I am free. I feel so grown up now that I have my own place.  I need to build up a pantry and build a home from an empty apartment but it will be MY home.  To add to the grown up feeling, I
I will continue at my current agency as a Supported Employment Case Manager.  Supported Employment is a special combination of behavioral health and employment, using competitive employment and integration as a part of the therapeutic process.

I don't have internet in my new place yet but I will soon.  Until that time, I won't really be able to post that much.  To follow up on my last post, I showed the e-mail to my supervisor and was shocked.  She said "Wow, the doctor must have been having a really bad morning."  Most doctors appreciate the feedback because they want their work to be useful, which means saying the right things so the waiver will get accepted.  I haven't sent a response to her and I doubt I will.  I did send an e-mail to several people, including the doctor, thanking them for their contribution to this client's application.  Anyway, I will be at my agency after my Americorps term is over so I will have a chance to learn the outcome of the whole thing.


Why My Morning Sucked

Some clients are unable to successfully complete the citizenship exam due to medical or cognitive impairments to their learning ability.  As such, there is a Medical Waiver for applicants so they can get citizenship even if they can't learn English or the civics questions required of most people.  It's a medical waiver so it requires that a doctor provide a detailed but accessible account of why the patient is unable to learn.  USCIS occassionally comes out with new versions of the form as they did late last year.  One of my clients is getting this waiver so I sent the following e-mail last night to both her case manager and the staff psychiatrist that already completed the old form.


Here is the most recent form of the medical waiver from USCIS. They are picky about which format they accept so I will send in the old format for *client*’s application and then we can fill out the new version to bring with her to the interview. She will need an interpreter to come with her to the interview since she will get the language waiver. The answers from her old form look great but we just need to tweak them to fit exactly with the new wording. Thank you! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this form or the citizenship process as a whole.

This morning I open my e-mail to this.


Please be more considerate in the language you choose in your emails. Next time it would be more appropriate to simply inform me that a more recent form needs to be completed. No need to comment on the quality of my work or imply that adjusting my answers to a new format would not be clear to me. These forms take a fair amount of work and time that we (the med staff) do not have. As you have no part in this work, saying that 'we' have to tweak the form is irritating and condescending, and does not generate a desire to collaborate. I apologize for being short, but it had to be said. Thanks for your attention to this in the future.

Needless to say, I was not terribly pleased by this e-mail.  I'm hormonal and super stressed from job searching and being homeless in 15 days so I started crying.  I commented on the quality because it was exceptionally well done and as someone who has seen many of these forms completed improperly, I thought it was worth noting.  If I wasn't doing my job and applying for citizenship (a 10 page application along with a 4 page fee waiver which takes work and time from me), the med staff would not ever see this form.  If it's filled out in an unclear or insufficient manner, the client does not get the waiver and all of my work is for nothing.  I haven't shown it to my supervisor or sent a response yet but it ruined my morning.


Walk For Rice!

The 21st Annual Walk for Rice is going to be next weekend.  I am walking to help support the ACRS Food Bank.  It is a great way to support all people in need, not just Asians.  If you would like to make a donation, go to http://www.walkforrice.org.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=463434&u=463434-323570393&e=4631037968.  This goes to my fundraising goal of $250.  If you feel like helping a great cause, every grain counts!


The Date

Last weekend, I met a guy while I was out with Muang and Karen.  We hit it off because we actually had a conversation rather than being grabbed and gyrated against.  Phone numbers exchanged.  Cute texts and flirting via e-mail.  Promising, yes?  The date was set for Saturday.  I told him to pick the place since he asked me out.  He chose a charming bistro in Capitol Hill.  All the makings for a fantastic date.  Except the guy.  We hugged when we first saw each other.  He's 31, Canadian, and works for Amazon.  I knew this from when we first met.  New things I learned from our (very awkward) (stop and start) (reminiscent of learning to drive a stick shift) conversation over dinner that his wife left him 6 months ago, the divorce just went through 3 weeks ago (meaning that it had just gone through 2 weeks ago when we met) and smokes pot.  I understand that divorces happen but I'm 22.  I don't need that much emotional baggage right out of the gate.  Also, I need someone with passion.  He has no passion.  He's only in Seattle for work but likes it here.  I want someone who loves where they are.  He's done some traveling but seems like he has seen enough of the world.  I want a man that thinks there is no such thing as enough of the world.  Needless to say, there was a first date but there will not be a second.  At least, I got a free meal and learned more about what I don't want in a person.

Side note:  The housing hunt is continuing.  Homeless in 26 days and counting.  Muang and I have a few places that would work nicely.  Now we just need to see which ones would be the best fit for our needs.