a crazy day in the life of an intern

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   Posted 2/11/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
This semester I am interning for an attorney.  Today she had forgotten an appointment, so I followed her around while she raced through the downtown streets and up and down stairs with other attorneys.  I already told her about fibro when she asked if I liked to climb stairs, but she was in a hurry and forgot.  I struggled to keep up.  Now I am paying for it with a lot of foot pain and cannot concentrate to work on my thesis data.  I reminded her of fibro again later today.  Next time I will tell her to go ahead and I will slow down.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe giving her the letter to Normals would help?

I hope your pain subsided enough for you to get your work done, and you get a good night's sleep.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been known to put my hand on peoples' shoulders and physically slow them down to my pace if they forget about my limitations and walk too quickly.

It seems to work well: immediate contrition, an apology, and a much slower pace from then on.
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   Posted 2/13/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, I should have said something.  I kept thinking, "don't you remember I told you two days ago that I have fibro?"  There were other attorneys all around who do not know me and they were all racing around speed walking.  Then she took the stairs and I am not familiar with the courthouse, so I followed her through the door.  All the time I was thinking, I am going to pay for this later.  And I did.  I was miserable all afternoon and then in a flare all day yesterday. That afternoon, I would have used my cane to walk about the office, but it was out in my car and I didn't have the strength to go get it!   I was finally able to walk about normal speed this morning even though my feet hurt seconds after I put my shoes on. 

I was reading last night about qualifications of disability.  It is so confusing. I was trying to figure out what kinds of accommodatins here at school/work would be good for me.  Plus, I just want to qualify for a placard for times when I need one.  Disability must significantly impair one or more major areas of life (not saying it quite right).  Walking qualifies as one of those areas, but I couldn't figure out if my difficulities qualify for significant impairment. The dang code thingy is extremely long and full of examples:  person A qualifies for disability because . . . person B qualifies because his problems are slightly different . . .  I read the application for the placard and I think I fit area 5 or 6 (if I remember them right - one of the areas might fit me anyway). 

I don't know how anyone figures it out.  If walking about put me in such a flare, I must do something and explain to my supervisor again.  Ok, gotta go grade papers.


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   Posted 2/13/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sue- I just want to say one thing- you mentioned that 'walking about' put you in pain, but you weren't just walking about. You were doing something that I would guess at least 50% of the population would not have on their "to do" list each day :) Don't discount how hard you worked to make it up those stairs and what price you paid. Good for you for deciding to be more assertive about your health. We support you!
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   Posted 2/14/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Fibromyalgia qualifies under the federal guidelines for disability. I have a parking placard.
There are agencies which specialize in analyzing accommodations on the job and with day to day living. Rehabilitation specialists, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation are two.

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   Posted 2/14/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Just out of curiosity, Donnaeil, but do you have to be approved for disability first, or is a fibro diagnosis enough to get one of the parking placards? I would love to have one of those, but always figured I'd have to be officially labeled as "disabled" by Social Security before I could get one.
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   Posted 3/10/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I would like to know about ssd. I am applying for ssd and also i have a compensation case/ cervical c5/c6 fusion. thoracic buldge and lumbar arthitis. also, degenerative discs in both thoracic and lumbar. Along with that my fibro has all the usual complications, ibs, anxiety, depression, pain all over. I can't think of a place i don't feel it. my thinking and speaking is impaired. reading is difficult and i now know why. headaches, migraines. etc. Has anyone recieved ssd for this awful disease?
Cervical spine surgery 2004, C-section 1986, Cholecystectomy 1999, Thoracic and lumbar injury 2000. Anxiety 2008 possible fibromyalgia, possible ms 2007,

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   Posted 3/11/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome to the forum. yes, I have heard of people getting ssd for fibro. how is your application process going?
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