April 27 2023

Had my first doctor’s appointment with my new doctor at my new clinic here in Oklahoma City this morning. I think it went well. I’m also due to see my new psychiatrist and cardiologist later this summer. I think it went well. I think I’ve gained some weight over the last few weeks, but I still don’t the aches and pains I had three months ago.

Been doing lots of paperwork trying to get my old medical files from the late 90s and early 2000s released to social security disability. My new case worker here in Oklahoma suggested that since I started having such serious problems when I was in my late teens and early 20s, that I might be able to qualify for increased benefits from my parents’ earnings. Since both my parents worked in the medical field, they made good money. And the case workers is convinced that if I’m improved, I could increase my disability pension by over 50 percent. Makes me wonder why this wasn’t brought up when I first applied for disability back in 2006. I’m thinking I got screwed by my first case worker. I’m kind of upset thinking I struggled financially for years because of a mess up by my case worker. I’m finding the doctors, casewokers, etc. more helpful here in the bigger city than I did back in rural Nebraska. It’s one of the biggest adjustments I’ve had to make moving to an urban area.

I’m now on a waiting list for a low income apartment complex in downtown Oklahoma City. It’s mostly senior citizens and disabled people in a five story, twin tower complex. My electric, gas, garbage, and recycling are covered by the city housing authority. We have 24 hour on site security guards. We have on site laundry and library. I’m looking forward to the library as I donated a lot of my book collection to my previous complex back in Nebraska. And they have on site staff and maintenance every day except for major holidays I think. I’m within walking distance of a large park and medical center. I submitted all my financial and social security information to them three weeks ago. I’m now waiting for a response. And, yes, the place is handicap accessible with easy access to mass transit. First time in my 42 years of living that I’ve lived in an urban area. I’m still getting used to the number of people, variety of choices in restaurants and stores, and seeing new building construction every day.

Another thing I’m still getting used to is that the warmer and more humid climate is easier on my joints. As it get real hot during the summers, I probably won’t be outside as much during the summer. But at least I won’t be dealing with snow and ice that stays around for months. The older I’ve become, the more sensitive to cold I am.


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