Post by Blossom/Jackie W. on Oct 20, 2011 8:34:24 GMT -5
Welcome to the COPD in Canada Forum! It’s great to have you here!
Although we fly a Canadian flag, be assured our members here are from a number of different countries. Let’s face it….. the disease isn’t any different in Canada than in the USA or in the UK or Spain.
You will find the people here to be caring, supportive, informative and helpful. We share information and knowledge and we learn from each other. From your first post on you’ll be made to feel at home, treated like a family member (because you are); as if you’ve been here forever…..
And; there’s a LOT of good information on this site; feel free to try out the Search Tool whenever you want and/or just ask away. There’s no such thing as a dumb question so don’t ever think that way.
We hope at some point you’ll introduce yourself; we’d love to get to know you! Also; because we do have members here from many different countries, it would be nice if you could add (if you haven’t already) where you’re from in your profile. It helps when we’re talking meds (different countries, different names; plus what might be approved in one country may not yet be in another. )
You can do this by looking to the top bar, click on the tab that says “Profile”, then click “Modify Profile”, put the info in and save the changes.
Sometimes people simply come here to read and learn, some check in daily and others post or share something only occasionally. It doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is that you ARE here. You’re NOT ALONE out there. You have a larger group of friends and extended family than you think. We support each other because living with this disease can drag a person down. If you let us we’ll help “shore you up” when you need it, and in turn you can do the same for us when we need it.
Although "joining" isn't a prerequsite to participate and post, there are some sections that are closed to guests or even members who are not "logged on."
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My name is Jackie Whitaker, aka Blossom. and on behalf of my fellow members, Admins and Moderators .....WELCOME!
helo Blossom my name is Roamingladytryinto (Pat) I am 62 years old am retired I have been told I have COPD and sleep apena. I use three inhalers just to breath and talk. I can not walk very far without having to sit down and rest and try to get my breath back. I have severe cronic back pain, bad eyes and a doctor that refuses to help me get tax disability credit. If it hadn't been for the previous doctor I would not be on CPP disability right now. The inhalers I use are Spiriva 18mcg (1xday)ventolin 100mcg 4xday flovent 250mcg 4xday and I still have breathing problems I am constantly clearing/coughing my throat just to breath as I can't seem to get any air in my lungs. I was a trucker for many years. I need to have the tax disability credit but this new doctor states I am not eligible for it. Yet Revenue Canada says I am eligible. Where I live in Ontario is a very remote area and we rely on locom doctors when the regular doctor can't handle the volume of patients.Question can a Locom Doctor fill out the form for Tax Disability Credit or not? And Am I eligible for the Tax Disability Credit. P.S. it takes me 1-2 hrs to dress and I sit down during that period just to get my breath and for the pain I am on oxycocet 325mg I have numerous other pills I am on too.
I've just looked at my husband's tax disability credit application - he applied in 2009 - and I can't see why a Locum doctor could not fill out the form. It just specifies ' medical doctor '. Maybe he/she is just not familiar with the form. Between your breathing and daily activity limitations I would think you would be eligible. An Occupational Therapist could also sign the form re your daily activity limitations but I don't know if you have access to one where you are. I don't know the link between CPP disability and tax credit disability but I would think that the CPP status would confirm your eligibility. The tax credit application requires the impairment to have lasted for a year and requires confirmation that your condition won't improve. I hope I haven't confused the issue. Good luck with this ..
Hi there, im sock a 56 year old male with bad COPD. Im on Advair 500 Spiriva once a day. Ventolin x4 day. I have my federal MMAR licence that i do not smoke anymore. Im taking my life one step and one day at a time.
Thank you so much. Sock is my last cat... I have had COPD for many years now, but its really starting up bad now. Many panic episodes. Right now i know i need to be here. As much as i would like to change. I know it wont really get better. Life is good though.
Well im on a couple of meds that are not related to COPD like Reminyl 8mg ER. for early dementia. I have been diagnosed with early dementia over two years ago. I have been taking Reminyl now for 26 months. Life is good indeed! And after all of this, Its not about me at all.
Hey there Sock, pleased to meet you. You are welcome to stop over at the "Fence" and join us for a brief check in chat each day to keep up on each other. That way we kinda get an idea of how everyone's 'each day at a time' is going for that day, ya know?
What country are you from, btw? You mentioned that you had a federal MMAR license and I've never heard of that in the US. Could you explain what that is? Thanks.
I also live one day at a time, guess we pretty much all do. If a plan that was made doesn't look like it's going to work out, well, there's always tomorrow or the next day to get it done.
Thank you so much Sue. Your in the U.S, I see. Well the MMAR ( medical marihuana access regulations ) in Canada is Gov. approved marihuana for medical purposes. This program started in 2001. I was using said medication for Pegatron to clear the Hep-c virus and i did after six brutal months of treatment. Im hep-c free now, but my plate is quite full. I in no way endorse the smoking of anything in anyway...ever!
Thanks for explaining, Sock. My opinion is that marijuana is ok to use for medical purposes, preferably not smoking it of course. I am so glad you have recovered from the Hep C virus. Enough is enough for one person.
Just had my first copd flare up after being diagnosed in 2009 during cancer surgery which was removed successfully. 2 years have past and the Big C has not returned. Retired and living with my two ladies (one is a yorkie poo) who has decided she is my personal nurse. Thought I was lucky now I worry about the toll on my two ladies. All I can say is what a wake up.
Welcome and congratulations on your freedom from the Big C. Do you mind my asking what kind of cancer you beat? We have a full history of it throughout my family but fortunately I've been lucky so far. My mom fought 3 different kinds through her life, pancreatic being the last one. I'd love to hear more about your support system as it sounds like a terrific and strong one. Your Yorkie Poo sounds very loyal and adorable, what is her name? They are adorable little gems, aren't they?
I was diagnosed in 2006 and am severe COPD living on O2 24/7, retired since 2008. I have a wonderful husband of 39 yrs *just celebrated our anniversary Friday!. We have 2 great kids, a daughter and a son, who are very supportive as well. We've had several loving 4 legged friends, the last one just passing away a few months ago of a stroke. I miss him as he was my 'nursemaid' like your little one.
Well, now you know a little bit about one of us. I'd like to welcome you to join us at the 'FENCE' where we meet as often as we like, some of us daily and some less often, and tell about our experiences and such. It'll be nice to get to know you and for you to learn how we all are living with COPD.
Hi to everyone. I see a lot of familiar names here - I'm a regular on Day-to-Day and used to be quite active on CI. I stop in here occasionally and decided I should just join up
For those of you who don't know me - I'm a 59 year old female, and I live on a small farm in northern Florida (U.S.A.). I was diagnosed with COPD more than 20 years ago. It rapidly became severe and I went on disability in 2000. On March 30, 2009 I had a single lung transplant. What a joy not to need O2 any more!! I have had no problems with my transplant (knock wood), but am still learning to live within the limits inflicted on me by my super doctor. Sometimes it's a challenge, but always worth it.
Post by Suzanne (Suz) on Feb 1, 2012 19:15:58 GMT -5
Nice to meet you Merryfl..... I am 50 yrs old and was diagnosed with COPD Dec. 2008 just before Christmas, it was a shock. I have changed many things in my life since then and hopefully it will work. I keep in touch here for some great hints, cause who knows where I'll be in 10 yrs and maybe I will need help with O2 or something in the like. My hat's off to all of you battling this desease head on and still be standing..... you all amaze me and I hope I am that strong..... Today is easy for me, but I don't know about tomorrow...... in the meantime, welcome and make yourself at home!!! Suzanne
Welcome, Merry! It is always nice to see a new 'face' here and get to know her/him. Join us at the 'fence' and let us know about your transplant and the restrictions put on you. I'm interested, of course, as you never know whether I'll be in the same situation as you some day. I was diagnosed in '06 and retired in '08. Now that you don't need O2 any longer, do you think you'd be able to return to work at least part time? I miss that part of my life so much. Just being around people all the time.........right now I feel trapped.