How a life in a minute can change us a lot knows a 42-year-old from Seville called Teresa García García . Today she is happy because the courts, not the State, have recognized her “that I can not pull my body”; because he has two children who help him, an exemplary husband and a great family. But he has no strength, no treatment that gives him energy and takes away the pain. He only takes antidepressants to cope better than his body does not correspond to his age, “but to that of a woman of 80 years” and that “I only want to be lying down with my eyes closed.”
He only takes antidepressants because he also has to digest what would have happened if, from the first moment, his illness had been diagnosed, if he had paid for the five years prior to the judicial sentence that he had given last June, absolute permanent disability, and instead of a payment of 640 euros would have left one of 1,300.
I had 33 years in 2009 a good job in an office, well paid and a perfect life with her husband and her two children of 5 years and 6 months.
But one morning he got up to go to work and he felt like he had the flu. After a few days and after seeing that he was getting worse, he requested an appointment with his family doctor at the La Plata clinic.
“When I told him that my whole body hurt, that I did not have the strength to stand, or write on the computer, he told me it was stress. I left the office knowing that it was not true. A few weeks later I returned to the persistence of the symptoms day and night and he told me again that it was stress. And so for 8 months. One day talking to a friend, he told me that he had the same symptoms as his wife and that he had fibromyalgia. So again I asked my doctor for an appointment and asked if it could be that disease. He answered that it was a disease invented by someone who would be bored. “
Teresa changed her doctor and she got a new doctor. On the first date, after explaining her symptoms, she said that she already knew what was happening to her, but that she had to send me to the orthopedic surgeon and rheumatologist to be sure. After the tests, they confirmed the diagnosis: severe fibromyalgia, chronic cervicodorsalgia and mechanical low back pain. Then he went to an internist who also confirmed it “after doing more tests, since it is a discard disease because there is no biological marker that says it exists, at the moment”. Little by little, more illnesses began to appear, such as Raynaud’s syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, depression … .. «How to avoid falling into a depression when you see that you are stuck in the body of an 80-year-old woman. When you can not pick up your children, when the slightest effort leaves you in bed three days. When your husband has to act as father, mother, housewife … “, he says.
So he was working two more years in which his life passed between work and bed or sofa. Until one day his boss told him that he could not continue like this, that he would be discharged. I had lost 10 kilos. He stayed in 43 and under the “inaccurate advice of my lawyer, he asked to pass the medical court.
He was not given the disability and went to trial. He lost it because he did not have “exhausted all the therapeutic routes” and did not have “reports indicating my inability to work or my daily life”.
“At first I sank,” he continues, “but over time it was what prompted me to continue fighting for my rights as a chronic patient, although the issue was almost impossible. About three years ago I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and after several trips by different specialists, one day in the emergency room they referred me to an internist. This in turn to a pulmonologist who was the one who did all the necessary tests and more, to know what degree he had of disease. I have that syndrome in grade IV and severe disability . That, I’m sure I’ve had it from the beginning, but how they wash their hands and when you go to the emergency room they send you to take your children to the park, to take care of people who are really sick, according to what they told me … » , it states.
He managed to get good reports and, advised by a friend, hired one of the best lawyers in these diseases: Javier León Iglesias, from Zaragoza . After more than about a year and a half of waiting, came the trial, for the lawsuit filed against the National Institute of Social Security and the General Treasury of Social Security
“Several months later,” she adds, “the judge granted me absolute permanent disability. It was a very strange feeling. I was very happy because in the end they had recognized that I was very sick and could not work on anything, but at the same time I was deeply saddened to realize that. So young, 42 years old. All life ahead, but what kind of life. I have had two attempts at autolysis and when I look to the future I only see pain, extreme tiredness, and more pain ».
«They told me that I did not want to work»
She remembers when the doctors told her that “everything was in my head, that what I did not want was to work, that I was lazy and that I took care of my children . ” Now he is going to request help covered by the Dependency Law and he has also claimed the 33% disability that has been recognized by the Junta de Andalucía. But he wants, above all, that the people who are reflected in their situation “fight and do not throw in the towel” to achieve, at least, that their disability is recognized ».
«My life goes by tired, I sleep but I get up as if I had not slept. But I have my family, my 13 and 9 year old children whom I help to study even if I’m lying in bed . I can not do physical exercise, just walk 15 minutes a day and slowly, or house chores or anything. The sea relaxes me, although I can not bathe because I can not stand the temperature changes, but it relaxes me, “Teresa ends.