I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
Hysterectomy at 25
4 laproscopic surgeries since 24
Cervical stenosis in C3 & C4
Meds - percocet 3x day : nexium : xanax :
Supplements : calcium : magenesium :potassium : milk thistle : fish oil : B complex : vit E
In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz
Oh! sometimes it's not what they "say" it's what they "do"...Like, when I am out shopping and I use the dreaded Handicapped Placquard in the window?? I get the "Like SHE really looks handicapped" look. Or the "She's using her grandma's placquard" stare...But what I really like is when somebody actually yells "Let a REAL HANDICAPPED PERSON use that space" "There's nothing wrong with you"...
I don't often use it in the first place, but when I do it's because I need to. My Dr. doesn't give them out willy nilly to anyone that asks for one... Hell, I hate using it anyway. I might as well have a big sticker on my fat butt that says "I'm a freakin loser and I'll need a HovAround very soon" Ha Ha...But seriously, to all those people that judge us................................................. BITE ME!!!!!!!!!
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed
Metformin 500 mg. once daily
My sister has MS she's only 40. You should of seen the looks when we went to the flea market and parked in the handicapped section. The parking attendent was being stubborn trying to wave us to regular parking even though she has a placard on her car and license plates. Yes we went to the flea market but most of you would understand we both had to take our pain medication and mentally prepare ourselves for the excersize we were taking on. Many times during the event we had to sit down or take another pill.
I would deal with the stares and mean people anyday because my sister and I had a bonding day. Took two days to recover but well worth it.
Girls, Girls, Girls, oops & Guys (forget we now have men amongst us)
Who cares whats those old bats think about the handicap placards. Stare them down, don't cower. Do, what I did, get the license plates. Yes, I am 56 yrs old, but I don't look 56 at least thats what people tell me. But, thats beside the point. Whether I look young or old, I am not going to let people dictate to me what I do. I come rolling out of my car with a cane and darn oxygen tank strapped on and the old bats and farts still scower at me. If I am in a rotten mood, I have been known to say "hey you got a problem". When I am not doing good I do get mean & nasty. No where in the handicap rules does it say we have to be a certain age to park our vehicles in those spots. So, for who ever let theirs expire, shame on you, go get another one and display it proudly, to hell with the looks, you need it otherwise your dr would not have signed that form for you to obtain one. For those of us that have them use them you are entitled to that spot like anyone else with a medical problem. Ok, I will shut up on this subject lol.
LL just because you have medical problems does not mean that you cannot have a life. Bravo for you and your Sis taking in the flea market, I love those things. That was the best exercise in the world for you and your Sis. I bet the two of you had a blast together and you probably laughed more that day than you have in a long time. That trip out with your Sis was the best medicine you could have ever taken.
I want to walk in in a Crohns walk next month to raise money. Its the first time to my knowledge they have had something like that here in Ft Worth. Most of the activities are planned in Dallas and I don't do Dallas lol. Its a one mile walk up to three miles. So, I am reading my brochure about it and tell my husband I want to do it. His reply was, Susie you can't walk in something like that, you can't walk across the street let alone something like. Thank you for the vote of confidence. I am still thinking on it. I thought perhaps I would get my daughter to go with me and she could get me help if I needed it. She does alot walks for cancer and hemachromatosis to raise money for those diseases.
Hang in there gang, there is always room for someone else to come along and screw our day up. lol. Susie
Post Edited (straydog) : 3/31/2009 3:08:33 PM (GMT-6)