What do we have to do to get a break in this life?

What do we have to do to get a break in this life?

As I mentioned in my previous mixed bag life update, I knew that I was required to submit an annual vision form from my eye doctor, but I thought it would be in January 2024, when I have to renew my driver’s license, and every January after that, as the last vision form was submitted in January 2023.

It seems this is not the case, the DMV claims they sent a letter two months ago telling me I had to submit the vision form by my birthday. I did not receive that letter, and yesterday evening I received a letter informing me that my license has been revoked, “due to your failure to complete the action required”.

So as soon as the DMV opened this morning, I called and asked what was going on with the revocation letter. This is when I found out about the letter that I never received, in fact, this is the second letter that went missing from the DMV in the past four months, my registration document and decal went missing, and they had to send me a replacement after I called the day after my registration expired.

I am not a big driver anyway because I work from home, but knowing that I cannot drive makes me feel trapped, it’s not like my hometown of Plymouth, UK, where you can live your life just fine without a car. Now I have to wait for another form to be sent from the DMV, and then I have to wait until I can get an appointment for an eye test to get the form filled out, then I have to send it back and wait for the wheels of bureaucracy to slowly turn, so I might have my license restored just in time to pay for a renewal.

The second blow is from the Social Security Administration, we received a letter stating the repayment schedule for the ‘overpayment‘, seemingly ignoring the appeal that Erin submitted. Their reasoning for their claim of overpayment is dubious at best, and corrupt at worst, claiming that Erin’s eligibility date was wrong, it shouldn’t have been until August 2022, and not February 2022 as the original letter stated.

The appeal is supposed to stop all garnishments until the appeal has been completed, but it’s the SSA, so they have probably ‘lost’ it in their mail room, it’s not the first time they have ‘lost’ documentation we have sent to them, but I digress. This means that Erin will lose all $1,543 for five months, December 2023 through May 2024, and $1,047 in June 2024, that’s a lot of money to lose for most people, including us.

Third, and hopefully final thing, last Friday night, Erin was trying to get her shoes from under the bed, when she heard a pop, and collapsed to the ground, not being able to move her right leg, and was unable to get up, so I had to call 911 for an ambulance to transport her to the hospital, now we wait for the bill, like all healthcare in the US, it’s pay to play and it’s not cheap, but I digress (for the second time). It turned out that she didn’t break any bones, but does have a sprained and badly bruised knee.

Erin has been getting around on crutches but did take a second tumble on Monday morning when her knee gave out, but we managed to get her up this time. It’s now been five days and Erin is able to drive again, just in time for me to not be able to, and has been working, although I wish she took a day or two to rest, but we do need the money, especially with the loss of over $1,500 a month starting next month.

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