Happy Saturday People!
ryantheadvocate

Good Morning, everyone. I am starting to get accustomed to my new assistance. It's so hard when you are use to dealing with and seeing the same person every day and then it stops. I mean, you have to actually let the new people into your life which includes all of your personal business. I can honestly say that I'm starting to get use to this but at times it can be annoying because disabled people cannot have a private life and it can be overwhelming at times. It's one of those things I guess we have to deal with. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend. -Ryan


Monday Afternoon Rant...
ryantheadvocate
Originally posted by ryantheadvocate at Monday Afternoon Rant...
Happy St. Patrick's Day, even though I'm not very happy with the way certain things in my life are going right now. :( My assistant (or aide) that I've had working for me for two years is unfortunately leaving me because the state won't allow me to pay my assistants more than $11.86 an hour. It's very hard for people to live off of those kinds of wages. If it were up to me, I would pay my employees more, but the state won't allow me to, even though I just got an increase in my budget. That only allows me to give them more hours, not more pay. In my opinion, this is totally and utterly BULLSHIT because it's hard enough to keep people who are already working for you. The increase will allow me to hire more people, but I don't want more people. I'd rather pay the people I already have what they're worth. It's hard to keep people who will cover the hours I need filled. It's ridiculous the way the state of Georgia does their stupid rules. They don't make any sense to me! People say they want a job, and they're well aware of what this job entails, but then they get here and start complaining about cigarette smoke giving them a headache. I divulged all the information necessary for this job before even signing them up for the interview! People don't understand how hard it is to let all these different people come in my life, because these people have to do everything for me and they have to know everything about my life. It's very frustrating. Even though Jennifer says she's not walking out of my life, it's still not going to be the same as it is when she's working for me. All I want is for my current level of care to be maintained. Thanks for listening. If any of you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Monday Afternoon Rant...
ryantheadvocate
Happy St. Patrick's Day, even though I'm not very happy with the way certain things in my life are going right now. :( My assistant (or aide) that I've had working for me for two years is unfortunately leaving me because the state won't allow me to pay my assistants more than $11.86 an hour. It's very hard for people to live off of those kinds of wages. If it were up to me, I would pay my employees more, but the state won't allow me to, even though I just got an increase in my budget. That only allows me to give them more hours, not more pay. In my opinion, this is totally and utterly BULLSHIT because it's hard enough to keep people who are already working for you. The increase will allow me to hire more people, but I don't want more people. I'd rather pay the people I already have what they're worth. It's hard to keep people who will cover the hours I need filled. It's ridiculous the way the state of Georgia does their stupid rules. They don't make any sense to me! People say they want a job, and they're well aware of what this job entails, but then they get here and start complaining about cigarette smoke giving them a headache. I divulged all the information necessary for this job before even signing them up for the interview! People don't understand how hard it is to let all these different people come in my life, because these people have to do everything for me and they have to know everything about my life. It's very frustrating. Even though Jennifer says she's not walking out of my life, it's still not going to be the same as it is when she's working for me. All I want is for my current level of care to be maintained. Thanks for listening. If any of you have any suggestions, please let me know!  

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ryantheadvocate

Sorry it's been so long since I've done this. My life has been crazy. Jennifer is still working for me, but it's amazing how all of these other people are crazy drama-filled attention whores. Like, I even thought hiring a guy would solve that problem, but come to find out, he was worse than a darn female! Starting drama with Jennifer and even the guy I'm dating. On that subject, his name is Jevocas and he is the nicest person I've ever dated. He looks past the wheelchair and he sees the true person that I am. Yes, my parents don't agree with it... The fact that he's a guy... But I am the one who has to live with it. No one else does! There's only one judge, so that's what's been going on in my life recently. I will write again very soon!

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Monday Morning Rant...
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Hi everyone. I don't understand why able-bodied people think disabled people just wait around or that their schedules are wide open. I guess I'm not what people expect. Yes, I have a life even though I have a disability! Take yesterday, for instance. I was supposed to go to church with a friend, but I had to cancel because my wheelchair needed to be broken down to make some changes. While dropping it off this morning, my mother was informed it may be tomorrow before I get my chair back!!! Once again, I will have to change my schedule and plans. I know I am kinda going on a rant, but it's just aggravating as heck... 

Some Calls Need to Be Answered...
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Good morning everyone! I would like to talk today about how amazingly doors are opening in my life. At the age of fourteen, God gave me a calling to be a pastor. For several years and many different reasons, I have been running from it. Recently, I had a very eye-opening experience. I was sitting in church and a florescent lightbulb came out of the ceiling and glass did not get on anyone there. The glass broke in sharp points to where it could have injured someone very much. That experience caused me to wake up and come to the realization that it's time to surrender myself to the calling. To some of you, this might come as a shock, but to others, it may not. To those who are caught off guard by this, I will say that I'm not going to be the way that most pastors are. I am going to stay true to myself. I don't feel that being a pastor means you have to totally change your ways of doing things. If I feel in my heart that I want to change something about myself or my life, then I will. I am not going to be one of these judgemental pastors that think you're damned to hell for not doing things by the book. That is one of the main reasons it took me this long to surrender to the calling. The people I grew up around were like that. I don't know why I'm typing this on a public forum, but I wanted all of you to know that I'm serious about this and God will continue to open doors for me. I'm not certified yet, but I went to a church yesterday and the pastor has already signed me up to preach three Sundays from yesterday! Those of you who would like to attend, you know how to reach me. Keep me in your prayers. The next year to five years is going to be interesting, to say the least. Thanks again for reading!


Back to the Grind...
ryantheadvocate

It's amazing when you compare someone who does their job half-assed to someone who actually does their job completely! Over the past two months, as you all may know, Jennifer was out on maternity leave and recovering from surgery... It felt like the longest two months of my life because I had to be subjected to less than stellar work ethics! People who know me know that I expect more out of someone in this line of work. Is it too much to ask for someone that gives a crap about their job?! That's the main reason I haven't posted anything on here in awhile. Habitually being late to work or simply not showing up is what I was forced to deal with. It seemed like a different person with a different excuse almost daily. Who can live comfortably like that? My greatest worry came true- my life was forced to be put on hold while Jenn was out. Thank goodness all of that is in the past. I'm not blaming Jenn, I'm happy she's back, but the reason I'm writing this is to pass on a word of advice. If you're considering a job in this line of work, check and RE-check your work ethics. People like me are searching for much higher standards.

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Tired of dealing with staff issues...
ryantheadvocate

Good afternoon, everyone! I am so tired of dealing with staff issues, people taking advantage of my generosity, and people who think they can do whatever they want to do on MY time. They think its acceptable to tell ME what all they're going to do when I'm the one paying their salary. It would be one thing if I asked them to do something they're not comfortable with, but we're talking normal everyday things regarding my personal care. I have specific errands run for me on a daily basis using my van and my fuel. The most recent aide took advantage of me in more than just a few ways. In one way, I feel stuck in between a rock and a hard place because the government won't allow me to pay decent wages. The top wage I can pay my staff on the ICWP waiver is now $11.96 per hour. People on the CCSP waiver have the potential to earn slightly over $15 an hour. These people are doing to same thing, so the pay shouldn't vary that much. My aides do more for me because my cognitive level is higher. In some situations, the parents of the disabled person tell the staff what to do, and the aide answers to the parents. In my situation, my staff answers to me. It's more of a one on one situation. I feel that the waivers should be somewhat adjusted to where I am not getting penalized for my cognitive level. It doesn't seem fair how the government works. I have one personal assistant that works her butt off for me. If I could, I would pay her upwards to $19-$20/hr because she's proven her work ethics to me. I really feel like something needs to be done about the gaps and different amounts in the various waivers. This has been an ongoing situation, and no one in the government tends to listen to mine or my mother's complaints. It's all very aggravating. Thanks.

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Out With the Old, In With the New...
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The year 2012 has been a year of change and maturity for me, and it has molded and shaped me into the man I am today. While I feel the change was necessary, I wish it didn't take me as long as it did to learn about my true self and other people. I have high hopes for and truly feel that the following year will be a much better one and hopefully I will continue to grow into an even better man! I'm pleased to see 2012 fade into the shadows because it was a tough year and I'm ready to start fresh. I don't want to speak too soon, but I think I finally have someone to cover Jenn while she's out on maternity leave and to work weekends, surprisingly enough. I can't tell you how exhausting it is to find good help. Thanks for reading my random rambles, yet again. Have a great weekend!

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A Very Sad Day in America...
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As I'm sure everyone now knows, the Connecticut shooting completely blind-sided us all with extreme devastation. It's a shame that we can't send our children to school with the peace of mind that they're safe and secure anymore. I'm disappointed to see what our world has come to and it diminishes my hope for the future in many different aspects. I truly feel that our days on this earth are numbered, and the chaos that continues to ensue is a constant reminder of that. If you care about someone, whether they are a friend or a family member, find a way to convey it to them. Our time here is not guaranteed and you never know when you'll take your last breath! I've yet to become a father, so I couldn't begin to imagine the horror the parents of those precious babies are going through, but the timing of this heinous crime amplifies it a great deal. It is with a heavy heart this holiday season will come and go, and I will never forget all of those people who lost their lives so senselessly.

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