How to Pay Bills After a Stroke in Panama

I received the following email and it is worth posting as it is relevant to the current situation I am dealing with. It also reveals another type of problem that should be planned for if you are living in a foreign country without a family support system.

I am dealing with the problem he is talking about and I must say, I have not solved the problem. Maybe tomorrow. Obviously it is better to have provided a solution before the problem than having to deal with the problem after it has occurred.

The email follows:

Subject:
How to pay bills after a stroke
Date:
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:01:18 -0500
From: (Email deleted)
To: donraycc@

Hi Don

I love reading and following ,and enjoying your posts and articles. Thanks for sharing.

Two weeks ago I was mowed down by a speeding car on the cinta costera that lost control, ran off the road, and scored a direct hit on me.

God was instantly on the job, and I did not get killed, just several cracked ribs, lots of lumps, bruises and abrasions. Sadly, 2 weeks later I am in a ton of pain and have some serious complications, but the mind is as sound ( some would argue otherwise ) as it was before, and I am able to move around the apartment albeit slowly.

But this close shave did again raise the recurring thoughts I often have, as a single person here in Panama, with no family, what happens, God forbid, if I become incapacitated. How would accounts such as hospital etc etc get paid.

I have provided two credit cards to trusted and dear friends that are linked to bank accounts they have signing authority over, but that has only certain limits.

Have you or your readers discovered how to deal with banks or any person here on behalf of someone who is incapacitated and can not sign anything or even get around?

thanks Don, love washing dishes too , and the Toyota SUV, came in second best with a very large dent in its hood

cheers
p

Apple Yosemite Beta Testing

The last couple of weeks have not been much fun for me. Lilliam has been in Panama City and it has just been Koki and I looking after each other.

All of my time has been making trips to and from the stroke victims house, to the bank finding options for paying the stroke victims bills, or getting some carry out food. I told Lilliam, on one of my phone calls, that we needed to buy some new dishes. When she asked why, I told her because all of the ones we have are dirty and in the sink.

I am not sure she appreciated my humor. She comes home today and the sink will be empty and all dishes in their proper place.

As I said, I have not been doing anything I enjoy, so yesterday evening, I decided to begin another technology project. Getting involved in studying technology and solving those types of problems, rather than other people’s health problems, relax me and get my mind thinking about something that is fun. Continue reading

Planet Telecom Announces Expanded Coverage from Volcan Baru

I received a request to post the following:

DAVID, Chiriqui, Panama: July 26, 2014: Planet Telecom is pleased to announce the commissioning of our new internet broadcast site on the peak of Volcan Baru.

This new site will help us provide enhanced coverage to many areas where signal was previously weak or unavailable.
As Panama’s highest peak, Volcan Baru is an ideal site for internet transmission, it has the few obstructions, allowing us to provide clients with fast, reliable service.
The areas that will benefit most from this enhanced coverage include: Boquete, Caldera, Palmira, Poterillos, Cuesta de Piedra, Volcan, Cerro Punta, Boca Chica, and Puerto Armuelles.
By adding this site to our network of tower sites across Chiriqui, we will be able to serve more clients in “hard to reach” areas.

About Planet Telecom: Since 2009 Planet Telecom has been providing reliable, high quality, high speed internet service in the province of Chiriqui, Panama. In addition, Planet Telecom provides networking services, security and video surveillance systems as well as cell phone signal boosters.

For additional information, please check out our website: www.ptpanama.com, email at sales@ptpanama.com or call us at 777-9200

Having Fun With Grandchildren

At my age, having fun is an important part of my life. Living in Panama prevents me from having many memorable fun experiences with my grandchildren. I would like to think that when I am gone that there will be a few, “I will never forget what my grandpa did when he…” moments.

I have tried to create one of these experiences for one of my grandsons today. After setting up the situation, and writing him an email, I decided to share it with you.

It has been one of the lighter moments of this week.

My email to my grandson Noah follows: Continue reading

At a Crossroad

In all of our lives there are crossroads and only those traveling on their own paths decide which way to go. The decision process is an individual one and others can’t make the decisions for us. Others can advise, feel empathy for the decision process, remorse for bad decisions, but it is the individual that ultimately decides.

For the last a month and a half, I have been involved in the case I have previously written about of the US Citizen who had a stroke. This has been and continues to be a very stressful case.

My personal goal was to stabilize the situation and provide the individual the time to understand what he was up against, without the stress of worrying about the small details.

I feel that we have made progress, but there is much to be done. Most of the “to be done” falls to the individual and the healing process.

Tom McCormack provided the hospital bed and a very good wheelchair. I repaired the bed’s electric plug, and it is functioning as it should. The patient can raise and lower the bed. This is huge compared to his condition in his old bed.

The landlady has been fully reimbursed for her payment of the hospital bill and wheelchair rental. Medicine has been purchased, rent paid and phone and electric bills have been paid.

Therapy has been obtained at a reasonable price and personal care is being provided on a 24 hour basis. At the present time, this is as good a situation as I could hope for.

Yesterday, I received a major setback. I have been working with the stroke victim’s bank to obtain the ability for me to withdraw funds from his account so that his bills could be paid. A POA had been drawn up and his authorization had been notarized. Continue reading