My Year 2003
My Church has helped me at times with the rent and utilities, I have received both public and private help with
my needs, and I am still looking for a real personal income. The demands of Child Support had drained my income
to where I could no longer afford to have a phone, even before I lost my job. I used the County Library's
computers to access the Internet for job search.
In March, 2003, someone anonymously provided limited phone
service for me. I learned a lot of people were helping me, as well as God. Besides the phone service, people
have mowed my lawn, helped me get rid of garbage from the house, and many more things.
Thanks to extensions, my Unemployment benefits lasted for a full year, but ran out in April of 2003. I had
several Yard Sales to get cash for bus passes and food with successively diminishing success.
In July 2003, I was finally eligible for the Oregon Health Plan and Food Stamps. I found a doctor whose clinic
was right across the street. He put me back on medications. I was able to use the scale there whenever they
were open. The doctor arranged for home health care nurses, usually one named Don, to come to my home to take
care of the wound on my foot. I was to keep off of my feet as much as possible, and to keep my feet elevated
to promote healing.
My blood glucose levels were under control by medication, but I was referred to a cardiologist because my
hypertension seemed to be more difficult to control.