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#1 Sweet

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:01 PM

Hi Everyone -

I saw my primary care physician today to follow up on some bloodwork, my cholesterol was high. Sooooooo, now he wants to do carotid artery doppler study and then a coronary CT, to see what my risk is for heart disease (it runs in my family - my dad died at 49 due to heart attack).

He signed my form to get disabled parking placard, so I guess that means I get it? I'll just mail it in and I'm assuming the DVM will then mail them to me? Not sure if they can fight it or not, I've never done this before obviously.

He talked with my about disability - he see's a big decline in me. I told him I have been thinking about it and was going to mention it to my rheumatologist. My primary care physician said today that he will help me.

Anwyay, that's about it, nothing earth shattering.


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#2 Heidi

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 03:32 PM

Hi Sweet,

All of that sounds good from the stand point that it seems like your primary care physician is supportive and proactive. That is wonderful! Keep us posted on what you learn from your tests.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 05:57 PM

Sweet, yep, just mail it in and there you go. It really is that easy. I got one about 10 years ago, really needed it then, was almost in a wheelchair. Now, I only use it on the really bad days. It is a nice option. The thing that was a real drag for me was when I had to use the motorized wheels in the stores for shopping. I looked pretty good, but didn't feel all that great. ;)
Are you taking any meds for your cholesterol? I was taking lipitor and it was doing a pretty good job until it started doing a bad job on my liver. Right now, I am trying to control by diet, garlic, and another supplement. I have another check up in Jan. so we shall see if that is working. :unsure:
Sounds like you have a good primary care physician, so that is a good thing.
Keep us posted on what is going on, especially when you go see that rheumatologist. I am curious as to what he will have to say.
Take care.
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#4 LisaBulman

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 02:19 AM

Hi Sweet,
It sounds like your primary care physician is supportive and willing to help, that is half of your battle! If you think you are ready, then you should apply for the disability. It can take a long time!

As for the placard, just mail it in, but follow up with it. I didn't hear a response when mine was mailed and I am glad I called them because they lost my app.

Let us know when you get it!

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#5 Sweet

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 06:15 AM

Hey Whirlway,

No I'm not taking anything for my high choles. but I am going to try some natural supplements That and diet. We'll see!!! I'll keep you posted.

I too only plan on using the parking placard if I need to, I don't want to play the system, I just want the help when I need it.

Lisa,

I do think my primary care physician is very supportive, we'll see what the rheumatologist says. I have heard it can take a really long time, and it sounds like I have a lot of documentation to gather.......

Slow but steady....

Love Pam

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Pamela
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