BARBADOS (Naked Departure) — Dear Naked, I thank you in advance. Naked, some years ago I got in to a bad accident and had a settlement. I brought myself a home so I would not ever have to worry about rent. I am medically unfit for work cause I have lifetime injury and pain and still is a patient and living on painkiller. I receiving a very small pension the bottom as I was a maid, sometimes I wondered how …how I am managing, it’s so much to do with so little and one bill is asking for it all.
I get depress when the check come in the mail. My cost of living I can’t afford I live simply eat simply I am living the life of a hermit. I can’t go out to Q I can’t do anything. It’s an added expense I can’t afford. Our last budget I thought that disable pensions would have an increase I was disappointed you see most of use can’t help ourselves and have to depend on others and would have to pay for services rendered and lately medical services at the QEH one have to pay for. I am unable to have these test done and some medication I have to do without the only bill I have are water, light and phone.
Naked, my pressure is up on this. Friday I receive a tax bill to pay by the end of the mouth and get a discount this exceed my pension, how? What am I supposed to do. I wrote to the island revenue last year explaining my difficulty and followed it up with a phone call it was received I never got a response how are people like me are to survive our quality of life does not worth it. I was told last week to go to welfare to get some assistance I would prefer death. I visited the welfare department some years back with a letter from my doctor.
I was not eating well and was borderline malnutrition it’s just couldn’t afford anything. I was eating to survive I couldn’t and still don’t eat nutrients my body needs. When I handed the letter to the lady and did this reluctantly seeing the attitudes meted out to recipients, I wanted to leave the building but my inner thoughts was racking my nerves to stay, against my better judgement. When I handed the letter to the officer she said “no dietitian don’t work here take that to polyclinic we can’t tell you wa to eat”she turn to the lady next to her and said “look at this showing her the letter this doctor say assist this 45-year-old lady who financial disposition…….she was loud and abrupt by this time every one in room eyes must have been on my back. I was so shame it was very embarrassing I didn’t look back I took the letter and awkwardly walk away to this day I don’t know how I got home. Rehashing this bring tear to my eyes, I gotten so sick from that episode I am a very quiet and private person and I didn’t need that at that very difficult time in my life.
Naked my faith is what have blood running in my veins. No one cares about the underprivileged. I wish I could get up and help myself. It doesn’t make no sense asking anyone cause life is hard for everyone.
PS, thank you Naked. Anonymous