DIARY OF A MAD
SEA MONKEY LADY
February 21, 2005
All will be revealed in
this diary entry, but it's going to be long, so bear with me...
I have been on disability
from work for quite some time, which apparently annoyed the insurance
company who paid my benefits to no end. So they started to send me to
doctors in -- in my opinion -- an attempt to get my file closed. The
psychiatrist found nothing
wrong with me (more fool her, eh?) so they sent me to a rheumatologist.
He found I was fit for work, despite the fact that my specialist and
family doctor believe I am not. So my benefits
were terminated in November. Nice Christmas present, eh? You gotta love
So I filed an appeal and
went to see three doctors in an attempt to have my benefits returned.
But they found I was able to work after talking to me for an hour. What
a farce! So now I have to file an appeal with the Labour Relations
Board to have this decision overturned.
So what does this all
mean? In addition to shaking my faith in doctors, it means that I have
spent the last five months of my life fighting to keep the benefits I
have paid for by writing
letters, visiting doctors in Vancouver, and generally contacting people
to try to fight the insurance
company's attempt to force me back to work. The worst part is that I
would love to be back at work:
The money was great and I loved my job. But I cannot. And so I have
spent all my waking and well moments writing like crazy to try to
figure out what else can be done. Thus, this site has
gone by the wayside.
I will be returning to part time work, against the opinion of
my physician, because I have no choice. I am tired, I am sore, and I
don't know if I can do it, but I have to try because I am out of
options. I am really scared I'm going to end up as sick as I was in
1996 when I used a cane and couldn't drive and spent most of my time in
bed as walking was too exhausting. But I will deal with things as they
come. Wish me luck.
Which leads to the
"donate" button on the site. I don't want to take advertising, but I
afford to keep the site any longer. I am spending at least $300 a year
on the domain name and
hosting, and a lot more on postage and video tapes and other things
necessary to keep the site
new and fresh. So the donate button is an attempt to get the funds to
keep the site going beyond
April 1, 2005, when my domain and bandwidth expire. Any funds donated
will also go to all the things necessary to keep the page going --
storage, media, postage, and all the other good things.
I hate to ask for funds, and I feel like a huge mooch, but
it's something I have to do to keep the site going. I receive no funds
from any manufacturer of Sea Monkeys -- in fact, the guy in the
Netherlands refuses to pay for the box of books he bought from me-- and
the royalties for my book only come in once a year. I'm going back to
work part time, but this will barely cover my personal expenses, let
alone the Sea Monkey Worship Page. So there's the explanation. If you
can offer a few bucks, pounds, or euros to keep
the site going, that's great. If not, that's great too. My main goal is
to share information
about Sea Monkeys with the world in the hopes that you will have a
wonderful time raising Sea Monkeys. And I hope I can continue to do
Thanks for all your support and kind words. Keep telling
people about the site so they
too can love their Sea Monkeys!