. Unlike me who went to 4 High Schools in the 3 years it took me to graduate.

I then sat around home waiting for my cute Nurse to come and take my vitals and measure and change the dressing on the big hole in my belly. Blood Pressure 120 over 53, heartbeat at 81. Temp 100.0F in both ears which means watching my political shows made me a hothead.
I also have some congestion in my lungs but not enough to make me cough.

After the Nurse left I lay down and tried to sleep again. Lots of tossing and turning later I was just drifting off. I got a phone call. I wish I could get the dog to answer the phone and take messages. It was from my health insurance case counselor. This always makes me a little nervous. I talked to her a couple of months ago when she took my case over from the lady of no who retired and while on the phone she discovered that my policy expired on Oct. 26th and nobody told her. The Boss has a policy with the same company and the caseworker just stayed with it.

I often try to picture people on the other end of the phone that I have never seen.
This is my image of my caseworker

She was just checking in to see that everything was being paid for. This always worries me.
All in all it went well though. She promised that my home nurse visits and all that would continue to be covered as long as I need them and that if I had any problems with things not being paid to call her.
She even gave me a number to give my daughter when things got violent with her boyfriend and she needed help. It's a statewide place that has contact places that will hide and protect her from the asshole. The state family services people have already said that he was not doing anything wrong. I see why families being murdered by one member who then kills themselves or cries about being abused are so common.
I told you things seemed a little off on my Friday.

I decided with her urging to call the local Social Security office to see if there had been any progress on the reconsideration of the disability case I had added more information to on Dec. 30th. The Stalling Specialist I reached after a lot of busy signals had no new information on the case and didn't seem much inclined to continue the conversation. I on the other hand couldn't sleep and have very few people to talk to in my day to day existence so I just kept on talking. After about 10 minutes he finally had had enough I guess. He broke down and gave me the secret number for the Public Service Paperweights who were in charge of my case. I told Jackiesue I would find a use for the paperweight name.
The No It All Specialist answered the phone right away like he didn't have anything to do or just didn't want to do it. I think he regretted picking up the phone almost right away.
This is my image of him.

He confirmed that they had not sent any information to the local office and said they were waiting for information from my Surgeon, family Doctor and all three hospitals I stayed in.
I pointed out that the statements from the hospitals and rehab place were included in earlier paperwork and that I had sent the Doctor's statements in the paperwork that  I had sent. I had confirmation that they received it on Dec.30th.
I went into rambling conversation mode again as he seemed to think I should be happy with the progress.
 I mentioned that I understood the problems with getting records from hospitals from all the trouble my Lawyer had getting what he needed.
This is in a malpractice case against the Butcher's apprentes who first operated on me. I have been assured is about as close to a sure win as their is .
I didn't mention the malpractice case to him though.
After I said this he got quite and I started hearing papers being shuffled around and he started listing reports that to his surprise had been received and were in my paper file though not on the computer file.
I kept talking and he kept listing the paperwork he was finding that they were needing. As near as I can tell everyone he had mentioned before was there.
He then tried to tell me they had only had the file for 11 days and when I pointed out that they had gotten it on Dec. 30th. He kinda ignored this and started a new line. He said he had to review all the information to see if I met the requirements for full disability. I pointed out that Both Doctor's statements said I would never work again. He then stated that sometimes there is one piece of information that is needed to decide the case and his job was to find that. He didn't sound like he was threatening my case but more like he was going to finish the review.
 All this came out through my rambling. I learned when I was in the 6th grade how to hide the limited brainpower I have and seem a lot simpler than I really am. It's second nature at 54 living in the area I do and seems to help when dealing with people like the ones I dealt with on Friday.

After all this time on the phone I felt like I could get a little sleep so I went to bed at 2:30 PM and slept until 1 AM Saturday. Like I said it was a lot like when I was hopped up on drugs in the hospital.

Then again a lot of this could be delusional and as always...
I could be full of shit.
posted by Nit Wit at 11:37 AM | Permalink |


  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY

    holy shit!....I cna't believe the amount of running around them asshole can give you..if they spent as much time on taking care of their business as they did to giving the run around..there desk would be clear of all the paper work....bastids..you need to get an attorney, Im telling you..them fuckers automatically deney you the first time..with a lawyer they will usually give it to you the second time..if not..you'll probably have to wait until the 3rd time or till you shot them.
    Did I tell you I switched (today) to actos? does it make you sleepy? i took it this morning and about 2 hours later I fell asleep and slept for 3 hours..either it makes you sleepy or i was due for a coma.
    it cost me more for the co pay but in the long run it's cheaper as i only take one a day while i was taking 2 metformin and 1 glyburide and it was $250 each for them ..so about the same..
    how long will it take your hole to close up?..thats scary. will they let you put vitimin e on it?
    hope your feeling better and glad to see you posting such a nice long post..even if it was the government fucking you around..
    I'll volunteer to come down and kick the ass of the boyfriend..

  • At 5:42 PM, Blogger billy pilgrim

    who's running this feckin planet? i know people on disability due to stress while people with real medical problems are getting the run around.

    i've kinda given up on sleep. i spent several months going to the university sleep clinic and it was a total waste of time. friday the specialist gave me more pills but i can't take them right now due the flu.

  • At 11:56 PM, Blogger Nit Wit

    YG: The guy started acting different after I mentioned the trouble my lawyer had getting records out of the hospitals. I remembered later that the conversation was being recorded to help improve the quality of their service. If they would just do their jobs the way they are suppose to.
    The hole in my belly will take about another 7 months to heal according my Doctors. We were using a silver based paste on the wound but now have switched to a much cheaper iodine based paste that they have had good results. It looks a lot like crap but at least it doesn't smell. After everything is healed I will have to go through another operation to put a mesh liner in my gut to hold everything in as it is a massive hernia right now.
    I'd watch that switching medications. There is a drug (I forget the name) that can take the place of Metformin but it has been banned in a lot of countries because several studies have shown it to cause Heart attacks resulting in death.They still sell it in the U.S. because they challenged the validity of the studies. The FDA is right on it though. They told the drug company to do new studies and let them know what the results were.
    I don't take any of that stuff now.
    I wish I could remember the name of that drug.
    If you kicked his ass his family would come after you and then all the people looking for a fight from both states will get involved and Fair Hair Perry will secede from the union and declare war on Ohio. Then I'd have to get a passport to go down to see Westfest.

    Billy I knew someone who got a check every month because her daughter was difficult to control. The bad part is the girl also got a check every month instead of getting her ass beat.
    Sorry your still sick. I only got the regular flu shot and all I have had so far is a little chest congestion.

  • At 1:38 AM, Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY

    I can't remember the name of it either..avien or ava something ..i took it at first and im the one that told dr. e that it was giving people heart attacks and didn't want to take it any more..im only taking 15 milg. of the actos and everyone else I know take 30...so if I dont see better results in a week will take it 2 times a day..i tell dr e after the fact more often than not..which pisses him off..but he's given me a script 3 times for the same med for high blood pressure that i have told him 8 times..it dont work..and the ohter one he keeps giving me makes me cough all the time..fecking drs.

  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger BBC

    When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
    Harry S. Truman

    That quote actually makes sense to me.

    As for your medical problems and care, I don't know, what did you do over the years for society to deserve it now?

    I've done community service most of my life but I'm not sure the community owes me a hell of a lot in return.

    I figure that if I get in bad shape that I'll just get dead and on with my life instead of being a burden on an over taxed system.

    Living is for those that are afraid of dying.

  • At 8:43 PM, Blogger BBC

    So an Irishman walks out of a bar.
    Really, it does happen.

  • At 8:09 PM, Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY

    I had to switch back to metformin and glyburide..actos gave me rapid heart beat, blurry vision and sleepy..plus hungry..so fuck that..i dont need any help in being hungry.

  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY

    stop by ydg's ..you won an award.