Life living on my own is necessary to me. I do not want to be put in a foster home because foster home care is broken, and I believe Dr. Phil when he says foster care isn’t the best place to put children right now. I have a friend I rarely see anymore who happens to be in a foster care home right now and loves it because her foster parents adore her, and they are Christian and church-going people. I do not want to be put in a nursing home when my life, I can still do some things for myself inside my house. I live an apartment with other apartments surrounding me, but I still call it home or my house.

 With IRIS, I have the opportunity to still live in my own home with some extra help. I am only 49 going on 50 this summer, and I feel I have a full life even though I have been doing dialysis since April 24, 2019, due to my transplanted kidney had stopped working correctly after 31 years. My kidney organ has contracted a common disease called glomerulonephritis, founded in 2016.

 When I met DKF when using the service she was working for at the time, I practically fell in love with her immediately. The home care program closed within a year due to the state closing her business down. The company, before finding SSL’s business, ResCare had changed their name to Almost Family in the midst of getting into IRIS, and they lost their ability to get paid by Medicaid. They had to let me go because of their mistake (for not getting paid for seven months), and it was because Medicaid did not know of the change of name. I am not happy with Almost Family.

 Changes? Yes, changes indeed. I still have DKF. In the beginning, when IDS closed in 2017, I had DKF and DB as my IRIS employees. DB and I argued about my independence, and she was unhappy working with me. I had decided to fire her the day after the argument, so she would be a no show the following day she was to be here. I had found one person AR who worked for me for a few weeks but decided to stop working for me for a while. I hired a woman I know personally from the church we attend. That is MC. Now, since a new pay period, I have my PC hours cut from 27.5 hours a week to 11.5. MC will be coming March 7, 2020, but after this Saturday, she is going to be here on a need basis unless I find someone to take her place on Saturdays. MC is not doing a good job lately because she has slowed down. I have an interview Saturday afternoon with someone new. Changes are necessary right now.