I studied 3 years to get an Associate Degree in Health Information Technology. I worked as a med records clerk & supervisor, and coder over 7 years. At my last job I started noticing I couldn't remember how to do my job, daily routines, all while my health started deteriorating from the mass removed in 2010. It caused PF Congestion & Dysfunction as well as Fibromyalgia. Because the inflammation in my was so high my osteoarthritis & allergies & asthma increased as well. I now have a compromised immune system where I catch any UR sickness others have. I hate it when others come over and then say "I've been fighting off a cold/flu." Idiots who don't think or care, because they really don't understand my issues...they're all so healthy!
I worked in the Health/Life insurance industry for 11 years. I took care of enrollments, claims, disenrollments, billing issues, renewing old groups, signing new groups, etc... I am still a licenced Life Insurance Agent in NY but don't work because I never know when, from day to day, if ill be physically or mentally able to go to the office or put in an actual hard day's work. I miss it terribly and most of the time feel useless, lazy or a waste of space. I'm usually upbeat, but having a really aweful day today. I feel very tired and weepy and in pain (as we all are). I'd love to close my eyes and just sleep this day away but there's no point, tomorrow will bring its own challenges.sorry, didn't mean to get on a whining spree. It's actually a bit sunny right now and I'm trying to enjoy it's brightness before it rains/snows later. So, I'll smile, say I hope you are all managing your day as best you can and that I hope your pain is not overbearing. Best to all of you.
I was an avionics technician for small and private jets. Not a job easily done when I am in pain daily. Not being able to move around in the tighter areas of the plane would cause big issues. On top of all the with the memory and concentration issues I would not feel very comfortable signing off on any work I had done. I have only been dealing with my issues for around 6 months now, which means doctors are still trying to decide if it is just fibro or if there is something else wrong. Just trying to hang in there and not go crazy, I'm not used to not being able to do much.
Hey Reece- I still work (although I can pretty much make my own hours and have cut back my hours). I am a mental health therapist. It is really difficult to deal with my pain and provide support for others 50% of the time due to my own pain. But I try to hang in there because I feel like it would be worse if I didn't work at all and it is hard to get disability financial support for fibromyalgia 😞
I still work as an internal software consultant for a security company. My problems are with regular meetings. Apparently I can't just grab the required people around the world when it's a 'good' time for me to work with them to sort out their problems. On the flip side they are really flexible when I have a visit from the lovely pain spike or a sudden departure of all energy and clear my calendar. Would be easier if I didn't have to work after around 5pm, but global companies are by nature spread out. I'm managing to get into the office each day but I don't do any way near what I used to in the same length day. I could work from home but I think that would be a slippery slope. I've just had a good spell so I logged in to catch up. Now not so good so updating my pain diaries and reading how others are coping. Crying, swearing, laying on the floor, stopping suddenly for a random amount of time, not seeing people, and others are things I do each week in the office and my colleagues have got used to it. One thing I have found really helpful is helping out with a local disabled charity. It's helped put my work output into perspective and stopped me beating myself up for being slower.
Everything we do, no matter how big, is an achievement so keep fighting.
I am currently out on a workers comp claim from January 2014... I have been a Head Start teacher/family health advocate and home visitor for the past 13 years... I went to community college and graduated in 2011 at the age of 50 with a 4.0 gpa and I am very proud of my accomplishment , I think in part that is why I am so distraught now... I have been released with some restrictions since the first of December but my employer has determined I will not be allowed back to work unless I am 100% released with no restrictions! I fear I will not reach 100% again as it has been over a year now. They do have work I could do such as home visiting, documenting, and such... Trust me this organization has made the work load so heavy there haven't been to many who were able to complete everything even when they ARE 100%! I proudly was one of them. I fear my career may be over and it makes me ill to think about. They are making it near impossible to return and it is all due to a new HR person. Anyway, that is/was my career and currently I am in limbo with the whole comp thing taking on a life of its own...
Hi Reece. I got my BSN ( bachelors of science in nursing) 30 yrs ago and studied for a year towards a MPH ( masters in public health). I didn't continue after I started having kids. Worked as an obstetrical nurse until 3 years ago when I had to stop due to slow and poor healing from a couple of surgeries and developed chronic back pain that had started a couple years prior to that along with fibromyalgia etc....