TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Looks like I might get released to return to work soon! Hoooray! Persistence Pays off!.Hey, Imagine this! It’s summer time, people are thinking about vacations to escape from their lives and you own a timeshare, any time share. Nawww, for this example, let’s say you are a #Wyndham owner..I don’t remember all the different levels of ownership (i have been off work for nearly 1,000 days; their doctors call it a ‘headache’ but real doctors call it a variety of themes on CLOSED HEAD INJURY, TBI, Concussion, Post Traumatic Concussion Post Traumatic Brain Injury Syndrome (PTBIS), but I do remember a goal for all salespeople is to get all qualified owners to “Platinum”….. Strategies include, with the help of “the closers”, to close ‘by any means necessary’…...(Some of their doctors says it’s just a headache combined with age and poor anger management skills and a consistent “GAF” of 55-60…D’oh! ).So, you arrive at the sales office, anywhere, Big Bear, Indio, Sedona, Las Vegas Honolulu, Lahaina, Rome, Chicago, New York, your local resort area, wherever…. for your “FREE GIFT” in exchange for 45 minutes of your time..Your sales agent does a stellar job of showing you how another investment of thousands and thousands of dollars will enhance your vacations and ensure fabulous vacations for you, your kids and your friends…for generations..You politely decline the offer to upgrade..The salesperson’s demeanor drops. Tears fill her eyes. She starts swearing at you, then sits on the floor and sobs hysterically, saying, “OMG, this is soooo goood for you. HOW CAN YOU SAY NOW” or words to that effect. You calmly say, “We’re leaving now, we want our gift. Good luck to you.”.And the sales agent, sobbing, says, ‘BUT THE DOCTORS SAID MY HEADACHES WOULD GO AWAY IF I TOOK ANALGESICS, AND IN DON’T HAVE A HEADACHE RIGHT NOW, AND THEY SAID MY CORRECTED VISION IS 20/20 SO THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH ME. THIS IS A GOOD UPGRADE FOR YOU, WHY WON’T YOU BUY IT?!!! LET ME GET THE CLOSER, I MEAN, LET ME GET THE MANAGER, HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET YOU TO UPGRADE….. SIT THERE, WE’RE NOT DONE, WE HAVE 20 MORE MINUTES OR YOU GET NO GIFT. YOU’RE FREE TO GO, WITHOUT A GIFT. YOUR CHOICE. WHAT WILL IT BE………….!!!!!!.“You look at one another and quietly sit, waiting for ‘the closer’ with the big hammer.TO BE CONTINUED……~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Awww, that wasn’t a real story, but it could be since the #TBI. The Defense Counsel mentioned that I have a remarkable ‘propensity for writing’ and he received approximately 4 boxes of legal material, and most of it was mail and emails from me. He insinuated he would not be reading it.He put our communications on a twice-a-month maximum, even though I assured him I don’t want no lawyer-pen-pal and that I just want medically necessary medical treatments for closed head injury of 1/9/12 (and consequent second impact injuries of 2/4/12 along with related orthopedic injuries; treatment authorization withheld for all since date of injury, and gross negligence and bad faith actions have been the norm.)
He also advised me to have no contact with the Insurance Adjuster nor my Employer, #WyndhamWorldwide.
Geeeez, I’m representing myself and if I was a real attorney, I think his request would be …… wrong. Whatever.
He said if I did communicate with them, he has instructed them to not respond. HOW ON EARTH AM I SUPPOSED TO GET APPROVED FOR RETURN TO WORK. NO DOCTORS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO RELEASE ME, AND I AM NOW NOT ‘ALLOWED’ TO CONTACT MY EMPLOYER TO ORGANIZE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS AND A RETURN TO WORK DATE?
Their doctors say there is nothing wrong with me, just an occasional headache, age, poor anger management when bullied and terrorized, and vision is corrected to 20/20 with therapeutic lenses prescribed, with complete report, by a Neuro-Optometrist. (that they refused to pay for, too! and have no knowledge of how vision is with the brain, not the eyes, d’oh! Neurologists are a goofy crowd, arent’ they…. If you get a brain injury, see a neuro-optometrist as soon as possible…by any means necessary…along with an acupuncturist….and any other ‘experts’ you can find…THE BRAIN IS A NEW FRONTIER….. GIDDYE UP)
So, yesterday I interviewed yet another attorney. I had an appointment with a guy attorney, and when I got there, they said I would meet with some lady. Tsk. My eyes tear up, and off I went, sobbing an unable to talk. I said, “But I was referred to Mr. ___. Who is this lady? Is she an attorney? I just drove 90 minutes to get here, and they said we could do it over the phone, but I have had such bad experiences with attorneys, I wanted to look him in the eye before considering releasing my case to him or his staff”….sobbing commences….. and the very nice receptionist brought a box of tissues.
It was a ‘casual day’ for the attorney, but he came out to meet me, and chat a few minutes, and assured me that his colleague would be a powerful ally, if they took my case. I stopped crying, met the other attorney, and found her to be very helpful, kind, knowledgeable and street wise. They declined to help; not because there’s no case, but because it’s so convoluted and I know it better than anybody, so they encouraged me to continue to represent myself. D’oh. Oh well. She also suggested that I am far better off than most people who come to their offices. THAT’S A BUMMER, BECAUSE A HIGH IQ TBI SURVIVOR APPEARS ‘NORMAL’ (at times! ;D ) but it’s like people can’t see the neurons mis-firing, so they falsely allege there is ‘no immediate danger’.
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The Emergence of the People with Acquired Brain Injury Human and Civil Rights Movement
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FURTHERMORE….. Swearing and Emotional Outbursts….seem to be a common occurrence for for some #TBI Survivors. Here’s a real story:
In March, in meeting yet another ‘head doctor’…. I had a 2 pm meeting. Even to get around in towns I know, I need to fully prepare. I print a google map, and use GPS, give myself an extra hour to get somewhere, I call it the ‘lost factor’ and I cross my fingers. I arrive at 1:45. I park and find the right building in the complex. I find the suite number. There are painters everywhere. THE DOOOR IS LOCKED. Fighting panic, I calmly call the doctor’s office to confirm date, time, location (sometimes I get those way wrong!)…. I GET VOICE MAIL. Fighting panic, I ask a painter for help. “Could you, please, knock on the door louder? They have to be there. I have a 2pm appointment!” while fighting back tears. The kind painter smiles, knocks and says, “There was someone here earlier, maybe they will be right back.”
TEARS FILLED MY EYES. I SLUMPED TO THE FLOOR AND WITH BACK UP AGAINST THE WALL, SOBBED HYSTERICALLY. (This is becoming a pattern; I’m told they ‘have a drug for it’…. D’oh!!!) A Property-Management-Looking Lady walks by with a Painter and I stop them and say, “DO YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR THE DOCTOR?” With raised eyebrows, looking at me sobbing on the floor, she calmly says, ‘Is there an emergency?’ I said “YES. I HAVE A 2 PM APPOINTMENT AND IT’S AFTER 2 PM AND THE DOOR IS LOCKED”…..Sobbing…..waiting for a response. She said, “I may have a number in the office, I’ll be right back.”
SO, THEN ALONG COMES ANOTHER LADY, and looks at me sitting on the floor, sobbing hysterically. It’s the doctor. She says, “The door was unlocked, I had to go out for a moment.” Still sobbing, I said, “NO IT ISN’T UNLOCKED. THE PAINTER EVEN TRIED BOTH DOORS.” Apparently, the earlier patient locked it on his way out. I GOT UP OFF THE FLOOR, WALKED INTO HER OFFICE, AND WE PROCEEDED WITH THE FIRST VISIT, AS IF NOTHING WEIRD HAD JUST HAPPENED.
HALF-WAY THROUGH SHE SAID, ‘You know, that little event outside is NOT UNCOMMON for someone with a head injury.’ I gasped and said, “OMG, it happens more and more often. Last time I was at Court, it was heinous with the fraud and bullshit and when I got outside the Court building, I found a bench and sobbed hysterically, as if my life was over. They even called Security to see if I was ok. Then, the nice Judge walked by, a little later, as I was trying to get to my car, and all my files had spilled out of the cart on the steps to the parking area. He kindly helped me to the car and told me not to drive until I was more composed…It was a 2 hour drive ahead. So yeah, the Judge has seen my meltdowns, in and out of Court!
The Head Doctor has been out of the country…. and in April, she indicated I had about a 6 month window to get medical treatment, or this is as good as it gets.
TIC TOC THANKS #WYNDHAM. LET’S GET THAT RETURN TO WORK PROGRAM IN MOTION, AND WE’LL SEE IF I NEED A CRYING ROOM OR SOMEPLACE ‘SAFE’ AS AN ADA ACCOMMODATION.
Or, as previously mentioned, create a new position so I can help your HR Departments ensure that the horrors I have been subjected to by the gross negligence of your staff and the terrorists activities of your agents happen to no other American Workers. Who knows, maybe this horrible series of events can encourage #Wyndham TO LEAD THE WAY IN LEGITIMATE HANDLING OF WORK COMP INJURIES. IT WILL COST LESS IN THE LONG RUN…. REMEMBER REMEMBER….SEVERAL DOCTORS HAD ADVISED THAT …WITH MEDICALLY NECESSARY TREATMENTS…I MIGHT HAVE RETURNED TO WORK IN 2012.
The Orthopedic Doctor’s report of June 6, 2014 has been delayed, and his office said, “OUR HANDS ARE TIED. THIS IS AN ORTHOPEDIC OFFICE AND YOU NEED A BRAIN DOCTOR.” Quietly, I said, “I know they have threatened to take your off their referral list if you continue to ATTEMPT to get medically necessary treatment for my well diagnosed brain injuries. I requested repeatedly a brain specialists, and the Defense, in collusion with the WorkComp Information Officer, insisted that I see your doctor, Orthopedic Surgeon, and that HE WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZING MEDICALLY NECESSARY REFERRALS AND TREATMENT BY SPECIALISTS. IF YOU COULDN’T DO THAT, YOU SHOULD HAVE DECLINED IN FEBRUARY 2013, NOT NOW, AFTER MONTHS AND MONTHS OF FAILURES TO GET MEDICAL CARE FOR ME. YOU TELL THE DOCTOR HIS REPORT IS NEEDED AS I AM STILL FIGHTING FRAUDULENT DENIALS OF MEDICAL CARE, AND HIS LAST REPORT WAS OMITTED FROM THE CURRENT REQUEST BY THE ADJUSTER AS WELL. THE DOCTOR KNOWS WHAT TIME IT IS. TELL HIM WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW.
I’M HANGING UP NOW, AS I AM BEGINNING TO LOSE MY TEMPER. WE SPOKE FRIDAY, AND NOW IT’S WEDNESDAY. WHERE’S THE REPORT? IT WAS DUE WEEKS AGO.
ASK ABOUT WORKERS COMP GRAVY TRAINS NOW…..SAD BUT TRUE:
WE ARE THE MEDIA NOW. WE DO NOT…FORGET….BUT IF WE DO FORGET DUE TO #TBI….FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS FIGHT WORK COMP CRIMES ALONE.