COPD And Arthritis Disabled Man Seeks Government Grant For Wheelchair Van
by Wayne Overstreet
(Elmwood, TN, USA)
I'm a 57-year-old man. I'm not married and I have no children.
I'm responsible though for taking my 77-year-old mother where she needs to go.
I was born in Smith County, Tennessee and have lived in the Conditt Hollow all of my life.
My father will be 80 years old on October 5, 2012.
I have a breathing problem, and a paralyzed diaphragm. I also have COPD. I'm on oxygen day and night for this.
My diaphragm became paralyzed in late 2003 for still unknown reasons.
I also have arthritis in both hips and my lower back. My arthritis has just been an ongoing thing gradually getting more severe. I take pain medicine and get injections in the joints for this.
I'm classed as permanently disabled.
The car I have now, a 1993 Ford Taurus, was wrecked on my way to Cookeville Regional Center, where I was to have surgery to remove a large kidney stone.
The car wound up in a gully. It was before dawn and the weather was bad. The car would cost more to fix than it is worth.
As I have trouble walking, what I really need is a motorized wheelchair and a van, but I don't have enough money for that.
It is difficult to go for groceries, to get to doctors and specialists' appointments and many other need-to-go places when you have no transportation of your own.
I'm unable to work and must get by on a small SSI check but that doesn't go very far. By the time I pay all my other bills not much is left.
I pay for some of my medicines also some co-pays. I do get help from low-income home energy assistance. I also get food stamps.
That's about as much help as I get.
What I really need is a motorized wheelchair and a good dependable van.
I have never applied for any kind of assistance till now. I hope to get help somehow.
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