It’s Cold

damper unit

Yesterday I woke up to frost on the lawn. It’s cold under the blankets. The space heater on maximum heat but it’s still below 60 degrees in the bedroom. If I leave my bedroom, it’s even colder below 50 for the rest of the house (based on the thermostat).  The house feels colder inside than outside.  It’s 30 degrees outside, and it’ll warm up later.

The dampers that control the zones for the bedrooms shorted after the leaks in the summer of 2017. In NH, not sure if it’s a conspiracy to kill me by hypothermia or electrical fire or mold spores from the duct that was never cleaned but can’t seem to get someone to fix them. Maybe it’s just my TBI making me unable to deal with stress. The old HVAC person didn’t know how to fix it but rather than say so he left me hanging. I don’t like the idea of strange men in my basement, but I am having difficulty finding someone competent who understands water damage. They seem afraid to make a firm bid.

Further, State Farm no longer takes my calls despite their obligation to honor the claims.  BTW, the new claims adjuster and his supervisor at State Farm retaliated by discontinuing my homeowner’s policy after I filed a complaint to HUD.  The contractor doesn’t do HVAC, so I have to fend for myself at a time of weakness, extreme fatigue and the inability to focus.

What am to do? The winter is coming. I believe this will be my last.  Do people die of hypothermia in the fall?  My neighbors will worry about their property values if that happens.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. – Socrates


Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

4 thoughts on “It’s Cold

    1. It is! I had been with them for 22 years. My advice to anyone who has extensive damage to their home get a public adjuster. It’s a nightmare to deal with the insurance company, the bank, the contractors and subcontractors.

      I figure death from hypothermia might not be bad but if I turn the heat on I’m afraid the house will explode as I can’t control the temp.

  1. Angela- your resiliency is beacon for all who must endure… these life test. I recommend Angie’s for competent professional note you will have to enroll with its free and easy. you should also consider a change of your Home owners Insures to USAA (you eligible.) one Max;-)

    1. Hi Maxwell, thank you. I always prided myself on my resilience and perseverance. This time around I say why bother? It’s time to let go.

      Btw, the problem with the homeowner’s policy is that now State Farm put me in a high-risk pool. They split the claim into three then terminated the policy because of excessive claims over a year later and a ~week after I filed a complaint with HUD. I had six claims over a 22 year period: 3 from last year, one from the 2014 snow storm and one having to do with a poorly constructed flat roof over the dining room. When I checked there were only two insurers in NH who offered insurance to people like me, and they were not offering.

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