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Old November 19 2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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I haven't posted for about three months because, back in August, for various reasons, I started to feel my life was worthless and that I wasn't contributing to society at all. I decided I needed to do something to rectify this and felt I was wasting too much time online.

I updated my resume and started to look for part-time work. I applied for several jobs but I was told that I had been out of the library industry for too long so I started to look at the possibility of going back to studying and upgrading my diploma to an advance diploma. I also made a few inquiries about doing some volunteer work.

I also decided that I needed to exercise more and as walking is good for arthritis I decided to try and walk at least 10 km a week.

About 6 weeks ago I started to feel more pain than usual in my left leg. I put it down to a flare up of my knee arthritis. Then I started to feel pain in right leg. I do have arthritis in my right knee but it is mild and doesn't really bother me much. About two weeks ago the pain became so severe that I couldn't sleep at night so I went to the doctor and he ordered a cat scan. Yesterday I learnt that the cat scan showed that I now have arthritis of the spine.

I am starting physiotherapy on Thursday and my doctor has referred me to the Orthopaedics Clinic. He has listed the appointment as being semi-urgent so I should have an appointment within 6 weeks. The doctor said I might need cortisone injections or maybe even spinal fusion. I cannot take NSAIDs because they have a serious effect on my asthma.

As a result of this I have put my job seeking on hold. Last night I made a list of what I have done with my life. Though I have only done paid work for about 8 years of my life I work out I have done about twice as much volunteer work. I have been on a disability pension for the last 6 years. If I count the volunteer work as being as worthy as paid work than maybe I did contribute more than I first thought.

Anyway I decided that spending time on the internet is probably good for my mental health (!!!) so I have come back to Trekbbs.

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Old November 19 2012, 11:10 PM   #2
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I'm sorry you were feeling bad about yourself, and I'm glad you've come back. Hope the physical therapy helps.
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Old November 19 2012, 11:11 PM   #3
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We're glad to have you back!

Work isn't the only way one contributes. We contribute to our family and our friends and even by being a decent, kind person. I think, by that last definition, you have contributed a great deal.

Stick to your physiotherapy; it's always a good thing.
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Old November 19 2012, 11:14 PM   #4
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Glad you're back
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Old November 19 2012, 11:22 PM   #5
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We're glad to have you back!

Work isn't the only way one contributes. We contribute to our family and our friends and even by being a decent, kind person. I think, by that last definition, you have contributed a great deal.

Stick to your physiotherapy; it's always a good thing.
She said it all. I'm glad that you are back and that you are working to improve your quality of life.
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Old November 19 2012, 11:24 PM   #6
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Welcome back Miss Chicken!
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Old November 19 2012, 11:28 PM   #7
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Welcome back Miss Chicken! I am sorry to hear about your health issues and I hope treatment is effective.

I know I periodically flee the internet (okay I put it down gently and walk slowly away) in a rush of trying to do more real world stuff. A perfect storm of shoulds pushes me into it.
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Old November 19 2012, 11:38 PM   #8
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One of the reasons I started to feel like I was wasting my time is that my best friend used to harp on about me spending too much time in front of the computer. Last night I phoned her up and after talking to her I worked out even three months ago I spent far less time on the computer than she spends watching TV/looking at DVDs. Plus, unlike her I have some hobbies and I read far more than she does.
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Old November 19 2012, 11:40 PM   #9
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I haven't posted for about three months because, back in August, for various reasons, I started to feel my life was worthless and that I wasn't contributing to society at all.
For whatever it might be worth: I've missed you a lot. Plus, I think your contribution to the Trek-BBS community can be considered a great contribution to society
Anyway I decided that spending time on the internet is probably good for my mental health (!!!) so I have come back to Trekbbs.
Been there, done that, welcome back
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Old November 19 2012, 11:41 PM   #10
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Welcome back, but I'm sorry to hear you think your life was worthless. If it was any consolation, even being on here is a contribution to society. You have a ton of great ideas and sharing that with the world is a very good thing.

I do understand though how you might feel. I've found my time here is mostly lurking now (With period of spurts here and there) because I am trying to focus more on what I want to do with my life. I too have had difficulty finding a job, but I am working part time as a Custodian at a school district. I find going someplace for work each day really helps me feel good about myself and makes life worth living.

Anyway, I hope things get better for you but don't feel bad about your life. Live it to the fullest, and make the best you can each and every day. Also, it's great to see you back.
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Old November 19 2012, 11:44 PM   #11
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[HUGS] Miss Chicken.
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Old November 19 2012, 11:53 PM   #12
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One of the reasons I started to feel like I was wasting my time is that my best friend used to harp on about me spending too much time in front of the computer. Last night I phoned her up and after talking to her I worked out even three months ago I spent far less time on the computer than she spends watching TV/looking at DVDs. Plus, unlike her I have some hobbies and I read far more than she does.
I've had this exact same revelation with friends.

And you know I like being able to get right to the point of discussing my interests and ideas rather than all the filler that a lot of real life discussions seem full of.
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Old November 20 2012, 12:14 AM   #13
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So glad to see you again, Miss Chicken. I'm sorry to hear about your health issues, but I look forward to reading your posts. You bring a lot of good to our humble little board.
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Old November 20 2012, 12:15 AM   #14
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Miss Chicken, if ever there was someone I wouldn't put on a list of "people who haven't made worthy contributions to society," that would be you. You were gone for a week or two, and I'm pretty sure a "Where's Miss Chicken?" thread appeared at the top of Misc. Your absence was definitely noticed, and that has to say something about your worth. You may spend a lot of time in front of the computer, but "too much" is completely subjective.

Shameless appeared to be missing for a short while, too. I just assumed the two of you ran off to have a big gay affair.
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Old November 20 2012, 12:33 AM   #15
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I spent far less time on the computer than she spends watching TV/looking at DVDs. Plus, unlike her I have some hobbies and I read far more than she does.
Back when I still lived with my parents my mother used to get on me for spending too much time on the computer, until I pointed out how much time she spent reading trashy romance novels.
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