Guys, that is all I know to say right now. I don’t even know where to start with this post. I want to talk about our government a second. I am in the United States. I am proud to be an American. I love America and all that it stands for. Right now though, I am disappointed. Disappointed in the government, the officials, even the lowly office workers. Also, I hate politics in general and am not for or against either political party. In fact, I have only a bare working knowledge of our government. I don’t watch the news.
So, I will try to keep this short while giving you enough information to get the full picture. In other words I will try not to not ramble on and on. lol When I got sick I was in school full time expecting to graduate in less than a year and start working as a teacher. I wasn’t expecting to be rich but was expecting an income to support myself and my two sons in addition to child support. Since my fibromyalgia and arthritis are so bad that I cannot sit upright or stand for more than 45 minutes to an hour a day, there is no way that I can work. Also my narcolepsy requires me to take a bunch of naps during the day. Throw in the cognitive impairment from these conditions and side effects from the meds and there is just no way I could work 40 hours a week every week reliably. I had trouble working 20 hours a week reliably and performing my job duties as needed. So right now I have no income at all. Therefore, I applied for disability, SSI, Welfare, and food stamps. Let’s start with food stamps. I had no choice. It was a short term plan til I could figure out what to do.
With food stamps I did qualify and do receive them. However, they count the money that the ex gives me to pay his part of the cell phone bill and his life insurance which was being deducted from my checking account still as income. Therefore, I only get about $125 a month in food stamps for me and one teenage boy. I didn’t qualify for welfare. At the time I was making a whole $300 a month though. I plan to reapply in a month. The thing that got me was that the case worker that I talked to acted like I was trying to scam the system. Yes, my mother and my ex have been giving me money to live on since I quit working. Obviously they do not want us living on the street or without power and electricity. This seems to make the government think they should continue to help me even though my elderly mother is using up all of her retirement savings to support us. She is almost out of money.
SSI was my biggest source of amazement. This was the first thing I called about and I was told flat out that since my mother and ex were helping us we wouldn’t qualify. Even if they stopped helping we wouldn’t qualify because they COULD help us. I asked what was supposed to happen. Were we supposed to be living in our car? On the street? What? The caseworker calmly said yes, you pretty much have to be to receive SSI. Ridiculous!!
I tried to apply for a program through my state insurance to have someone come in to the house a few hours a day to help with light housework, cooking, my showering, etc. I can’t get it unless I am on disability and SSI. So frustrating!! They make it impossible to get help when you really need it!
Ok, about my disability case. I applied in April 2017. I have been denied once for my regular case and twice on appeal. We went before the judge on appeal on September 12 and I was told I should hear something in a month or two. I think it is utterly ridiculous that it takes that long for a judge to make a decision on a case. It shouldn’t take more than a week and then she writes it up within a week and there you go. The length of the entire case just floors me though. It has been 18 months.
I can’t help but think about those folks out there with no Mom or ex to pay their rent or their electric and water until they get their disability. What are they to do? I cannot believe how our government is treating it’s own citizens. I understand that there are people who take advantage of the system but surely there are much more of them out there that need help. I can’t help but think of all the MILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars we spend and have spent helping other countries or wasting on frivolous things that could help our citizens that need it. The disabled. The veterans. Mental health care. Something needs to change. Someone needs to help.
I think if you wanna make America great again you better start spreading some of that money around inside. Do a little refurbishing inside the walls…. Then look outside. But that’s just my point of view and it doesn’t account for much I know. I am just living the other side of the story, that’s all.
P.S. You might wanna give your employees a raise and some customer service training because most of them are just plain rude on the phone. There are a few nice, helpful ones. Mostly though, RUDE!