So, I called Workman’s Comp today, on the off chance that they actually care how things are going with me. When I got my new new new caseworker’s voice mail, I left her a pleasant message reminding her that I am still waiting for someone to make a decision on whether or not my right arm is their problem. I also commented that it would be nice if someone made a decision about my left arm.
I told her that for the most part, my left arm is fine. This is, of course, as long as I don’t try to do anything too excessive, such as carrying a whole load of laundry up the stairs or even, god forbid, rake my yard. But, as long as I remain sedentary, my arm is fine. Of course, that’s just the left arm. My right arm gets worse every day. Since it’s my dominant arm, it does tend to get in the way of my life.
Unfortunately for me, I jinxed myself. As I was walking down the basement stairs, with my hands on both railings, I slipped just a tad. My hands reflexively gripped the railings, sending intense jolts of pain up both arms. Luckily the pain mostly subsided in my left arm after a few minutes. Now I just have to deal with the throbbing spasms every 10 minutes or so. My right arm has been ablaze with agony ever since. I can’t get comfortable in bed so here I am, lying on the couch at 4:30 in the morning with intense pain radiating from my elbow down to just above my wrist.
I have to say, it’s a damn good thing I can still type without excruciating pain (as long as I type lying down), because otherwise the goddamn $2000 we spent on my medical transcription class would be totally wasted. As it is, I’ve been working on it for over a year and a half and I’m going to need another extension soon.
I can’t fucking get a real job. I can’t work in a factory anymore. I can’t type at a desk. I can barely make a cup of coffee. Even trying to write a sentence sends agony shooting up my right arm.
But, my left arm is mostly ok so I’m sure Worker’s Comp isn’t concerned about my right arm. After all, the right arm pain didn’t start until AFTER I lost my job. I’m sure the fact that my right arm was overused for over a year, causing severe tennis elbow, is completely unrelated to the fact that my left arm was pretty much out of commission for over a year due to work related tennis elbow.
I don’t know what to do. My sister keeps insisting that I get a lawyer. How am I supposed to pay for a lawyer? I don’t have a job. I work on my MT class as my arm pain allows. I don’t get money from worker’s comp because they can’t decide if I’m still disabled. Even if I could pay for a lawyer, do I get one in MA or in NY? If it’s in NY, how the hell am I supposed to meet with them? I don’t have a car and we can’t keep paying for me to rent one every time I have to go back there.
I just want someone to fix my damn arm. I can live with my right arm being only fixed as my left arm is, even though it’s not perfect. I’m just sick of living in horrible pain.
I can’t even get the fuckers to call me back. Every time I call I have a new caseworker. They sent me for an IME to make a decision on both my arms and he didn’t even make mention of my right arm. The ortho doc wont treat my right arm until WC tells him it’s ok. One fucking cortisone shot will most likely make my life so much more pleasant and I can’t even get one.
I’ve filed for health insurance through the state of MA but even if they approve me, there’s no guarantee they’ll fix my arm either. They might say it’s WC’s issue.
I’m only 30 fucking years old. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life being completely useless. I can’t help my fiance replace the floor in the bathroom this weekend. It gets harder and harder for me to control my puppies as they get bigger. They’re not even 25 pounds and I can’t even control them on a leash. Adam has to work all week, supporting me because I’m useless and he can’t even rest on the weekends because the little I can do around the house isn’t enough. I can keep it clean but I can’t do the major stuff like yard work or repairs.
I don’t know what to do.