I´m Katie and I live in Sweden. Out of all places, I know. I´m in my 50ies, have ulcerative colitis and had to relocate due to having witnessed a crime. So, I´m unemployed and living on the margin of all margins. In the middle of beautiful nowhere.
Sweden, you say, isn´t that a rich place? Oh yes, Swedish economy is booming but Swedes do not partake in the success. Industry and large corporations are doing fine despite a new recession lurking on the horizon and approaching fast-ish according to the news on telly.
Swedes however, follow the rest of the world in that salaries are not up where they should be and unemployment is far bigger than the fancy numbers you hear about. Plus, of course, in some areas they´re blowing up bombs all the time. Literally.
My errand on this site is that I need new glasses. Prescription glasses. According to the dictionary I have double astigmatism (I know what it´s called in Swedish but not in English) so for me to buy glasses will cost me the equivalent of 950 US dollars. I understand glasses are costly everywhere unless you want to look like something that crept up from a 1960ies sitcom. And if I ever could get another job I should try to avoid looking overly bad. Double astigmatism means not only the lenses of your eyes are a bit askew but also the very inside of the eyes. It requires a bit of extra effort from the optician. Or they just charge more cause they can. Whatever comes first.
I have applied over and over to various funds and the like over here in Sweden, in order to raise money for new glasses. Problem is that it´s the rich guys that control these charity funds (I just found out) and you can get 2000 Swedish cronas (about and very roughly US 200 dollars) and that wont pay for any new glasses. So the rich really think that if you´re poor it´s you´re own fault. Well, its not always that way now is it.
As I´m new to where I live and forbidden to use Facebook or Twitter or anything else lest I´d be found by the baddies again, I will try my luck on this site.
I hope someone out there takes pity on me. New glasses will improve my life quite a lot since bot seing properly gives you headaches and makes you very, very tired.
To all of you Living Angels out there, many thanks in advance and rest assured that when I get new glasses and a job I will return here and help someone.