*sigh* so much stuff has been going on. it really feels like 2016 was a tough year for me
...the end of the year, through November and December, was spent frantically scrambling for a new payee. it wasn't just me-she left EVERYONE, every one of her clients high and dry, although i was more fortunate than others, nothing of ours ever got turned off, while others were left without heat, no power, no water. and just when it was beginning to get cold. but i had no money for gas, or household items. at least my food stamps had been taken care of.
we found out the extent of the damage when we had to go to our system's Mainstream building, where other clients were gathered. Health and Home Services were going to visit with us, help pay the rent for December for all of us left with no money, all of it locked in the payee's account(wherever she was). people had tried to contact her through e-mail, going to her address...there was no answer. maybe she had just been too traumatized by the accident? we didn't even know where it took place, how many were involved, nothing. ...it took a Long time to be seen, 2, almost 3 hours. and i just barely made it through before main office closing time. and that was because our caseworker pulled strings to Make Sure we were seen. i decided on my husband's payee-it would make it much easier, both of us seeing the same woman, plus she had already agreed to take me on since she saw how much i was struggling. we went back the next week to make it official, and sign some papers. all of the caseworkers had pooled their money for sundries for the clients, which was such a blessing. i got toilet paper, some cat food, enough bath soap to last a couple months at least, a bottle of laundry detergent, some sanitary napkins, and some shampoo and conditioner. that helped out SO much
...we ended up having to pawn several things in the meantime to make up the difference while the whole thing was getting worked out. but our Payee helped us with that, too^^ i had to call and visit some facilities myself to confirm the change of payees, like the municipal building for the water bill, the auto insurance place across town next to the old drugstore, and calling the Medicine Shoppe. the only other place i have yet to do is the dental clinic, and perhaps the chiropractor when we get around to it. main priority is dental, though. my husband managed to get in to see the dentist as well, and got his exam and cleaning done. a lot of his silver fillings need to be replaced with white restorations, and possibly a couple root canals. but he used some of the fluoride rinse i got and that seemed to help. one of my teeth are hurting a bit-i ended up missing the appointment i had in December. so we're planning tomorrow to go to the clinic and notify them of the payee change, and hopefully, set a new appointment. just have been brushing almost twice as much as i normally do, and its really been helping my gums.
i think i've been to see our payee three or four times now. its still a new thing for me, to not receive my checks in the mail and going down to cash them...i've been doing that for years up until this happened. now i go with my husband down to the mission each week, bright and early to receive a week's worth of money in a lump sum. its surprisingly exhausting. i know what my husband goes through, what he's been doing for years. once everything gets fully straightened out, i need to ask her how would i go about seeing to veterinary appointments for Rose.
...such a life-changer... the abrupt loss and change of old concrete habits to new foundations and locations took my mind and body and self by surprise, took me away from art and social contacts, made me lose my sense of health apart from the bare minimum it takes to keep going. perhaps others wouldn't be so deeply affected by something like this. but it is for me, to simply set foot outside my house, let alone travel about Lavenderland takes everything i've got. but i'm so glad that things seem to be working out now
i trimmed my bangs right at the start of the cold weather, and i think i cut them too short, but now that its January, they've grown out to about the right length. had to change our bed to the flannel sheets and started wearing my long underwear. my husband needs a new pair, at least two pairs, like i have. we both have heavy woolen coats, plus my husband found me a long black sweater-coat(with pockets! that i keep forgetting about)that helps keep my legs warm. but to cushion my seat, i need my pillow. darker, soft loose clothing seem to help my fibromyalgia...i'm not sure why, perhaps part neurological, part psychological. when we went to see our psychiatrist, i mentioned that i didn't sleep as well as i did, that i might need an increase in my nighttime meds. so he increased my prescription to 2 at night if i need it. i decided to introduce it slowly-take two every other night partway through the bottle. i need to reorder them, i didn't get to this morning. and tomorrow morning we see our payee. i suppose i'll do it after seeing the payee and going to the dental clinic...because the medicine shoppe doesn't open until 9 in the morning, anyway. we don't see our caseworker until the 19th...there's a card that we have to show her before that, so we may have to stop there as well
one of the main things we need to talk about with our caseworker is to help us set appointments with all the various places and whatever paperwork that is needed for physical exams, eye exams, dental exams(which we are both already underway with), possible another women's exam for me, and updated flu shots. fortunately my husband managed to get us a 2017 calendar(cat themed), so we have a place to write down reminders.
my ink pens have run low. when i get new ones, it will make it much easier for me to finish projects. unfortunately, a lot of the requests and commissions i had in progress have had to take the back burner ever since this disaster with my payee happened. i plan to be on here a lot more, and get things going again in the art department as soon as i can...a sort of New Year's resolution, i guess. but to get that even within reasonable sight, i'm closing against any new requests from here on(except for my closest friends, of course). point commissions are still open, though. thanks for everyone's patience and concern