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Greetings from hospital by Wyntersun

I'm about to go in for an MRI scan, as I have a herniated disc in my neck with a trapped nerve, causing pain and numbness in the neck, shoulder and arm. Needless to say, this is going to have an impact on artwork, I don't know how soon I'll be able to draw again, but more importantly, its going to be devastating for my job, as I'm coming up to the end of a 6 month probational period and having a major issue like this requiring months of therapy spells almost certain firing/redundancy.

I'm not too sad or angry right now, just feeling quite empty/numb, worrying about the future will come after dealing with the pain.

Greetings from hospital

Wyntersun

4 December 2014 at 09:48:40 MST

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    Bleh, but I hope things get better for you. So get well ya hear?

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    Perhaps you could ask your boss about letting you go temporarily? If you've been doing a great job he might want you to come back after you're finished healing up, save you a spot, you know. It's worth a try to ask! The worst he can do is say no. I really hope you get better.

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    At least you're getting it looked at! Chances are there will be a relatively simple surgery that can be done to correct the issue. Most places that do Physio offer fairly flexible hours too, which hopefully can work well with the job. As far as jobs go, most are also pretty good about allowing for such things - especially if you have a doctor's recommendation to validate it. If they were to can you on that basis, it could also be in violation of basic workers rights.

    At any rate, don't worry about it right now - just marvel at your head and neck being exposed to a magnetic field 300,000 times stronger than Earth's. :D The MRI should show in beautiful detail what's going on, and provide them all the info they need to deal with it for ya. Don't worry about art stuff either - would much rather you be pain free and healthy before drawing than knowing you suffered to make something. :/

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      fortunately I'm already under physio for my wrist, so they'll just include that and won't need to go through the referral process again.

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        That at least takes some hassle out of the process. How's the wrist coming along anyway?

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          it was getting a lot better with physio, surgery wasn't required, just a couple rounds of injections. Its unfortunate that as soon as that was being treated that this has happened. I think they're all linked personally, due to being stuck behind a desk at work all day.

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            Was it cortisone injections? My mate gets them sometimes for arthritis-related issues in her hands. :/ I'm sure you're right about the office thing too - research is already beginning to highlight how incredibly bad it is for humans to sit at a desk all day, but with the speed at which cheap ass companies adjust to reality, it could be decades before offices which to standing desks and all proper ergonomic stations. :(

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              steroid injections (same thing probably)
              I'm not physically unfit, but I do smoke, which they advised I give up (easy to say)
              and yeah, I try to have regular stretches at work and when drawing, but when you're focused on something its easy for hours to pass before you notice.
              All in all a lesson to other people that work a desk job, practice posture and stretch your neck/back often, or you'll end up like me

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                For the smoking thing, you could try vaping. My mate smoked for like 30 years and had tried everything to quit. She was doing a pack to pack and a half a day. With vaping, she cut back to 1 a day, sometimes 1 every other day. Most folks quit entirely. HUGE difference in her breathing, complexion, energy, sense of taste, and so on. Plus, she used to get a cold like ever 3 to 5 weeks, and no she's not had one for 2 years.

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                yeh, just for health im sure vapor is worth looking into, will save a bit of money not needing it as often, even if it ends up a bit more expensive.

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    Best wishes Wyn... I hope you wind up coming out the better on this one :C

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    Best wishes. I hope whatever they find is actually very minor and you're pain free in no time. Here's to hoping anyway.

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    You likely can't be fired for this, at least if you are in the US. If they do fire you for the injury, talk to a lawyer!

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      I'm in the UK.

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        IIRC, y'all have even better protections than we do in such matters. A solicitor could let you know for sure. I don't wanna see anyone screwed over!

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    On the bright side, if the job thing doesn't pan out you can always draw more pronz and at least have some sort of income that way! :D

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    . _ . That is many multiples of suck. But at least you know why your necks been hurting lately.

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    Ach, that would be quite a problem. While there isn't too much I can say without repeating what others have said, I sure as hell wish you a speedy and proper recovery.

    I know I sound overtly optimistic, but damned if I aint caring about this.

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    Oh my gosh! <:'
    I'm sorry to hear about your ordeals. <:'
    hugs you bunches
    I for one will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. <:)
    Just continue to take care of yourself.

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    Hang in there, take care of yourself, and stay awesome Wyn.

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    Damn... well, good luck. And the job sucks but your health needs to take absolute #1 priority. Stay safe, wynter.

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    Hopefully things work out fine in the end. :o

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    Owwww....that pain is no goood ;.; I hope you get well soon, dear

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    Fate willing, this will be fixable and that will be the end of it. You've been vague about your job, so I apologize if this is speaking from my tail hole but, since you'll be on medical leave. Can't they hire a temp so when you can, you can resume your normal duties? And if not, do they have "light duty?"

    I apologize for commenting so late here. I work at a facotry and 12 hour days while great for the paycheck are painful for the body and free time. If your art is any reflection of you, your strong enough to bounce back what's thrown at you

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    get well soon. let me know how things are going, I love your art and I'd be happy to know that you're getting better. I'll keep an eye on your journals as well just in case you dont feel like talking to anyone!

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    i hope you do heal up soon because it makes me feel worried about you as i mostly certainly do hope all goes well