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  • Lela,

    I too bring my hubby, especially if surgery is on the future plate! I found like you, he is another set of ears and might (mostly does) remember more than I of what the doctor said. I discovered another benefit of his being there? I don't know if it is a guy thing or what, but they seem to talk more "relaxed" about my condition and options than my doc and I do!

    As others have said, write down your questions and concerns, and here is something else I have found works great! Doctors I find don't always read my notes or diary, so I took a dermatome map for the body (back / front) outline. On it I used a fine red marker for the pain areas, light brown for the numb areas, and black dots for the "funky and tingly" areas. I find that helps with a lot of the "where does it hurt, what can you feel" questions, plus he can see in a snapshot what is going on. I like pictionary now!!! Just a thought!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I'm going to be 44 this summer and due to all my medical problems it's been suggested I not work. So many of my friends are supportive and surprisingly the LTD company has approved me and said they'll refer me to one of their SS attorney vendors. People tell me "you look so good, so different". I think that's because I disliked my job (Due to my boss). So I still want to be productive but am sort of in agreement that returning to work may not be an option. If I get through the SS process and am approved I can make up to $1000/mo and it doesn't affect my SS. It may slightly affect my LTD but that would be fine. I just can't see doing nothing!
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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