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History of my health

  • Posted on June 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Many people suffer from depression, especially those with health issues. People that deal with health issues  deal in many different ways. I try to laugh and joke around about most of mine, for me this is a coping mechanism and not for people to think I take them lightly. I know how serious all of my health problems are and don##Q##t take chances on things. You can look at it like this the 2 different ways to deal or cope is either  to be happy or you can curl up in a corner and feel sorry for yourself and play the poor me routine.

I didn##Q##t realize just all the health issues I have had and will have for the rest of my life until I sat down and had to make a list for my new specialist. Now looking at this list I think holy cow what else could go wrong with me…… Well never mind don##Q##t answer that lol lol lol.

The list of my health issues are as follows :

Uterine Cancer (no follow up after Hysterectomy) age 24

Partial Hysterectomy at age 24

Epilepsy – Multiple classes of seizures (Started as a child)

Two operations on both knees (patella)

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Incontinence (tilted bladder – Bladder opening stretched 2-3 times as a child)

Gallbladder removed around age 30 (gallstones)

Appendix removed around age 15

Gangrenous removed age 15  – was wrapped around fallopian tube and ovary choking them off

Age 13 put on special diet for bowel blockage (very overly limited on what was allowed to eat)

No teeth due to extremely week enamel – cement from braces decayed the teeth – all teeth removed around age 23

Chronic Neurological Pain in Left Vulva – started by Bartholin Gland Abscess – Requiring 1 triage emergency surgery, another to remove excessive scar tissue and a 3rd to remove a small cyst on left labia

Alopecia – twice have had head hair fall out in clumps (within the past 3 years)

Todd’s Paralysis (loss of complete feeling – left arm only to total body from neck down) – 4 years ago

Vitalago – Primarily on face

Prone to infections especially in  open cuts/wounds

Have difficulty regulating body temperature a times

Cannot handle temps above 25C

Night sweats

Sleepwalking – Nocturnal Seizures (have opened/unlocked apt door and put things in the hall, put things in the fridge, have had falls that woke me up)

Barely get 3-4hrs sleep a night

Difficult to build muscle mass

Deaf in right ear – no cause known

Depression and have had suicidal thoughts in life

3 miscarriages

Open sores/wounds on legs (started as a red rash live hives, burning, hot to the touch, itchy) legs and feet blood red (Still ongoing with therapy)

Kicked in head by a cow (age 7)

Prone to falling – uncountable times of hitting head

Thyroid – had old doctor say body and brain don’t agree with each other (no clue what that meant)

Enlarged Red blood cells – no treatments given

Struck in head repeatedly with baseball while having seizure (home invasion)

Now I look at this and to be HONEST I want to cry but where will that get me right. Will it make anything better, No is the answer so laughing and joking is the way to go I believe.

The health issues that are in that list above some I have had and are gone and some I am stuck with for the rest of my life

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Health issues coming out of the closet.

  • Posted on March 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

First of all I want to say I have not done any posts lately due to my health being worse since Christmas. My seizures have been off the wall and I have been dealing with the soles of my feet now having fissures. My pain has been up as well (30 on a 1-10 scale) which just makes every other issue that much worse.

Now too today’s post, which I hope everyone takes something from it.

Health Issues ARE NOT asked for NOR wanted! Society as a whole needs to grow up and start being a bit more understanding when it comes to health issues and others!! This would make the world a much better place and happier place as well!!

Today I had to deal with another person that doesn’t understand Health issues and in fact was being just plain ignorant. This person though it would be fun to them and hurtful to others to tease about a health issue. I have been struggling a long time about doing a blog on this longer than I have about my seizures because people just don’t understand and it is criticized so much.  After today though (thanks to this persons ignorance) I have the courage to talk about it here.  Incontinence isn’t just a health issue that affects the elderly or babies. It can happen to anyone, any age. I have had to wear what they call “Adult diapers” and I truly hate them being called that. To this day just call them Tenas or Depends (both are brand names), using the word “diaper” is part of the problem with the stigmatism. Anyone that knows anything about seizures knows that incontinence comes hand in hand when you have seizures.

The ignorance and intolerance felt by people with disabilities is akin to gays and lesbians in the fact we end up “staying in the closet” with regards to our health in order to avoid ridicule, humiliation, bullying, teasing etc. Well, as you can tell, I’ve had enough and I am no longer afraid to talk and speak up about my health if only in the hopes that it helps teach others and help others not to be afraid of talking about health issues. To make matters worse I also have I.B.S (irritable bowel syndrome) as well as a bladder issue that I have had since I was younger. When I was younger I had to have the opening of my bladder stretched 3 times as it didn’t grow with me. This though has caused the incontinence to be worse over the years instead of better. So, when you put all of that on top of having seizures, having to wear Depends is something I have to live with daily.

For those that have what you may call “embarrassing” health issues, DO NOT be embarrassed. There is no shame in having health issues; it is just a fact of life. With help of true friends and family I have been able to come to terms better with my own health and learn not to hide it. At times I embrace it as it has made me a better person in the fact I do not judge others for any reason. Do I wish I didn’t have these health issues? Of course!! I’d have to be insane not too, but the fact remains I have health issues, I have “disabilities”, but I also now have strength and courage to take the hand I have been dealt and use it to reach out to others and maybe give them a hand to be stronger.

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