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Re: [IP] Advice

> I am so afraid to call my employer and say "I am not going to be
>able to return to work". I am very afraid. I only have a few people that I
>can talk to that can even remotely understand. I spoke with my pharmacist
>last night. He said 'go ahead', especially if you have a specialist signing
>your forms, everything will be o.k. Look at all the people on disability
>that don't deserve it'. Ughhhhhhhhh. I do not know what to do. I now that
>because of the Neuropathy, now nephropathy, angiolipomatosis, kidney
>abnormalities, and lots of other troubles, working takes a heavy heavy toll
>on my body. Is it worth it? Is going on disability a death sentence???? Does
>anyone have advice? Or has anyone been there???? I have to call my employer
>today to talk to her, I am so afraid.......................Thanks, Wendy


I know how you feel in many ways.  I think many of us here do.  I am in
frequent touch with many of us long-termers who are on diability or in fear
of the complications eventually forcing that.

Each time I use my after-tax income to pay for supplies and my income is
neagative at this point, I cringe when so many healthy people who are
chronicly on govt assistance (and whom get their few drugs 80% covered)
complain to me aout their 20% co-pay!  They don't deserve it.  Simple as
that.  I apy for my own drugs and supplies and theirs too!  Arrgghh!

Back to you:  What do you want?  Seems as if you don't quite know.  Neither
do I as I fear a job without flexible hours is going to be impossible - at
least until i can perfect pump control hopefully.

You have options.  What do you want?  find out what you really want and try
for it.  Would being on diability help you financially?  Would it help your
health?  Can you go on short-term disability and work during that time to
clear up your mind and emotions and hopefully improve your physical health
and then persue a job you feel you can handle?

You do have choices.  For one to make the mistake I did in the past and say
"there is no choice" is relinquishing responsiblity for one's own life - at
least that's what I've read - i'm still trying to keep that in mind!

All my warmest and rememebr you are not alone.

Darrin Parker
Nova Scotia, Canada!
Pumping for 3 months thanks to the support of wonderful internet friends!
In 5 days on the pump I obtained better control than I had done in 27 years
of MDI!  (To date:  50% improvement in average bg's and 80% fewer hypos)!
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