Back in 2008 I was told, after blood tests taken at St. Mary’s Hospital in Apple Valley California; that I had 66% Oxygen in my blood and that I should be on Oxygen at night. I had no insurance and could not afford the Oxygen tanks and stuff. All doctors I had seen since 2008 through 2009 had agreed that I have some sort of nerve damage in my upper back, but all tests come back inconclusive; so nothing was done. I have had major problems walking more than two blocks in 2008 before I would run out of breath and my muscles in my legs would tighten. As of 2012 I could hardly walk from my bedroom to the kitchen without running out of breath. From 2009 through the end of 2011 I tried to work again, but was unable to keep any jobs in my condition which steadily grew worse. Through the grace of the Catholic Church in Muskogee, OK, I went to a place called The Good Shephard Clinic where they diagnosed me as having COPD. Through The Good Shephard Clinic I have been able to get medicines for the COPD. The worsening condition of my muscles in my upper and now my lower back as well cannot be diagnosed because the clinic does not have the proper machines to take the necessary tests; those machines are expensive to own and more so to run. They issue me non-narcotic pain meds for my pain that stems from my muscle problems and I am grateful for their assistance. I worked for years as what California called a Care Giver taking care of elderly and the disabled, but there was never any medical coverage, even after I joined the Union. I had asked the Union back in the year 2001 when I first began noticing I was beginning to have problems. Any cash I had went to pay for my children’s needs and medical care. After lifting 100 to 300 lbs almost daily my body just finally gave out.
I’m not sure what to think about Obamacare to be honest. I would like to think that the medical would be there for the disabled that can’t afford medical, and can’t get disability but should be on it; like me. I have had so many people tell me that if I claim mental illness I can get disability right away; but that would be lying. No person should claim mental illness unless they really are mentally ill; and nobody should be denied Disability that really needs it. I’ve been fighting for Disability now for going on three years and have had to resort to obtaining an attorney. I can only pray that I will get my Disability soon so I can get the tests taken that I need to have done and the medicines to at least help dull the pains when my hands claw up or my hip goes out causing one or the other of my legs to stop functioning properly; or when my stomach muscles tighten up so tight I think I just might pass out from the pain. I might even be able to afford to get my broken glasses replaced too; in time.
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