I went to college and got my 2 yr degree then passed the credentialing test for a RHIT (registered health information technician). I worked from 2003 to 2010 making good money as a coder. I haven't been able to afford to do the continuing education credits every year to keep my credentials. If I had I may have been able to work from home, at least for a little longer. When I became ill and unable to work in 2010, I thought "no problem, I'll be back at it next year." Not so, and I'm no longer able to recall how to even code med records anymore.
I've always between a very structured person, "a place for everything, and everything has its place.". My hubby said I'm OCD, but I haven't been diagnosed. Now I do good to keep up with finding my phone or remembering how to cook recipes I use to know by heart. I do good if i remember to put eating utensils in the proper drawer, or my clothes in the dresser drawers. Fibro fog has affected my memory for my household functions and my career. I finally accepted it last year, that I won't be able to work. And this month my PCP stated I'm unable to work any job.
I had to drive to an appt yesterday, a 2 hour round-trip. I noticed while driving that every bump I hit in the road (grading for new paving) caused the steering wheel to rock quickly back and forth in my hands, the car was also back & forth in the land (small but still noticeable). I then tightened my grip to forcefully retain control of the car. I'm almost positive that forcefulness is the cause of my back hurting (neck to tailbone), and the sciatic pain that occurred late yesterday afternoon. I'm still hurting this morning, just not as bad. I'm having to take smaller steps and move slower just to prevent what I feel would be a complete muscle lockdown (bedridden 3-5+ days). You all know what I mean? Anyway my hubby has been doing most of the driving, except short 15-30 minute rides or when he was unable to drive me to the appointments.
I'm wondering now if the ortho doc is going to say it's no longer safe for me to drive? I see him Monday. I'm almost 54 (next month), and if my PCP doc is right I may be wheelchair bound in another 5-10 years (if my PT/OT doesn't help me regain strength & function). But I hope he's wrong and I'll at least be able to walk through big stores instead of riding a cart. I hope they can give me upper body strength without hurting my spine discs, causing more disc problems, headaches. Regardless, I still feel blessed because I can still see, walk (assisted as it may be), talk and think for myself; I'm not in a personal care home; I can still enjoy little snippets of fun life (with rest periods); I'm not on an O2 tank; I can still write and feed myself; I can bathe myself; not fighting Alzheimer's or cancer; I can speak and hear... So many little things I'm blessed to do on a daily basis. Even if iI do lose the right to drive or end up in a wheelchair, I'm thankful for my daily blessings. Praise God! 🙏🌼