It is Friday and normally that means a segment for Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. But, she took today off and with what I have to do later today it seemed like a good idea and well timed. As part of the review of my appeal for social security disability, the Texas disability review folks have decided I need a "mental status exam" to check for "depression, anxiety, stress" around noon today. Instead of sending me to a doctor that could review my x-rays and tests and maybe do something about my back/leg issues and how whatever is wrong is spreading through my body into my arms and hands, they are sending me to a mental health person to see if I have "depression, anxiety, stress."
Well, duh! I have it. Can I just check a box or something? Press something on a touch tone phone?
I have no money in the bank, no job, a wife who needs surgery and the insurance folks can't get things straightened out, we are past due on every damn utility bill known to mankind, can’t afford to refill the meds, worried about being evicted at the end of the month for non-payment of rent, and a host of other problems. If that is not enough to cause "depression, anxiety, stress" by the way, I hurt all the damn time, can barely walk, and fall down a lot and they think I need a "mental status exam."
Must not rant...must not rant...must not rant.....