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Skylardaisy
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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on vacation from work for the past 15 days. Out of the 15 days, I had exactly 2 days when I wasn't ill with CD symptoms. Needless to say, I haven't done much, mostly staying home. I even had to cancel the Easter dinner that I had invited my whole family to attend. They were very understanding, so no worries there.
I am slated to return to work tomorrow and don't know what to do. I have a very demanding job as a psychiatric nurse and just do not feel physically or mentally ready to tackle it. I only have about 3 days of paid sick leave left and can't afford to take unpaid days off. Both my GP and GI are very unsupportive. On top of all this, we are very short staffed at work and one never knows when one will have to stay and work a double shift. The thought of going back tomorrow under these circumstances is almost more than I can take. I live in Manitoba, Canada, so we don't have any FMLA here, although it sounds like a very good thing. I am at the end of my rope as far as work is concerned. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

isergodur
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   Posted 4/16/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry I have no advice :(
But I understand how you feel I had to quit my work and go on disability. I just could not handle it anymore.
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 4/16/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Skyler, I'm in Manitoba too.  Who's your GP and GI?
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 17.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.
 
Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


Skylardaisy
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   Posted 4/16/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Rider Fan.

Nice to meet a fellow Manitoban. My GP is Dr. George Balko and my GI is Dr. Alexandra Ilnyckyj.

Both work out of St. Boniface. I have to say that neither one of them has done anything to make my life easier. I am currently looking for new doctors. Who do you see ?


Rider Fan
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   Posted 4/16/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm, never heard of them, I'm surprised. My GP is Dr. Mayba, you have to wait about 4 hours to see him. My GI is Dr. Bernstein, I like him very much but not sure what his waiting list is like, I'm guessing about a year.

I'm surprised that your GI is so unsupportive given the distress you are in. Have you come out and just told her you can't work?


32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 17.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.
 
Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


xraygrrl
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   Posted 4/16/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Skylar Daisy. I don't have any advice for you, just wanted to say I sympathize. After putting everything I had into going to x-ray school, I had to go back to a desk job as it was just too physically demanding. Have you looked into any nursing desk jobs? I currently work for a medical malpractice insurance company and all of the attorneys we hire use nurses to review records and things like that. Hang in there!

Skylardaisy
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   Posted 4/16/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies. Firstly, Riders Fan, I have told both my GP and GI that I can't work. The first time was in 2005. I was exhausted and ill after a bout with mild pancreatitis caused by Imuran. My GP agreed that I should take some sick time and then did everything in his power to screw things up for me with EI and CPP.
He would have forms in his office for weeks on end and not bother to sign or mail them. Meanwhile, I would have no money coming in because no one had received verification of my illness. Had to get my lawyer to write to him twice to get things going. Then, I saw my very arrogant, unpleasant GI doctor. She decided arbitrarily that I was in remission because I told her that the effects of the pancreatitis were finally diminishing. I also told her that I had developed a new CD symptom of spontaneous vomiting episodes which would last for hours and put me out of commission for 2 days following. As usual, she didn't listen and would not support my claim for disability. Got turned down because of this. After a very heated discussion, she finally realized that she had not been listening and changed her mind about supporting my disability claim. However, it was too late. I ended up on welfare because of her. So, I don't even want to discuss work with her. I just want to find an understanding doctor who will stand behind me. I'm at the end of my rope.
Xraygrrl, I would love to have a nursing desk job. I watch in the newspaper for any jobs like that but so far haven't found anything. We are so short staffed at work that everyone has to work the floor whether you feel like it or not. Thank you for your suggestion. I will definitely keep looking.

Rider Fan
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   Posted 4/16/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that sounds pretty bad. I've never had to tell my GI that I can't work, but I do worry about his reaction if I ever have to. It's at times like these when we need them to support us. I've heard good things about McFlickier, and I don't think the wait is that long. My thoughts are with you. Good luck and keep me posted on how you're doing.
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 17.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.
 
Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!

Post Edited (Rider Fan) : 4/16/2009 7:46:40 PM (GMT-6)


Skylardaisy
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   Posted 4/16/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your support, Riders Fan. I have heard of Dr. McFlickier. I think I will phone his office and see if he is taking referrals. I will let you know what happens.
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