In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Hi ho, hi ho.....

After a subject line like that I feel like I should making some sort of dead whore joke or at least something along those lines. In actuality, my day consisted of trekking over to the social security office and experiencing some of that soul tarnishing that I mentioned previously. I arrived at the office somewhere around 9:30am and was finally able to leave around 3 hours later. The scary part is that is probably considered a quickie as far as these things go.

The obnoxious part of these visits is that it's not really necessary. I mean, there's nothing that's done at the interview that couldn't be handled over the phone or by email or even by snail mail. It's just a set bunch of questions asking if my situation has changed at all as far as finances go. I could very easily have just sent them a one-word email and wrapped it all up in 5 seconds. Instead, I got to wait with the other masses of humanity until my number was called. I then spent around 5-10 minutes avowing, affirming, and averring that I'm not secretly some sort of millionaire who's trying to bilk the government out of a handful of nickels each month.

About the only good thing that came out of this visit is that I know I won't have to go through another of them for at least another 8 months or so. I also picked up some needed information on how I can get my payments boosted a bit. As of now, I get a lower sum because I receive material aid from family. If I put the funds to paying an equal share of the household expenses, then I get a couple of hundred more dollars. That sort of money could come in handy and it all sort of stays in the family anyway so there's no reason not to go and pick it up. Hell, that sort of boost would be bigger than any interest payment I could ever get or anything along those lines. It would also help to ameliorate my drain on family resources, which while I've never done the tally, I'm sure is substantial. I'm not a huge spender or anything but there are the bits and pieces like electricity, gas, water, etc.

So, all I have to do now is start assembling all the bills and tallies so I can get an estimate of the average household expenses. After that, I divide by the number of people there and see if I can finagle my share. If so, poof, raise. Knock on wood anyway.

Oh, on a sidenote, it seems that hillbilly heroin has to be special ordered by the pharmacy. I won't get my prescription until tomorrow evening and the patch has already wore off as of 5-6 hours ago. I haven't been having a good last few hours and I think tonight is going to be unpleasant.
Tags: chronic pain, disability, drugs

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