I'm fairly bionic. I have used a CPAP since 1999, a power chair since July 2006, and just got a breast prosthesis after being diagnosed with breast cancer and having a mastectomy in April of this year. The surgery did remove my disease and I am now disease free, but cancer hangs around in your medical history forever
Hello. I'm well on my way to being "all bionic," I guess. LOL! I have:
- CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) for breathing at night since I have sleep apnea. I've been using this since 2001, and it has revolutionized my life.
- Digital hearing aids in both ears, which I wear at times depending on the acoustics and the state of my hearing. Echolocation with them is taxing for me, so I don't use them for outdoor travel. I do find them necessary at times to understand speech clearly; but since I wear earbuds to use my screen reader while taking notes in class I often don't wear the aids in settings where I'm taking notes. This is where it depends a great deal on the acoustics.
- Artificial cornea, received in 2005. I was the third person in the state of Indiana to receive one, and the procedure was just recently (at the time) approved by the FDA. I will soon be having surgery to remove a film that has grown over it and which is preventing me from seeing clearly and utilizing my color contrast perception. The structures in the back of my eyes are damaged, so my vision is very poor anyway; but what I do have is helpful.
- Inhalers and nebulizers: I've been on them since 1995. These don't really count since they aren't on me at all times; but they're sort of in the middle between devices and meds. I can't really survive without them, unlike my meds, and my insurance keeps deciding to tell me they want me to take fewer meds or use over-the-counter remedies. They don't seem to understand that some people really do need the asthma pill and several inhalers because their asthma really is that bad.
Current Mood: awake
I think that's all.