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Old 05-11-2017, 12:02 PM
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Trying to make the best of a bad situation this week amongst all of the appointments. We took a drive to fort Erie last night to see my wife's sister. Stopped at Niagara falls for a quick view. We had the morning free so since we're in Toronto might as well go up the tower. I hadn't been since I was 10.
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Aaaaand.........the other shoe is about to drop for me yet again. I was "feeling around on my abdomen just below where I had the hernia surgery in February. Feels like another one is starting up just above the belly button on the original scar line.
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I think it's all about finding a variety that works for you. Have fun uhh "researching".
It took me a great deal of soul searching to finally gather up the balls to place an order. My family doc referred me to the local medical marijuana clinic. My order just came in. The medical stuff isn't at all like what you can buy on the street. There's a daytime strand with basically no thc that helps relax the body muscles without leaving you buzzing all day. The medical stuff is 100% legal up here. You get a wallet card to prove that you can have it and as long as it bears a sticker identifying it with that order you're good. I tried a quick sample and within minutes noticed my pain level go down and energy level go up.

The nighttime strain has just enough thc to relax the body and help you sleep. My family doc thinks I may even be able to reduce if not eliminate the pain meds.
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Ok. I'm starting to be a believer. After a few days of taking the daytime strand which btw has no medicinal effects, my pain level is almost gone and I've been able to reduce the pain medication amount I've been taking. I'm even able to walk longer distances without a cane.
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Back to being frustrated. Will this journey never end? For weeks I've been having increasing pain in my right side liver area. Since I had the hernia surgery in February my ab muscles have also been out of whack and picking up anything heavier than a piece of paper causes pain. Now add that to my now chronic back pain and the burning throbbing in my left foot and leg caused by crps and I'm pretty much useless most days. I did follow up with my surgeon last week who referred me for yet another ultrasound. I've had more of those than a pregnant woman with quintuplets.

I used to be able to go outside and spend hours in the yard doing work. Now, ten minutes and I'm done and sore for two days.

Sleep has been better lately but that's thanks to strong pain meds combined with medical marijuana.(which I still struggle with mentally to take. Anything recreational I used to do has become a chore and is no longer enjoyable. Yes. I'm still alive but I sure as hell ain't living.

We are going on our rv trip in a few weeks but I know that'll mean driving for 2-3 hours a day at most. Setting up and sitting in pain watching everyone else enjoy themselves. I'll be doing allot of sitting on the sidelines this trip.
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Life is a journey. I hope as you travel the load you are carrying gets lighter.

We all have our own story. The good the bad and the ugly. What we chose to do with those is who we are. You are a tough one, and able to survive what most could not have. Hang in there my friend, God has a plan for you, and in the fullness of time it will become clear. We all wish for the very best of outcomes for you here.

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Thanks. Some days are harder than others. Then I have yuppie liberal "specialists" from Toronto telling me that I shouldn't care that I can't do most of what I could do before the accident. They have absolutely no clue what life is like up here while they sit in their high rise condos sipping on a mocha frappa latte drink. Just frustrating as all hell having my whole life scripted by people who have no clue.

Anything I do now has to be cleared by my insurance who takes direction from the assessment center I was sent to in May for a week.
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Update. I originally had an ultrasound booked for October 2. They called me this morning and want me there tomorrow morning. Hopefully I don't have fluid built up again. That means almost for certain I'll end up with another drain bag hanging from my side. Then more serious discusions will take place involving removing part of my liver
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Update. I originally had an ultrasound booked for October 2. They called me this morning and want me there tomorrow morning. Hopefully I don't have fluid built up again. That means almost for certain I'll end up with another drain bag hanging from my side. Then more serious discusions will take place involving removing part of my liver
Good to hear you don't have to wait.

Crappy that you have to go through all this but the delays for diagnosis and then treatment makes the whole thing worse. At least for this you got put on the fast track.
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Yep. Still a few days till I get the results.
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Quick update. My liver is still a mangled mess but there's no sign of fluid build up. So that means that the pain is all muscular.

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So one of the things I have come to realize is that there are so many closed doors to people with disabilities in the states. It's not perfect in Canada by any means but everywhere I have gone this month in the states I've encountered hurdles and obstacles in regards to accessibility.

I have not seen one store or business in our travels that has automatic doors for people in wheelchairs. Most businesses don't have ramps to allow access either. Canada also struggles with that. Last week in Niagara falls I felt quite excluded and that was in Canada. Trying to navigate narrow sidewalks full of people and every time my wife and kids went into a store I had to wait outside.

There are many things that I simply avoid now. I can only walk short distances and stand for a few minutes. Which leaves me with two options at most places. Either sit outside the store or just don't go.

Then there's the whole thing with social gatherings. I get there and if I'm not using the scooter then it's one or two canes. When I walk in everyone asks how I'm feeling today then I'm basically dismissed and placed in a corner and ignored till it's time to leave. So I have just started to avoid social gatherings altogether.

Today we are taking the kids to a water park. I know exactly how this day will go. I'll be sitting there on my scooter watching everyone else enjoying themselves.

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Sorry for the issues Brian. I had not thought about it but you are correct in that most stores, even big box stores do not have automatic doors. Grocery stores would be the exception but ...what fun are they when on vacation?

I do see ramps in most places to make things wheelchair accessible but I guess you have to have someone with you to open the door. Something I had never considered.

Social gatherings, well they can be like that for everyone at times. All depends on who is there and the dynamics. Not fun, I do empathize.
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Yes. All frustrating things. Sucks when you used to do everything with no restrictions then one day wake up and can barely do most of the things you used to enjoy

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