Went to doctor. Five minutes later, left doctor. Doctor looked in my ears and said "Okay, I need you to put oil in your ears every night for four nights until the wax gets soft so I can suck it out. See you next week."
ARG. Want ears now
Unrelated: A few people have asked for my list of disability-centric blogs that I check the feeds for. Here is a direct link to my Disability Bundle on GReader
. I don't think it's actually all of them, but I keep fiddling with it.
Been brooding a lot more today over that whole tax payers vs students thing, and the more I think about it the angrier I get. As someone at last night's town hall meeting pointed out, it ignores that parents of students in university are not only tax payers, they are often helping students pay for their education. In fact, in NS, your access to loans assumes that your parents are supporting you in some way, regardless of whether it's true. So, parents are not only paying into the tax system that supports foolish things like university, they're also expected to pay their children's tuitions directly, and their children are expected to go into crippling debt on top of it. But Nova Scotia is a knowledge-based economy.
I come from the assumption that the only barrier to education should be desire and aptitude. I'm surprised this is a controversial opinion. But then, I remember where my grades were when I was trying to work full-time and write my honour's thesis, and how much they drastically increased when I stopped working. I also know that that "choice" is having long-term affects on me, since my GPA is what determines if I get a SSHRC or any other form of grant or funding for graduate school. Without funding, I can't go on
to more education, period. That's not idle speculation, that's fact. And I may have screwed myself over by refusing to approach family for help sooner than I did. And screwed myself over long term
, not just for a few years.
When I talk about these things, when I talk about everything to do with my lived experience, people like to act like somehow we are magical unique pegasi, Don & I. No one else in the world experiences what we do, we're just making a big deal and wanting special treatment. But the town hall last night had multiple people with disabilities and their families pointing out problems that I hadn't even touched on yet. Like how we're asking students with disabilities to cripple themselves with debt and don't acknowledge that PWD are far more likely to be unemployed afterwards. And I know
that. People have been telling me for years about how they graduates from uni with their much-vaunted Bachelor's Degree that's going to get them $750,000 more over the course of their lifetime, and yet they can't get a single damned job because people are disinclined to hire cripples. Someone else pointed out how it's true that the government will consider a disabled student to be a full-time student with a 40% course load, but that many university programs
will not, so you don't get any of the benefits offered to full-time students, such as a bus pass or access to certain courses. Someone else pointed out that the system doesn't even know how to treat students with disabilities because you call around and no one actually has answers
for you. And other people whose family members have disabilities pointed out that their parents are supporting their siblings with disabilities, and yet are still expected to somehow contribute the same amount to their education that someone whose family doesn't have one or more disabled members is, as though disability isn't expensive
I mean, these situations aren't
unique. Yeah, the particular storm that Don & I are weathering - Marfan's, Cancer, and frozen vocal cords and ears that don't work and the brain chemistry of evil and all of that jazz - is probably a bit closer to rare than common, but the overall issue, the overall problem isn't
And I may have had more to say about this but I was just informed that Tracy Latimer's murderer is now out on parole and already the hand-wringing about how tragic it is that he was forced to go to jail for murdering his daughter has started up and I think I'm going to throw up.
(Edited a sentence where I said "a year" and meant "over lifetime")