Squeak

Yep, I was right. Be ashamed, be very ashamed. :/

From: Scott Royall <royall@conchbbs.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 14:28
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb@txmobility.com>
Cc: jeremyp@txmobility.com
Subject: RE: Squeak

It is indeed what’s left of the plastic fender that’s causing the noise. Please send someone to pull the right rear wheel, and remove the remains of the fender. Don’t know how to make it any simpler.

And please request the cushion.

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 19:18
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

In fact, I just caught the wheel at the optimum light angle, and I think I saw what’s rubbing. It’s the remaining jagged stump of the plastic fender on that side. If that proves to be correct, I would feel quite embarrassed if I was in your position.

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 16:18
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

No Adam, that’s not how insurance companies work. At least not Healthspring. Their only mechanism for interacting with the customer-dealer dynamic is a formal complaint process. I trust you and I agree that wouldn’t be helpful in this situation.

I actually should update you on the status of the base problem. I began noticing last Thursday that the squeak/screech was starting to subside on its own. Even in the beginning, the noise only occurred when rolling forward, which already contra-indicated Garry’s assessment of motor bearings. But now the sound is intermittent. That supports my evaluation that the inside of the wheel is rubbing against something because, as two surfaces rub, one or both slowly wear away. Yes, that suggests this problem will eventually go away, not something you generally see with bearing issues. The uncomfortable question is, what is the wheel wearing against?

I understand you’re in the position of needing to support what your coworkers say. I get that, but, at where I worked, you received a private spanking if you were way off. Sure, two new motors would end the squeak/screech, as would a new wheelchairs, or a new life. It’s a matter of picking the most appropriate solution, isn’t it? Well, isn’t having Healthspring (actually Medicare) buy a pair of motors to fix a rubbing wheel overkill?

As for sending someone to check, only Thursday afternoon could be problematic.

Are you going to request a new seat cushion for me?

From: Adam B <adamb>
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 7:38
To: ‘Scott Royall’ <royall>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

Good Morning Mr. Royal,

We are comfortable with Garry’s assessment on your wheelchair. That said, I will be more than happy to arrange for Adan to come out free of charge and perform the test that you requested. I am sure you are frustrated so we will do what we can to accommodate you. As far as sharing the correspondence with Healthspring, we will not do that. Healthspring will gladly field any of your concerns if you wish to contact them. Please let me know what day would be best for Adan to come out. Thank you

Adam Beier

Great American Mobility

Hours: 6AM-3PM

P) 832-445-0956 ext. 201

F) 832-777-7023

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 4:37 PM
To: jeremyp
Cc: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Subject: RE: Squeak

Ah yeah, can’t say that I was extremely impressed with the "diagnostic" skills of today’s tech. The poor guy needed me to pinpoint the source of the squeak for him. Since the sound is really more of a screech synchronized with each forward revolution of the right rear wheel, I agree that the source must be metal-on-metal scraping. However, since the sound only occurs in one direction, I cannot concur with the tech’s recommendation to replace both motors. I understand his preventative thinking behind the recommendation, but, given that the problem began hours after Adan replaced my rear wheels, I think you’ll agree it’s far more likely that something simply changed in the mounting of the right rear wheel.

One quick way to confirm my suspicion is by pulling that wheel off and having me spin the motor forward. No screech or squeak would be the confirmation. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of that while your technician was here, not that I think he would’ve been comfortable working on the wheelchair with me in it. Gary and Adan both know how simple it is (think: NASCAR).

Therefore, my recommendation is that we perform the above test to better determine where the problem lies before we cheerfully gig the insurance company for the cost of two motors. The tech kept saying "insurance would pay for it” until I reminded him that the consumer ultimately pays for everything. I’m perfectly comfortable charging insurance for items legitimately needed, but needless waste turns my stomach even as it lines Invacare’s purse.

Please include this email in your correspondence with Texas Healthspring.

By the way, I keep forgetting to ask you to request a new seat cushion for this wheelchair. I’ve worn quite the gulch in this one.

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:31
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

Yes.

From: Adam B <adamb>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:28
To: ‘Scott Royall’ <royall>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

Good Morning,

Will you be available tomorrow?

Adam Beier

Great American Mobility

Hours: 6AM-3PM

P) 832-445-0956 ext. 201

F) 832-777-7023

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:54 PM
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: FW: Squeak

Where am I on the list? Going to quiet or dignified places with this racket is very awkward.

From: jeremyp <jeremyp>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 13:39
To: royall
Cc: adamb
Subject: Squeak

Good Afternoon Mr. Royall,

As we just installed the drive tires, we will be glad to come diagnose the squeak for you. I will get a service order on the board, and you will be hearing from Mr. Beier regarding scheduling.

Thank you,

Jeremy Pawlowski

Service Coordinator

(832)445-0956 Ext:208

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Squeak

From: Scott Royall <royall@conchbbs.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 14:28
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb@txmobility.com>
Cc: jeremyp@txmobility.com
Subject: RE: Squeak

It is indeed what’s left of the plastic fender that’s causing the noise. Please send someone to pull the right rear wheel, and remove the remains of the fender. Don’t know how to make it any simpler.

And please request the cushion.

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 19:18
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

In fact, I just caught the wheel at the optimum light angle, and I think I saw what’s rubbing. It’s the remaining jagged stump of the plastic fender on that side. If that proves to be correct, I would feel quite embarrassed if I was in your position.

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 16:18
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

No Adam, that’s not how insurance companies work. At least not Healthspring. Their only mechanism for interacting with the customer-dealer dynamic is a formal complaint process. I trust you and I agree that wouldn’t be helpful in this situation.

I actually should update you on the status of the base problem. I began noticing last Thursday that the squeak/screech was starting to subside on its own. Even in the beginning, the noise only occurred when rolling forward, which already contra-indicated Garry’s assessment of motor bearings. But now the sound is intermittent. That supports my evaluation that the inside of the wheel is rubbing against something because, as two surfaces rub, one or both slowly wear away. Yes, that suggests this problem will eventually go away, not something you generally see with bearing issues. The uncomfortable question is, what is the wheel wearing against?

I understand you’re in the position of needing to support what your coworkers say. I get that, but, at where I worked, you received a private spanking if you were way off. Sure, two new motors would end the squeak/screech, as would a new wheelchairs, or a new life. It’s a matter of picking the most appropriate solution, isn’t it? Well, isn’t having Healthspring (actually Medicare) buy a pair of motors to fix a rubbing wheel overkill?

As for sending someone to check, only Thursday afternoon could be problematic.

Are you going to request a new seat cushion for me?

From: Adam B <adamb>
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 7:38
To: ‘Scott Royall’ <royall>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

Good Morning Mr. Royal,

We are comfortable with Garry’s assessment on your wheelchair. That said, I will be more than happy to arrange for Adan to come out free of charge and perform the test that you requested. I am sure you are frustrated so we will do what we can to accommodate you. As far as sharing the correspondence with Healthspring, we will not do that. Healthspring will gladly field any of your concerns if you wish to contact them. Please let me know what day would be best for Adan to come out. Thank you

Adam Beier

Great American Mobility

Hours: 6AM-3PM

P) 832-445-0956 ext. 201

F) 832-777-7023

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 4:37 PM
To: jeremyp
Cc: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Subject: RE: Squeak

Ah yeah, can’t say that I was extremely impressed with the "diagnostic" skills of today’s tech. The poor guy needed me to pinpoint the source of the squeak for him. Since the sound is really more of a screech synchronized with each forward revolution of the right rear wheel, I agree that the source must be metal-on-metal scraping. However, since the sound only occurs in one direction, I cannot concur with the tech’s recommendation to replace both motors. I understand his preventative thinking behind the recommendation, but, given that the problem began hours after Adan replaced my rear wheels, I think you’ll agree it’s far more likely that something simply changed in the mounting of the right rear wheel.

One quick way to confirm my suspicion is by pulling that wheel off and having me spin the motor forward. No screech or squeak would be the confirmation. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of that while your technician was here, not that I think he would’ve been comfortable working on the wheelchair with me in it. Gary and Adan both know how simple it is (think: NASCAR).

Therefore, my recommendation is that we perform the above test to better determine where the problem lies before we cheerfully gig the insurance company for the cost of two motors. The tech kept saying "insurance would pay for it” until I reminded him that the consumer ultimately pays for everything. I’m perfectly comfortable charging insurance for items legitimately needed, but needless waste turns my stomach even as it lines Invacare’s purse.

Please include this email in your correspondence with Texas Healthspring.

By the way, I keep forgetting to ask you to request a new seat cushion for this wheelchair. I’ve worn quite the gulch in this one.

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:31
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

Yes.

From: Adam B <adamb>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:28
To: ‘Scott Royall’ <royall>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

Good Morning,

Will you be available tomorrow?

Adam Beier

Great American Mobility

Hours: 6AM-3PM

P) 832-445-0956 ext. 201

F) 832-777-7023

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:54 PM
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: FW: Squeak

Where am I on the list? Going to quiet or dignified places with this racket is very awkward.

From: jeremyp <jeremyp>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 13:39
To: royall
Cc: adamb
Subject: Squeak

Good Afternoon Mr. Royall,

As we just installed the drive tires, we will be glad to come diagnose the squeak for you. I will get a service order on the board, and you will be hearing from Mr. Beier regarding scheduling.

Thank you,

Jeremy Pawlowski

Service Coordinator

(832)445-0956 Ext:208

Squeak

No Adam, that’s not how insurance companies work. At least not Healthspring. Their only mechanism for interacting with the customer-dealer dynamic is a formal complaint process. I trust you and I agree that wouldn’t be helpful in this situation.

I actually should update you on the status of the base problem. I began noticing last Thursday that the squeak/screech was starting to subside on its own. Even in the beginning, the noise only occurred when rolling forward, which already contra-indicated Garry’s assessment of motor bearings. But now the sound is intermittent. That supports my evaluation that the inside of the wheel is rubbing against something because, as two surfaces rub, one or both slowly wear away. Yes, that suggests this problem will eventually go away, not something you generally see with bearing issues. The uncomfortable question is, what is the wheel wearing against?

I understand you’re in the position of needing to support what your coworkers say. I get that, but, at where I worked, you received a private spanking if you were way off. Sure, two new motors would end the squeak/screech, as would a new wheelchairs, or a new life. It’s a matter of picking the most appropriate solution, isn’t it? Well, isn’t having Healthspring (actually Medicare) buy a pair of motors to fix a rubbing wheel overkill?

As for sending someone to check, only Thursday afternoon could be problematic.

Are you going to request a new seat cushion for me?

From: Adam B <adamb@txmobility.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 7:38
To: ‘Scott Royall’ <royall@conchbbs.com>
Cc: jeremyp@txmobility.com
Subject: RE: Squeak

Good Morning Mr. Royal,

We are comfortable with Garry’s assessment on your wheelchair. That said, I will be more than happy to arrange for Adan to come out free of charge and perform the test that you requested. I am sure you are frustrated so we will do what we can to accommodate you. As far as sharing the correspondence with Healthspring, we will not do that. Healthspring will gladly field any of your concerns if you wish to contact them. Please let me know what day would be best for Adan to come out. Thank you

Adam Beier

Great American Mobility

Hours: 6AM-3PM

P) 832-445-0956 ext. 201

F) 832-777-7023

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2018 4:37 PM
To: jeremyp
Cc: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Subject: RE: Squeak

Ah yeah, can’t say that I was extremely impressed with the "diagnostic" skills of today’s tech. The poor guy needed me to pinpoint the source of the squeak for him. Since the sound is really more of a screech synchronized with each forward revolution of the right rear wheel, I agree that the source must be metal-on-metal scraping. However, since the sound only occurs in one direction, I cannot concur with the tech’s recommendation to replace both motors. I understand his preventative thinking behind the recommendation, but, given that the problem began hours after Adan replaced my rear wheels, I think you’ll agree it’s far more likely that something simply changed in the mounting of the right rear wheel.

One quick way to confirm my suspicion is by pulling that wheel off and having me spin the motor forward. No screech or squeak would be the confirmation. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of that while your technician was here, not that I think he would’ve been comfortable working on the wheelchair with me in it. Gary and Adan both know how simple it is (think: NASCAR).

Therefore, my recommendation is that we perform the above test to better determine where the problem lies before we cheerfully gig the insurance company for the cost of two motors. The tech kept saying "insurance would pay for it” until I reminded him that the consumer ultimately pays for everything. I’m perfectly comfortable charging insurance for items legitimately needed, but needless waste turns my stomach even as it lines Invacare’s purse.

Please include this email in your correspondence with Texas Healthspring.

By the way, I keep forgetting to ask you to request a new seat cushion for this wheelchair. I’ve worn quite the gulch in this one.

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:31
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

Yes.

From: Adam B <adamb>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:28
To: ‘Scott Royall’ <royall>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

Good Morning,

Will you be available tomorrow?

Adam Beier

Great American Mobility

Hours: 6AM-3PM

P) 832-445-0956 ext. 201

F) 832-777-7023

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:54 PM
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: FW: Squeak

Where am I on the list? Going to quiet or dignified places with this racket is very awkward.

From: jeremyp <jeremyp>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 13:39
To: royall
Cc: adamb
Subject: Squeak

Good Afternoon Mr. Royall,

As we just installed the drive tires, we will be glad to come diagnose the squeak for you. I will get a service order on the board, and you will be hearing from Mr. Beier regarding scheduling.

Thank you,

Jeremy Pawlowski

Service Coordinator

(832)445-0956 Ext:208

Squeak

Ah yeah, can’t say that I was extremely impressed with the "diagnostic" skills of today’s tech. The poor guy needed me to pinpoint the source of the squeak for him. Since the sound is really more of a screech synchronized with each forward revolution of the right rear wheel, I agree that the source must be metal-on-metal scraping. However, since the sound only occurs in one direction, I cannot concur with the tech’s recommendation to replace both motors. I understand his preventative thinking behind the recommendation, but, given that the problem began hours after Adan replaced my rear wheels, I think you’ll agree it’s far more likely that something simply changed in the mounting of the right rear wheel.

One quick way to confirm my suspicion is by pulling that wheel off and having me spin the motor forward. No screech or squeak would be the confirmation. Unfortunately, I didn’t think of that while your technician was here, not that I think he would’ve been comfortable working on the wheelchair with me in it. Gary and Adan both know how simple it is (think: NASCAR).

Therefore, my recommendation is that we perform the above test to better determine where the problem lies before we cheerfully gig the insurance company for the cost of two motors. The tech kept saying "insurance would pay for it” until I reminded him that the consumer ultimately pays for everything. I’m perfectly comfortable charging insurance for items legitimately needed, but needless waste turns my stomach even as it lines Invacare’s purse.

Please include this email in your correspondence with Texas Healthspring.

By the way, I keep forgetting to ask you to request a new seat cushion for this wheelchair. I’ve worn quite the gulch in this one.

From: Scott Royall <royall@conchbbs.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:31
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb@txmobility.com>
Cc: jeremyp@txmobility.com
Subject: RE: Squeak

Yes.

From: Adam B <adamb>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:28
To: ‘Scott Royall’ <royall>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: RE: Squeak

Good Morning,

Will you be available tomorrow?

Adam Beier

Great American Mobility

Hours: 6AM-3PM

P) 832-445-0956 ext. 201

F) 832-777-7023

From: Scott Royall <royall>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:54 PM
To: ‘Adam B’ <adamb>
Cc: jeremyp
Subject: FW: Squeak

Where am I on the list? Going to quiet or dignified places with this racket is very awkward.

From: jeremyp <jeremyp>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 13:39
To: royall
Cc: adamb
Subject: Squeak

Good Afternoon Mr. Royall,

As we just installed the drive tires, we will be glad to come diagnose the squeak for you. I will get a service order on the board, and you will be hearing from Mr. Beier regarding scheduling.

Thank you,

Jeremy Pawlowski

Service Coordinator

(832)445-0956 Ext:208

Wheelchair Updates

I realize and understand that, Mike. Adan probably resorted to the original invoice too. That pretty much is my point. Your people can be looking at the wheelchair and still not realize what has been upgraded. I seem to be the one who recognizes the changes.

From: mikem@txmobility.com <mikem@txmobility.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 16:19
To: Scott Royall <royall@conchbbs.com>
Subject: RE: FW: Wheelchair Updates

Scott,

I just want you to know that whenever I order parts it is only turning Adan’s quote into an order after I receive authorization. I apologize if you are unhappy, but we will order the other parts and when we come out to replace them you will not be charged for another service call.

Mike Matkin

Service Department

P: 832-445-0956 ext 208

F: 832-777-7032

Wheelchair Updates

Mike, I realize you passed this order to Adam, but you can see for yourself that I was pretty specific about which parts I needed. Yet, two incorrect parts were ordered even though you have the serial number for this wheelchair on file. This wasn’t the first time either. Do you not remember ordering the wrong forks after Adan made a diagnostic call and phoned in the order. That was an excellent example of how I know your insistence on separate diagnostic calls is bogus. You zap your customers (not all of us are sheeple) for $135 and then still get the order wrong. That doesn’t seem ethical to me.

Notice that the charge isn’t the issue; after all, I’m the one who suggested $135 as a compromise when you were demanding $175. The issue is failing to deliver the quality service that you want to charge for. Sorry, no. I’m happy to pay for services performed, but not even prostitutes are brazen enough to demand payment up front. The mistake I made this time was giving the person actually making the order too much credit for intelligence. I should’ve gone to Invacare’s online parts catalog and gotten the correct part numbers myself. Can’t say I enjoy that chore, but I’ve certainly done it.

As for not being able to order a joystick boot without ordering an entire joystick, yeah, that seems like a tactic Invacare would use. They have been trying to freeze out field techs for decades. Of course the pretense is liability, but it’s a classic instance of the healthcare industry fleecing America.

From: Scott Royall <royall@conchbbs.com>
Sent: Monday, January 1, 2018 18:42
To: mikem@txmobility.com
Subject: Wheelchair Updates

Mike,

I need a new seatbelt, all four tires, and a new rubber boot for my joystick. Yes, I know about the $135 trip charge. In fact, I believe I’m the one who proposed $135 as a compromise to the original $175.

Scott

Insurance Assistance

I regard hope as a double-edged blade. Yes, real hope can sustain through hardship, but false hope can prolong suffering beyond any realistic chance of recovery. The hardest part is being honest enough to distinguish between the two. I’ve had to do it a time or two so I know how difficult it can be. But then, I also understand that failure to recognize and act upon the difference is really not an option.

I sense that you’re more “progressive” than I am, and that’s fine. It’s considered noble to strive for equality. I’m almost Darwinian in my social view because I don’t see us reaching a post-scarcity society anytime soon, and trying to help the underprivileged in an environment that’s anything less necessarily places an additional burden on society as a whole. We take it on faith that such outreach strengthens society, but Nature and common sense beg to differ. I wouldn’t go to the Nazi extreme of euthanizing the disabled, but where’s any data showing how essentially making disabled people wards of the State benefits anyone besides the bureaucrats? Did you know there are school districts where Special Ed. teachers don’t even teach severely disabled children to read? The teachers say it’s frustrating and pointless, but how the hell are those kids going to be anything other than potted plants without literacy?

I still haven’t told you about my tax situation either. I owe the IRS over $100K all because the Democrats thought it the thing to do to screw certain “fat cat” Republicans who hadn’t been paying the employers’ portion of the Federal Income Tax for their children’s nannies. While it’s colloquially called the “Nanny Tax,” it applies to any domestic employee who isn’t a licensed nurse. I’m just fortunate that the IRS is prohibited from seizing a person’s primary residence or vehicle before they die.

So yes, you may investigate other assistance options as there’s no guarantee my plan is feasible. Just remember that I cannot receive any assistance that could be construed as income or an asset.

From: Michael Wrenn <michael.wrenn@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2018 9:06
To: Scott Royall <royall@conchbbs.com>
Subject: Re: Insurance Assistance

Scott, I greatly appreciate you sharing your tribulations with me. When I left your home on Monday, I was under the impression that you had given up hope and resigned yourself to an early termination. Now I have a better comprehension of your situation.

I can appreciate your desire to remain independent. It is a proven fact that once a human loses their independence, their mental state and health quickly decline. I certainly do not want to see you come to that end either. I feel that you have plenty of years ahead of you and Good Lord willing, you will be able to stay the manager of your own care. And of course, none of us will live forever, and some of us have no desire to live any longer than necessary. I won’t drag you into my own issues with this world. But those issues are between me and God and the two us will have a long (or short) discussion about WTF was he thinking! (o:

I am willing to help you out in any way that I am able. I’m happy to research more options. I’d like to say that it would be hard to believe that our country doesn’t have assistance for those with your unique disabilities. But then again, this is the American government. If it doesn’t get them re-elected, it’s not important.

So, please don’t give up hope. I’ll continue to keep you and the dogs in my prayers.

At your service,

Michael Wrenn – K5WRN
Sugar Land, Texas USA
michael.wrenn
www.kiltedcowboy.com

http://about.me/michaelwrenn

On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 9:25 PM, Scott Royall <royall> wrote:

Michael,

That is not a question easily answered because there are so many factors involved. On one hand, you don’t want to discourage the friend who is legitimately trying to help. Yet, you also have an obligation to make him understand that so much of the “crap ton of information out there” is completely inapplicable to the specifics of your situation, because you do not want him wasting effort on dead-end rabbit holes.

The crux of the matter is that public assistance programs like Medicare are set up to deal with the typical scenarios. A severally disabled person with high mental function who has a home and is determined to retain what social interactions he has left isn’t typical. We’re probably rare enough to be statistically insignificant so finding assistance that even acknowledges that such a scenario is possible is the first hurdle.

Then there is the question of what type of care is offered. So-called professional caregivers only help with the ADLs, eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and transferring. That’s all Medicare covers, and I certainly need help with them. However, that’s merely existing, not living. Unless I’m prepared to just sit there not going anywhere, watching everything fall apart around me, and my dogs starve, I unfortunately need more assistance than the usual sources provide. This is why it has been so essential that I have managerial authority over my care. I’ve operated this way for thirty years, and I genuinely think it is the only way for someone in my position to have anything like a life.

Although there are other considerations, I’m going to save them. As I said, I have an idea that could more than offset the end of my long-term care insurance. It’s based on the earnings capacities of my parents’ assets. Apparently, they are several times the $55,000 in caregiver expenses I have annually. What I need to do is write a very detailed email to the financial planner and my brother, John, who is basically the trustee. They are largely unaware of the details of my situation, and I first need to confirm my understanding about the earning potential of the assets, and then get John to agree to my plan. That’s going to be a long email so I’m not planning on writing it until June. John has so much else on his mind that I think the email would sink into the noise if I wrote it sooner. As it is, my insurance will last until February. It’s fine with me if you want a copy of the email.

You need to recognize I don’t intend to live forever. I will be satisfied if I stick around long enough to let Leia live out her life. Beyond that doesn’t appeal to me, because I learned very early that group care is dehumanizing no matter how beneficent the intent. I volunteer Leia’s time for pet therapy at a local nursing home, and every session is a stark reminder of why I plan to end my life on my own terms. I definitely don’t plan to hang around long enough to become any more disabled than I already am. If you can accept that and still want to investigate other care options, I appreciate it. Options are good.

Scott

From: Michael Wrenn <michael.wrenn>
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:52
To: Scott Royall <royall>
Subject: Insurance Assistance

Good Morning Scott,

I’ve done some cursory research on state and federal assistance. However, there is a crap ton of information out there. So I’d like to know if you are open to allowing me to help you out. If so, I need to know what insurance you currently have, and what avenues you’ve already investigated and the results of said investigations.

Don’t give up. Help is out there.

At your service,

Michael Wrenn – K5WRN
Sugar Land, Texas USA
michael.wrenn
www.kiltedcowboy.com

http://about.me/michaelwrenn