Gene, I hope you are feeling much better after your winter ordeal.
I have always tried to keep my physical condition from becoming the
thing people identify me by. Just as I don't like pictures of myself, I
don't respond to "how are you?" by giving a graphic reply. I just hope
that something else about me will be of interest. However, I think this
Lyme disease thing is something political - it's not considered good
for the local economy, developers, etc. to acknowledge that Lyme
is rife in the area. The herds of deer are considered picturesque to
newcomers - until they find their expensive landscaping destroyed.
I am curious about your account of neuropathy. Did they tell you what
caused it? How was it treated? I have neuropathy of the ulnar nerve
in my right arm that causes me some pain and loss of function. It has
been acknowledged by the neurologist, but nothing was proposed as
treatment. Again, I can still function. I have given up knitting, and do
most things with my left hand, but then I am pretty ambidextrous
anyway. So it still seems as if one needs to have high fever and
convulsions to get a doctor's attention.
In a message dated 6/18/2009 7:05:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
You have my sympathy. Been there a couple of times in my life. In my
mid-40's had complaints about my feet and legs. Went to doctors, tried new
shoes, etc, etc. Was treated for arthritis and they almost killed me with
the drugs. Ended up in the emergency room and another doctor saw me...
turned out I had neuropathy. Ended up loosing my job and being forced into
early retirement, but we had a name for what ailed me.
Last year or so I complained about being tired to the point of
exhaustion. Went to see the doctor, had tests run.. nothing wrong. Perhaps I
was depressed. Went thought several tests, scans. Perhaps I should see a
councilor. Finally what was going on inside popped outside and they could
see the cancer. You really do have to be in charge of your own body and not
let people (doctors) talk you out of what you know to be true. No one lives
in there but you.
When you do not obviously have something like a broken leg to drag
around it is hard many times for your partner, the doctor, etc. to accept
something is wrong. Or, keep it in mind when they know you do have a
debilitating problem. Hard for others to imagine or remember your pain.
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, LLC
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
I have to say that I think that one problem is that I have never been
completely incompacitated. I have never missed a meeting or event, or
been unable to complete a project. It has often been difficult, and I have
just pushed through in spite of feeling rotten, but I have never fallen in
the floor in a fit. Maybe that would have made the difference.
More than you really needed to know. Thanks for letting me vent.
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