It Ain't Easy Being Indian... (March 2016)

By Ricey Wild
News From Indian Country
  
It's been awhile since I've been able to write and there's an awful reason for that. December 23, 2015, I had another lumbar spinal fusion surgery. I've already been through a previous one in March 2012 so knowing what I was in for I felt horrible and it was traumatic for me.
  
Well, having 'been there' and knowing what I was in for (or so I thought) I thoroughly researched and cross-listed everything I knew was the most important like my dog Mitzi and my cat's needs plus; and this is critical, my employer's knowledge of my impending surgery and the NEUROSURGEON'S recommendation that I have 12 weeks of recovery time before I return to work. I know that sounds like a home vay-cay to some folks but since I was only making cents above minimum wage it was all I had. Not cool.
  
Continuing on at a certain point before the big surgery I KNOW I had all professional and home pet care stuff taken care even clean undies and a clear space to roll my new walker through. Me! A walker! Actually it's just cute and has one of those seats with a bag you can put your bag in underneath.
  
After I got home I received a visit from an in-home Physical Therapist which I needed desperately so I could learn how to function and walk normally again. Then I got a call from her saying I had been cut off the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and do I have another insurance company? Well it took me a bit to let that sink in but no, I hadn't another one. Not long after I got a certified letter from my former employer saying I had been terminated from my job one reason being I had not been in contact with them telling them when I would return to work.
   
People, that was one of the most important things I did; make sure I had a job to return to never mind the toxic workplace I was forced to put up with daily, I had a job to do I did it. Unreal. Then I got a call, indirectly at first mind you, asking when I was going to come get my personal items, mostly books etc... and here's me housebound not allowed to heft more than 5 pounds. I laughed. I am unable to even carry the dust outta there never mind the other heavy stuff.
  
Okay then, that kind of vicious, rez-backward idiocy I can deal with but fate wasn't done with me. Late one night I got a call that changed everything; my Son's life, my Granddaughter's life and my own reason for even bothering to stick around this vile, hateful environment by that I mean this life.
  
But hey, I'm still here and gonna stick around to make sure that those who conciously set out to hurt me get theirs, and better yet keep writing, on a blog or essays perhaps to bring awareness where before there was none and most of all let anybody get off easy. Uh uh. That is over because I am becoming an active participant in any way I can. Marching may be out of my agenda right now but I'm there too.
  
One other thing I will do is if I say "I'm here for you, let me know" that is exactly what I will do and then some. I've never been so alone in my life and it really, really sucks. I even gave money and did favors to someone I thought was my friend who would hopefully help me and would just stop by now and then to see if I was alive or dead. Nope.
  
Then there's the time I needed stuff and the only person who helped me didn't have a car at all but he did it to just to help me.  We used taxi, he helped me put everything away and said he will help me; not just leave us to rot. Miigwech. M, You saved my faith in humanity just when I was so done with everything and everyone.
  
That is the reason I've been gone. The pain, the medications and sorrows. I wish you all well and happy my friends. One thing I know for sure we are not alone in our troubles and trials and yet somehow Creator gives us the strength to go on.
  
Creator is why we are here so I suppose I take it that I'm here to make a good difference. We can all do this together, our communities are in severe crisis due to drugs and I don't of any Indian family including mine who have not been affected. Let's start with that.
  
Much Love.




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