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Posted by Stewart on October 11, 2000 at 10:02:55:

In Reply to: Re: Thanks to all who helped me through my pity party posted by Nancy (IDETER) on October 11, 2000 at 08:58:48:


Thanks for the warm thoughts. As far as the drug test. I have administered them a million times. What they are looking for is illegal substances. When I needed to have a drug test done, I had my pharm print out all the meds I had been on for a year so if anything came back questionable I could provide proof of what was going on. You know what happened?.......Nothing. They were looking for cocaine, crack etc. So you should be alright. I will pray for you for a positive return to work. It will be OK. Again, thanks for the thoughts and God Bless....Stewart.

: Stewart,
: Good luck on your interview. I think that you are amazing trying to go back to work this soon after the fusion and the other surgeries you have dealt with. I have been dealing with back issues off and on for 25 years, so I can tell you from experience that accepting that there are certain things you have to do in a certain (different) way is the first step. It does not mean that you can't achieve goals - you just might have to alter them a lit. I'm going through something similar, because my 1 year medical leave is up the end of the month and I don't think I'm ready to return to work. I'm still taking vicodin (have to pass a drug test) and have not even been cleared for PT yet. I can only be up and about for a few hours and then --major pain. We all have to go through the steps of feeling sorry for ourselves, and then we can pick up the pieces and plug forward. (This takes a lot of physical and emotional energy). I do applaud you and know you'll definitely make it. You (we) are survivors. The best of luck.

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