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About 10 years ago, I was walking home from a slow-pitch baseball game and party with my team. I was a bit drunk, so I walked instead of driving. On the way home I was mugged from behind and woke up in the Rockyview Hospital in #YYC, with a #TBI #concussion. (1 of 13)
I've had multiple concussions from athletics. Football, hockey, rugby & skiing, plus ran over by a car, not once but twice. (think Super Dave Osborne) plus what I have learned since, repeated mildTBIs from the sports. Likely result, I have #CTE. I get worse each year, not better.
Here is what is happening now. I retired from my business some years ago and stopped working completely, 3.5 years ago. I have other progressive diseases besides #CTE, like #COPD #Arthritis #Cancer and more. It is a heavy load and crippling my abilities.
A family doctor opened a request for #CPP disability a couple years ago because she said I would never work again & I needed to get off the computer where I trade stocks or my family will go broke. That is still true today, except I am not very good at trading anymore.
Along with my family doctor, a psychiatrist from #AB Mental Health, did an hour consultation with me. While he did not review my medical history, did not look at the #MRI of my brain, or learn much about me at all, but did agree, I am not able to work. His assessment was #Anxiety
Application submitted. Neither doctor had heard of concussion issues or #CTE <->Anxiety diagnosis

#Calgary braintreatmentcentreofalberta.com performed a base line test on me. Baseline testing is common now for athletes. It measures changes to brain from contact. 🧠 medicalxpress.com/news/2019-02-b…
4 months later I heard back from Canada Pension Plan and they regretfully denied the application. Reason: I attempted working a few times after the severe #TBI. Initially I went to sleep for a year unaware of what was happening to me. When I "woke up", I tried to work. Bad choice
Before the #TBI I ran my own businesses. Three of them, real mover and shaker!~Ha. Excavation/Landscape, Garden Center, and just opened another as a land developer. After, I worked as a heavy equipment operator for others. Could not handle too much but still good at machines.
Over time I began to fail at being a simple machine operator. I was having accidents after a life time of none, failed two work physicals, sent home from the #YYC airport expansion because co-workers were concerned. No one could afford the risk to employ me. Now I trade stocks.
I did make money as a trader but sitting on a chair is not going to help me get better. Regardless what you think of investors, it is a demanding 24/7 occupation and not a particularly healthy one. I need to change my life now. With COPD and Arthritis I need to exercise NOW.
I have a new family doctor. Here is the problem and reason for this long thread. He will not support CPP application and insists I take an anti-depressant for anxiety called #Seroquel for a year before he will even look at the application I just filled out & consider support it.
If I don't take the drug, I get no help. In the ten years since I was peeled off the pavement in #Calgary and woke up a new man, I have not found one single doctor that knows anything about concussions let alone look at my #MRI. #invisibleillness #CTE
My sister lost her mind while taking #Paxil. I WON'T take the pill. I am so fucked. I am so defeated. I am dying. Not just from a head injury. I have multiple illnesses dragging my ass down. (the End)
#OneMoreProblem I went to ER this week. Something that started 3 years ago but no one will believe me. Feels like an alien is pushing out my body & when I sneeze or cough, it feels like broken ribs. Its not. Its unknown. They moved on and said good luck. My body. More each day.
Thank you for sharing @EllenYChang. It has been a very kind week from a great many people. Almost have a line up people helping me through and guiding some decisions. Most of all crisis, I like to share them as others do with me because we all feel, raising awareness is key! 🙏
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