I AM TRAPPED!
Mind whirls, and aches.
Realization, I made a mistake!
Feeling, nothing to be done, I long for the warmth of the sun.
How much more can I take?
What? You ask, inspires the poem above?
For 7 glorious years I lived in an area where I was free to come and go as I pleased.
If Campbell and I wanted, we could walk to at least three mass transit bus stops from any direction we chose when leaving our home.
Then circumstances caused us to need to move.
I found, what I felt was the perfect home for us, but due to those helping me look I received information about our surrounding area that while correct in their description, was not it turns out correct for our need.
What do I mean?
Well, let me see if I can explain.
This is very emotional for me so please bear with me as I write. Tears fall as I do.
While there are mass transit bus stops close to where Campbell and I are now, as I requested when looking for a place to move, getting to said bus stops has turned out to present a challenge we cannot over-come.
The routes to those bus stops are in places without side-walks, thus making them dangerous for us to travel.
Yes, Campbell and I were trained in a method of traveling where there are no side-walks, but to do so we must have room to get onto the shoulder of the road in such a way that takes us out of the flow of traffic.
After traveling the route to and from the bus stop a couple times with assistance, it has been decided for Campbell and me to do so on our own would be in a word, DEADLY!
So, what to do?
Well, my first action was to call the KATS (Kingsport Area Transit) office and speak to someone about this issue, and what I felt was a reasonable solution.
I proposed that a stop be placed at the corner closest to our home which would be doable for the bus that runs through that area.
After some discussion with the KATS Disability Rights Advocate she said she would present my request to the appropriate persons and get back to me.
After a couple days I received an email from her, suggesting that I use the alley-way behind our home as a short-cut to the bus stop a few streets away.
I wrote back thanking her for this suggestion and explained yet again why even this would not work.
The alley-way has no side-walk, and once I leave that area, the street I would turn onto although only a little way from the stop I need still presents the same issue.
I am not asking them to spend a ton of money to accommodate me.
And, I am aware that I could use the Door To Door service which I do.
That Door to Door service costs more money than does the public transit, it also requires either the Same Day Service have openings, which most days it does not, or, that I schedule a trip, which might take several days in advance due to the huge amount of people they serve to get.
This, has caused me to lose my freedom.
Depressed doesn’t qualify how I feel.
This, has not only affected me, but Campbell as well.
Just today we took a walk, but in the end that walk ended nowhere, because once we got to that corner, where I feel a bus could stop, there was nothing to do but turn back and head for home.
By the time we got there, Campbell’s feet were dragging, his head was down, and tail was no longer wagging.
I was in tears, and we have both been quite upset ever since.
Our beautiful little home has turned into a cage, from which we rarely escape.
Now, I know not what to do.
A mobility instructor will return this week, but he too is stumped as to how to help.
I simply want to be able to get up in the morning, see I’m out of coffee, milk, or bread, harness up my dog, walk to the nearest bus stop and climb aboard as anyone else would do, and head to our favorite store.
I want to learn of a neat activity going on at a near-by business, go to the corner, catch the bus and participate in said event as anyone else would do.
Never before have I felt so helpless.
Moving again is not an option. I have no money with which to do so, and other than this issue our home is quite perfect for us.
I’ve even gotten permission from the owner to complete the fenced in yard here, so this summer Campbell will have a safe place to chase his favorite ball.
Why am I writing?
I am writing in the hopes that my raising awareness to this problem will cause KATS to make a formal request to the town in which I live and put an accessible bus stop within reach of Campbell and me.
This, I want to let you know, would not just help us.
There are others who live in the general area who would be able to gain access to a public transit stop in a safer more accessible way if this was done.
I live on Redwood Drive, and the corner where I’d like to see a stop placed is on the corner of Borden Street, and Willow. Just across the street from the tennis courts at Borden Park.
If you whom are reading would be so kind as to share this post far and wide, and make sure that all persons who might could assist see it, Campbell and I would be ever grateful.
Until next time this is Patty who is trying to push through the feelings of frustration, and King Campbell Lee Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba who doesn’t quite understand saying…
May harmony find you, and blessid be.
1. If you’d like to contact the KATS office to make a comment or suggestion you may do so by visiting: http://www.chamberofcommerce.com/kingsport-tn/40254958-kingsport-area-transit-system
1. Or via phone at: (423) 224-2613.
Bubba Tails Media Kit
Welcome to my Media Kit King Campbell and I are pleased to present some wondrous stories and art work to you all. Enjoy.
Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba
In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfill her destiny?
The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell
Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017
About me and my crew
I’m a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on. I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.
About my blindness
I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.
Where I live and work
Currently, I live and work in Kingsport, Tenn. I used to work for CONTACT-CONCERN of Northeast Tennessee, Inc. I left that position in order to spend time with family and pursue my writing full time.
Why I write.
I wrote Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom. I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.
A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges. I tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take. I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not.
Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy for all concerned if they are not handled correctly. Most simply, I want others to know more about me.
In Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye, it is King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba’s turn to tell his tale.
While helping to ready a group of pups to go and meet their puppy raiser families, so they too, might one-day become Seeing Eye dogs, he tells of what it was like for him, to grow up and become a Seeing Eye dog.
My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and standup comedy. I also like nature walks, light hiking, tent camping, and fishing. No, I am not afraid to bait a hook.
Music I enjoy
My favorite types of music are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country, as well as some present-day country music. I also like meditation music.
My favorite books and authors
I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. I love the books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many more. My favorite books include
Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
My spiritual faith
I am a spiritual walker. I claim no particular faith, either Christian or pagan. I simply know that there is God and Goddess, or Mother Father God, as some call her/him. I lean toward the natural approach, or Druidism (Druidry), as it promotes harmony and respect for all beings, including the environment. I am also very interested in herbs and their healing properties.
Corner the Comfort Zone.
Patty & Pals
Bob Cat And Friends
A most excellent interview
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