Disabled Woman Seeks Grant Money For Health Expenses While Dodging Bullets
by Bidesta Sykes
(Chesapeake, Virginia, USA)
I live in a subsidized housing project in Virginia. Week in and week out, I find myself falling out of my bed, trying to escape gunshots.
The apartments are okay, but I am fearful that another bullet will hit my apartment. I have wanted to move out, but I can't afford to on the Social Security Disability benefits I receive.
I became disabled April 2004. My long-term disability that I paid for on my job was discontinued because of an independent medical exam that I was sent to.
This is even though the insurance company had medical records from my rheumatologist stating what I could or could not do, as far as standing, sitting, bending and stooping, typing, also moving my neck in awkward positions.
I also have a permanent handicapped placard since 2006 because of my legs and hips.
The insurance company stopped payments August 2007 because their doctor said that I could stand, sit, walk with no limitation, and that I could type with soft splints on my hands.
My rheumatologist and my primary care doctor gave me a prescription for resting splints for both hands.
I need bifocal glasses also. Purchasing the eyeglasses that I need is impossible.
I also need dental work because I have cavities, and the rest of them need to be extracted. I have no back teeth to chew with, and my teeth bleed. Neither Medicaid nor Medicare will help me get dental work done.
I have no help with these things. I am at a loss for answers to find help. I have no place to get help.
Finally, I also incurred nerve damage in my elbows (ulnar neuropathy), and peripheral neuropathy in my legs.
The long-term insurance carrier knew all of this, but found a doctor to say what they wanted to hear, when they knew it was wrong. They stopped my long-term disability payments and left me in hardship.