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I have EDS and am a GP vet in FL.I have a connective tissue disorder, so the main issue is that my joints aren't held together properly, causing subluxes, dislocations and a ton of pain.
Hey there,But my condition will likely get significantly worse, and I have no idea how idea how disabled I'm going to become (it's possible I will wind up using a wheelchair). So what do I do? I'd be happy doing research or many other of the jobs you can do with a vet tech license, but I have yet to do my large animal training, and that simply would not be possible for me. I love both the animal and medical components too much to be happy doing just one or the other.
I think you know this, but the more you can protect your body, the longer it will last. I didn't find out I had real issue until I was in a car accident (there were signs before, but I didn't really know it wasn't normal). Since then I've had no recourse because I'm trapped with student loans. It's extremely nerve-wracking to know that if I can't work, we can't make ends meet. I'm mostly dealing with the DDD/arthritis/joint disease side of things. Though I have other symptoms as well.I'm lucky in that my boss (our only vet, and the practice owner) is extremely supportive, and I have no doubt that he'd make any accommodations I need.
I guess the big question right now is: do I bother trying to find a way to get my tech license without having to do large animal and see if I can find a level of hands-on work that I'm capable of right now (knowing I may not be capable of doing it for much longer) or do I go for a degree like veterinary management, and resign myself to the business side of things? I've also considered getting a zoology degree, and focusing on research.
Dyachei- I have EDS too. And all of the lovely things that come along with it like Dysautonomia, DDD, Scoliosis, Arthritis, Chiari, Urinary & GI issues, etc.
I have absolutely no problem with that. Always willing to talk to anyone about it. I'm also available by private message if neededDyachei- Thank you so much. I've known those things for a while now, but sometimes I feel like I'm overreacting (partially because my parents don't exactly believe there's anything wrong with me)...and hearing it from somebody else who not only knows the condition, but knows the field really helps reinforce the realities of the situation. In a bizarre way, it's comforting. Now to just figure out what to major in!
I hope you don't mind, but I shared parts of this conversation with a new-found EDS friend who is in exactly the same situation at her clinic!
Yep. I'm hypermobility type. But the car accident was really awful in furthering the issues I have from it. It's basically every joint except most of the small joints now.Eds as in ehlers-danlos? Small world, as I have it as well. Pretty mild so it doesn't affect my day to day all that much at this point, but i do notice things a bit more each year.