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LMills
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering how many of you hold part time jobs and what a day of work normally is for you?
I have applied repeatedly at fifteen different places and NO ONE is hiring. I also applied at Goody's the other day and they seemed like they might actually hire, but then a few days after I read they are filing for bankruptcy. Go figure. I almost applied at Circuit City too but you see how they've turned out -_-
I'm just about at my wit's end on finding a job here though...I really need the money, but I can't do full time because of school and health. If I don't keep my GPA up then I don't get my scholarships and they are pretty strict with some of the scholarship stipulations...
Just hoping to get some advice from people who have already found something even semi-safe..
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Joie1
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   Posted 1/12/2009 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay. Try your local library. Go in, find out how/where to work there. Go in looking to be a clerk/page. It's usually part time work. It's a bit active...not TOO active and its basically always safe. You should go and get super familiar with Dewey. I'm not just saying this 'cause I got my A.S. with a certificate in Library Technology but because it can be REALLY interesting work. I used to come across books on Crohns and cooking and all sorts of stuff that I didn't read 'cause at the time, I didn't know I HAD this disease. Still, it's usually easy work with only a LITTLE bit of truly hard on the body work. If your library only uses clerks who volunteer then try to be a circulation clerk. Also easy work and library workers are usually very nice. It's just an idea.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Crohns Dx'd: February 2008.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)

Trying to hang in there until January so I'll have some insurance and can visit a rheumy, neuro, GI, primary, pain control, and possibly a shrink so I could stop crying and living in my own lil pity party. :-P


LMills
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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
That's what I would really like to do, but the libraries I can apply to are really funny about hiring...since a lot of people apply all the library does is pick applications out at random as opposed to looking at individual talents and credentials..I think I will keep trying though! It's a great suggestion and chance could be in my favor :)
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Zanne
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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
My Daughter is in college and works at Starbucks. I know they are having some issues, but depending on the district some stores are hiring. You can tell them what your availablity is and they will work around it. Like, I can't do the morning open shift, but I am available to do the close shift, or I can never work on Fridays because that's the day I reserve for study groups. It can be a little physical but not too much. Believe me. My daughter is a bit of a princess, if it was really hard labor, she wouldn't have been there for 3 years.

If you go to one store and they aren't hiring, ask if any stores in their district or in other local districts are hiring. You would be surprised at how small and close together the districts are. Just within about 20 minutes driving its 4 districts or some such nonsense.

Also they pay well and you can get good raises if you are a good employee.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


DancrAlwaz
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 1/13/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I work retail. I'm lucky I have a job right now, but I've been at the store for 4 years, so I'm holding on tight until I can find something else. Check out Craigslist for your area, and if you have any independent newspapers sometimes there are jobs in there that are not in the regular paper.
Rachael - 24 years old, diagnosed with CD in Dec. of 2004.

Currently on 20 mg of Prednisone, 2.4mg Lialda, and 100mg Azathioprine. Also multi-vitamins, and Anti-D when necessary. 1/2 tablet of 5MG-325 MG pain pill when needed

I thank God every day for an amazing support network of family, my boyfriend who has been there since the beginning, and my friends who never waver.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/13/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I made a lot of money part time waitressing in high school. But it is not always the easiest job to get to a bathroom. However, the hours were flexible. My coworkers knew when I had to go I had to go and they were great about covering my tables should food come up while I was "in dispose."
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


MAG102886
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   Posted 1/13/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I work in a high end grocery store, I only work 4 days a week 32 hours.  I used to work 6 days 48 hours a week, but embarrassing as it is, I just cant do it anymore.  Try applying at a grocery store, they are usually always hiring, about 50% of the people that work with me are college students, but when they are in school they dont work, so theres a high demand for people. Plus Im in a union so they chances of me losing my job are slim...but who knows at this point with the economy.  Waitressing is good too, if you can handle the work, you could always check out small diners or something like that.

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly)
 

ivy6
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
LMills, I don't live in America so don't have much knowledge of the situation there, but I wonder if you might have some success if you talk to your lecturers at uni. Some of them might have some grunt work that needs to be done - referencing, photocopying, things like that - and might be able to pay you out of research grants.

Would babysitting, dogwalking, cleaning, ironing etc each day give you enough money to live? I'm guessing that a lot of homemakers might be considering re-entering the workforce to help their families survive financially, and that means that there might be a lot of homely jobs that will need to be done by someone else...

I.
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inflamed
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
My college had a lot of jobs that fit well with a student schedule. Things like working the desk in a dorm, or calling prospective students for admission. Ivy's right too, a lot of profs will have short term or small projects they'll pay to have done.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


Celey
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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I can find jobs easily enough.. I'm willing to work at pretty much anything... Problem is the whole health thing; most of the jobs I find are jobs other people don't want to do... Had to quit my job being an outside campus maintenance worker (picking up trash, pulling weeds, etc.) because it was too hard on my body... All the constant bending over and everything... :(... Sucks...

If I could get something like a desk job, that would be awesome... (I type extremely fast)... Problem is... Jobs like that go pretty fast...

I have enough money saved up right now (from the time when I was working), so I don't need a job at this current point in time... Leaves me plenty of time to focus on my studies... and hey, maybe if I work on my stories enough, I can get published... have money coming in that way and not have to worry about finding a job while I'm in college... :)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


morph999
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 1/13/2009 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 32yrs old. From age 17 - about age 23, I could get a job anywhere. These days, I applied at 30 different places and no one called me back. I've given up. I think the next generation of kids is really screwed. I just don't see much of a future in the USA.

Celey
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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
:)... That's such an optimistic outlook Morph.

(Kidding, of course) //>.>\\'... So, uh... Do you have a college (vocational school, other postsecondary) education?

Of course, even with a college education, I hear its getting hard to find a job... I don't think everything is all screwed up, though.... Where there's a will, there's a way... Plus, I've chosen a major that isn't too common among people, yet it is still pretty needed... Sooo... I think I'll be all right... :)
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


RightOutStraight02
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/13/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
LMills, not much helpful to say here from me, I worked at TD Banknorth as a teller but was fired when I had to go to the hospital for surgery...so I guess I wouldn't suggest the bank for us Crohnies in College. Hmmm...Have you tried checking out around the school and seeing if there are any jobs available on/around campus? If you are at all eligible for work-study time I'm sure there are things available, but they also usually have some jobs that aren't affiliated with the work-study program.I wish you the best of luck! Also, while I'm here, I forgot to respond to you the other day and let you know I am doing okay, doc wants to start Remicade...not too sure how I feel but at this point I'm willing to go for anything. How are you?
20 years old.
Dx'd with Crohn's at the age of 13.
Dx'd with Fibromyalgia at 15.
Currently taking 6mp and Flagyl.
10 inches of my small intestine removed October 2008.
When will remission come?!?!
 
Best regards to everyone here, bless you all.


survivor49
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 241
   Posted 1/14/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
is there a target near you? there always seems to be a need at the target store

Zanne
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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
What is your insurance situation? If you are covered and don't need the job for that, you might try temp agencies. I worked temp jobs for about a year and a half at the end of my college and while I was expecting. I was always employed. some long term, some short. All desk jobs. Mostly receptionist, but really good pay. Some of the jobs offered me permanent jobs but I knew I was going to be home with my baby, so it was not an option for me.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


provolunteer
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 1/14/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
i started back to work as a part time afternoon daycare teacher. i would come in at 2 and relieve the regular teacher and stay until 6 in the evening. nost of the kids would be winding down from their day. they would watch movies,i would take them outside or to the gym for awhile or do a craft with them,read a story,play music,etc.  if i needed to go to the bathroom, the teacher next door would open the partition between the rooms so she could watch them while i was gone.  after a few months, the school asked me about being a substitute teacher during the daytime too. that was in a private school. now both my kids are in public high school and i still substitute(credentials are 1 year of college or 1 year of daycare experience or recommendation from high school principal, though, i think it's changed a little since i first started). with the public schools system here, i can choose what days i'm available,what hours(half day morning or afternoon),half day or full day and when the computer calls and i don't feel like working that day,i either don't answer or i will turn down the job using the sick day code or previous appointment. at this moment, i've put myself on the inactive list until i after i have surgery for a hernia. but check with the local school system on substitute credentials. being able to work when i can and choose not to when i'm sick is ideal being a crohnnie.

provolunteer-
27 surgeries, 19 fistulas,c-section, endometrios,hysterectomy,arthritis,dry eyes,migraines,kidneys stones,allergies,chronic broncitis,memory not so good, too close to death several times, too many bowel resections to count,
permanent colostomy(rectum removed was harder to deal with than using a baggie the rest of my life) but.......
...... I am no longer a pain in the butt!!!!!!!!


LMills
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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the responses everyone! I will be looking into these things. I've pretty much exhausted every resource available for finding a job i.e. craigslist, every local paper, school career services, Starbucks, library, and so on. I suppose it will just be a matter of luck in this case...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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