Dental issues, pain, and a broken system
I have multiple major dental issues right now, including abscesses, that will require root canals. At LEAST one of them is due to my dentist- who I love being around, he’s cool- screwing up my teeth. Most of it started as a combination of having inherited both soft teeth (bio dad) and grinding my teeth (mom) and having ADLS deficits. but neglect to treat things when they started by one dentist and poor work from another has led to things being pretty serious.
(BTW, if you want to help encourage me in improving some of my self ID’d ADLS stuff, check out my Health Month Profile. You can also watch the charts tracking my progress. And next month I’ll need another Sponsor so I can have more than 3 goals- this month I have a Kimberly W to thank.)
In any case, We’ve known I’ve needed the first root canal for what will be two months next week. The second we’ve known about for about a month. I’ve been on a number of antibiotics and things in the mean time. But in PA, when you are on medical assistance you need pre-approval from their offices for root canals and the like. And that can take months. Which, in my case, it is. And it is creating larger and larger issues.
In any case, this past week has been intense to say the least. At the JRC rally & March on saturday, I took so much tylenol I vomited. Thursday before, I took more than 12k of Naproxen, and was still in pain. I’m at a point where I’m essentially doing serious damage to my stomach and possibly liver if I try to use over the counter pain meds.
Today and Yesterday, I haven’t been able to eat properly. I had A sandwich and a couple bites of soup all day yesterday. Today thus far I’ve had half a serving of rice noodles.
I’m currently at my Aunt Lisa’s, and Yesterday we did the try-every-home-remedy thing. Clove oil only helps on a very temporary basis. We did the tea bag thing, and that didn’t work. So I packed my gums with raw crushed garlic, and that helped enough to eat that sandwich, and another application let me fall asleep last night. I’m not entirely sure why it helped, but it did. but packing my gums with raw garlic all the time isn’t workable.
However, Medical Assistance- which is what I have- doesn’t transfer out of state. I don’t know why, other than an assumption that poor people can’t travel ever, or that we become magically immune to health issues and needs when visiting family. I don’t know. But it’s fantastically screwy.
We had to get a pharamcist to call the Dentist and convince him that he actually *can* send a script across state lines. He thought he couldn’t. He can, I just can’t have MA pay for it here. So he sent over the next step up of antibiotics- making this course 4- and a perscription pain killer. Which, unfortunately, is not completely getting rid of the pain. It’s helping- I’m not forcing myself from screaming any more- but it’s still pretty damn intense.
My options are basically the ER. There really aren’t other options under the current system for me apparently. Not for this issue.
You have to reach crisis point- a more expensive treatment option- for them to care. To get any treatment. And the reason for the beaurocratic nightmare that the MA system is currently?
“We are trying to save the tax payers money!”
By waiting until only the more expensive options are available? really? I sometimes really think that the real hope is that us poor folk will just kill ourselves in order to “un-burden” the rest of the state. The poor- or at least our well being- are expendables in this society. Particularly under this governor’s administration, but in general as well.
I”m sorry, I’m angry and in pain. And I think, Wow. I’m not the only one effected by this. There are other people in this system, some of whom have fewer “natural” supports available.
I can’t fathom how people can believe that this system is ever effective. I mean, I’ve tracked people’s reasons, but I can’t connect how those reasons could make sense. I’m not asking to have it explained- I’ve been trying for years to understand this general type of phenomena- it’s just that that sort of thinking seems so wrong and bizarre that I *can’t* get it. I don’t have it in me.
Between this and the whole housing bru-ha-ha, I have some super critical posts for my blog-blog at some point.
Friday, 1/20(the 2nd Anniversary of the “Citizens United” decision, Occupy Pittsburgh will hold a permitted protest Action against “Citizens United” and Corporate corruption of our government and body politick. We’ll have a permitted rally Friday, 1/20 at 4pm, in Market Square.Then we’ll got to nearby PPG and posting, ceremoniously and theatrically, a Peoples’ Bill of Indictment for environmental crimes(toxic pools)\Mdavis as well as a People’s Subpoena for their ” Certificate of Live Birth”, underscoring that they don’t have any, and so, should not have “free speech” rights to unlimited financial contributions, which corrupt our government and body politick.Then we can proceed to 625 Liberty Ave., location of gas-fracking, EQT’s Headquarters and do the same there…Then we can proceed up 6th Ave., to financial criminal BNY Mellon and posting, ceremoniously, a Peoples Bill of Indictment for their crimes against the people, as well as a People’s Subpoena for their “Certificate of Live Birth”.Then, we can proceed to the Federal Courthouse to rally for a “Move To Amend” the Constitution to undo the “Citizens United” decision. ….We’re going to be busy, with a dynamic, vociferous, rather than a static event , so folks are encouraged to arrive early, promptly, 4pm Market Square, Pittsburgh to protest against Corporate take-over of our government, Corporate corruption and pollution. And for an amendment to overturn the infamous “Citizens United” decision.Visit the OccupyPittsburgh.org web site.
UCP Central PA Part Time Employment Announcement
Family Support & Community Mapper QUALIFICATIONS: The position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Ideal candidates possess excellent oral communication skills, outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, proficient computer use including Microsoft Office and the Internet, and experience with data entry. Family members of children with disabilities are preferred. Part-time 25 hours/week
September 20, 2011
UCP has a part time position open in the Family Support Service department in Camp Hill, PA.
Qualified candidates should submit their resume to Roxanne Daniel – email: email@example.com , US mail: UCP Central PA, 44 South 38th Street Camp Hill, PA 17011, or fax: 717-975-0839.
Family Support & Community Mapper
The position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Ideal candidates possess excellent oral communication skills, outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, proficient computer use including Microsoft Office and the Internet, and experience with data entry. Family members of children with disabilities are preferred.
Part-time 25 hours/week
Save The Date:Welcoming and Affirming Practice: Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQI) and Cultural Competence Training
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
WHAT: Welcoming and Affirming Practice: Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQI) and Cultural Competence Training *
TIME: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Holiday Inn Harrisburg- Hershey
Exit 80, I-81604 Station Road Grantville, PA 17028Phone 717.469.0661
HOW TO APPLY: Applications coming soon
* A $40.00 fee will be charged for continuing education credits
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna Auch at 1-877-243-3033
This training is made possible through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA grant awarded to the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association.
This comes out of the work we did through Keystone Pride Recovery Initiative (KPRI), which focuses on the needs of LGBTQI folks who access PA’s Mental Health services. For example, making sure that people can be allowed to access gender appropriate beds in the hospital, including non-binary consideration, and unisex bathrooms at MH facilities, or Banning conversion therapy at service providers covered by the various BHMCOs in the state. We also encourage providers to allow the “consumer of services” to self ID family- aka, recognizing family of choice and family of birth aren’t the same thing.
Pennslyvania: Artist Search- Works For Me Calendar
If you are an artist who lives in PA and you have a disability, this is a great chance for you to showcase your talent! Through this calendar, you can help raise awareness about employment supports for those who have a disability. This calendar will feature information about work incentives and will also include selected artwork, and this is where you come in! Here are some guidelines if you would like to partner with us:
What you can send: (Must be original art you have done yourself; include title of the artwork, full name of artist, phone number, email address)
- paintings (picture of)
- Sculptures (picture of)
- Wall hangings, textile designs (picture of)
How you can send it:
- Better to use a digital Camera rather than a cell phone camera.
- A picture taken by camera and sent by file through the computer.
- A picture as an email attachment that has .jpg or .gif at end of file name
- Please send only the best picture for each artwork
- Limit of one picture for each email
- Please limit artwork to 3 items per artist
Please submit all artwork by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit all artwork by July 15, 2011.
*Artists will be contacted in August 2011 if their work has been chosen, and winning entries will be featured in the 2012 calendar. Calendar artists will receive public recognition regarding their accomplishments. If questions, contact: 1-800-360-7282, ext. 3719
… Is it just me or did someone throw this CFP together by copy pasting meeting notes??? o_0 i don’t know. I just know that this got emailed to me on a list of things that someone at OMHSAS PA came across.
PENNSYLVANIA PEOPLES (and friends)!!! I have a big issue
I have a big issue I’m going to be talking about here in the next couple of days, and I would really like for you guys to support and spread word. It has to do with Mental Health Services and Dis rights and classism.
So, yeah, I will really really want your support/reblogs/blogs/general awareness spreading here soon.
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Yet another reason I plan on moving the fuck outta Pennsylvania someday. Every day I get more and more ashamed of how the people in this state behave.
I stick around in part because I don’t have the money to GTFO and partly because of the fact that we should be safe, and maintain our rights, no matter WHERE we choose to live. We shouldn’t have to self segregate in order to be safe as who we are, be we disabled, queer, of a non-white race or a non-european ethnicity, of a non-christian (or even liberal christian!) faith… the list goes on.
I have little left to lose by sticking around and being obvious, trying to build tolerance, however vainly it might seem or feel.
Not to say if I had a financially accessible and sustainable way to move I wouldn’t. But I don’t see it as an urgent thing, or my inability to move as horrible. What’s horrible is that rural places have become a place where bigotry is culturally acceptable. Even the jokes city folk make about rural America point out that it is culturally acceptable for rural america to be a haven for bigots. And it’s NOT OKAY.
That said, you aren’t ashamed of me are you? I’m a fellow PA person. Venangoland (Venango County, PA) representing!