Josh this has been a real problem for me for quite a few years now, or at least the last four or so years. Before the divorce my wife would drive me to procedures that required a driver, annual colonoscopies and epidural spinal injections and stuff like that. During and after the divorce, that all changed, where I lived I had no family anywhere close by. All relatives and family including my daughters all lived at least several hundred miles away. So it became a matter of asking friends from church, or in the town I lived in they had a service where volunteers would drive people to appointments and such for a minimal fee for gasoline. I absolutely hated to have to ask some one, or use that service to take me and bring me home from those procedures. It was especially difficult because of the distance, 30 to 35 miles minimum one way to the doctor, or the hospital where the procedures were performed. A few times I even fibbed about
having a driver, when I had the spinal epidurals done, the doctor knew it, as once he confronted me about
it. But I always refused to take the Xanax before having the injections, or having any sedation, the only thing I would get is the Lidocaine the doc injected at the site before giving the injection. He told me he understood my situation, and as long as I did not take the sedation and the meds to relax me before the injections, he would still give them. Even when I had dental work done, as when I had several teeth pulled, I insisted on just having novocaine so I would not have to have a driver. Some situations though, I just could not get around it, and would have to have a friend or use that volunteer service and have a stranger take me to the procedure and bring me home, i.e. my back surgeries, and cataract surgeries and colonoscopies to name a few.
Anyway now that I am moved down to Kentucky I have family that is close by, a sister and brother in-law and nieces and nephews I can have help me in these situations. I do understand what you mean Josh, it is not a comfortable feeling to have to ask for help in these situations, especially when your used to being the one that did this for others!
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I retired from the USAF, in Sept, 1991. I went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, I worked on Oncology and Med Surg , I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002! Diagnosed with: DDD, herniated Disk at T12, L3/4; C3/4 Posterior Articular Joint fusion Nov 2010; C5/6 ACDF Sep 2009; C6/7 ACDF Mar 1985; Ulcerative colitis; Chronic Pain; Complex Sleep Apnea; and host of other things! I am White Beard with a White Beard!