New to Being Disabled
Published: 2009-08-02 - Updated: 2009-08-21
Author: Deborah-Lee Erb Renna
Synopsis: Struggling with my limitations and am frustrated with how the medical community tries to pigeonhole everyone into one category.
Main DigestI started my journey of being classified as disabled five years ago when I was injured at work. I crushed three vertebrae and was told that I would never be able to work again. I had a hard time accepting that as I was an active mother of six little girls.
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I started my journey of being classified as disabled five years ago when I was injured at work. I crushed three vertebrae and was told that I would never be able to work again.
I had a hard time accepting that as I was an active mother of six little girls. For the first year I was flat on my back and miserable.
As the time has gone on I have tried every treatment available-even buying an inversion table and hanging upside down.
Fast forward three years and I am now addicted to pain medication and suffering from debilitating seizures that from all indications are not from the pain meds.
So now I am taking less pain medication and trying different seizure medications in hopes of controlling them. All to no avail. I am still have major seizures and no better off. I have accepted that I have limitations and worry if I will get worse or ultimately die from a grand mall seizure. I have gained respect for others who have lived their whole lives with disabilities.
When I see people that I went to school with, they point and ask sarcastic questions about why I am not working etc. I don't get offended easily, but I find that I have had to get a thicker skin when people ask questions.
Anyway, I am not whining but I am wondering how others deal with these issues. I don't want to be seen as the miserable, unapproachable, mom at the school. People find the cane I need off putting.
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Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Deborah-Lee Erb Renna. Electronic Publication Date: 2009-08-02 - Revised: 2009-08-21. Title: New to Being Disabled, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/blogs/new-disabled.php>New to Being Disabled</a>. Retrieved 2021-08-04, from https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/blogs/new-disabled.php - Reference: DW#322-2124.