Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Arrow Flew True To The Mark

I know that my post on the 29th (Follow Your Arrow) probably left you wondering what was going on. I have continued to try to solve some more problems for the stroke victim. My initial attempt to try to help him access his money had failed. A Power of Attorney (POA) from the victim requesting my assistance, was not acceptable to the bank.

On my trip to the bank earlier this week, I was told about more forms that would need to be filled out and more notary stamps, just to get the stroke victim a bank card. The large part of the problem was because he has lost the use of his right hand and could not sign anything. Having the notary go to the victim’s apartment for the first POA cost $150.

To avoid any more $150 notary fees, It appeared that the only way to make progress was to transport the stroke victim to the bank and have him make the request in person. I wasn’t sure how we could accomplish this, but it appeared to have a higher likelihood of success than anything else.

Yesterday morning the lady that is caring for the stroke victim got him dressed. Lilliam and I met the physical therapist at the apartment. The physical therapist and I got the stroke victim loaded into the car and put the wheelchair into back of the car. We headed to the bank. Continue reading The Arrow Flew True To The Mark

If a man is not there for you at your worst, he does not deserve to see you at your best.

Don’t make someone a priority, who only makes you an option.

Follow Your Arrow

As the song says, you only get so many trips around the sun. Yeah, you only live once. This song will probably register differently to everyone that listens to it. To me it says you have to be true to yourself no matter what others are saying.

Tomorrow I have an important meeting and the good news is I will know quickly if it was a smart thing to do or not. Either way, I am following my arrow and I am not going to hindsight myself if it doesn’t go as planned.

I hope you enjoy the video. Tell me how it registers with you

It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.

Fate decides who walks into your life, you decide who you let stay, who you let walk away, and who you refuse to let walk out.

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
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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 Apple Yosemite Beta Testing

He, who doesn’t hope to win has already lost. (Simon Bolivar)