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2/27/09 10:37 P

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I didn't take the test today. My hand was numb this morning while taking a test and I just didn't feel that I would be able to drill for several hours. My instructor was very understanding and I can make it up however my schedule is very tight so I am not sure when I will make that up. I basically slept all day today and I am STILL tired!!!!

I know I need to be more positive, I have struggled with that for a long time.

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2/27/09 6:55 P

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surgery for carpel tunnel has helped my Dad, so find an excellent doctor and have the surgery.




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2/27/09 6:00 P

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I don't know about everybody else, but a trip to see seriously ill children in the hospital would really depress the heck out of me, and I am someone who has had a chronically, and terminally, ill child, so I am already familiar with that territory.
I do agree though that a certain amount of trouble in this life is inevitable, because we are imperfect human beings in imperfect bodies on an imperfect world.
Somehow in Western society we got the idea that it was "normal" to be healthy, wealthy, and free from trouble. That just isn't so, and we do need to be more realistic (but not fatalistic or cynical) about what life is made up of, with lows as well as highs in the mix.
I have never found that knowing someone else was worse off than me cheered me up for long, because I have this nagging sense that someone else's suffering shouldn't make me feel better.
What does help me is trying to do what ever I can, no matter how small, for other people I encounter, and even people in need far away. It gives me hope that I am here for a reason, and that good things can still happen to me too.
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2/27/09 5:26 P

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Instead of the "why does something always happen to me??" in a negative way try - "something good happened to me!"

I am sure if you make a list of the positives you will find there are a lot of things on your list. Just remember too, you are on the Dealing with Depression team, and there are a lot of us to whom the first question could apply, which in itself would make our depression worse, but we apply the affirmative statement instead which helps lessen the negatives going on in our lives.

Also, you are young and I would assume that your friend who made the statement about your health issues is young also. Because of that I feel it may be possible that you are both not fully aware that LOTS of people have multi-health issues - some potentially fatal. Most of these people just get on with life as best as they can. I would suggest you and your friend visit a children's hospital and go into a general ward. Take a good look around, talk with the children and actually listen to what they say. You will be astounded. One would think that a lot of them would have every reason to be very down, but the majority are positive. And yes - even young children have a very good understanding of what is happening to them and others, even impending death.

Perhaps you may be able to speak with your instructors and arrange a day for the students in your group. I am sure it would help you all with your future career.

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2/27/09 4:52 P

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Well, you have the note, so it won't seem like just an excuse.
How did things go? What did you decide to do?
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2/26/09 10:04 P

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You mentioned your mental illness and a few physical problems. Go to my SPARK PAGE and you will see all the illnesses I have and all the meds that I take on a daily basis, I only listed the ones I take on a daily basis. What you need to do is just what Jodi said, tell your instruction about it and then do the best you can. I live a full and relatively happy life now. I have been in therapy for years and have learned a lot about myself and skills to cope with the many illnesses and stresses in my life.
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2/26/09 9:59 P

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I did get a note from my doctor in case I cannot do the test tomorrow. In a way, I don't even want to do the test because I am so stressed out but it is going to be hard to make it. But here is the other issue, we took the same test in December. This was right when my doctor switched my medication. I was dizzy the whole time and felt like I was 'looking through water.' I told the instructor and he told me I could finish it later if I was too sick but i decided to push through it and finish. I ended up failing the whole exam. I don't want it to seem as if I am using this as an excuse but I don't want to fail again! Not sure what to do! But my hand was numb while I was journaling tonight.

I think the depression is really hitting me now because this time last year, I got so bad that I was in the hospital. I just can't handle the stress and it makes me wonder how I am going to do this for the rest of my life.

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MOTLEY I don't know if you got a letter from your doc or not (maybe he could fax one to you or your instructor?), but I think that you need to tell your instructor your situation BEFORE you start the drilling tomorrow.
It will be far better for you if you do run into any problems to have spoken up beforehand, then to hope that you get through okay, and then have issues and try to explain then. When you put it off, and then you say, "Well, I have this problem," it could sound like an excuse. If you speak up ahead, but say that you are willing to try your very best, then you sound like you are willing to do what it takes even if it is hard -- but if there is trouble, or your game is off you still get credit for being game enough to give it your best.
Best wishes for tomorrow!
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2/26/09 8:37 P

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MOTLEY25

You are not alone with this. It is a very common affliction - I too have had it, and had surgery for it (both wrists done at the same time). It is extremely common for a number of reasons:

- Overuse Syndrome (VERY common with builders, typists, cooks, etc.)
- Age (menopausal)
- Pregnancy

to name a few.

I don't see it as a health problem per se, and it is usually controlled, by appropriate exercises, wrist supports, injections, surgery (after surgery you won't normally have a problem with it again) , or night-time casts (these being the more common treatments), you will be OK.

Try and get a reasonable amount of rest re depression and stress, and remember there are some things that you CANNOT control, so try to learn to accept, and the things that you CAN control, it is up to you to do something about it.

I think that it is possible that depression may be making you see things worse than it is.

Anyway, there is a Carpal Tunnel Team on SP that you can join for support if you wish.

I know a LOT of people who have had surgery for this including me, and as a caregiver, I came across a lot who were afflicted with this condition. I don't know of any who with surgery (usually as a last resort when things are bad) who have had a bad result, either.

Just remember, things that you CANNOT control, try to learn to accept them, and things that you CAN control, it is up to you to do something about it.

Hope this helps a little :-)





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I also have carple tunnel. The splints work wonders. I know how you feel I have several medical issues also. Keep your chin up!

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I feel like my dad by saying this, but sometimes you just have to look on the bright side of things. We ALL (each and every one of us) have good and bad in our lives. Some focus on the good and some focus on the bad. Then there are those that take both the good and are grateful and turn around and take the bad and move on with their lives. So much of being down and depressed can be changed with how you look at your life. So what's going GOOD for you? You're IN dentistry school for starters, you're beautiful, you have a best friend, _______________, _____________, _________, ____________, is that your precious baby?.........

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As someone who has carpel tunnel in both wrists, it doesn't have to be that way. I only occasionally wear the splints when it acts up badly. For the most part I just hug a pillow when I sleep and have no problems. It is just what works for me. I have had carpel tunnel for over 10 years. No other treatment or surgery. I do adjust how I use a computer keyboard. It is on top of my desk and I put my elbows on the desk to lessen the bend in the wrists. You can try my suggestions or not, it is up to you. It isn't the end of the world. You can get through this.
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Why do I always seem to have health problems??? It's bad enough that I suffer with anxiety/depression/and emotional eating. So I am dental student and my hands have been going numb for quite some time. I went to the doctor today and he told me it was carpel tunnel. GREAT!! I told my friend about it and she made me feel even worse. She said 'you have more health problems than anyone I know. How are you going to practice dentistry when you have carpel tunnel now?' Wow, that hurt. You think I asked for this? I have a huge test tomorrow where I am suppose to drill from 10-4 but I am not sure I can do it since I just got my splint today. I'm so worried that my hand will never get better and I'll never be able to practice.

The stress has been unbearable this week. On top of my hands going numb, I bombed a test this week, and I am so chronically tired. I literally feel like I could sleep for 10 straight days or cry. I've been handling the stress by binging too. I told myself that for lent, I was going to give up fast food/junk food/sugar/caffeine and I have already broken that. While I was at the doctor today, he weighed me and I was the heaviest in years although he didn't say anything.

I just don't know how I am going to get through the next few days. I feel so down that I almost felt like cutting again.

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