I received a call from Service Canada to say that my application for permanent disability has been approved. I have now been classified as "permanently disabled" and will be receiving a monthly payment for the rest of my life (disability until age 65, then my regular Old Age Pension kicks in instead).
What I really like is that I am still able to earn $ up to a certain amount without penalty, and if there is ever a time where I want to try going back to work, they don't automatically cancel your disability payment...they leave it in place for a few months, in case things don't work out with any employment. And, if things do work out, I don't have to pay back those few payments.
So, there it is, the diagnosis I've been waiting for - permanently disabled. Even if everything turns out beautifully with my hip replacement, there are too many other health issues happening, to make working possible. It is my sincere hope that I can work hard at rehab after surgery, to the point where maybe I do have the stamina to work - even for just a half day.
At any rate, this part of the battle is done, and I'm grateful it went my way. Now to focus on getting as healthy as possible before surgery (in 6 to 12 months time from now) so I can recuperate faster and get back to life quicker.
I hope everyone is doing as well as possible, and is having as pain free a day as possible.
DX: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Osteoarthritis in ALL my joints, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Type 2 Diabetes, Reynauds, Visual Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Hard Start for IV's, Unable to vomit due to surgery.
Meds: Oxycontin, Tramadol, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril