Author Archives: Tessa

About Tessa

Teresa (Tessa) Smeigh at 60 plus is still going strong despite her disabilities affecting both physical and mental abilities. She has bipolar disorder (mental), Fibromyalgia (nerves), degenerative disc disease (spine), and arthritis (joints). Her new journey's include Diabetes controlled by insulin. Despite that she is active in Mental Health Advocating, writing for www.IBPF.org (volunteer for non-profit) and has several blog posts already published by them. Actually she know longer write for them due to personal reasons and the rudeness of the staff. She is also working on 2 fiction books (mysteries). The books will probably never be finished. She keeps her blog filled with useful content, daily devotionals (She is a Christian), stories and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. She has also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. She is from Deptford, NJ. Her family and blog keep her busy.

18 Things People Wish They Knew Before Applying for Disability Benefits


18 Things People Wish They Knew Before Applying for

Disability Benefits

I used Allsup.com and they are like lawyers only they are ex social security workers and know the ins and outs. They charge like lawyers and no fee if they don’t win you your benefits. They do everything for you and I was accepted first time and within 6 months. Luckily my fee was paid by my private disability insurance, they wanted me off their roles.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

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Thinking as positive as possible about the apartment.


I am wishing it were April and things maybe would have settled down and me in an apartment.

Just realized that my credit scores are now below 500 and that is the limit for this apartment. Have to explain about the bankruptcy and that they will go up once the filing is done. This really came at a bad time.

Emotional day! We are all talking as if the apartment is mine. Talk about positive feelings.

I signed the bankruptcy papers yesterday. They wanted to add the hospital stay I just had. I told them no because I need that hospital although if I move it will change my hospital to another. I don’t want to file on a hospital I may end up using. They won’t be very friendly and demand payment before treatment. Hopefully he won’t insist. Court is in approximately a month they say.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

Public Housing, a chance to have my own place before dad passes


Believe it or not Public Housing called and I have an interview for an apartment. There are 150 of us and only 6 apartments. The odds are against me. I had lost some of my important paperwork and spent the last 2 days frantically searching for them. Eventually I did find them.

 

It is not the town I wanted, but I have no choice. I have to take whatever I can get. It is actually across the street almost from when I lived in that town before. I also didn’t expect an interview so soon. The waiting list is 5 to 10 years, but I have been on it only a year and a half. They usually only take 100 people at a time, but this time took 150 and I was number 148. There are signs, but still the odds are against me.

 

I have to get the cat to the vet and registered with the township. I have her certified as a therapy animal and they have to take her.

 

I am anxious, scared and excited at the same time.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

The 9 Most Frustrating Parts of Being Chronically Ill


The 9 Most Frustrating Parts of Being Chronically Ill

I can feel her frustration. I have been chronically ill almost my entire life in some form or another.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

Probable cause to eye loss


I had a complete eye exam. My diabetes damage and high pressure (watching for Glaucoma) had not changed in 6 months.

He said to me that something that would cause loss of vision in both eyes like that was a sudden drop in blood pressure. Now this made sense because the day before when I had my epidural my blood pressure was extremely high (around 172 over 112) and they debated not doing it. Finally they decided to allow me to have the injection and it was still very high when I left. It was probably still high the next day and when it finally dropped I lost my vision. For once something these drs said made sense. I still have to have my followup with my primary doctor and to see if they want to try and convince my insurance to cover an MRI of my head. I freaked out at the hospital as they have a very tiny MRI with a thin long bore. I just couldn’t do it and I was double sedated. One of my out patient radiologists has a wider and shorter tube and I just barely made it through there. I would prefer not having it and don’t see a reason for it. The hospital added it to the list at the last moment so not initially a first request.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

When Friends and Family Don’t Understand Bipolar Disorder


When Friends and Family Don’t Understand Bipolar Disorder

My family tries, but it doesn’t always happen. I try to not let it hurt me, but sometimes I end up crying about it especially when I feel left out and lonely and misunderstood. I am trying to mend a bridge now. I am trying to think like they do and how they must feel although that isn’t easy. Currently I am in a fairly decent place so my mind and brain aren’t sabotaging me.

I don’t feel it is my fault, but my brain doesn’t always join in on the plans in play.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

 

Does Fibromyalgia Cause Skin Issues?


Does Fibromyalgia Cause Skin Issues?

I have a terrible problem with itching and dry skin. I also hate skin creams and lotions. They freak me out.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com