Thanks, Al Pacino, as the youngish Don in Godfather 2 for that quote and sentiment.
Tonight, just a list. A ‘food for thought’ kind of list. A list that says, ‘how am I supposed to be getting well, when “it just keeps getting piled higher and deeper” ‘ kind of list. Well, enough confabulating, the list:
Son’s car repairs, beyond what he can pay from his salary as part time at Taco Bell–$310. Without this repair, the car will not pass emissions testing and will not get its tags and will be undriveable. The testing must be completed by the end of this month.
My car repairs, which cannot be completed because I still owe the shop half the money from the last repairs. And because my son’s car is already off the road. $–unknown (due to accident, see later on list)
My son’s school fees-$200. Daughter’s school fees-$200. Son’s clothing needs-Some of everything. Daughter’s clothing needs–all of everything. Total-$400’ish.
Moving costs for August 3-rent on old place, rent on new place, +$300 deposit on new place, plus renting a moving van for 1 day-$50.
Copays ex just reimbursed me for that now have to go to other costs than to reimburse me. Still need to pay provider the copays ex just gave me tho. Hmm…$200’ish.
Insurance company for woman who rear-ended me on freeway in May. On June 30, representative for insurance said they accepted 100% responsibility, but in mail 10 days later, written notice they were denying any responsibility. They still had their adjustor come and do estimate (he said it was definitely the other car that caused all my damage, and he has completed and sent in his report–I talked to him to be sure). They refuse to return my calls, even though their voicemail says will reply in 24 hours, I have left messages every day since June 5th. Meanwhile, my car is driving very scary and am afraid to use it, or to have it seen at my shop, cause if I fix it, then the other insurance definitely won’t reimburse me. Actually, this is the insurance that refuses to call me back:
Got divorce finalized in December 2011, applied for deferment or waiver at time of filing, so I had to pay nothing at that time. Have never received anything from court since, until, July 15 when they sent me a collection notice for 20% interest in 30 days time if not paid in full by end of July–$400. Told them I could pay it in September, they said too bad, so sad. Pay or go to collections. Or try to get new deferral, but it won’t be approved because is from so far back. Apparently, that is not their responsibility that they did not bill me appropriately, I was supposed to know I had a bill for x amount and pay it without a statement or invoice, etc. They said I did not update my address, I said I did, and I had the scanned documents to prove it that I mailed in, and the postmark would prove it. They said it has to be in person update of address to their specific court billing department, and that the normal updating of address for court is not for them and means absolutely nothing, even though I could prove I had sent it in.
Oh, and additionally, I get to refile for modifications to my divorce child custody and support and insurance, since my ex just told me he’s moving out of state on Friday, so he won’t be seeing the kids on weekends anymore and so he will have to increase the amount he pays in support for each of them. Wonder what the fees for filing that will be, on top of the above $400 from 2011 that I was magically supposed to know about. Maybe they can roll it all together? And hit me for it all at once? so I’ll be even more broke–if I get any more broke, I’ll be homeless eating at soup kitchens. And I’m not being mellow dramatic. And this is the courthouse and court that is acting so ridiculous:
And then there’s the things that don’t cost money, but are so much fun to deal with that I just couldn’t leave them out.
First one, a 1.5hr conversation with a supervisor in my ‘team’ at my mental health clinic where I was trying to request a perishable food box, not the dry goods one. I knew they were separate and from separate places. But I didn’t know the names/labels the staff and case managers used to refer to them. So, it turns out Food Box A-Dry Goods, is from a church and requires one’s case manager to fill a form out with the client a week before it is delivered to the clinic for client pick up. You can only make one request for Food Box A-Dry Goods in a 3 months period. I have never filled out a form, and have often received food boxes more than once in 3 months. Also, the food boxes I have received were perishable, and my case manager delivered them to me, or told me when she had them so I could pick them up. So, after going round and round that I never signed or filled out a form in 5 years of going to this clinic, where I was afraid I was going to lose it and burst out in tears, or ‘get that tone in my voice’ that makes people just walk away from me and ignore me forever, he finally said ‘well, case managers have the ability to go to 22+ food pantries to get perishable food boxes and deliver them to their clients. Maybe this is what you are talking about? And I said, flooded with such relief that I was afraid I was going to bow down on my knees and pray to God right then and there thanks that I was finally being heard, understood, and listened to, YES, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE BEEN TELLING YOU FOR THE LAST 1.5HRS. THAT MY LAST CASE MANAGER DID THAT. THAT THAT IS WHAT I WANT FROM THE NEW CASE MANAGER. THAT IF SHE DOES NOT CHOOSE TO DO THAT (as it is optional for them to do that) THAT THEN I WOULD GLADLY FILL OUT THE FORM FOR FOOD BOX A-DRY GOODS, BUT ONLY IF I COULD NOT GET FOOD BOX B-PERISHABLE GOODS (which are up to case manager to do or not to do). Then, he finally agreed to have her contact me tomorrow to find out if she does do FOOD BOX B-PERISHABLE GOODS, or not. And if not, then I will fill out the form for FOOD BOX A-DRY GOODS, tomorrow. And it only took 1.5 hours. But I was REALLY proud of myselves for not bursting out into tears (the guy would have walked away if I had) or for ‘sounding’ argumentative/belligerent from frustration. He would’ve walked away then too, maybe set security on me even.
And the piece de resistance, the mignon final, my late father’s wife, who is listed as Co Power of Attorney, Durable, for Health Care for my only living family (2 cousins who are sisters, who raised my dad) has shunned me, blocked me out of the loop concerning my two cousins, and has made my cousins believe that I am trying to steal their money and place them in nursing homes, when in actuality, I am trying to convince them to accept some home health and cleaning services so they can stay in their own home, by contacting the Area Agency on Aging and having them do a service counselling appointment. Well, my step mom, now that my dad’s dead, has been trying to get their money for the last 3 years. But when I actually want to step in and help them by having her do that, she shuns me and intimidates my cousins from talking to me or allowing the staff at the nursing home from talking to me, or allowing the Area Agency on Aging from talking to me, or their doctor’s from talking to me. So, I am now effectively out of the loop because my step mom is going against my dads’ last wishes that my family should be in their house as long as they can be safe and healthy and have their needs met. Since he died, my step mom has been trying to get them out of their house and take their money. Now that I saw how they are living as hoarders (y’know those real life TV hoarder shows, ya, my cousins could be on that show) plus the filth under the hoard. Plus they don’t bathe or wash their hair. And the need assistance to get in and out of the house and in and out of the car. So they need help if they are to stay in their home. They think if they accept help, they would spend down their estate/savings (which is true, but then they would be eligible for medicaid and would have every service covered). They also think if anyone sees how they live, they will be forced to leave their home, but that is only true if they are found by a doctor or judge to be incompetent. They are certainly not that. So, step mom has made me the scape goat and has convinced my cousins that if they speak with me, they will lose everything and that I hate them. I still have power of attorney, durable, for healthcare, because the only way that can be revoked is if my cousins themselves tell a healthcare provider that provides any service for them that they do not want me as their poa any longer. They can also put that in a short note in writing. Or, they can have it witnessed by 2 competent people or by a notary. But my co-POA, my step mom, cannot just go around saying I am no longer POA just on her sayso, without any statement from any healthcare provider of my cousins or a written notice of it properly recognized by the state. But still, step mom is doing just that, and is just going around announcing that she has removed me as POA, or that the cousins have, but there is no proof that the cousins have done any such thing. Therefore, until proper recognized written notice is provided or until one of their healthcare providers says the cousins told them these wishes, I am still POA, no matter what step mom says. But the hard part is proving it, and in engaging in and staying through to the end and winning this battle. Just the thought of having to engage in this battle is epically depleting. I don’t know if I can even see it through if I engage fully in it. Especially with all the above stuff already weighing on me and being immediately pressing. This really is the actual place they are at right now:
Sorry. Didn’t mean to whine. Others have it worse. I should think of all those in Ethiopia or wherever. I am completely overwhelmed just in contemplating the oncoming battle over the cousins…don’t think I have the stamina to see it through or win either one. This was really just meant to be a list that I could refer to to see what all I am dealing with daily because it all gets jumbled up in my head and I get so stressed and anxious and short tempered when it all gets tangled up and I can’t find room to think or breathe and at least in this list it is all laid out so I can keep each thread separate and at the very least know what is on my plate, even if I don’t want any of it, or know where to start or what to do with any of it.