Just when I thought things were looking a little clearer, I opened my mail yesterday to find a letter from my co-op board informing me that if I don't come up with a few hundred dollars, they will start "legal proceedings", which I assume means eviction. Another reminder that I am living among neighbors who are not -- well -- very neighborly. Eviction will take a long time, and I will probably be able to get back on track long before they put me out on the street, but this is something I never thought could happen to me. Then again, I never thought ALS could ever happen to me either. Judging by the news of the millions of people losing their homes out there, I am in good company. Suddenly, $7,000 to renovate my bathroom to enable me to take a shower, or even $1800 for a portable "Fawsitt" shower, seem as far out of my reach as any other dream. Of course, neither of these would be an issue if I lost my apartment anyway. Are there wheelchair-accessible homeless shelters?
I had my quarterly appointment at the ALS clinic. I am still stable. The neuro even said he rated me higher in some strength tests. When we both figured it was probably due to the physical therapy I had, he gave me a prescription for some out-patient PT for range-of-motion work. And a couple of angels gave me funds for in-home massage and stretching therapy with Michelle. Courtesy of another angel, I was able to get a haircut and color last week, just in time to attend the Lou Gehrig Awards ALSA Fundraising dinner. It will honor John McEnroe and Sandy Koufax, so I'm pretty excited at being invited to this $1,000-a-plate dinner!
Today on Oprah's show, they featured the Amazon Kindle, a machine that allows you to store and read books online -- very portable. What a great thing for people with ALS who can't hold books and turn pages. At $349.00, it's absolutely prohibitive for me. But on Oprah's site they are offering a $50-off coupon code for the next 7 days. A wonderful item for anyone who can afford it [the books to download are much cheaper than a paper book, and you can also download music and audiobooks]. When I get the co-op off my tail, I can start saving for a Kindle, which is much cheaper than a portable shower!
Until 2004, I was an independent and active woman -- a former airline sales exec and then a high school educator. Then my body kept betraying me. I was finally diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease -- confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. With life at a slower pace, I learned to live a more conscious and mindful life -- buying, eating and other choices. I listen instead of talking, and I observe instead of running and rushing.
Friday, October 24, 2008
My Compassionate Neighbors, Again!
Posted by Fern Ellen Cohen at 7:28 PM
Labels: accessibility, accessible, ALS, ALSA, amazon, disabilities, disability, disabled, disease, fawsitt, handicap, kindle, Lou_Gehrig's_Disease, Lougehrigsdisease, portable, shower, sickness
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What an inspiring post and story. Are you able to get the Kindle? If not let me know with your address and I will send you a check or money order and maybe Judy can order it for you.
This is for real.
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