You ask me why I'm an anti-government activist at my age. I reply because I hate American oligarchs who bought all the politicians and control them. The richest country in the world and the government hasn't given us a health system that provides dentists for seniors or for the totally indigent. Ditto specs, eyeglasses though I can find a pair at the 99c store. But my teeth are poisoning my jaw. Canít fix that at the 99c store. Meanwhile that same gov. mandated 1500$ of cat hoarder classes for me though they cuffed me at dawn & served a search warrant at my rented shack and found not a single cat cuz I feed wild ones. Meanwhile our Gov sends innocent disabled seniors to jail, see http://www.luckinlove.com/poorpeoplejailed.htm and How I learned what crazy things LA. CALIF courts can do to seniors, the disabled, poor at http://www.masterjules.net/blondisyndrome.htm .) escaped that 1500$ class that takes 52 weeks, i.e. a year long when the SCHOOL did research, found I was too poor to make a good captive student 52 times a year 12 miles travel daily. I got that near to death as twice the pound came to my house, no cats inside. A few years later, the third time, they came with cops, trucks, psychiatrists, steel cuffs and a search warrant. Again --no cats inside. I feed ferals. FERAL MEANS WILD CATS. Cost to city? Hundreds of Thousands as they had me in court at least ten times for a single Ďtrespassí to my 85 year old gal palís house to repo a kitten when this psycho neighbor had entered my garden gate, gone into back yard and taken him from his mother. A feral cat. For that hundred thousand dollar amt., they could have given me eyeglasses so that I could see to mend my clothes. They could have given me more than $340 a month Social Security to live on for the winter of my life. Who invented cat codes, cat hoarder schools? Same people who invented 340$ a month for seniors as a Social Security payment. The best politicians money could buy, ..i.e. Bought politicians ALLOWED the rich bankers to take the country down the tubes. I am a first hand example of what's wrong with America. I'm a senior, seventy years old. LAST week, suddenly. MY bank DEBIT card was no good. I run to ATM, see that the bank has fined me $350 bucks for ten bad checks. Now, I didn't write any checks. I was just using my debit card but they fined me for using it and never wrote me the first time, in a timely manner, hoping Iíd do it twice. Or ten times. Every time I was pulling out my debit card to buy a dollar of groceries, they were charging me 35$ on top of the buck I spent on food. What caused this is my land lord kept a rent check of mine for a month. In a drawer. Then he came to get the next month's rent, I say, 'just a minute, let me see what's in my acct? So right in front of him, I phone the bank, bank says lotsa money there, so I say to him, "ok money is there, I'll give you another rent check $. He went to his bank with BOTH checks --two months rent, and blew my account to minus digits. Now, not only utilities bounce, PC server bounces, every buck spent at the market bounces. Used to be you're out of money the market says 'this debit card is no good.' so a girl knows where she stands. Well now everything is getting paid so they can make money off me. And then it's bouncing. One after the other and the bank charges 35$ each time. SOON I OWE THE BANK a month's income, more than I get each month from SOCIAL SECURITY for food, rent and utilities. So now, I can't use the debit card, I have flour in the house so I know how to do one thing with flour, I am eating pie crust made with lard and my home grown pumpkin in the middle. A friend says have a garage sale. So I went in the garage. The boxes are stacked way in back, ten high no kidding from floor to ceiling. 30 feet long from wall to wall. Unapproachable because one son's old furniture is piled against it. Bunk beds, unmoveable, dark, spiders everywhere. Now I KNOW what's in there. My boxes contain old books, old clothes, real junk, all holes, torn seams, nothing saleable. I have some mis matched dishes. I believe a few scrapbooks are out there. I really OWN NOTHING of value. These Books once were drenched floating in water when rental house, 60 yrs old) cellar filled wi water. Hot water heater broke, turned cellar into a swimming pool, just under the kitchen floor. I dried them in sun, moldy as heck. Anyway Money was only last week's problem when there was no food and I couldn't use my debit card. That week i was eating flour with lard, made into pie crust, home grown pumpkin, white rice. Cat shared their chicken with me. THIS WEEK I'm eating stale white bread. BIBLE bread went up to 4$. I found a loaf of white, like a few days too old for market to sell, ergo reduced to 99c. Now here's where it gets really problematic, This food is not very healthy. I feel all my chronic tooth ache problems explode into soul searing pain. That has to be due to last few week's bad diet. When you eat crummy, immune sys goes down and bad teeth get way way worse. My TEETH are KILLING ME I mean, they've hurt for a month but I keep using pain toothpaste sensodyne. But it's much worse than gum problems. I find myself in a deep jaw predicament-CAVITIES DOWN INTO THE NERVE. The kind of pain that must be like Guantanamo torture. So I call the dentist? Sir, DO you take Medicare? Cuz I have this card. NOPE he sez. MED-I CAL- and it's a shiny plastic card. But if you are going to have kidney transplant then I can extract bad teeth. I'm not planning on transplant So I phone up SOCIAL SECURITY. Say I Hear that MEDICARE does not offer any dental coverage at all unless you require kidney replacement. Then they will clean your teeth before surgery or extract them. No root canals, no cavity work. I know for a fact that I have three heart valves which don't close, that need replacement with pig vavles but oddly, that doesn't qualify me for teeth being fixed. I checked with them. For this lack of an aortic, sistolic or pulmonary valve I've been warned by clinics or docs all my life to get open heart surgery. Yale cardiology saw me, said i would only live to age thirty if i didn't get heart valves fixed. Im 68...so I made it alright. Now, since Courtney Love left me with a YEAR OF WORK Unpaid, I am having a hard time in every area of my life, car dying, mechanics are really all thieves. something about their job makes them hate us and then they steal. So I'm living high without courtney,. soc security brings me 340 a month and heart disability brings another 330. I live on 670 a month. Reason my stipend is so low is that i never paid into SS much . I worked acting in TV as a girl, but not during my middle years, I raised four babies was a single mother, the father couldn't be touched by me for child support as he lived deep in mexico, the welfare dept thot they could nail him, used to call me in to the Dept Soc Services office to look at DMV pics of mex gardeners, cab drivers, same name, luis hernandez but not the spaniard I married who never came to the USA for a moment. ok fast forward forty years age 65 I qualify for 340$ soc. security! they send me a medicare card I take good care of it, keep it at hand expecting heart attack any time but never went to a doc for anything. Last few mos, my teeth hurt, some so bad that it's like childbirth. and the pain descends into left heart area. Like a tooth ache two feet long..with long roots. So folks with heart probs are warned never let a tooth go bad as tooth drains pus into heart and if no valves, you're going to get endocarditus.. something --a cardio infection, can't recall word. And that kills you. and I have exactly that tooth draining sensation, as if a FIREWORK is going off from heart to left side of throat. LAST NITE I was popping tylenols every few hours all nite. Very motivating so TODAY I called dentist. Do you take medicare? NO he sez. only the plastic medi-cal card. CAL refers to my state, california MED-I-CAL it is the state poor people plan. I call another dentist, ditto, They only take the PLASTIC card that the state gives you. HOW DO I GET IT? NEITHER KNEW! I call SOC SECURITY. They say we don't do teeth! Why don't you CALL MED-I-CARE. IN SACRAMENTO. HOW/ LONG DISTANCE servers that we seniors CANNOT AFFORD? USE A PHONE CARD. SO I go to the 99c store get a phone card. I call SACRAMENTO. MEDICARE it's state run, who knew? Only the state of calif says we don't do teeth. You have to Call med-i-CAL. WHERE ARE THEY? WE DO NOT KNOW. LOOK THEM UP IN PHONE BOOK OK I am poring over my AT&T fone book with rx glasses, print is too small. CANNOT READ A SINGLE WORD. Go get a magnifying glass, now i can see a square inch at a time, no more. thousands and thousands of county gov, city offices, nothingg called medi-cal. NOTHING! I'm weeping by now. i dial a city councilman's office, that is all I FIND OR SEE. I recognize his name. Zev Yaroslavsky. The secretary says call social services. Thank you I say, hang up. S. Look under S. Would you believe it nothing. So I call secretary back. say "tell your boss the phone book needs a Senior Section with the important numbers in print 1/4 inch high. Tell him to imagine that he has teeth pain worse than childbirth going into the heart and no heart valve and he is picking up the AT&T phone book! But try it with regular prescription glasses. Then get a magnifier, which I'm betting most seniors do not own. Still, you can only see one name or listing one line, and there are 20,000 lines in State/city and Federal sections. i go back into that phone book and my finger goes thru easily 20 thousand lines I descend to the area of the S's. There is no heading called Social Services not in STATE, not in CITY, not in FEDERAL I've called FEDERAL already SOC SECURITY's MAIN NUMBER, maybe in Washington DC, I called STATE already in Sacramento and there have been no answers at all forthcoming. Just, the gov doesn't do teeth unless you're getting a kidney transplant. I am totally stuck but I do have tylenols in the house, So I'm popping them for two days in a row. Now my LIVER starts to hurt like a son of a gun. TYLENOL is bad for even a good liver, but it can kill you with a bad one. I had hepatitus as a 28 year old, from Mexican clams. so now my LIVER AND my HEART and my teeth HURT. the TEETH like a pounding JACKHAMMER, causing temples to ache, throat to ache. jaw to ache.. Out of nowhere, this hippie sixties friend JEFFREY calls me. He's been on MED-I-CAL and food stamps. HOW DID YOU DO IT? I ask. But he says it's been so LONG that he cannot recall how he got them. I vaguely remember my young days with four toddlers in the house and say "you must have gone to a county DPSS office. DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES. (It's all coming back to me now.) Where you usually wait for five hours in a room full of screaming babies. Jeffrey is a space case. He's the guy who sleeps with four dogs in the RV? So he can' thelp but he gives me one great pc of advice. He sez NO WAY tylenol! Take motrin or an anti inflam. Well I go thru every drawer. None in the house. But I do have aspirin.unbuffered, but i'll take calmag with it. maybe that'll buffer it. I once did use aspirin to sleep when insomnia hit me 15 yrs ago, and what happens is, you burn your tummy's interior. I lost stomach acid faculty. Yeap scarring / searing the mucosa in there with aspirin, you lose acid and that means nothing digests. You burp 24/7 can't digest and the undigested protein going thru system causes you to lose kidney function. EDEMA sets in. And that's serious. I looked like an ESKIMO for two months until I figured out the DIGESTION CURE. But look on the bright side. NO KIDNEY FUNCTION at all means I can get a dentist to extract bad teeth. KIDNEY FAILURE would get me MEDICARE dental. Long way around, but they WILL do your dental work before A TRANSPLANT but a mere case of bad kidneys doesn't cut it. So the upshot is, this planet expects senior to a.) see small print well, b.) maintain a license and insurance and pay registration fees so that you can drive a 30 yr old car and probably pay a lot of mechanics to keep it going c.) go far away places like POST OFFICE to get postage stamps to write washington. See I found a form here among stacks of paper that petitions federal social security program to give you a MED-I CAL CARD..but all my stamps are to write my poor son who's doing ten years in a mental hospital.Ii have a hard time emotionally using a single stamp for my own needs out of fear of not being able to send him daily home made cheery letter & home made cartoony comix. d.) Back to what the state expects. They expect you to be able to wake at 7 am, drive a car to DPSS/ welfare or SOCIAL SERVICES, be there at 8 am, wait for five hrs, bring all the right papers without fail, qualify and get this plastic card which is all the dentists will take. The dentist told me no fillings on back teeth Ö heíll only do extractions. No root canals.
P.S. CALIFORNIANS LOST ALL TOOTH CARE. AHNOLD CHANGED THE LAW, JULY 2009, no more dentistry for seniors or adults. Five yrs later when Schwarzeneggar was gone, Jerry Brown put it back.
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