Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cry for Help, the Grown-Up Edition

We need your help,  if your an avid reader of the blog you are fully aware of the medical issues I have and how long I have been having them.  If not, then search "Fun with Navy Medicine" in this blog and you'll get an idea.

We started a fundraiser where about 85 percent of the donation goes to us.  It's via the go fund me site, which there is a widget/badge for it to the right of the page.

We are needing help fund a vehicle that support our needs, which are: transport me (disabled), my wife (driver), an electrical  (motorized) wheelchair (325 pounds (#)),  my PTSD (Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder) GSD (German Shepherd Dog) "Gunny", my Jack-Russell  Terrier dog "Major", and all the rest of my sporting equipment(for trips more than 2 hours) which is in 3 large duffel bags.

We kind of settled on the Transit Connect, it's fairly cheap, gas miles per gallon isn't horrible( plus can be converted to ethanol), and it can hold everything I mentioned above comfortably.  Sounds awesome right?    

Well here's the snag, we're poor.  My retirement roughly figures out to 18 thousand a year.  I've been turned down by Social Security 3 times, and the VA keeps rearranging the numbers so I have no guarantee if I'll get anything from them.  Plus, since I can't do anything for myself, my wife does it all; which means she can't have a job and take care of me at the same time.  So our only income is my retirement from the Marine Corps.

Here's the other thing, we're about a quarter of a million in debt. Our home is upside down, so we owe more than we could ever sell it for, like a hundred grand or more.  So if we sell, we still owe and the only thing that changed is we have no shelter but still pay as if we did.

I'm done ranting,  if you want to help, you've got 2 options, use the gofundme icon at the top or scroll down to the PayPal icon.

Oh, here's a link:
https://www.gofundme.com/f9ze95rk

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Info I wish I had before Today

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Cell Phones and The Do Not Call Registry


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Consumers may place their cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry to notify marketers that they don't want to get unsolicited telemarketing calls.
The truth about cell phones and the Do Not Call Registry is:
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  • The Do Not Call Registry accepts registrations from both cell phones and land lines. To register by telephone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). You must call from the phone number that you want to register. To register online (donotcall.gov), you will have to respond to a confirmation email.
  • If you have registered a mobile or other telephone number already, you don't need to re-register. Once registered, a telephone number stays on the Do Not Call Registry until the registration is canceled or service for the number is discontinued.

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Retirement of Things

The actual retirement, you know the part of not going to work anymore is awesome and hasn't worn off yet, but (and this is a big BUT) everything else seems to have hiccups or large stop signs.

I am medically retired and made it to about 246 months, give or take a day or two.  That should mean something in the veteran world, at least,!  don't you think?
I can't complain too much about Tricare that was a big winner for all that time in service, but they haven't lived up to there part of the deal either.
The DAV actually has helped me more while I was active duty than retired thus far and I'm a paid in full life member. There are 2 organizations that helped us out big time that first month, the Semper Fi Fund and  SALUTE, Inc.
Then there is the VA, if you've just got a glimpse of my handicap issues then you'd know I need the healthcare part.  Just a quick side note, where did all that money go that Congress gave them a few years ago?
We thought that at least the dental part would be helped, since I have TMD, grinding and  clenching, and tooth and gum problems.  The last time I had dental work I had to have it in the Operating Room at a hospital, just to make sure I didn't die during the dental work, and I still went info the ICU and was kept overnight.  So in short, I need massive dental "insurance".
I have slew of other issues that I haven't even been seen by an initial doctor.  Big one is orthopedics, if I could get a hip replacement, then maybe just maybe I could walk with a "walker".  But the longer VA waits the more my legs aprotree(sp.) and walking may never happen.
Really I could go on and on, but using this software I have to type for me is fucking difficult,  and the punctuation is a bitch.  Plus I slur my words alot after seizures and right after I get up in the morning.
I'll say this if care doesn't improve real soon my caregivers' and I will probably have depression as our or your main worry.