I am old and crippled up

Posted by okwrangler @okwrangler, Jun 29 11:44am

I am 75. I can not sit, stand, or walk. I can not ride in a car. I can find no one NO ONE to help me. I worked all my life and ow I am crippled up and can not do anything. Doctors will not help me, the VA will not help me, Medicare will not help me, AARP will not help me. Right now I am just trying to find some organization that will help me get back up on my feet. Anybody got any ideas? Thank you for reading my gripe.

@becsbuddy

@okwrangler you are very blessed to have such a supportive wife! When you call social services, be sure to call the office in your town, not the state. If they give you the answer to call 911, then call ! They have people who can help you up and then take you to the hospital. @jakedduck1 is very experienced in asking for their help! Slowly but surely, you are moving ahead; being an advocate for yourself.
Also Medicaid provides health insurance which you may need as you go forward.
Will you keep us informed as you work through the system??

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Yes, I am. She has stuck by me through all the bad times. I am truly very lucky.
Okay, here is what happened. I called the Garfield County Social Services. I live in Garfield County. I got a recording which said that I
was suppose to call another number. I called the second number where I got another recording and was put on hold foe thirty minutes. That is where I talked to the guy that told me that told me to call 9-1-1. This is the kind of run around that I have got for twenty years. .You see, there is one thing that I am kind of scared of – What happens if an ambulance takes me to the hospital, but will o bring me bacl home

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As a last resort, I agree with Jake's suggestion – just do it on a weekday morning, not on a holiday, in the evening or on a weekend. ER's are overwhelmed at those times and you may not get a fair shot. And more Social Workers are on staff days and early evenings.
Make sure they understand you are not just looking for narcotic painkillers – That will turn them off pdq!
Sue

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@okwrangler

In my area,9-1-1 does not go to a hospital, it goes to a call center where they decide on whether or not to refer it to the sheriff's office. I just do not want the sheriff involved.
Yes, I have been told that I am too old for surgery. The VA told me that they do not like to work on anyone over 65..
Thank you.

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@okwrangler. Hello, Wrangler. We're hearing a lot of "yes, BUT…" in your response to our suggestions. You are desperate for help right now, and you simply must take a positive stand toward assistance. If calls to 911 go to a call centre in your area and they then make the decision to involve the sheriff (or take you by ambulance to hospital?), why do you fear getting the sheriff involved? Surely, even if the sheriff was involved you would ultimately get the help you so desperately need. It seems, because you've contacted VA, you are a veteran? There must be someone there to advocate for you?
Don't give up, Wrangler. With a handle like that, you must have been a tough brave soul. Dig deep. Find your Inner Wrangler again. Call 911 today.

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@okwrangler

Yes, I am. She has stuck by me through all the bad times. I am truly very lucky.
Okay, here is what happened. I called the Garfield County Social Services. I live in Garfield County. I got a recording which said that I
was suppose to call another number. I called the second number where I got another recording and was put on hold foe thirty minutes. That is where I talked to the guy that told me that told me to call 9-1-1. This is the kind of run around that I have got for twenty years. .You see, there is one thing that I am kind of scared of – What happens if an ambulance takes me to the hospital, but will o bring me bacl home

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@okwrangler. I'm 86 years old, and the doctors tell me because of my serious health issues, I'm not able to have surgery anymore. Not even a colonoscopy, which I desperately need right now to sort out my IBS. OK, I accept that. It is what it is. I still get excellent care from all SEVEN of my specialists. (One for almost every part of my body because I have so many serious conditions.) To get along with the medical world, it's necessary to be pleasant and easy to get along with. No whining, no complaints about the system, maybe try medication for a while, (it sometimes makes us all crazy but sometimes it's very necessary), etc. It's important to listen to a doctor's ideas for your case, to try their ideas rather than "leaving the hospital because you thought you were in the stroke therapy department" or whatever it was you told us initially. You finally got admitted to hospital and you left! There are social workers, physiotherapists, dieticians – all sorts of experts in a hospital. Request to see them when you're in the hospital. If you go by ambulance, they will be aware of your lack of mobility. They can't desert you, and would need to ambulance you back home if you're not admitted. That's what happens with me, either an ambulance or "medi-vac", and both are equipped with stretchers. @jakedduck1 has good advice for you, too. You gotta grab the cat by the tail, Wrangler!

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@okwrangler
Your obviously more familiar with your 911 system than I am but why not call 911 anyway. Don't make assumptions they wont come and help you. Give them a chance. I believe all 911 calls go to a call center but if a person calls and says they need the police the police show up at least that’s been my experience and the same with sheriffs, ambulances & fire personnel.
If an ambulance fails to come could you make it to an emergency room? Do you have a primary care physician? Do you know anyone in the medical field? They may have contact information to get you some help. What state are you in?
Jake

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@artist01

@okwrangler. Hello, Wrangler. We're hearing a lot of "yes, BUT…" in your response to our suggestions. You are desperate for help right now, and you simply must take a positive stand toward assistance. If calls to 911 go to a call centre in your area and they then make the decision to involve the sheriff (or take you by ambulance to hospital?), why do you fear getting the sheriff involved? Surely, even if the sheriff was involved you would ultimately get the help you so desperately need. It seems, because you've contacted VA, you are a veteran? There must be someone there to advocate for you?
Don't give up, Wrangler. With a handle like that, you must have been a tough brave soul. Dig deep. Find your Inner Wrangler again. Call 911 today.

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I have found the VA to be completely worthless.  And if anyone is interested, I will tell you the story.  Bottom line, it took me 47 years to even be registered as a veteran.I have never been one to ask for help or accept help, and whenever I have asked for help,it has not turned out well for me.  If you want stories, just ask..

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@jakedduck1

@okwrangler
Your obviously more familiar with your 911 system than I am but why not call 911 anyway. Don't make assumptions they wont come and help you. Give them a chance. I believe all 911 calls go to a call center but if a person calls and says they need the police the police show up at least that’s been my experience and the same with sheriffs, ambulances & fire personnel.
If an ambulance fails to come could you make it to an emergency room? Do you have a primary care physician? Do you know anyone in the medical field? They may have contact information to get you some help. What state are you in?
Jake

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I am in Oklahoma.Been here since 1965.  Came here to go to collegeNo, I do not know anybody in the medical field.  That ts one of my problems.  And actually,that is what I am looking for  I am sure that there is a way that I can get help if I can only find the right person to help me.Why am I so stand offish about 911?  My wife's appendix ruptured last year.  Yes, pretty scary.  I can not drive so I was calling to try to find someone.to take her to the hospital.  I called local churches and they would not help me.  I called 911 and it took an hour and a half for them to show up.

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@okwrangler

I have found the VA to be completely worthless.  And if anyone is interested, I will tell you the story.  Bottom line, it took me 47 years to even be registered as a veteran.I have never been one to ask for help or accept help, and whenever I have asked for help,it has not turned out well for me.  If you want stories, just ask..

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@okwrangler Hi Wrangler. I don't know what happened but all your quote regarding the July 2, 2021 response from Mayo Clinic Connect came through as numbers, letters and symbols, with no text. I'll try to contact our technical help, Colleen Young, to see why you've had that happen twice now.
You were going to tell us your story, but it didn't come through as that.

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@artist01

@okwrangler Hi Wrangler. I don't know what happened but all your quote regarding the July 2, 2021 response from Mayo Clinic Connect came through as numbers, letters and symbols, with no text. I'll try to contact our technical help, Colleen Young, to see why you've had that happen twice now.
You were going to tell us your story, but it didn't come through as that.

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@artist01 thank you for alerting me to the extraneous html code appearing in some of the messages. I have removed it and you should be able to see @okwrangler's messages now.

@okwrangler, I believe this code is being added because you are responding by email. When you get an email notification from Mayo Clinic Connect, please click the blue button VIEW & REPLY. This will take you to the website where you can reply without getting the jibberish code attached to your message.

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@colleenyoung

@artist01 thank you for alerting me to the extraneous html code appearing in some of the messages. I have removed it and you should be able to see @okwrangler's messages now.

@okwrangler, I believe this code is being added because you are responding by email. When you get an email notification from Mayo Clinic Connect, please click the blue button VIEW & REPLY. This will take you to the website where you can reply without getting the jibberish code attached to your message.

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@colleenyoung. Thanks so much for attending to this, Colleen. Laurie

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@okwrangler
I totally understand your frustration. I've had Epilepsy for 54 years and received some lousy advice and care but I fought back. My dad was paralyzed caused by a drunk. I took various doctors to court on his behalf 5 times not to mention arbitration hearings for my mom & dad.
Sorry to disagree Laurie @artist01 but nice doesn't always work. Sometimes you have to fight for your rights.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@okwrangler
I totally understand your frustration. I've had Epilepsy for 54 years and received some lousy advice and care but I fought back. My dad was paralyzed caused by a drunk. I took various doctors to court on his behalf 5 times not to mention arbitration hearings for my mom & dad.
Sorry to disagree Laurie @artist01 but nice doesn't always work. Sometimes you have to fight for your rights.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 and @okwrangler. I hear what you're saying, Jake. "Nice doesn't always work". Believe me, I've gone through the same mill for over 65 of my 86 years, for many, many times too. All I'm saying to @okwrangler is that, at first, in order to get ANYWHERE with the medical system, you kinda' have to play the game in the hope of getting the help you need. We have to try not to be a pain in the neck to the docs at first. I've had to "comply" more times than enough just in order to keep the ball rolling in the direction I need it to roll. It's difficult to help Wrangler get the help he so urgently needs.

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