Try to Walk More — Wheel Tales of Willow City

I recently spent some time in hospital and one of the high points was the great care I received from the registered nurses and other staff there. They did a very good job even with the trying case I presented to them. However upon being discharged their instructions were… a bit contradictory.

Among other instructions: Take time to walk as much as possible as it would accelerate the healing of my surgical wound in my belly. And to stay off my left foot in order not to retard the healing of the wound on the sole of my left foot. The instructions for one seemed to contradict the other.

I’m working it out and have healed greatly.


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Upsetting — Wheel Tales of Willow City

upsetting-00 upsetting-01 upsetting-02 upsetting-03 upsetting-04 upsetting-05 upsetting-06 upsetting-07 upsetting-08 upsetting-09 upsetting-10I keep hearing about the polls for elections and what the percentages are. I see the numbers and having had a bit of formal education in statistics and probability understand what they are talking about. I’ll watch them predict one outcome or the other when there are only one or two percent difference between the two choices and I’ll think, “this could go either way.” Then after the votes are tallied I’ll hear them talking about the upset. This is even while the results are saying the two people running are 5 percent apart… or less.

It makes me wonder if the definition of “an upset” has changed.

(Note, I understand that the final results might be very different, but before they are in, while the results were still within 5%, they call it an upset. Of course the outcome of a political election can be very different from the popular vote.)


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Costs — Wheel Tales of Willow City

cost-00 cost-01 cost-02 cost-03 cost-04 cost-05 cost-06 cost-07 cost-08cost-09 cost-10 cost-11cost-12 cost-13 cost-featureThe medical coverage available to disabled people who are receiving a disability benefit or pension is pretty incredible. But, there are some holes in this sort of insurance coverage. When you are on a low fixed income, buying things like normal pain killers and multi-vitamins can really take a bite out of a modest grocery budget. Prepping for certain test procedures can require things like specialized laxatives that are necessary, but not covered. People with allergies can be left with large chunks bitten out of their budget.

It might not be as painful if the benefits brought people above the poverty line. Some places are good and they are at the poverty line. But others are needlessly behind. Then it’s a matter of buying groceries or going to the food-bank.

I think it is such small nit-picky things that lead people on disability to protest and ask for the benefit rates to be increased. At the same time they look ungrateful to the population.

Other than raising the rates in these places I don’t know of any solution other than perhaps providing some coverage for these things if they might be prescribed by a physician.


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Coming Up in the Tapestry – 79

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Saturday (September 24, 2016) I have a new “Wheel Tales” cartoon, “Costs”. “Costs” deals with some costs that most families can cope with that others have problems with.

cost-feature“Wheel Tales of Willow City” is the more serious comic that we do on Gnome Tapestry.. It deals with issues and obstacles faced by folks living with disabilities and the general public as well.


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Shamed! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Shamed 00 Shamed 01 Shamed 02 Shamed 03 Shamed 04 Shamed 05 Shamed 06 Shamed 07 Shamed 08 Shamed 09 Shamed 10 Shamed 11 Shamed 12 Shamed featureThere are many different sorts of disabilities that might put a person into a wheelchair. Not all confine a person to a chair 100% of the time. Many people are lucky enough to be able to stand, with or without support for short periods of time. Some can even walk short distances, but not for more than a few dozen steps. Sometimes it is a heart issue, other times other issues.

So please don’t judge. Please don’t assume. People also aren’t obligated to tell you extremely personal information like what health problems they might have.

I hope you remember that when you next see someone with a wheel chair stand for a bit or even walk a few steps. While there may be some people that are faking injuries to defraud the insurance company, that is only a very small percentage of the population.


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Friends! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Friends 4 Friends 00 Friends 4 Friends 01 Friends 4 Friends 02 Friends 4 Friends 03 Friends 4 Friends 04 Friends 4 Friends 05 Friends 4 Friends 06 Friends 4 Friends 07 Friends 4 Friends 08 Friends 4 Friends 09 Friends 4 Friends 10 Friends 4 Friends 11 Friends 4 Friends 12 Friends 4 Friends 13 Friends 4 Friends 14

The best thing you can do for a friend is to be a friend. Sometimes they might need company, sometimes a ride to do some errands. There are many folks that are essentially “shut-ins” and nearly never get out and when they do, they don’t have access to a car.

For some, they just need a hand to get some tools or supplies to get started on an important project. For example, helping someone get storage bins to begin the job of organizing clutter-gone-wild.


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Interconnect! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

InterConnect 00 InterConnect 01 InterConnect 02 InterConnect 03 InterConnect 04 InterConnect 05 InterConnect 06 InterConnect 07 InterConnect 08 InterConnect 09Software companies put out patches and updates and upgrades so very often and sometimes it seems a bit prematurely. Some of these seem to break the whole computer system. What are you supposed to do when the problems caused by that patch/update/upgrade makes it so you can’t connect to the Internet or even so the computer won’t start. Many folks are lucky to have a second computer at hand, or a computer tech that they can call on. Others are just out of luck unless they can take their computer to a computer repair shop… and pay for the repairs.

Sometimes it is hard to get through to a help desk by phone and even when you do, make it understood that you can’t download a patch or use other helpful tools that they are used to advising a customer to use. I imagine somewhere in the legal mumbo-jumbo there is a clause saying that they are not responsible!

It can be very important to have your files backed up at all times and to have a way to start up your computer even when you can’t get it to start from your hard drive. IE a Start-up CD or DVD; or a flash-drive/thumb drive/etc with your operating system (OS like OSX, Windows, Linux) on it.

Sometimes I don’t know how the average person can keep a computer running.


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Time’s Up! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Times Up 00 Times Up 01 Times Up 02 Times Up 03 Times Up 04 Times Up 05 Times Up 06 Times Up 06a Times Up 07 Times Up 08 Times Up 09 Times Up 10 Times Up 11 Times Up 12 Times Up 13 Times Up 14People that depend on others, like caregivers often have very restricted lived. Their lives not restricted by their disability, but by the lack of funds that might provide the help they need to live like a normal human being, and not a prisoner or caged animal.

People that are restricted to 12 hours out of bed have to work very hard to get a full life squeezed into the 12 hours left..


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Charge! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Charge 00 Charge 01 Charge 02 Charge 03 Charge 04 Charge 05 Charge 06 Charge 07 Charge 08 Charge 09 Charge 10 Charge 11 Charge 12 Charge 13Most people are inconvenienced by a power outage. Even in a major city in an emergency like the aftermath of a severe storm; earthquake; or tsunami, power can be out for days. Other people are dependant on that same power for more than light or heat. They rely on electrical devices to do the small things like get in and out of bed — to get in and out of the washroom — or to get in and out of a wheelchair or even bed. More than food can be spoiled by lack of refrigeration. Insulin is something that needs to be kept refrigerated.

It would be nice if everyone who had such a need had a back-up power source that would extend the use of their equipment for a day and even something like a generator that could provide power for longer.

We just had a severe storm and some were without power for two or three days. It started with 750,000 homes and businesses without power for 10+ hours and a large chunk of that population as much as 3 days. There sure was a lot of spoiled food.

I don’t know how many considered the elderly, disabled, and the folks living alone under such circumstance.

Remember those folks during times of emergency.


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Warehoused — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Warhoused 00 Warhoused 01 Warhoused 02 Warhoused 03 Warhoused 04 Warhoused 05 Warhoused 06 Warhoused 07 Warhoused 08 Warhoused 09When it is deemed that a person in hospital can no longer live safely in their home, the social service administration that looks after a person’s health and well-being, can refuse to release them until a suitable location is found?

This can be the case when a person falls and breaks a hip, or shows that they can no longer do transfers from a wheelchair without aid. This can happen even if the person isn’t on any disability benefit or pension, but is financially independent.

Instead of going back to the home they left, they end up being “warehoused” in a hospital until a space in a suitable facility opens up. It might be necessary for a person to have more assistance requiring a “semi-assisted living” facility or an “assisted living” one. In the meantime they languish in the stark environment of a hospital taking up a valuable bed. They are “warehoused”.

The only solution I can think of are making more units available. Growth is needed in facilities with our aging populations.


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