Hello again,,I just wanted to apologize for the all caps..I didnt realize it was hard to read. I will try to do better!
>Welcome. I apologize for the title, but, all caps is harder to read and I
>want to read your notes.
>Your story, and others, keep making me think we have to do something about
>ARD sufferers being fired and finding it nearly impossible to qualify for
>SSI disability, which is often a pre-condition to the longterm disability
>insurance that many companies offer as part of their benefits.
>We have the Americans with Disability Act to protect from being fired, which
>at least should guide employers to support the disability process.
>Nabisco denied me consideration under ADA for severe peri-menopause because
>it wasn't "permanent." That was Christmas, 1995. ADA has accumulated a
>lot of defining precedents since then. So, by April 96, menopause
>started. I took estrogen solo for 30 months to lessen the hot flashes in
>order to keep working. Still had a very bad menopause for 3-1/2 years,
>ending in endometrial cancer, radical hysterectomy with severe, dense
>adhesions. My left ovary was being slowly strangled by adhesions - don't
>you think my endocrine system was disrupted by one gland under constant
>assault for years?
>So, how do you define "permanent"? It's been almost 5 years if you count the
>peri-menopause. And, I get two menopause (what's the plural?).
>I read about people on SSI disability often - with serious back problems
>usually. But you do have to be "unable to engage in any meaningful work"
>Those are my thoughts -
>Original Message -----
>From: KIM M. <BLONDEZDAZE@yahoo.com>
>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2000 8:38 AM
>Subject: ANOTHER NEWBIE TO FORUM!
>> HI EVERYONE! FINALLY!!!!! I FOUND THIS WEBSITE AND AM ULTIMATELY
>> THRILLED TO KNOW IM NOT THE ONLY PERSON WITH
>> THE ADHESION PROBLEMS. MY STORY IS I HAVE HAD 2 MAJOR SURGERYS FOR
>> TUBAL PREGNANCIES W/BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS. 3 LAPAROSCOPIES FOR ADHESIONS,
>> 1 COMPLETE HYSTERECTOMY W/APPENDIX FOR ADHESIONS AND SENT HOME IN 3 DAYS
>> ONLY TO RETURN W/INFECTION AND BOWEL OBSTRUCTION.THE LAST LAP I HAD WAS
>> IN MARCH OF 1999. TWO WEEKS AFTER I HAD THE LAP I CAME DOWN W/103
>> DEGREE FEVER. I WAS RUSHED TO EMERGENCY ROOM &
>> WAS PUT ON AGGRESSIVE ANTIBIOTICS TO NO AVAIL. I WAS RUSHED TO
>> EMERGENCY SURGERY, W/ME CRYING..TELLING THE DOCTOR.."NO, NO MORE SURGERY
>> PLEASE!" HIS REPLY WAS.."YOU MUST GO OR YOU WILL DIE...AND THATS FINAL"
>> I DIDNT UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS GOING ON!?! WHEN I AWOKE FROM
>> SURGERY..EVERYONE WAS JUST GLAD THAT I MADE IT THRU SURGERY. I DIDNT
>> REALIZE HOW SERIOUSLY ILL I HAD BECOME..(probably because i didnt have
>> time thank God!) THE END RESULTS WERE..OF COURSE THE STAPH INFECTION,
>> BOWEL BLOCKAGE..PARTIAL BOWEL REMOVED AND RESECTIONED DUE TO
>> INFECTION..AND THEN THE REST OF THE ADHESIONS THAT WERE
>> FOUND..(which--due to the lap..only 50% of the adhesions were
>> removed..thats all the doc could get)ALSO MORE BLOOD TRANFUSIONS.
>> AFTER I WAS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AFTER 15 DAYS..I RETURNED FOR
>> ANOTHER BOWEL BLOCKAGE..IT HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY LONG ROAD FOR ME..AS I
>> HAVE LOST MY JOB DUE TO MY ILLNESS WHICH WAS REALLY A KICK IN THE FACE
>> WHEN I WAS AT MY LOWEST IN MY LIFE. I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO WORK..DUE TO
>> THE CONTINIOUS PAIN I STILL HAVE..ONLY NOW ITS WORSE THAN EVER!
>> MY DOCTORS ARE TRYING TO GET ME IN PAIN MANAGEMENT..AND IM
>> PAIN MEDS WHICH DO NOT HELP THE PAIN. IM ALSO ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND AM
>> SEEING A PHYSCHOLOGIST AS WELL AS A
>> PHYSICHIATRIST. I FEEL LIKE I LIVE AT THE DOCTOR!!!!I ALSO NEVER
>> REALIZED HOW DANGEROUS THAT LAST LAP WAS..OR WHY SOMEONE DIDNT MENTION
>> THE FACT THAT MY BOWEL COULD BE BURNED AND I COULD DIE!!! I DID READ OF
>> A CASE OF SOMEONE WHO DID DIE BECAUSE THEY WAITED A DAY OR TWO LONGER
>> THAN I DID TO GET TO THE HOSPITAL..AND I WENT IMMEDIATELY WHEN I NOTICED
>> THE FEVER AND CHILLS! PRETTY DARN SCAREY. ANYWAYS..I HAVE BEEN
>> DISCRIMINATED AGAINST DUE TO MY PAIN..AND PEOPLE THINK IM CRAZY..AND
>> WONDER..WELL..WHY CANT YOU JUST GET BETTER?
>> I WISH!!! YOU JUST CANNOT IMAGINE MY EXCITEMENT WHEN I FOUND THIS FORUM
>> AND THE ARTICLES FROM DR WISEMAN..FINALLY..SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS!!
>> ANYONE IS WELCOME TO EMAIL ME AT BLONDEZDAZE@YAHOO.COM. I HAVE JOINED
>> THE IDA AND AM READY TO GET AGGRESSIVE WITH THIS THING!
>> I WILL KEEP IN CONTACT ALSO THRU THIS FORUM. IF I CAN HELP ANYONE
>> PLEASE LET ME KNOW.