Employment after being diagnosed with TAA

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Hello I am a 43 year old male who was in a trucking accident that broke my back and discovered a Thoracic accending aortic aneurysm 4.4 which disqualifies my cdl license since its over 3.5cm so my question is when and if i do recover from the back injury what am i to do for employment can anyone tell me are they still working there regular jobs or did they have to stop working i stress so much wondering how im going to support my family now that i have this i cant drive when my back gets better

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    Have you discussed a stent for your aneurysm with your doctor? Maybe that would be enough for you to get your license back? If you are not self-employed can you go on disability and get paid part of your paycheck? If a stent isn't enough to get your license back you could discuss surgery with your doctor as long as you have good insurance.

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    Thanks for your response but a stent wont help from what i hear have to wait for it to grow to a certain number b4 they will operate so my biggest concern is supporting my family who will hire me with this in my chest do people continue to work i met a guy with a brain aneurysm and hes on short term disability debating on going on long term disability so i dont know and all i do is stress which is not good at all
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    I was already retired when my ascending aortic aneurysm was discovered so this is not something that I had to deal with however from what I have read and been told it is best to try and find a job that does not require heavy lifting or straining.  I know this limits the possibilities.  I was a nurse and probably would have had to change jobs or at least the area that I worked in.  Have you talked with a rehab counselor through the hospital/doctor where you are being seen?  They could probably give suggestions and also connect you with training or placement opportunities.  Hopefully, someone else will respond with other suggestions.  Best of luck to you.  This is a scary diagnosis but I have found support on this site.
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    what a doube whammy. not big enough to operate on....too big to risk driving with. It doesn't equate does it. I guess you are in the States? I know nothing about your welfare/ insurance systems as I am in the UK. Seems like some kind of appeal is needed. And as someone else has suggested manual work is not advised. Once it is fixed you will be able to drive again. Write to your politician. Its just not fair.

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