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The Road from Here to There - Part 17 02-02-2012 12:30 am MindWithoutWalls's Blog
Setting Things Right - My Formal Written Complaint
With tremendously helpful assistance from my younger sister, I've finally completed the creation of my formal letters of complaint to the regional director and to both coordinators of quality control where I got assessed. Soon they'll be aware of the psychologist's poor job of evaluating me. Being both a nurse and an excellent writer, my sister was able to help me craft an extremely well written piece that I could send copies of to each person (as suggested by the person I spoke to on the phone there when asking who, by name and title, should receive these letters). The letter was intended to be brief, but it covers a number of powerful points. At the end, where my name and signature appear, it notes that it was written with my sister's assistance, with her relationship to me and all the letters indicating her degrees following her name: R.N., B.S.N., M.S. Ed. (She rocks!) It still takes up two full pages, but no words were wasted, and I'm sure it'll make quite an impression.
My niece and nephew were arguing during some of the time I was over at the house, and there was video game noise later, but my little niece let me borrow her purple blanket to huddle under. It wasn't as comforting as my tent at home, but it helped. I described what had happened, and my sister helped me choose which points were important to mention, decided on phrasing, and typed the whole thing into a proper complaint letter format. What a relief to not have to do all of those things together, all by myself. I had been overwhelmed, and she made the whole thing work. Later in the process, my older sister came by, and she had a couple of comments to make about the whole thing that were worth some thought.
We had dinner part way through, and at the end, dessert was banana bread with chocolate chips and decaf coffee. By the time I left, I felt like my ears were ringing and my brain was on fire from dealing with everything, but a weight had been lifted. This afternoon, I was relaxed and ready to complete the process. I called for the names I needed, printed out copies with the appropriate names at the top of each, put them in their prepared envelopes, and set them where we would see them when we went out grocery shopping (having missed the mail pick-up from our home already). I've printed an extra hard copy for myself, which I'll keep in my folder full of all my assessment related stuff, and I have electronic copies of each person's letter (differing only by name, but I wanted an electronic record of who they went to), plus the original draft, on my computer. I think I'll also try to remember to put a sticky note on the hard copy to say who else got one besides the person that one's addressed to.
I hope getting this done will help me to stop thinking about this problem quite so much for a while. I need a break to deal with other things in life. I can't handle so much at once, and other things need my attention right now. My letter requests a response within 30 days. Until they get back to me, whenever that actually is, I'll just try to chill out a bit and let life go on. Here's goes another "we'll see" process. I'm sure I'll want to make a blog post to provide an update once I get a result.