Category Archives: disability

Shingles sucks.

About two weeks ago was mid-way through my latest Remicade cycle, so the ideal time to get the flu shot. I figured I’d feel mildly gross for two days or so, and be back at work by Monday. That did … Continue reading

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Here we go again: another EAP backlog

The last week has been fairly trying. It started off last week with me eating something that would normally not be a problem, but that obviously was not OK for me to eat so far into the treatment cycle: vegetarian … Continue reading

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Worried again

So I had Remicade less than 2 weeks ago, but, since then, I’ve still missed work 50% of the time because of fatigue, and still have ulcers up my nose and psoriasis in my ears, etc. It’s almost as if I … Continue reading

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Just try harder

One of the things I hate very much about having a chronic/intermittent illness is that I can’t predict when I’ll be well enough to do the things I’d said I’d do or that I’d like to do, and when I’ll … Continue reading

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Colonoscopy allergy mystery

In June, I posted about being sent for drug allergy testing to see if I could use anti-inflammatory painkillers that I’ve had allergic reactions to before. I went for the testing about a month ago. First off, the doctors at the … Continue reading

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Tired and frustrated

I am tired. I had Remicade and my steroids last week; usually steroid withdrawal is over by now. But yesterday I was completely in withdrawal mode: unable to concentrate, light-headed, physically tired, clumsy. Today I just want to crawl back … Continue reading

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Disability Tax Credit — falling through the cracks again

Canada’s Disability Tax Credit is supposed to help lower the tax burden on “persons with disabilities or their supporting persons.” Registered disability savings plans (RDSPs) are also available to people who qualify for the tax credit to help fund the long-term care … Continue reading

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Fatigue

I was up for several hours last night with gut problems so I’m a little out of sorts today. This got me thinking about how much I’ve been able to work in the last while. I made this chart showing … Continue reading

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Unwanted

This story made the news a few months ago but I didn’t get around to posting it until now: a family with a child with Down syndrome was refused permanent residency in Canada because it is believed that the costs … Continue reading

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Sleeping on ice vs. my “personal fear factor”

A few times in the last few weeks I had to sleep on ice packs for sacroiliac inflammation — that’s inflammation of the joints where the spine and pelvis meet. This kind of inflammation is a known complication of Crohn’s, … Continue reading

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