While the weather still remained unpredictable, the next few months were pretty well set for me. The DARS counseling center contacted me Monday afternoon this week. Because of my receiving a different kind of benefits other than Social Security Disability, the only way into this program with NTI was to have had an open and active case with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor via DARS.
This run around made my patience very short and angered me a lot because both agencies didn’t understand what was needed by me for entry into NTI Work-at-Home. On the other hand, my assumption that things could have been handled over the phone without the office visits was foolhardy. This same process was done before my job s a PRN Cashier at Work Services in 1996. Patience might have been a virtue, but it was not my strong suit. The Bible said this:
15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. (KJV)
1 Kings 12:7
7 They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.” (NIV)
2 Chronicles 10:7
7 They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.” (NIV)
Between them and NTI, there was some confusion. DARS told me, NTI was supposed to contact them after the interview. When it was discovered that there was no assigned counselor and the interview hadn’t taken place, DARS told me this took almost three months. There would have to have been three steps:
- Visit the local DARS Counseling Center the appointment was made by the office,
- Visit my primary doctor to have my limitations assessed. All of my limitations were documented but they needed updating after three years.
- The final interview with NTI which DARS would have to be contacted if they accepted me.
This created a problem for me because getting around by cab was expensive with the new cab rates in effect. Earlier this summer, the ten mile radius was cut to a two mile radius to combat higher taxi rates. My task now was to budget the required visits to the DARS office and my primary doctor. The good news was in my knowing the higher rates. With this knowledge, it was easier to budget these two mandatory trips. The bad news was in what was expected when calling my doctor for the appointment. Those that answered the phone thought that they could’ve gotten away with smarting off to patients about being seen twice a year. My doctor left this up to me. Since there was another maintenance test done on my birth month in 2010, the six-month retest on my cholesterol Luckily this was easier to respond to with silence, especially since there was a four month gap, not six. They were even-tempered when that was discovered in March of 2011 when a d doctor’s letter was needed to get out of jury duty. This was where God’s Armor came in The Bible said this:
9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (NIV)
The unusual thing about all this was that if NTI didn’t need my letter before December 2, this never would’ve come up again. My thought also was that the more done before the Thanksgiving holiday, the less done after. In spite of all this forethought and the weather, there was still a week’s wait before DARS contacted me. The lady told me if she couldn’t contact me directly concerning the next step, for me to leave a voice mail. My length of wait time depended on where my name was on the list.
If anything, the possibility of working with a government contract and getting better paid was too good to pass up. If it didn’t work out for any reason, my position with the Examiner still remained.