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Stressed? Are You Disabled?

Fenna Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 11:31 AM
In my experience as a health care provider, I have seen veterans who we would all think are disabled, ie double amputees, parapalegics, but they may not see themselves as such. In many cases, I have found, it is a matter of the mind. Providing financial incentives complicates the issue greatly and creates a challenge for providers. Heath care providers, in my opinion, often times capitulate to get the patient 'off their backs'. Add to this lawyers all too willing to advocate and you end up with what we have today-a mess!
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 3:57 PM
We have a guy at work with an artificial leg. He can do anything any other 50-something-yo can do and then some. I'd nominate him for "Least disabled person I've ever known" if it weren't for the guy with the artificial leg who did high-angle rope rescue on the mountain rescue squad and numbered rappelling among his favorite hobbies.
Jeff_Georgia Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 2:44 PM
All you have to do is look at Oscar Pistorius of S. Africa competing in the Olympics against the "able bodied."

Not 1/10 of 1% of the world's population on two good legs can run with this man with two MISSING legs. I doubt he would tell you he is disabled...
Chip. Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 12:12 PM
I would agree that "it is a matter of the mind", and very much so, to adjust to a life without one or more limbs, and a "stressful" matter at that, but I would not want anyone to speak as though that is all it is.
Outside support would be a key to this matter of the mind, including disability benefits and moral support. These matter too.
Government worker: “Do you have a disability?”

Man: “No.”

Man’s wife: “What does he get if he’s disabled?”

Government worker: “His monthly payments will [double].”

Man’s wife: “Well, then he’s disabled.”

Government worker (to man): “What’s your disability?”

Man: “I’m stressed.”

An attorney friend of mine recently overheard the above conversation in a Florida government building. The man, who had just turned 65, was signing up for retirement benefits while his wife stood over his shoulder. I relay the story to illustrate how our government is expanding...