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|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)|
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THE WAITING ROOM:
Sitting in the waiting room at Dr. T's office was like being in a war zone MASH unit. There were people with halos on their necks and other body parts, a vast array of broken down bodies and souls everywhere. There were people that were in wheelchairs... people that could barely walk or hold their heads up... people so overly medicated that they stumbled or fell asleep... people in crisis. Each one of them had a horror story to tell. Over the course of several months of visits to that office, and others, we heard many of their stories. There were stories of accidental injuries, insurance scams, wars with insurance and Workman's Compensation, employer issues, marriage/family break-ups and more. Some were the same as our story, others were far worse. Overall, they were us and we were them. Damaged goods going through hell.
I don't know when it happened, or when I first realized it ... but somehow I was the natural choice to be the person in my family never to have a life of her own. Somehow, I became the mother, father, daughter, caregiver, cook, bank and nursemaid to the world. In that moment, my right to a life, including a college education, a normal dating life, involvement in sports and team activities ... all those options disappeared like a ring of smoke hanging in the breeze, waiting for the wind to decide which way it was to travel. This was no natural occurrence, and as it happened I was made to think it was my duty, and to feel bad for wanting it to be otherwise. I was told to be the bigger, better person; to handle it, if only because I could. To deal with what others around me could not.
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This book made me feel like I wasn't all alone...I had a bad car accident and was left alone to wallow in the quagmire of insurance and legal issues with nowhere to turn for help. Insightgul and amusing, this book gave me references, insights and peace of mind too. It's a personal story that touches on every aspect of what happens in life after an accident. The caregivers section is important and really lets you know you aren't alone-there are places to get help...and ways to deal with guilt.