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An Appeal, To Be Seen, Heard, Befriended, & Given Real Hope For My Future, Please, Before It’s Too Late

I am writing this appeal now, folks, because my life as a multiply-disabled 62 year old adult cannot go on like this. I am writing this in the fervent hope I can find a few local friends, and maybe get the attention of those in higher places who can help me to finally find my place of happy and secure in life.

While I am still somewhat able to enjoy it.

My current situation, being that I am multiply-disabled now, continues to be a daily hell of me feeling like horrible black walls of doom are closing in on me fast with no visible real way OUT….and I am drowning with nowhere to go but horribly

//U N D E R//.

Can someone who has the financial means, compassion and understanding of my autistic existence, please take me under your wing and adopt me? Just to give me a bearable quality of life, and a sense of real family and belonging that I never had with my biological family?

I am now officially a senior citizen. As stated above, I am autistic, lonelier than lonely, in deep financial debt, and have deep anxiety, depression, C-PTSD trauma, numerous nightmares, trouble sleeping and staying asleep,— because I am worried to death of becoming totally homeless and destitute when my mother passes away.

Because of my disability of Autism, I have never been able to work my entire adult life, and have instead, existed all these years on SSI, then Social Security Survivor’s benefits, Medicare and Medicaid. And Section 8 Housing Assistance.

Except for my mother and two sisters who all live out of state, and my two awesome sweet angel caregivers, I have no physical and emotional support. None.

My mom and two sisters care, but they cannot help me financially beyond paying for my TV, internet and my landline and cell phone. My mom also pays for my city trash, recycle, green waste, water, and sewer services.

I am partially living off my credit cards, and am in over $12,000 dollars of debt now. Because I get very little to live on through Social Security. Even though I budget and pay all of my bills—my electricity, natural gas and three credit card payments—on time each and every month.

And it has gotten worse to make ends meet since COVID.

And well, as for my family, the rest of them— my 3 other siblings, and all of my nieces and nephews, sadly have //nothing// to do with me.

Some even have me blocked.

Because they all view me as a problem and burden because of my meltdowns and sensory issues….and this greatly hurts and breaks my heart into a million pieces.

In addition, the states where my mom and two sisters live are way too hot for me climate-wise, and too rural and isolated, with even less services than I have here in CA, so I am unable to handle relocating to those states so I can be physically near them.

My current living situation is so small and confined, is very noisy, is like a tight hot wooden box to me, and I //need// to be in a bigger place. Where I can see pretty flowers, trees, and the sky.

In addition, my cottage that I live in, and the cottage next door, are owned in part by my mom, and the very 3 siblings who ignore me and have me blocked.

I am told repeatedly that these 3 siblings—-no, NOT my mom, just them— want to sell my cottage and the one next door and have me just thrown into a rest home to vegetate and rot all alone for the rest of my life….and this adds greatly to my distress, fear and worry.

I feel like life is passing me by, literally. The fact that the home I live in is not my own, but belongs to those who are trying to edge me out and into one of those “homes”….terrifies me to a literally utterly horrible degree.

All I have to look at here are mostly awful ugly yellow tin buildings and hard ugly hot glaringly sunny asphalt and concrete.

In addition, I have been on in center hemo dialysis for 4 years now, and although my labs are always great, it greatly weighs on me that I now have what *IS* a terminal illness now.

I long to visit the ocean again, to hear and see it again. I long for local friends who will get me and not try to change me to what they want. Who will take me to the ocean and other places and just sit and hang out with me. Without judgment.

I would also love to be able to attend a liberal progressive church, and cannot do that either, because I have no way to get there either.

I am only semi-mobile now, due to lymphedema on both of my legs and lower abdomen areas. And a large lymphedema lump that is the size of a football on my inner left thigh. My legs and lower abdominal areas are badly disfigured by the lymphedema.

I can barely walk, as my back, hips and knees and legs all lock up on me in excruciating pain if I walk or stand too long— and I have to use a cane, walker, and wheelchair to get around. I can no longer drive…and can only ride in the front passenger seat of sedans or vans and SUV’s that are low enough for me to be easily able to enter and exit these vehicles.

This leaves me feeling stuck and cooped up like 24/7.

I live in a constant state of distress, fear and worry because of finances and my living situation. I wish I could just find a support network of those who understand my autism…who won’t become angry at me and give up on me when I have sensory overload and meltdowns.

Who will be here for me.

My main life goals have always been to be able to see the whole Northeastern US including New York City, plus Northern Michigan.

I long to tell my life story as an autistic growing up totally misunderstood and alone. I also long to draw again and to sell my artwork.

My home—and my life—has become an unbearable never-ending jail.

I need help before it is too late, please. Because I am seriously drowning.

Dialysis Hell, Here We Go Again…!

I am finding myself once again wishing to God I did not have to do dialysis anymore because of the toll it is taking on my mental, emotional and physical health. I cannot sleep at night, and am in a consistent state of mental chaos having to continue to deal with the ableism and refusal to accommodate my support needs at my lifesaving vital dialysis treatments that I am forced to go to if I care to live.

Each time I have a bad experience at dialysis, my poor caregivers suffer, because the meltdowns I have at Davita do not stop after I leave your clinic after one of my bad days there.

Bad days that **can** be mitigated. I repeat: bad days that **can** be mitigated.

I have told all y’all how to mitigate these meltdowns, and shit just keeps happening that sends me home in full-blown mental emotional sensory hell. Which gets straight on projected onto my caregivers. Because I am unable to hold my state of sheer sensory upheaval and distress IN.

Yesterday could have been mitigated. Just by Angel letting Nurse Jenni K. go ahead and put me on the damn machine. But no, She forced me to work with a nurse I had never worked with before in my life. It was early morning for me, and that early in the morning, I am not gonna have the spoons (energy) it takes for me to get to know a strange new nurse and tell them all about my put on routine.

Again—my autism is a disability. A disability that comes with meltdowns if I am forced to march to all y’all’s neurotypical beat when I am unable to do so.

I am asking you all to once and for all take my autism seriously, as accommodating me will make me be able to continue on with my hemo dialysis therapy. Otherwise, I am seriously contemplating quitting and having Hospice come into care for me.

Angel, you always tell me you love me, that I am beautiful and that you have my back. But you did not have my back yesterday. And the results were a spectacular fail—for all of us involved. There’s a good reason for my trust issues, and If I cannot trust my care team at dialysis, this won’t work for me.

Below is the post I wrote on Facebook last night, because guess what? I was unable to get to sleep until after 2 AM this morning.

Please, for the love of God, take my autism disability seriously, once and for ALL. PLEASE!!!!!

My post:

I usually watch General Hospital at about this time. (I began writing this post at 10:00 PM tonight and it is now 12:14 AM).

I am not doing so tonight.

Instead, I am still wide awake, binge eating bomb popsicles and playing over and over again today’s—now yesterday’s—horrible tapes of all of the hell I was forced to endure at dialysis today / yesterday.

I STILL can’t calm down. I am hot, so I have the A/C on, and this stress is also affecting the vision in my left eye. Lately when I get highly upset, my left eye gets blurry / double vision in it.

What’s it going to take for all y’all non-autistic folks to realize that autism is a D I S A B I L I T Y and not a B R A T T Y B E H A V I O R? I can’t take my autism off wherever I go. It goes _with_ me. My autism is a part of _all_ that I am and do and say and think and experience.

My autism requires certain accommodations. I’m 62 years old, and old enough to K N O W what works and does not work for me and the way my entire body is wired neurologically.

I went to this day’s treatment and **everything** was changed. For one, I found out the tech I loved, Bre, no longer works there. I didn’t have the other tech that I usually have, either–his name is Robert, and they had him working on Side B today—-and I also had a new nurse, a traveler, who //only just met me// the last time I was there.

He was working my side on my last visit, but was not my nurse that day.

I don’t do well with abrupt and sudden changes, and this threw me literally for a loop. Right off the bat.

I got to my machine and found no call button and one of the big blood pressure cuffs instead of the small teal-colored one I use that is comfortable, that goes just above my right wrist area.

That upset me.

Then this new nurse turned around and very curtly introduced himself to me, and I just _froze up_. I couldn’t do my treatment if I had to go through and have to use spoons I really didn’t have this morning, to explain to him how to tape down my shirt and then do my catheter and machine and blood pressure cuff and etc.

I began to panic. And then panic and panic. AND panic.

My old nurse, Jenni K., seeing how distressed I was, came over, offering to put me on the machine. That made me happy! I calmed down, ready to get put on the machine so I could dialyze and get it over with.

But then the head nurse, who is usually very sweet and understanding with me, seeing that Jenni was going to put me on, even though she could see how happy it made me, shooed her away, saying curtly that I would _have_ to deal with the unfriendly strange new nurse today.

I said “Oh HELL no, no, no, no, no!” and went back in my wheelchair and called Connie to come pick me up, that I was not going to do my treatment today under these circumstances.

I went on and on pleading with them to get my social worker to come help me.

Oh well—I missed Friday because of severe stress and anxiety due to last Wednesday’s shitty dialysis day and that same afternoon’s doctor appointment, so what’s me missing today too? /s

When the new nurse heard me talking to Connie on my cell phone, he suddenly softened, and said he wanted to work _with_ me and said I could tell him how I wanted everything to be done and he would do everything as I directed him to do.

Well—that_didn’t_happen.

I called for my social worker to be there at chairside for me. He was unable to come at first. So I was a hot mess trying to tell / explain to this new person how I like everything done.

Things did not go well at all. He lifted my leg rest up to get my feet and legs up in the reclining chair, but he only lifted my legs up by the addition part, not the actual leg rest that is underneath the leg rest add-on, and that set me off into a whole new meltdown.

Then he entered my prescription in wrong. I had told both him and the tech who brought me back, I only wanted them to remove _1_ kilo_of_fluid because my body cannot handle them taking off too much fluid at a time—and he went and put in _1.4 kilos_!. I said in sheer alarm: “NO, I do NOT DO that much!”, and he began to argue with me that the 1.4 was the norm.

I snapped and told him I knew my own fucking body–that I’ve been going there for 4 years now, and I knew how much I could handle and to fix it.

It did get fixed.

But then there was no heparin in the machine. I played hell trying to tell him to set my heparin at 0.7.

He finally did, and then when he went to tape my shirt, he began to tape the tape right onto my skin! Another no-no-no-no-no-no-nooooo!!!!

The blood pressure cuff the same thing, he kept putting it on my arm wrong with the lead of it stuck in my chair, which I HATE, because it makes me feel even more stuck in my chair to not be able to freely move while I am on the machine.

I did not get put on the machine until 10:25, and I came at 9 AM for my normal put on time of 9:15. I was not even taken back to my chair until 9:25.

At 10 AM, my assigned tech came…it was Cheryl, another young lady who I like, so that calmed me down somewhat.

I got to finally talk to my social worker, who said he would have a talk with the head nurse about how my get on went this morning. He said he would also find out what I would be in for when I come for treatment on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, I will start with Nurse Sadat, another nurse I have worked with who I like, and then my regular nurse Lauren will be on at 10. I will again have Cheryl also at 10 AM— but he was unable to find out what tech I would have before Cheryl’s clock-in time.

Larry, my social worker sat with me and I also got to talk to the head nurse and tell her how much I want to quit dialysis, because I can’t handle all of these changes. Her sweet side was back.

I still wish she_had_just_let_Jenni K._put me on. if she had of let Jenni put me on, I would have gotten put on at about 9:30 instead of 10:25.

I got 3 hours and 35 minutes of my treatment done, but ended up having Sadat take me off the machine. Because during my treatment, I noticed the new nurse, who had a runny nose, which he kept pulling his mask down to wipe—with his hand—and he never bothered to use hand sanitizer or wash his hands afterwards, and went onto handle other patients’ access ports and machines. With his germy hands.

Another HUGE pile of no. I was not about to have him touch me again after witnessing his poor hand hygiene. And then end up in the hospital with sepsis again—on my chest port which goes straight into my heart! Which could kill me!

I told the front office that I am requesting to never have this man as my nurse again.

And well, it’s past midnight now, and I still just can’t fucking calm down.

This clinic needs to hire more people who are actually caring, patient and compassionate human beings, because I am sick of having to go do a lifesaving treatment when I never know what kind of land mine I will be walking into when I go there.

Thanx to all who took the time to listen.

Sincerely,

Melissa Fields

An Update And New About Me

Hi, it’s me again! Sorry I haven’t blogged in awhile. I have mostly been posting on my Facebook and Twitter…..doing lots of writing via those two platforms. I mostly write about ableism, what it’s like being an autistic adult in a world that is still not built for autistics, and I also write about social justice / political things relating to disability rights, racism, bigotry, homophobia, transphobia, marginalized people, gun and police violence, and how our governmental leadership is seeking to roll back people’s rights to the 19th century Dark Ages again.

So..first an update on how I’m doing.

I identify today, as Queer, Bi-Sexual, and Non-Binary. Contrary to what some may believe, this isn’t a choice, but the way I have felt since I was a child playing with my little brother and his Tonka trucks, and making huge mud holes in our backyard, just as much as I played with my Barbie dolls.

Just as much as my Autism is a huge part of all that I am, so is my sexual and gender identity. Take all the time you need to sit with this. It ain’t changin’, because this is me, full-on.

I’m still doing dialysis, but have still been having a rough time due to Nurse W, and two other impatient and rude ableistic techs. But they have now put me back out on the main floor, Side A, and Nurse W is now gone daddy gone, as in she has a new job somewhere else that’s away from my dialysis clinic, so I no longer have to be “graced” with her presence when I dialyze.

I am much happier on Side A, as I still have my customized chair with the specially-built leg rest for my legs, and I am once again working with the kidney center staff members with whom I have always gotten along with very well. I have a wonderful social worker there, too, who truly has my back.

Connie and her daughter Natalie are still my caregivers. I am slowly losing weight, for the sake of my mobility and health only.

And now, I want to address some things, mainly some misconceptions that keep cropping up about me.

To my eldest sister, whom I love with all of my being, of course I forgive you! I forgave you long ago when I wrote that open letter to all of my family members back in 1994, and you called me one afternoon and we talked things out. I also forgive my second eldest nice sister, who I have also gotten to talk to—she and I talked after my mom took a fall on New Year’s eve 2019, two month’s before COVID happened. (No worries, my mom is fine now.)

I also forgive my eldest brother who passed away, who prayed for me daily when he was alive. And now, he is one of my guardian angels.

I also consider my mother to still be my best friend and ally. And to this day, I still call her at least once a day.

I am even finally starting to have positive dreams about my father now….and am beginning to forgive him for not getting and accepting me as I was when I was growing up.

It is the rest of my living family who to this day, my other 3 siblings, nieces, nephews, and in laws, who still don’t get how much or how deeply they have hurt me, and who still think of me as their “batshit” sibling/relative who always had too many “problems” and meltdowns. They refuse to believe I was born Autistic, that I was born with a whole different wiring system, and that my Autism does not make me Less Than, broken, and wrong, nor did it ever make me their personal punching bag/scapegoat for all that they say has gone wrong in their lives, “because of me”.

They still think of me as too weird and that I am an effing burden, who should just be shunned and shoved away in a nursing home, so I can risk being abused, neglected, and further isolated from the outside world and life.

I don’t “hold grudges” from my past. I am greatly traumatized by my past. There’s a difference.

Because that’s just how C-PTSD trauma, which I have, works.

When things happen that hurts one’s vey spirit and being/core of who they are,

that one has had no closure with,

and these things happen repeatedly, over and over and over again throughout one’s entire lifetime because they happen to have a disability they never got to, or refused to understand,

it causes deep and pervasive long term whole body affects: everything from nightmares, to flashbacks, (viscerally real flashbacks) to Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, to deep trust and abandonment issues, to constant hypervigilence, and startle responses, to fight or flight mode, to eating binges, and gastro-intestinal effects, plus other fun tings like sleeping disruptions/insomnia, a weak immune system, headaches, and lots of other physical health issues. Including things like kidney disease. Yes, kidney disease.

Trauma, being made to feel unwanted and unwelcome, and unloved…. affects us from head to toe.

And yes, this is shit I experience on an almost daily basis today. It breaks my heart that 3 of my siblings, and nieces and nephews, still won’t even try to have the hard conversations we need to have in order to make peace with one another.

The hard conversations that me and my eldest sister did have from 1994 on to where she now does get me.

I do happen to have a deep faith. But I channel my personal faith by speaking out on the things that have actually always mattered to me: injustice, racism, bigotry, anti-LGBTQIA hate, disability rights and justice, people’s reproductive rights being upheld, the Separation Of Church And State being upheld, us having voting rights, and clean air, healthy trees, flowers and plants, and clean water.

In 7th grade, Angela Davis was one of my heroes for how she spoke out on racism. She still is one of my heroes today.

I did not vote for Donald Trump, because he is an extremely evil soul….and the very antithesis of what Jesus was all about. You can take all the time you want with this too, but I am not a Trump supporter, never will I be, nor am I a Republican. I stopped being a Republican when they morphed into the Tea Party, and then cruel Trumpism came along.

I stopped being a Republican when I became informed.

Today, after reading America’s true history, and seeing way too many Black, Brown and Indigenous People still being appressed and murdered by police, and racist citizens, I am Left of Left, because I care to my very core about humanity, and I also do not believe it is my place to tell others what they can or cannot do with their own bodies.

I had many of these beliefs even when I was a moderate non-conservative Republican, and only was a GOP’er because it was what my family’s political party was.

I believe in a world that is just and fair and equal for all of humanity, not just those who share my same skin color.

I believe in Matthew 25 where Jesus says for us to welcome the immigrants and refugees, not cruelly separate their children from their parents and throw them into crowded filthy cages.

To those in my family who support Trump and Trumpism, big shame on you. You were raised to know better than to stoop to that level of low.

To my dear eldest sibling, I hate that I cannot sit down and pen you letters. I miss the days when you had internet and we emailed.

I seriously cannot handle handwriting letters anymore because of the executive functioning it takes, when I make mistakes or want to re-phrase something the whole page gets ripped up and I have to start over again, plus, sometimes my right hand shakes and same thing–I will rip the page up and start over.

And since COVID happened I no longer go in stores myself so I can pick out a nice birthday card for you anymore. Or you would have a nice birthday card each year from me. By the way, I hope you have a happy birthday this year. ❤ ❤ ❤

And in closing, it is my fervent hope that before I leave this earth, I will get to finally achieve my lifelong dreams and goals, and that I will also be able to help others find their happy in life.

Peace!

Being Punished For The Right To Live

It’s getting harder and harder for me, a full-on neuroqueer, neurodivergent Autistic adult, to handle going to in center dialysis anymore because the blowups just keep happening.

Four hours a day tethered to a machine, 3 times every week, I do this just to keep on living.

Even after educating them about autism and meltdowns, what they are and aren’t, they still revert back to calling it “behavior” and want to treat me with traumatizing ABA-style “behaviorism” that simply Does. Not. And. Will. Not. work with autistic people.

One cannot pray or behaviorize our autism away because we are hardwired autistic from birth to our final breath.

Autism is a Developmental Disability. It cannot be fixed and cured.

It is always when my nurse and or tech are hectic-busy with other patients and I happen to need help right smack dab in the middle of it all, that tempers tend to flare on all sides.

No one is being bad, no one’s to blame, only that dialysis clinics are often far too hectic paced in nature, and oftentimes fuses just get short on all sides.

I had a meltdown so bad today because

1) Nurse W was there—right in plain sight of me today,

and

2) my room acoustics were not there for me to sing to and enjoy.

(I love to sing to the tune of the room acoustics and call them my “chestnuts” because of how they resonate in my ears and calm me down to hear them—all rooms have room tones, this is why people like singing in the shower)

They were flattened out due to the computer station being moved, changed them so I could not hear them anymore

—my nurse got impatient with me, and I melted down—

—-and because I melted down, they had to take me off the machine and send me home after just 30 minutes on the machine, because I was hitting my head and hitting my chest area.

This is why I keep writing to educate all of you who do not know, how much we are disabled, not by our autism itself, but by the ignorance and impatience that we still get from non-autistics.

So you all will know what to do and say to keep a meltdown from happening in the first place.

I don’t fault my nurse. I fault the fact that there needs to be four nurses per side instead of two, and even more techs than there are per patient. When a dialysis clinic is short-staffed,. even the best angel can lose their patience.

How about just letting dialysis patients all have private rooms with each of us having a dedicated nurse and tech, instead of just lumping us all in side by side by side??? Like some clinics in Europe do?

But still—I have educated this clinic till I am blue in the face, and I still encounter these blow ups. These same and very preventable blow-ups.

Nurse W was abusive. She was all levels of abusive and gaslighty. But she still works there, so I still have to see her from time to time.

But my current nurse does not seem to have even one mean bone in her body.

She happened to be dealing with a new patient today, and because I had flat room acoustics, my anxiety went sky high, and I kept pushing my call button. She finally lost her patience, and scolded me. This led to me blowing up right into a meltdown, complete with hitting myself—I was mainly shocked that my usually mild-mannered laid back nurse was scolding me, when I know she knows how pervasively deeply that affects me.

Below is the poem I wrote to my social worker and to my nurse and nephrologist:

I am sorry, I apologize

I was not feeling well enough today

To be able to remain calm and controlled

In my dialysis chair

In the past two weeks I have discovered

that my chestnut noises are more resonant

and full-sounding

when the computer station is set a certain way

straight, against the wall

I am sorry I couldn’t wait

I am sorry I kept pushing the call button

when you were all busy

I am sorry

That I cannot get along with you all like I would like to

I do happen to love and care about you all

I am not there to cause any of you hell

I am in hell

because this clinic is not made for autistics like me

I do those chestnut noises all during my treatment

to keep myself from having anxiety and then meltdowns

Please understand that

I was upset because all of you kept pushing the computer away

and when you do that

I lose my noises

I am sorry that is so important to me

I like and wish to God In Heaven

that all of you would all like me

and get me

that is all I ask

That you all will learn to get me, please

Please listen to me,

see me,

hear me

I have to have these treatments

so I can live

So that I do not die

Please stop scolding me when I have a meltdown

I cannot help those

I can promise you

They are not a thing I choose to do

If you scold and judge me during a meltdown

It will escalate it and make it go to me hitting myself

I am trying

to educate you on what autism IS so you know

Because of Today I really want to quit dialysis

Not because it’s self pity

but because I cannot always be what you expect me to be

I have bad days

I have days when I have zero spoons

I am tired of going there

because sometimes you are too busy to give me what I need

Tired of making you all angry at me

for what I cannot help

I just am so tired…………

How I felt In 2013, How I Feel Now About My Family

This post is derived from a post from November 2013 that came up in my Facebook memories this morning about the biological family I was borne into.

Because the holiday season always brings old family memories to the surface. Whether good or bad.

Some of us are blessed to have supportive accepting families.

Some of us…are not..so we create chosen families where we do fit in and belong. I now have a wonderful chosen family made up of my two current caregivers, and a handful of close Facebook friends.

And it is even worse when you were born fully neurodivergent instead of neurotypical. And you grow up feeling like you are an outsider, like you are never good enough, and you don’t fit in or belong anywhere. Because you’re thought of as too weird and too different. And yes, even the dreaded R word.

Othered. Less-than. It. Retarded. Please know why that word is a bad word and don’t use it anymore, even as slang, because it is a Disability slur. It is every bit as bad as the N word is to Black People.

I do want to say this: Part of my family do accept and support me—my mom, and two of my sisters: my second eldest one who lives with my mom, and my eldest one who lives in Arizona.

The one who live in AZ, I was very, very close to as a child, but then when I entered high school, she and I grew apart, and did not become close again until 1994 when, at the encouragement of my then psychologist I was seeing at the time, I wrote a long open letter to my whole family to let them know how much they have hurt me, and my eldest sister was one of the only ones who took my words to heart, and she was able to call me and fully acknowledge and deeply apologize for her part in all of my hurts from my time of growing up in the Fields Family.

The following is a post I wrote from November 2013 that came up in my Facebook memories this morning. It was written on Thanksgiving Day 2013, or rather what I now refer to as Indigenous People’s Day Of Mourning. Because even though I still celebrate it to give thanks for my many blessings, and to eat good food, and hang out with my chosen family, I now know the true, and sadly, very ugly history behind this holiday, and you should Google it too, just Google #WeLiveOnStolenLand, Indigenous Day Of Mourning, and what you need to know about what really happened on Thanksgiving Day.

But that is for another day for me to blog about. And I will.

My post, re-edited, from November 2013:

I am still seriously sorry I was born into my particular biological family….and wish I could just divorce most of them.

Today, trying to talk to my mom, she reaffirmed just how much my middle sister who has me blocked on Facebook still holds me responsible for her suffering all of her life. This sister thinks that I “act” the way I do on purpose, and seems to feel as if I am a burden to be ridiculed, shamed, shunned and ignored by my family.

They just seem to want me to go away silently.

I am not going to do that.

I still to this DAY, wish to God I could be adopted by a nice family who will help me by being here for me and helping me to finally get the help I need so I can work to salvage what is left of my health, life, and joy.

My middle sister never has liked me. But it’s totally on her. I did nothing to hurt her, except to be born the completely neurodivergent goofy silly Autistic me I have always been. Growing up, I was merely reacting always to the way she always beat me down with her words and her intolerance of me, all of my life.

She would never let me touch her hair, which was long reddish-copper-auburn and silky shiny. Shiny hair has always fascinated me to a level of excitement that only an Autistic person would understand. Shiny hair has always been one of my main go-to Autistic stims, and she hated me for it. Hated me for all of my goofyness. Hated me because of how I drew all the time, and how I was always drawing pictures of my imaginary friends. Imaginary friends I have always turned to to cope with a fully ableistic world that still to this day does not get autistic people.

All of my life I have felt I was the cause of my family’s stomach aches, headaches, and anything negative that happened to them. I was always told that too. My mother would often refer to me as her penance. Yes, there were often times when my own mom would turn against me. Which only added to my hurt and trauma.

I always felt like I had to apologize for just being me. My mom, whom I love dearly, and who, for the most part, IS in my corner, even was always very embarrassed by me. Because I have always had a loud voice, and have always been a very forward and outspoken person. Like, no filter outspoken.

My father? Was a monster who I both feared and hated, because he never accepted me. I was beaten, thrown in my room, screamed at, roared at, even for my likes, quirks, and opinions because they always differed from his narrow conservative intolerant ones.

Yes, he put a roof over our heads, fed and clothed us. But if he didn’t like you, he came down HARD on you with hellfire and brimstone and death. That is how I always felt around my father. Like I was always <thisclose> to death itself.

I was never allowed to talk at the dinner table, other than to say “Please pass the salt, please pass the potatoes” type of thing. I would get sent to my room, and / or spanked. Worse yet, he would pull hard on my ears, or my hair really hard to get me to mind him. He would also hit me on my face and head. If I didn’t do as he said, he would beat me and throw me in my room. I couldn’t even joke with him. Or show him a drawing at the dinner table. That would get me beaten and thrown into my bedroom with the door locked—from the outside.

He hated it when I would walk in front of the TV when his football and baseball games were on, even though the bathroom was in the path of the family TV.

In sixth grade, through the end of my Freshman year in high school, I went through a long period of time where I was quieter, and more afraid to talk and be myself because I was tired of being chastised and told how weird and different I was.

This was from 6th through 9th grade, then in 10th grade, I began running away and having explosive temper spells, and meltdowns. I would regularly break chairs and kick holes in doors and walls…..because I was never being heard and listened to.

It was unbearable frustration for me to be in a family with so many hierarchies, so many unwritten rules, and do’s and don’ts, that it caused a great volcano of anger in me. Anger that stemmed from all of the hurt and rejection of me as the person I was.

I ran away four times that year, because I longed to find a family who would see me as a human being and take me in. I felt in a new family, I would finally be loved, finally be accepted and that I would finally be popular at school too.

Also when I was a sophomore, right when school began for all of us kids, my little brother suddenly without explanation or reason, became a literal angry demon towards me and began glaring at me every night at the dinner table.

He would growl diabolically at me, and say things like “Huuuumphaaaaaa!” and call me names like “Pig-aaat!” And say, over and over again, that I was not a part of my own family.

His whole face would contort into such hate it frightened me to pieces. It got so bad, I began to eat my dinner every night in my room. I had to literally beg my mom to talk to him to make him stop this. And he wouldn’t. He was eleven. I was a Sophomore in high school.

I couldn’t even watch TV with the family at night anymore because of how he began treating me. I had to miss shows I loved, like the new “One Day At A Time” show that came out that year on CBS, that had Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli who starred as two teenagers of a single mom who lived in Indianapolis, Indiana.

At Christmas that year, I did participate with the family, but my eldest sister, the one who now lives in AZ, who I was NOT getting along with at the time, placed a huge box right in front of me, cutting me totally off from the others when we were all talking at our dinner table after dinner and the opening of our presents.

Deeply hurt, I went into my room, in huge heartbroken tears, and my middle sister who has mostly blamed me for all of her suffering, the one who today has me blocked on her Facebook, actually saw my eldest sister do this, noticed how I immediately got up from the table to go in my bedroom, and she came into my bedroom along with my mom, actually FULL of compassion for me, and promised me from then on, she was going to be kinder to me, and not do things to make me feel left out anymore.

I got along very well with my middle sister from then on, until 1991, when she moved to Idaho. From then on, she has slowly turned against me again. No, it didn’t happen all at once, but as I kept calling her to complain about the bullies next door, and across the street, it seemed to sour her on all things me again.

The majority of my Sophomore year of high school, I continued to have to spend most of my time in my bedroom after school, and still could not even watch TV with the family because of my little brother and how mean he got towards me, with the awful looks and awful remarks he would make.

To this day, I am fully estranged from him. Even though he did realize how mean he was being the summer after my Soph year, and he stopped for awhile, when he got married to his second wife in 1989, he began to shun me, and began telling my mom, his new wife and his two kids even, that he was afraid of me because of how I began to pick on him after he got mean to me. He says that I was mean to him.

It was my reaction to how he was suddenly treating me, because I literally couldn’t handle it. It was too much for me to bear being in the same room as him when he was in demon mode.

Remember, he was eleven when this happened, old enough, I felt, to know right from wrong, and he chose to literally cause me to have to self isolate for one whole year of high school and then again, the first semester of my Senior year, when he again went into demon mode on me. When I was a senior, he already knew what it did to me when he would go demon on me. He already knew how it literally sent me into a full mental tailspin. He was thirteen then, and he knew.

This time it wasn’t just me, but he also went full-on demon on my sweet angel of a friend Kathy who would have never hurt a fly,….and treated her mean too, when she came to stay with me to go to a family reunion with us.

In 1999 when I drove all by myself to visit my family who most of them had already moved to Idaho, my brother avoided me completely.

In 2005 when my mom was here visiting me from Idaho (she moved there too in 1996), she was talking to him on my kitchen phone one afternoon, and him just hearing me in the background, yes, I was having a meltdown that afternoon because of a thing my mom had done to my bedroom drawer–she had gone in and rearranged it without my consent, and him hearing me upset, he literally told my mom that if I moved to Idaho, he would have to stop having the family barbecues. Because, as he told my mom that afternoon, my being there would ruin the family BBQ’s for him. In other words, even in 2005, he still did not consider me to be a part of my own family.

The ONLY things I am guilty of with my baby brother, is becoming hypervigilant with him after he suddenly turned on me my Soph year of high school–meaning, yes, I did begin picking on him to make sure he would not be mean to me ever again, and when he would get mean behind my mom’s back then lie to my mom about it–well, that made it all the worse for me. Because my mom would believe him.

And, also, when we were kids, I loved my baby brother. He was my playmate, my best childhood friend. And yes, when I began going through puberty, I did start pushing him away…..because, well, puberty was happening, and I wanted to be like all the OLDER kids in my family, not him anymore. If only I could go back and undo me pushing my baby brother away, when all he wanted to do was play with his kid sister. Because he had been so used to me playing with him all the time….when we both were children.

So yes, I am guilty, of pushing him away, when he wanted to play, and then of picking on him after his demon mode began manifesting.

And to my baby brother, I am so, so sorry for pushing you away, when you still thought of me as your kid sister. Can you ever forgive me for my cruelty, for shutting you out of my life the way I did?

My sister, the one who has me blocked on her Facebook? Has reverted back to hating and blaming me for all of her suffering. To my middle sister, whatever it is I did to cause you so much agony…I still don’t know or understand to this day, but If I ever did do or say anything to hurt you in our times together as a family, I am also sorry and ask for your forgiveness.

I’m not writing this, nor writing my life story, to maliciously bad-mouth my family. It was NEVER my purpose in going online first on Tricia Kenney’s BlogTalk Radio Embrace Autism Show, and then in blogs, and more radio shows and YouTube videos. My reasons for telling my particular life story, have always been, and are, purely to educate you who read and listen, on how it is to be Autistic, and also so my bio family finally gets why I was the way I was, and will finally stop hating and shunning me for it!

I didn’t find out I’m Autistic until a week before I turned 39 years old, in May of 1999. Back then, I got labeled as having Asperger’s, and now I hate that term and reject it as the one who invented the term, Hans Asperger, was a Nazi who hated Disabled people.

I am also non-binary, and queer. I have always felt sexual attraction to all genders, not just cis hetero male.

Today, I also have end stage stage five kidney disease, and have been on in center hemo dialysis for three and a half years now.

As I have grown, I have had many more traumatic experiences with past caregivers, and past friends, who either could no longer handle being friends with me or just were total douchebags. Many of these experiences were very scary, and they have also contributed to the C-PTSD trauma that I walk with today. I have deep trust and abandonment issues today and am ultra sensitive and hypervigilant because of how so many still don’t get Autism or Autistic people.

So, this is why I write. Because my pain, this pain I carry, is so deep, pervasive, and never-ending.

I am not a monster. I am Autistic. I was born Autistic. I am going to die Autistic. There is no cure or fix for my Autism…and no one should try to cure and fix us.

Every holiday season I mourn for what I could have had with my biological family all those years and seasons—for what I still could have—if only we could sit down and have the hard conversations that it’s going to take, and not walk away, but face it all, once and for all, what was done, what was said, what we all felt, just get it out in the open.

I am willing. I don’t know how much time I have left on Mother Earth, and I want to make the effort to try to heal what happened between me and my middle sister and the two brothers I have left on Mother Earth. I now that my eldest brother who is now in Heaven now knows, because I know he comes to visit me now that he is on the other side. I think he has become one of my Guardian Angels.

I feel my late brother Ed’s presence quite often ever since his passing in May 2018, especially when I am in distress, when I’m sad, hurting and depressed and I just feel like I want to give up on everything.

It is because of him, my mom, my two sisters, my two caregivers, my one caregiver’s son, and the friends I have made through Facebook’s Autistic / Disability Community, that I have not yet given up.

Thank you, and Happy Holidays.

My Autistic Dialysis Hell

For years ever since my March 2012 final falling out with my then next door neighbor who was supposed to be a friend and ally to me, G, I have avoided having to go places—anywhere—by myself—ever again. Talking on the phone has gotten even harder for me to do.

The falling out I had with G threw a traumatic switch in my entire body making it so I could no longer handle getting behind the wheel of a car and driving it. To this day, I have not driven again. I still don’t feel comfortable driving.

Losing the friendship of G devastated me to my very core because I wanted with my entire being to believe he was the older brother figure I never had growing up.. He would be so supportive and compassionate, but then every other month, he would get in these pissy ableistic mean moods with me where he didn’t want to bother with me. My mother would have to call him sometimes several phone calls, to get him to be nice to me again.

After that final ugly falling out, I sold my tiny white two door Toyota Tercel, because I was too frightened to drive or go places by myself anymore.

This was the year my lymphedema leg lump grew even bigger, and I began having to have personal caregivers come into my home to take care of me. First, I got caregivers from two agencies my mom paid for, then it was IHSS caregivers.

My health—my body was shutting down even further. Because of G, and the then problems I was having with bullies who used to work in an auto shop across the street who tormented me, and just because I still was not free to be able to pursue any of the lifelong goals I have had for my life since I was a child. I still haven’t gotten to achieve my lifelong goals.

Because that falling out, coupled with the then problems I was having with the nearby auto shop bullies, literally was like losing the love all over again that I thought I had with my father when I was a small child and I stopped being cute in his eyes, and started being a major annoyance to him because I was so damned fucking different than all of my other brothers and sisters.

Losing G’s love and support, and by the way, he has never told me why, he just turned on me and began doing the very things he knew would trigger me, such as the loud man banshee yells he knew I hated from the bullies across the street in the auto shop. G too turned into one of those bullies. Losing his support, crushed me.

Having caregivers come into my home also added to my trauma because well, most NT’s cannot or don’t want to get autistic people and the different way we think, process, and experience and handle life. I went through literal holy hell with one abusive caregiver after another until I finally found Connie in March 2014.

My C-PTSD Trauma Me almost ran Connie off too. But Connie kept coming back to me. She has, so far, refused to give up on me. Like most people have.

In 2018, again in March, she left me once again, this time, not because we were having problems, but to take a job that had really super great pay and benefits, so she could take advantage of the health benefits that that job offered.

I went through several more abusive caregivers while she was gone, this time, abuse that got so bad that I tried to run away from my own home. Abuse that got so bad that my caregiver left me without breakfast, and a way for me to get to dialysis, so Connie had to quit that job and come back as my caregiver.

2018 was also the year my kidneys failed. And I began needing dialysis to stay alive.

At first, my dialysis clinic was on top of any and every problem that arose with non-understanding techs and nurses who didn’t get how to approach and deal with my sensory issues. The then facility director, along with my awesome dialysis clinic social worker, took real care to make sure these issues all got resolved for both the techs and me to be able to work better together. Everyone there had my back.

In August of 2019, that nice facility director got married and left, and her replacement was a woman who from the get-go was totally different. She was harsh and unbending….and soon, my problems escalated because she has never dealt with any of my issues that have come up, well.

With each problem that has arisen since her takeover, instead of her understanding and GETTING it that my meltdown responses are an actual medical response, which is a real something I cannot help when I am triggered, she has made it her mission to become my personal ABA therapist at dialysis. She focuses squarely on the yelling, screaming and cussing that results from my meltdowns—-instead of the very real state of mental PAIN and ANGUISH that I have just been thrown into. And keeps forcing me to work with techs and nurses who provoke these meltdowns.

Yesterday, a traveling tech from LA named Mo, a very handsome young male presenting person, was there helping them out, and he was on my side of the building floor. He wasn’t my tech, but was in the pod East of my pod, working.

I kept watching him with fear because he reminded me of a young 20-ish version of my father. I had the strong feeling that if he were to have to come into my room, he would not be friendly. Still, I hoped that I was wrong, that he would be nice to me if I did meet him.

In fact, when I made my vocal stim noises, singing to the tones of the acoustics in my room, he kept looking right at my room and shaking his head, rolling his eyes.

I honestly hoped he would not have to come into my room at all. I didn’t like the vibe I was getting from him at all. I knew he was going to be unfriendly.

And I was spot-on.

Approximately 1 hour and 54 minutes into my treatment, I pulled the call button because of an issue I was having with another tech, and because my tech was on her break, it was Mo who came striding from his pod, into my room.

RUH-ROH!!

There was NO friendly hello at ALL, and he had a stern, angry annoyed and disapproving look on his face as he looked right at me and then RIGHT down at the large basketball-sized lymphedema lump that is on the inner thigh of my left leg.

One of the somethings that really trigger me into a meltdown–is to not be acknowledged and greeted–one other trigger is to have someone look at me with disgust because of my lymphedema and body size, yes I am very fat, oh well, get over it—-and I have lymphedema too, so get over that too, buttercup—he just walked straight past me to the call button to turn it off—without saying hi to me.

Already, my head was spinning.

He didn’t ay hi.
He didn’t say hi.
He didn’t say hi.
HE DIDN’T SAY HI TO ME!!!!!!!!!
HE-DIDN’T-SAY-HI-TO-ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had said hello to him as he walked into my room, then past me to get the call button turned off..
He said nothing back.
I said hello to him again.
Still nothing.

I n fact, Mr. Mo seemed indeed very angry to have to be near me. Because I make strange noises, and sing to the room acoustics.

I’m a godsdammed human being with feelings.

{{{{{{I said hello to this man twice.}}}}}
{{{{{{He refused to respond.}}}}}}

The dam broke.

My response was to finally yell at him in frustration:

“Aren’t you going to say HI to me???”

Because hey, I am here, talk to me. It really hurts to be
Deliberately. Deliberately. Ignored. Hello!

Especially by a young Hollywood type man like Mo who in every way reminded me of a young 20-somehing version of my father.

I do well to go there and try my best to meet everyone, both patients and staff, all halfway. Because I do have compassion and I care about others.

But this arrogant rude AF young man was intent, hell-bent on coming into my room and being deliberately rude to me, just because he didn’t like how I looked, sitting in my chair with my leg lump on full display, the bulge right there for him to see underneath my pant leg.

He was not there to help me like I needed. He was there to just be a rude toxic masculine asshole. Who hated me because I made strange singing noises, and he hated me because of how my body looks. I have learned to see the signs of a medical professional’s disapproval whenever I have to go to any medical appointment. They focus on how I look, and my yelling and distress at having to be there, and call it a behavior and non-compliance. Instead of the real raw fear I am feeling of wanting to just run the fuck OUT of there back to the safety of my home.

Body shaming and disability shaming are what goes on in all medical establishments because medical professionals are taught in their medical schools that being fat and disabled are wrong and bad, so they don’t think twice about treating us like literal garbage.

Until now they had my back at my dialysis clinic, but now they do not, and these problems keep happening. And the problems are getting worse. As usual, their now facility director came in focused—not on my pain—but the full on loud meltdown I was having. Yes, I used profanity again, but during a meltdown, it is next to impossible to not yell, to not scream, and to not use cuss words.

This young man from LA, instead of saying “I’m sorry, hello, I’m Mo, what is your name?” Lost his fucking temper and went off on me. Complete with his finger wagging in my face.

“How DARE you talk to ME like that, YOUNG LADY! WHO do YOU think you ARE that YOU can speak to ME like that?” as he pointed right to my disfigured legs.

I exploded and told him to get out, I didn’t need help, and to fuck off. Then could not stop screaming.

In came Ms. Facility Director. Again focused on my yelling, saying she could hear me clear from where her office is. Focused on how loud I was being, not the state of sheer mental AGONY that her newest young arrogant precious asshole Mo had just put me in.

And they were going to even take me off of the machine early, but I told them adamantly NO! I was going to get whatever dialysis treatment I could get, and they relented and let me stay till my 5:30 get off time. I ended up only getting 3 hours and 18 minutes of my prescribed 4 hours and fifteen minutes of treatment I was supposed to get.

Because I still had to use the bathroom. And they never get me put on at my on time start time, which is at 1:15 PM, Tuesdays, Thursdays, nd Saturdays. I got put on yesterday at 1:40 PM.

My nice social worker who does have my back, has once again been gone on medical leave since the second week of January. She is now not expected back until the middle of April. So I have no social worker to go to and to talk to again.

When people are rude like Mo was, it sends me into a state of utter anguish and personal hell where I flash back to all of the times I was belittled and yelled down and punished and rejected by my father and brothers for just being ME.

I have never done well in environments where the people expect me to act and be the Apple Pie Normal I am naturally hardwired NOT to be. They expect me to rush at THEIR pace. To march to THEIR beat. To just shut up and let them go right ahead and get right up in my face and touch me when I did not ask to be touched. And talk to me however the fuck they see fit, even if it crushes my soul to the ground yet again.

Because oh, it’s just Melissa, she can handle it, because well, Melissa doesn’t matter. Melissa doesn’t have feelings. Melissa doesn’t cry.

Well, guess what? Melissa does cry. She breaks everytime someone comes along and treats her like she is yesterday’s dirty trash.

Because Apple Pie Normal was what was expected of me, and drilled into me growing up in my family. Every fucking single painful day of my life. By my loud yelling screaming domineering father, and my brothers, and sisters. I was expected to never make waves. To never speak up for myself. It was ingrained into me at a young age that what I felt and thought never mattered. I was to just go with the flow or get spanked and beaten and screamed at, then go off in my bedroom away from all of them, a sobbing crushed heartbroken mess.

Be seen, not heard.

Seen, not heard.

Over and over again.

Seen, not heard.

Yesterday’s encounter with Mr. Mo was the last straw. I will be following up with the End Stage Renal advocacy team later on today when I am up for my day.

I will never have another man get up in my face and yell at me like Mo did yesterday, ever again. If they do, it’s war. Because I took it all of my life growing up. I refuse to let them rob from me what little self esteem and self love I have grown to have for myself at the age of almost 61 years.

It’s called toxic masculinity. And I am not here for it anymore.

In the meantime, I spend another night wondering why I even have to continue to go to a place that is just upsetting me even more to be there, than it is helping me being able to just fucking stay alive because my kidneys have both shut down now?

Autism is a disability. Disabled people are human beings. It is time medical professionals be held accountable for how we are treated. Including you, Mr. Mo from LA! Stop judging us. Stop the body shaming. Start listening to us, believing us, and seeing us as the human beings we are.

I Don’t Want To Be Alone Anymore

From two Facebook posts i made just now……

Post One

I had a VERY weird dream while i slept. it was a nightmare, in fact.

I dreamed that i was alone here. Connie had gone home. It was night, but strangely still light outside, and it was overcast, misty, and wet outside. In fact, the outside had the blue tint of dusk settling in when it’s cloudy and overcast.

Suddenly i saw a group of cars crowd outside where the appliance shop used to be, and all over the street. Then i heard a gunshot, followed by someone yelling in pain. Then another gunshot, followed by another yell from that person, who had a male voice.

I got scared, frightened, but couldn’t move out of my chair where i was sleeping. I was literally paralyzed in fear.

I finally managed to get out of my chair and use my computer chair to block my view so no one from outside could see me, and i tried my best to call 911. I got a male presenting dispatcher, but could not hear them.

Suddenly, one of the bad men came into my carport and began to banshee yell and kick the outer security door on the door to my middle room. He kept kicking the door and yelling. Then more of them came right into my yard.

I tried again to get 911 on the phone and couldn’t even get my words out.

I awoke from this dream at 11:32 PM, to find that my small alarm clock was blinking. Which meant i must of had a power glitch while i was asleep. My clock on my answering machine was fine, and my DR showed no interruptions in the recording of the two newscasts i record every night to watch when i wake from my after dinner sleeptime.

I have come to the conclusion that i don’t want to live alone anymore.

ESPECIALLY NOT HERE in this neighborhood where i do have neighbors who do NOT have my back at all….but neighbors who are mostly all either the type to not get involved, or they are the mean ones who torment and bully me.

I at least want to live where i have nice neighbors surrounding me who are the kind who will adapt me and actually look out for me, while i still live in my own house. Then it won’t be so bad living in my own house by myself.

I am ALL alone tonight, and yes, i am scared right now.

Post Two

I am really having a bad night tonight. My TV reception began cutting out, searching for satellite signal was coming on, TV screen pixelating and freezing,—-and it isn’t even stormy here—-AT ALL!!!!

It’s fine now, not doing it anymore—– but yeah—after the nightmare i just had, and discovering that my power had glitched while i was sleeping, well, everything is spooking me right now and yes, i AM all alone here, isolated with no one nearby in this neighborhood to call if i have problems—yes, i could call Connie if i have real problems, but i don’t want to ruin her sleep just because tonight i happen to be scared and need someone here to be with me because i am just scared.

I just don’t like how i am feeling tonight.

I want to cry.

I really do want to move where i have nice neighbors around me day and night who will care and look out for me. I don’t want to live in this aluminum hot rod and mean bully alley anymore.

An Open Letter To The US House Of Representatives

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dear US House and Senate both,

Re: Tax Reform Bill

My name is Melissa Fields. I live in Santa Maria CA. This is my story.

I am 57 years old, and #Disabled. I am Autistic and also physically disabled due to debilitating hip, back, and knee pain, plus chronic lymhedema on both of my legs. In addition, I have a large lymphedema lump on the inside of my left thigh that is literally larger than the size of a basketball. It is every bit as firm as a basketball too. This greatly limits my mobility.

I am disabled by many Autistic sensory issues, to certain types of noise, touching certain things/foods, harsh lighting, certain music, and being around people when they are rude and unfriendly. I am also disabled because I can barely walk and badly need more than just my quad cane and walker to get around. I also have issues with executive functioning.

I have never been able to work at a job my entire life because my above disabilities have prevented me from being able to secure and keep a job.

I have lived on SSI, then Social Security Survivor’s benefits my entire adult life. In addition, I also depend on both Medicare and Medicaid for my healthcare, and in home caregiver that comes to help me six days a week.

In addition, the Olmstead Law has allowed me to be able to enjoy living in my own small cottage. My Section 8 Public Housing Assistance helps me so I can actually afford to pay my rent each month. A CARE discount that I get each month also allows me to be able to afford to pay my monthly utilities. I am proud that I have been able to live on my own without much undue hardship for the past 30 years of my life. Before my lymphedema got bad, I even drove and had a car from 1990 till 2012.

I am writing this on behalf of myself and all of my friends in the Disability Community who, like me, either cannot work, or who are going to school or through Vocational Rehabilitation, in an effort to gain employment.

I am writing on behalf of my Disabled friends who already are working, but still need help with healthcare, necessary medications, mobility equipment and personal care so they can keep their jobs.

I am writing this on behalf of all veterans who have fought for this country who need services.

I am writing on behalf of senior citizens who depend on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Housing, and other vital programs that help with their quality of life. And yes, I fall into this category now.

Please don’t let this tax bill become law the way it is written. If it does, you will be forcing all of us who are poor, Disabled, elderly, etc. into grave undue hardship, homelessness, and death. Many will have to drop out of school, and stop working, and those of us who cannot work, who depend on our social safety net for our very survival, will be plunged into utter devastation and despair. Many of us, like myself, have no family to help us if this should happen.

If i don’t have personal in home care, I will cease to live.

Please. I urge you to think of the millions of real human beings this tax bill will be hurting. Please don’t cut Medicare and Medicaid. or Housing. Or tax those of us who can least afford it.

I am all for tax reform—but only the kind of tax reform that is truly just and fair for ALL of us.Me on September 27, 2014-2

Trapped

Hydrangeas-1

CW: This is not a fat shaming post. This is a Melissa health post, because i am perishing.

I slept all day today, and had nothing but nice travel dreams where i was traveling, by airplane, to the East Coast, and in the latest dream before waking up at 4 PM, i was traveling to Bloomington Indiana, a place i did once visit back in July 1983.

I so wish i still weighed at least 175 lbs again, with no leg problems, and could get another car and drive again—-and even fly places to go see my FB friends. I don’t need to be reed thin, just at least back down to between 175-200 pounds. That would get me back to a better place physically- functionality wise, to where i could do all of those things again. I know it would help the lymphedema in my legs too.

I want to repeat again: I am not fat shaming by saying what i am saying. My body is shutting down. I am shutting down. I can no longer function like i need and want to because i weight about 350 lbs now, and i have bad back, knee, and hip problems, as well as the lymphedema on both legs—-AND the huge lymphedema ROCK on the inside of my left thigh.

The lymhedema was caused by me not being able to sleep laying down anymore, but sleeping for 8 years, from 2004 to 2012, on a badly broken down living room sofa that bore into my left leg and thigh, especially. I would sleep sitting up, with my feet on the floor, which is bad for leg circulation.

In addition, i have always been, and sill am addicted to junk food to help keep me calm because of this hellish street i live on, stuck day in and day out, inside this house, because i never feel well enough to get in the shower so i can get out and about and get my hair colored anymore.

Having so few people actually care about me in real life—-(i do have my mom, one nice sister, Connie, and my Facebook friends, but no in real life local friends or family support other than my mom and one nice sister)—-has worn me, and my body completely down.

In addition—i have to endure day in and out, unbearable loud hot rodding and thunder bass noise right in front of my house on a street where the speed limit is 25 MPH.

I never get to go anywhere anymore because of my physical circumstances. It is even now hard for me to keep doctor’s appointments. It is getting harder and harder for me to even want to get out of my soft comfortable life chair anymore.

I am depressed all the time now, and don’t have the will to live anymore, so i am praying daily that either God lets me win the lottery so i can escape this toxic neighborhood, or for God to please take me—-because i cannot bear the way things are any longer.

I am an Autistic adult and i feel trapped with no way out of these circumstances.

My Night Of Lamentations

I have no hope whatsoever for a decent existence now. No more will the police help me, and the mean bully across the street knows this, and is giving me the night from HELL. I do not know if i will make it now. I am sick, having one meltdown after another.

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I don’t care about whether it rains or not anymore
I don’t care anymore because nobody cares about me
I don’t care because i evidently do not matter to most ppl
I don’t care anymore if they haul me off
I don’t care if they kill me
I just want out of my misery and hell.

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I have lost all faith in humankind and in God now.

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I am so upset and discouraged at the way my police dept has decided to blow my problems off that i left several of the Santa Maria groups i was in. As soon as i am able to move, and know i can move somewhere decent, it is not going to be anywhere else in Santa Maria. I can promise you all that!! I am DONE with this town and the way its police dept has let me down!!! Done, done, and done!!!

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I needed someone to physically talk to right now, so i called the national crisis hotline. I wish i could say it made me feel better.

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What would make me feel better right now is to win enough money in tonight’s (Weds) night’s lottery, so i can move away from this pit of hell as fast as i can. To a place where i know i won’t face bullies who torment me right outside of my house day and even night. Like i have here. Where i also won’t have to call the police anymore either.

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I no longer consider police my friends. At all.

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This night is lasting way too long. And then i know my daytime will be more of the same of what i had yesterday. And now i have no more police to help me. This feels like one long dark tunnel that i cannot seem to climb out of.

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I am an Autistic adult in peril, and i need help, please!! I need for my community to see me as the human being i am, to see my plight as the very real nightmare it is, and to not force me to have to endure it any longer. I no longer feel like i am at home here. I no longer feel safe. I no longer feel like i am going to make it. Because my police dept has given up on me.