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The Interminable Wait for Return Call

Yesterday, a man that Amanda, woman from my insurance company, had suggested I get in touch with to see about having a ramp built to my house, came to inspect our house.  He was involved with a group that is listed out on the internet as www.ramps.org.  He will be in charge of getting the ramp up to my back door.

Looking forward to the freedom of coming and going from my house as I please.  Haven’t had that freedom since we left Colorado back in 2004.  Haven’t been able to drive in years,  Have not put a vehicle in ignition since we moved to this state back in 2008.  Will have to rely on public transportation, but it is a LOT safer in St. Paul, than it was in Hastings where we lived before we bought our house.  I really would like to make friends with our neighbors.  Know the older lady gardens, which I will be doing once I can get out of this house!  Maybe we can exchange helpful hints on growing in this area.

Have to start making friends in this new state.  Miss my friends from where I have lived previously.  Have lost contact with our old neighbors from Colorado.  Still keep in touch with friends from previous employers.

Excitement!

Am excited about tomorrow’s meeting with a contractor named Jim.  He will figure out if I qualify to have a ramp to my house built by the www.ramps.org group.  He will be going over the last 3 years tax paperwork, my social security disability benefit statement, and three months of my husbands pay stubs.  If everything checks out, we may be getting a wooden ramp to our back door installed free of charge!

Will be nice to be able to get in and out of the house safely.  The way we had been doing it really scared me.  There were no safety rails and I have a tendency to fall from the weirdest places at the worst possible moment.  Have been wanting to meet our neighbors since we moved in!  The kids in this area all seem friendly and well behaved.

Have been in a wheelchair since we moved into this state back in 2008.  Spent years in Hades at an apartment complex that was supposed to be handicap accessible.  It was a testament to how little people in the town we used to live knew about handicap people.  No ramps in or out of the building.  Door ways too small to fit the smallest adult wheelchair through.  Public transportation was driven by drivers that should have their licences taken away for not clearing obstacles in the road.  How hard is it to drive around existing poles and trees?  Only risked it twice.  Gave up on it as a lost cause.

We purchased a house back on Aug. 15 of 2014.  Moved in by the 20th.  Knew then there was no ramp in existence.  The only place we saw up for sale at the time was a mobile home, but our bank doesn’t offer loans to by modular homes.  So that is why I looked for the house that would be the easiest to modify by adding a ramp.  Found a three bedroom, 2 bathroom house with air conditioning already in it!  Tend to go into seizures if I get overheated, so that was an added benefit!

Tomorrow, I find out if and when I’ll get my freedom!  Looking forward to being able to plant a garden. My husband took care of the wasp nest I had seen between the two windows in our front room.  Anaphylaxis from a wasp sting is NO FUN!  I stop breathing. without an Epinephrine shot, I die.  Fortunately, the first time I was stung, my grandfather who has the same problem. was able to give me the shot.  So armed with my epi pens, I will be able to go out side to start a garden.  Tomatoes are the first thing I will plant.  Since both of us love them.  Next year if those worked, will add cucumbers, radishes, peppers, and various herbs.

Can’t wait to get started!

Trying to get wheelchair ramp so I can get in and out of my house

We closed on a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house on August 15, 2014.  I knew at the time there would be no easy way to get any of my wheelchairs in or out of the home.  Once we moved in on the 20th of August, I had to find possible escape routes in case of emergency.  Came down to throwing my manual wheelchair down the back steps and then crawling out on my hands and knees.  Not ideal, but doable.

Jason purchased two metal aluminum pieces to use for taking a heavy objects down stairs.  Face it, me in my lightest wheelchair is still over 100 pounds.  I used to be able to handle 170+ pound hay bales, but not anymore!  I don’t expect him to have to do it either.  Scares me to death every time we have to use it.  There are no safety rails to ensure I don’t fall off the ramp.

My neurologist informed me at my appointment with him on April Fool’s day 2014, I wasn’t allowed to drive anymore.  Told him I hadn’t drove since we moved to this state back in 2008.  At least now, I had a legitimate reason for not being able to drive!

We ended up getting a tax refund in early 2015.  Hoped to use part of that to pay for my ramp.  At my neurologist’s request, had to have my annual MRI, due to my multiple sclerosis back at the beginning of April.  I get the results back in May.  Jason was planning on hiring a professional contractor to build the ramp, but the expense of the MRI cut into our funds too much.  Looked like I wasn’t going to be able to get a ramp.

Did some research on the internet about getting a medically necessary ramp installed by professionals for the disabled.  There is a program called “Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL)”, here in St. Paul!  You can visit the site at www.ramps.org.  They have sites all over the country.  Was told about this site from information given to me by my Humana medicare advantage plan support nurse.  She gave me the number of the Ramp Coordinator who oversees several contractors.   The coordinator gave me the name of a contractor to call.  Left voice mail on the contractor’s machine.  Got a call the next afternoon.  He will be coming out to see what needs to be done to get my ramp built!

Looking forward to his visit.  Am so excited, I may explode!