These are troubling times for the whole world! I haven’t posted for several days because I was sick but I am also worried about my future. I’ve had some set backs that put a very dark cloud over my mood. Sometimes I simply get tired of being poor and struggling! That’s when a quart of creamy chocolate ice cream eaten right out of the carton tastes the great.
I’ve had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. Here’s what’s going on:
Back in March 2018 my doctor’s office called to say my doctor needed to reschedule my appointment. It was reset for June. In June I get a call saying the doctor was no longer there so I needed to be transferred to a new doctor. The soonest I could see a new doctor was September 27. The week before the appointment I had an A1C test done as always. Before my appointment the next week I got a call saying that doctor was in an head on collision so I was rescheduled for yet another appointment on December 21.
My A1C on September 20 was 7.0 but was back up to 8.6 on December 21st. This is my own fault. I ran out of medication and my eating had gotten way out of control. Some days I didn’t eat at all (just drinking coffee) but on other days I ate high carb and high sugar foods. I was yo-yo eating with the food bank junk foods.
My weight is back up to 200 and I’m once again 75 pounds overweight. That’s not surprising considering all the food bank junk food I’ve eaten the past few months. I was even eating foods that contained high fructose corn syrup which everyone knows is the cocaine of sweeteners.
My testing strips are no longer automatically covered by medicare. There is paperwork required from my doctor to explain the reasons I need daily testing. Then a decision is made by medicare whether to cover them or not. have a new doctor but he isn’t very friendly. Lab work is not done before seeing the doctor. Labs are done after the appointment and the doctor calls the next day to discuss the results. This requires me to stay at home all day until the doctor gets around to calling me. A wasted day. I miss the doctor who treated me as an equal partner in my health. The one who would say how proud she was of me.
The USDA senior commodity food center where I always went for pick up is now closed. All recipients have been reassigned to neighborhood distribution places. The new pick up place where I was assigned is several blocks from the bus stop. The food is given out on only two afternoons a month from one to three pm. If you miss a month for any reason you are dropped. You can sign up to be on the waiting list. Its 3 to 4 years long wait.
The mobile (outdoor) food bank in my area has also closed. The new mobile distribution site for my zip code is several miles farther away, across a busy highway, and a very long walk from the bus stop.
I’m very limited for which fruits and vegetables I can actually eat. I need new dentures. The dentures made by the dental school haven’t fit properly for over a year. I need teeth to chew raw foods. A carrot and celery smoothie just is NOT the same as crunching on carrot and celery sticks.
I have bathroom plumbing issues that will require the services of a professional to fix. How the heck am I gonna pay for it? Tighten my belt. The cost of EVERYTHING keeps going up. It’s scary to think about what things I may face giving up in order to keep a roof over my head.
I’m seriously addicted to using the internet. I see people everywhere with their face on a cell phone oblivious to the world around them. I realized I have the very same problem without having a cell phone. My face has been glued to a computer monitor in the same way the grand kids are glued to phones.
I received two grocery gift cards over the holidays but I’m afraid to use them. I’m worried I may really need the cards later this year if prices keep rising and food banks keep closing. Maybe I’ve been watching too many news reports about Venezuela and Argentina and Haiti.
I don’t care what the politicians or the media or the Wall Street experts keep saying. The economy is NOT getting better. How can the economy possibly be getting better when millions are going hungry each day but food banks are closing permanently. Food banks depend on donations. When people can’t afford to donate then the food bank will close. No donations means no food to give away.
Its well known that I depend on food banks for the majority of my food. When I first heard that the mobile (outdoor) food bank near me was closing permanently I became upset like all the rest of the people. But later, after I had time to really think about it, I realized I was just as dependent on the free food as anyone who is dependent on the government to feed them with SNAP benefits. I don’t want to be that dependent on a food source. I need to change.
The cost of EVERYTHING keeps rising but incomes don’t. The divide between have and have not grows wider and people are tired of the struggle. Its not just a ghetto poverty issue. Its not just a middle class issue. Its not just a senior citizen issue. The economy is a world wide problem. Everyone is tired of tightening belts to make ends meet. Hunger and desperation creates anger and resentment.
Dan Boone wrote:A lot to chew on in this Adaptor's Movement manifesto.
Professor Jem Bendell BA (Hons) PhD wrote:
AbstractThe purpose of this conceptual paper is to provide readers with an opportunity to reassess their work and life in the face of an inevitable near-term social collapse due to climate change. The approach of the paper is to analyse recent studies on climate change and its implications for our ecosystems, economies and societies, as provided by academic journals and publications direct from research institutes. That synthesis leads to a conclusion there will be a near-term collapse in society with serious ramifications for the lives of readers. The paper reviewssome of the reasons why collapse-denial may exist, in particular, in the professions of sustainability research and practice, therefore leading to these arguments having been absent from these fields until now.The paper offers a new meta-framing of the implications for research, organisational practice, personal development and public policy, called the Deep Adaptation Agenda. Its key aspects of resilience, relinquishment and restorations are explained. This agenda does not seek to build on existing scholarship on “climate adaptation” as it is premised on the view that socialcollapse is now inevitable. The author believes this is one of the first papers in the sustainability management field to conclude that climate-induced societal collapse is now inevitable in the near term and therefore to invite scholars to explore the implications.