i have livelong diseases/conditions/illnesses/disorders (asthma/UC), also a fatal one called PSC. I'm still living/functioning with them by using my meds and adjusting what's needed to function to the best of MY ability.
Acceptance, understanding and getting on is a huge part of not letting it "win" ....although, I've never felt in a battle with UC, asthma, chronic pains or PSC..ever. Frustrated, yes. But as long as I have options...I'm always hopeful.
Damo..The same with your astigmatism....you have ways to function with it....and as you get older, your vision will decrease and require changes in prescript
ion glasses/contacts to allow you to function to the best of your ability. If you ignore those facts, you could cause serious harm by not seeing where you're going/driving or what you're reading.
I'm wondering if this is sometimes cultural or even a M / F perspective thing...that having illness/disease can be viewed subjectively (depending on if looking in or from within) as being a sign of weakness?
My father-in-law is quite deaf....and despite the pleas of the family, he refuses to get a hearing aid. How much has he lost out in not caring what he hears from others? I think it's a symbol of weakness to him and that he perceives that from others it is as well. One thing he does a lot is nod and smile a lot....but I sometimes think it's selective, for things I assume he'd never hear, he has a comment that's appropriate. Now, with him.....we'll NEVER win and are in constant battle...maybe it's time for us to just make sure we speak loud enough all the time.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 11/15/2007 12:47:50 PM (GMT-7)