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Government Disability Grants Are The Only Medicine Left For Multiply Disabled Man

by Ed Smith
(Waynesburg, PA, USA)

I am 43 years old and have many ailments, with pulmonary hypertension being the worst as it is a progressive life-threatening disease. I'm looking for government disability grants to help win back a bit of the life my family and I once enjoyed.

I also suffer from diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, bipolar disorder (currently with anxiety and depression since losing my job), hyperlipidemia, traumatic left eye blindness, degenerative joint disease, hypercholesterolemia, hypogammaglobulinemia, diastolic heart failure, myocarditis, obesity, recurrent pneumonia and leukocytosis.

I have been hospitalized nine times in the past five years and many more in the past. These ailments have cost me my job (Although I do get LTD), but have yet to qualify for SSD due to their not using information from my current doctor and PCP (primary care physician). I now have an attorney on this and am waiting to appear before the arbitration judge.

I have had a stress test, which I failed. I also had a right and left side heart catheterization, which revealed the pulmonary hypertension.

I am on many drugs and shots, as well as oxygen at night and as needed during the day to live a partly normal life.

Revote 20 mg 3 times a day (Pulmonary Hypertension)
Xanax 0.5 mg 4 times a day (Anxiety)
Lortab 10/500 mg (DM)
Potassium chloride 2x a Day (Low Levels)
Lamictal 300 mg morning (Bipolar)
Lamictal 200 mg /night (Bipolar)
Lithium Carbonate 300 mg twice a day (Bipolar)
Nexium 40 mg twice a day (Acid Reflux)
Vasotec 20 mg 2 times a day (Blood pressure and Kidneys)
Bystolic 10 mg / daily (blood pressure)
Januvia 300 mg daily (DM)
Wellbutrin xl 300 mg (daily Mood Stabilizer)
Lasix 20 mg daily (Water pill)
Zocor 10 mg daily
Cialis 5 mg daily (Pulmonary Hypertension)
Ativan 1mg 4 times a day (Anxiety)
Lantus 20 units nightly (DN)
Humalog on sliding scale (DM)
Astepro 2 puffs twice a day (Breathing)
Nasacort 2 puffs twice a day (Breathing)
Testosterone injection 2 ml (Weekly Low Levels)

I have tried to be a good man for most of my life. I was in the workforce for most of my life and did farm and yard work till I was old enough to enter the workforce. I was the kind of person who worked extra jobs in addition to my factory obligation of 50+ hours. This illness has taken away my job, overtime and left me in dire straits.

I have gotten rid of all the luxuries (Bass boat, 4x4 truck and wife's Buick LeSabre). We are not perfect but with my wife, son, daughter and myself I will not lose this house. We have a small 1500-square-foot, doublewide trailer on a half acre and are taxed the same as real houses in our area, about $3600+ a year. We almost lost it all to a sheriff's sale this year.

To some people this may not be a problem, but we had to tap her 401K to keep the lawyers away on the foreclosure and cash in mine to avoid the sheriff’s sale. In my life I have donated to everyone at one time or another, paid my payroll taxes and did what I could. Just the thought of it was terrible when I called the welfare office looking for help on my prescription costs and was told if I divorce my wife I would have a better chance at getting help.

Many disabled people still have a good life, but at a steep financial cost to the average person. Now I have hope that is limited, but is it still there. Due to being disabled and found unable to work, my income is very limited. The finances of my family are also limited as well. I've experienced testing of the heart and lungs, traveling to different states for testing and medical procedures. This seems like my last and only hope.

For us to come up with the funds to keep afloat I would have to go back to work against my doctor's orders or probably lose everything. My family and I would be very appreciative of any financial assistance or help in getting available government grants for to help covering what I am no longer able to cover. We will always remember those who helped provide this chance at a better life.

Thank you for your time and concern and for any help that can be directed our way, whether it's government disability grants or otherwise.

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