Sunday, June 17, 2007

Forms for Permanent Disability

What is it about 'permanent' they don't understand? Every year I have to complete forms and have the doctor sign them to designate me as permanently disabled. Many of you know about these forms.

The questions are the same each year. The requirements are also the same each year . There are no shortcuts. There could be a question right at the top asking if there are any changes from the previous year. But, no-o-o-o.

Can you stand for long periods? (no)
Can you climb a ladder? (no)
Can you lift heavy weights? (no)
Can you work around dust and smoke? (no)
Can you dance a jig? (no)
Can you fill out forms? (no)

I am embarrassed to ask my doctor each year, because I know he has more than just mine, and it is kind of a painful experience.

Benjamin Franklin
said "Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." If he had included something about permanent meaning permanent, maybe we could forget about the forms.

Or maybe the forms ritual is as permanent as the condition. Hmmm.

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