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bigAl350 posted:
I'm a 48 yr old man from America now living in Thailand with my wife and autistic 4yr old son...I have been living with terrible pain in both knees for about 5 yrs now. I'm not sure, maybe 9 or 10 months ago I was in a motorcycle accident that completely destroyed my right knee, and with no cartilage in my other knee I have been in a wheelchair from that time on...I've got no insurance and what little money we make goes for my son's therapy....I was an actor and since there's no roles for people in wheelchairs I no longer work..that is only part of my problem...I live in Pattaya and my wife stays in Bangkok to be closer to my son's therapist..I see them every Sunday...then i am alone gain....my last Dr said he can do the replacement on my right knee in Dec of this year...I have started thinking things might be better if I checked out...only the love for my son keeps me hanging on....the pain is so terrible I now know the true meaning of suffering....the doctors in Thailand don't believe in pain pills......I have been having more and more crying episodes, followed my feelings of hopelessness....
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi BigAl and welcome here,

I hope your post doesn't get missed by others who can offer you their understanding and support.

No, please don't give up but do keep talking here and make finding real support your mission there. It's hard enough being in pain, nevermind when you're alone a lot of the time and away from all who could support you.

If you have any friends and family anywhere in the world who care about you, let them know you need help. They may be able to help financially so you can get the treatment you need.

Even talking here may help. And tell your doctor what you're feeling.

Please keep us updated on how you're doing. (((softhugs))) Your son is never going to stop needing you in his life, no matter how old he gets - and this is true with or without Autism being part of the picture.
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell


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