One Down, One To Go
As I wrote in my last post, I had to go to one of my mandatory appointments at the doctor’s office a couple of days ago to refill the prescriptions for the meds and pain management drugs I need to function well. Despite hearing stories of the terribly expensive medical taxis I’d heard, I was at the point where I was sick of worrying about falling on my head while trying to transfer from my Honda Element. I also decided that pressing my mom into service to push me around in a manual wheelchair on these outings was putting her at risk…between her bad foot and other health issues she is after all about 75 years of age and I don’t want her blowing a gasket on my behalf.
Well, here’s another reminder that if you’re concerned about something, check it yourself!
The disabled taxi here in Nashville is a great and very affordable service. Operated by Music City Taxi, they have one vehicle capable of carrying me in my power wheelchair and their disabled services are managed by the gent who drives it. Joe is a really pleasant fellow, treated me great, and best of all, presented me with a bill at the end for only about $70…and that figure includes almost two hours of wait time!
That’s an amount I can afford. I have only myself to blame for being silly enough to listen to people telling me it would be hundreds of bucks for the past couple of years.
I can’t properly explain how good it feels to have that particular Sword of Damocles removed from my life. It was marvelous getting out even though I had to depend on the disabled cab to get me there and knowing I’ll only be out that $70 or so every couple-three months is a happy surprise.
That’s one hazard down, but there’s still a big one left: finishing this fundraiser to modify my Honda for wheelchair accessibility so I can do all of the errands I need to under my own power. As reasonable as Music City Taxi’s rates are, I can’t afford to drop that kind of money for regular outings, trips to the optometrist, a dinner out at a restaurant or any of the hundreds of things most people can do without having to think about it. Until I can regain that mobility, I’m still a captive of this affliction and my life never stops draining away a day at a time.
One other thing: I haven’t discussed it much before, but something else on my mind more and more is the fact that I’m stuck right here without even the ability to reposition in the event of some large scale emergency. I’m not worried about so-called ‘terrorism.’ There isn’t any…and the handful of people out there deranged enough to want to attack large numbers of Americans are so few in number as to be statistically insignificant.
No, what I am concerned about is the increasing possibility of both incidents of civil unrest and government savagery we’d be likely to see in the event of a collapse of the dollar, or even a short term failure of communications or internet problems that would affect transportation of food and supplies we all need. If things get dicey, I really hope I’ll be able to go places, reposition or even bug out in the short term, because right now I’m as glued in place as a fly trapped in amber is. Besides the helplessness I feel as the days of my life passing while I’m so confined, every time I see another reminder that these things can definitely happen, I feel dread more often than ever before.
Here’s a good example: on his show this morning Josh Tolley spoke with the mother of a man who was spirited away by the F.B.I and company for making allegedly ‘terroristic’ statements on his Facebook page. At the moment, he’s been stuck into a mental hospital, and the whole episode is chillingly reminiscent of events that regularly occurred under Josef Stalin’s regime in the U.S.S.R with midnight knocks on the door by the N.K.V.D, with dissidents arrested and stuffed into mental hospitals to be drugged, tortured or even killed for their ‘crime’ against the State. And why not? From the point of view of power mad psychopaths, a Mundane like me who thinks our government has become a murderous institution and hazard to average people must be crazy, right?
Remember, I not only post comments on Facebook and this blog, I write a column for the American Daily Herald in which I’ve never been shy about criticizing the government for its excesses and incompetence as well as its declaration of war against Americans with the USA-PATRIOT Act, the N.D.A.A,. H.R.347 and the recent ‘strip search for any reason’ decision by the Supreme Court. Yeah, I’m a bit worried.
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