View Full Version : Mellow's Moving
04-08-12, 01:12 PM
Many of you know that I've been fighting the VA for a long time regarding asthma and disability. Well, I won the battle after nearly 3 years. I've said all along if I won, I was going to leave SC and so I am. I am moving to Alabama which is pretty close to where I grew up in FL and I have a lot of family there. The one thing all the doctors agree on is that there is something about SC that disagrees with my lungs.
I will know tomorrow about a house to rent. It is a free-standing patio home. In other words, small house, tiny yard but nobody connected to me to poison me directly. It has a large patio...plenty of room and sun for container gardening. 2bd 2bath...more than enough room for me. My brother and SIL checked it out against a huge checklist of absolute must haves and must nots and sent me tons of pictures. Other than it has carpeting, which in the South, is nearly impossible to avoid, it seems perfect. So, getting very excited. As to smart meters, neither my brother nor the agent had a clue what I was talking about and forgot to look where the meter is. So that's one aspect I don't know but, even one has got to be a heck of a lot better than 12!
04-08-12, 03:29 PM
Although I am very happy for you Mellow, I really think you should come to DFW. :)
Kidding... hope the move goes smoothly, and congratulations on your monetary win!
04-08-12, 04:26 PM
I am so happy for you mellow. 273
04-08-12, 05:16 PM
That's wonderful news, Mellow! I'm so happy for you. The house sounds great.
04-08-12, 05:16 PM
There are tons of chemtrails in Rio. That is really sad.
04-08-12, 07:46 PM
Did happy dance elsewhere so you already know how glad I am. My black son-in-law is from Alabama, goes back occasionally. Can't imagine anyone living in that heat but you grew up there so I guess you're acclimated. And you can haz garden!!!
Mellow that's great news. I really hope the climate works better for you. Here is wishing you healing and good health. Keep us updated.
04-09-12, 12:22 AM
I'm super happy for you too Mellow!
04-09-12, 06:41 AM
Really pleased to hear that you can eventually move! And have a container garden. Wonderful news.
04-10-12, 12:19 PM
I'm really doing a happy dance now :) Just found out I got the little free standing house. That will make things so much easier AND I can have a container garden! YAY :)
04-10-12, 01:05 PM
Goin' to Alabama, got a banjo on your knee? Happy for you, my friend. Hoka hey!
04-11-12, 04:17 PM
Congrats on your move. It's exciting to have a fresh start in a new house, and a new state. Also, happy you'll be closer to family.
So happy for you, Mellow, and praying that this move will be the start of a new healing chapter for you as well.
I hate moving, myself, but i am excited with your new possibilities and the wonders of not having to be subjected to the choices other people make and the chance to do some gardening. :)
04-11-12, 04:27 PM
Thanks. I am really excited now. I got the house I was hoping for so time to start sorting, tossing and packing!
04-11-12, 05:19 PM
So nice to see you back, Mr. Wizard! Islander did some great detective work along with several members of HH to resolve the month long computer glitch that kept some of our forum members unable to access the site.
Thanks to Islander and the HH detectives!
04-11-12, 07:38 PM
Really glad to see the Wiz again! And heck (:: scuffs toe in dirt ::) I didn't do much. My computer guru had e-mails of Comcast customers all across the country; he was kind enough to contact a bunch and ask them to try to log on to HH. No luck. That confirmed my suspicions by narrowing it down to Comcast. But then I had to go to the vB troubleshooting website to find out how to nail them. They were the ones who advised me to have my Comcast members run a trace. Don't know how many of them did that, but Bazingo! problem solved!
ETA: Yeah, that's why they pay me the big bux! :cool:
04-11-12, 09:05 PM
Hey Mr. Wizard; so happy to see you back :)
04-11-12, 10:34 PM
Does this mean that you will have your own washer/dryer and you do not have to deal with people going hog-wild with the Downy or Bounce? http://www.ic-network.com/forum/images/smilies/dance.gif
04-12-12, 09:02 AM
So Mellowsong, Does this mean that you will have your own washer/dryer and you do not have to deal with people going hog-wild with the Downy or Bounce? http://www.ic-network.com/forum/images/smilies/dance.gif
Sure does :) I'm sure there will be stuff venting from neighbors but at least it won't be concentrated in a breezeway and 4 to 8 people doing laundry at the same time!
Congrats Mellow. I am glad for your success! I've had my claws locked with the VA for years, and it finally looks like something is happening. By that, I mean that I havn't seen any paperwoork returned in months requiring additional info or corrections, etc. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.
May your new venture be blessed and I'm happy to hear that you finally got what you've been owed for your service to our beautiful free America. Let me know if I can help in any way, and know that my prayers are with you.
04-12-12, 10:09 PM
Best wishes for you, also wr7476:)
Thanks Reesacat. Best wishes for you as well. I want us all to succeed in our quest for better health. I think Mellows move will help her.
04-13-12, 03:55 AM
Sweet Home Alabama is one of my favourite movies! Ten years old but always enjoy watching it.
04-13-12, 09:18 AM
Thank you so much wr! Supposedly the claims process is speeding up because Congress is now investigating. I don't know if this will help but, after the American Legion rep saw the crap that was in my records, he felt the only way that I'd get approved was if I had a hearing with the regional claims officer face to face so they could see and hear how bad things are. Initially I was told it would take 3 months to schedule a hearing, then 6 months, then the truth, lol. They had 3 claims officers; one retired, one had a stroke and that left one person doing the entire state of SC and part of GA. VA had a hiring freeze, in other words, they were not allowed to replace anyone no matter how critical the position. They recently hired someone and she was the one I saw. It took almost a year but was worth it. Actually it never went to a hearing. She came in the room, went out in the hallway with the rep, came back in smiling and said she'd decided the case without a hearing. If I've said all this before, I apologize.
Anyway, my whole point wr, is to look at your records and see just what the idiots are charting. Make sure to pull and highlight evidence that the records are not reflecting your condition. "Buddy letters" help. Getting letters from friends/family saying just how the problem is affecting your life. Just one example of lackadaisical charting: ER visit with asthma exacerbation and chest pain: Obese female in no acute distress. Just kills me that the fact I was overweight was the very first word! Heart RRR (regular rate and rhythm), lungs clear etc etc. However if you looked at the EKG, my heart rate was close to 200; they had to give me several doses of nitroglycerine. I was moving almost no air and in fact, crashed enough they did blood gases and had to put me on high amounts of oxygen. They also wanted to admit me to the hospital Yet, the very first sentences in the note said I was not really having a problem. You had to look at the EKG, lab work to see what was really going on. My being a nurse helped me fight stuff like this. I pulled notes from ER and pulmonology so I could see what I was battling. I wish you the best of luck wr!
04-13-12, 10:43 AM
How sad that you had to fight the very ones who were supposed to be helping, and in such a weakened physical condition. Now I'm extra happy for your victory. And your advice is surely valuable to anyone with similar VA difficulties.
It's horrible that they would outright lie like that on your chart.
04-13-12, 10:45 AM
Mellow is an amazing woman:).
04-13-12, 10:47 AM
Mellow is an amazing woman:).
04-13-12, 04:02 PM
Mellow is an amazing woman:).
You surely are mellow. If anything this is an understatement. 275
04-13-12, 05:52 PM
http://www.deviantart.com/download/77763884/Blushing_Emoticon_by_Myouchi.gif Thanks y'all...but I've had some amazing teachers over the last almost 5 years!
04-13-12, 06:18 PM
Your dogs will be very happy to live in a house that has some land. Is it fenced mellow?
04-13-12, 07:38 PM
@Aaltrude: Yes it's fenced :) I'll have to make sure it's tiny dog secure though, lol. I still plan to walk them though because that's almost the only exercise I get!
04-13-12, 08:07 PM
I'll have to make sure it's tiny dog secure though, lol.
Our dog is quite a bit bigger than yours yet she has managed to squeeze through the holes in hurricane fencing. We wouldn't have believed she could do it if we hadn't caught her in the act on an occasion we hid from view to see how she was getting out. If she can manage that then I imagine you would have to be on the look out for ultra small gaps.
As one of the "Comcast people" who were fenced out for such a long time, I can say with certainty that I am very glad to be back! It might take me a long time to catch up on my reading.
And I will echo the other comments that Mellowsong indeed is one very amazing person. She is one of the people I would emulate in life.
Thanks Mellow. Best of luck to you too.
04-13-12, 10:28 PM
Good to see you back, Maurya!!
04-14-12, 08:58 AM
Welcome back Maurya! So glad to see you :)
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