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Hello from New Hampshire

DogsAreGodsDDogsAreGods Posts: 1
edited 06/16/2015 - 2:59 AM in New Member Introductions
I guess I'm in good company when I say I never know how to start these introductions.
Pain has been my constant and unfailing companion for many years. When I was a kid, I had debilitating stiff necks. They were so severe that I'd be unable to move for several days. My mother had them as a kid, too. My father had serious arthritis of his neck, and my mother had back pain all through my childhood. I chalked it up to childbearing. But I had no children and my back is far crappier than hers. :(
In my youth, I considered myself very lucky since, aside from the stiff necks, I had no back problems. In fact, when in college getting my BS in Nursing, guess who was the go-to person for lifting patients? Yup - me! I had the best back of everyone. I also was sports-minded and played softball.
However, by the time I was in grad school, my stiff necks evolved into morphological changes to my C-Spine. The curve of my neck reversed. I guess that was a glimpse into my future, bc now I am crippled with back and neck arthritis. And I have a host of other spine issues, including scoliosis which never existed until a few years ago. The docs all presume I have had it all of my life. I try to assure them this is new. :(
Anyway... that's not the purpose of this. I just want to say hello. I'm 57, a nurse and a lawyer, although I had to retired because of my health.
I have a crew of (the best) rescue chihuahuas on the planet.
I'm alone and have been single for at least a decade. I don't see that changing, either. Disability sure puts the kibosh on meeting people.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 06/18/2015 - 4:29 AM
    Wow, your spine has been through it.
    You mention Disability. Are you seeing a pain management doctor? Or any spine specialist?

    The aloneness of the situation does put a twist on things. No one around to help, like,_ please, just run to the store, we're out of milk!
    Do you have a support of family and friends around you?

    I'm curious about how you able to care for crew of dogs? Also, curious, how do they assist with rescue? I always think of bigger dogs for that kind of thing. :)

    I hope today is one of your better days!
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Chihuahuas fall into the category of "little yappers" for me. I have my own big dogs, but I should really have smaller dogs based on my home size and just ease of caring for them. I have scoliosis, too, but I think it's very slight, and I never really think about it. Years ago, when I was getting a physical to qualify for military service, the doctor put "scoliosis" on my record. I asked what it meant, and if it would disqualify me. He said he had to write it down but that it was nothing to be concerned about. I've trusted him and have never heard a doctor mention it to me since then.

    Thanks for sharing your story.
  • Welcome and sorry to hear of your troubles. Sometimes the thing that keeps me going is reassuring myself that, "Hey...It could always be worse."

    All the best
    "I would not change you for the world, but I'd change the world for you!"

    --Autism Awareness--
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