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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/2/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had a job for a little over a year now. I just started looking for a job recently but I am terrified to start a new job. I am not scared to try something new and meet new people. What scares me is that before I was diagnosed I was a great employee and had perfect attendance 3 years in a row. Then in 2008 it all started to go down hill. I started calling in sick sometimes I was out for a day, few days or even weeks. I hated being out of work and missing it but the doctor told me I was not allowed to go in. So I wouldn't go in. So now that I am looking for work and not being 100% flare free I am scared to start somewhere. I hate calling in sick and would think it would look awful to just start somewhere and have to call in. Right now I'm living at home and my parents pay for everything. They pay for my health insurance, car insurance, perscriptions, you get the idea everything!! I feel awful that they pay for everything but they say they want to help and can't imagine not helping since they didn't want me working so I could get this under control. Well now it's been a year and I need to work. I don't think I am really ready to go back yet but I really need to it's been a year! I loved working and making money! I used to do anything and wasn't scared of anything at all. I loved to travel and now I don't like to because I worry about what could happen and will there be bathrooms etc. I still do but not as much as I would like to. So I guess why I am here is because now I will have a really bad day and for a few days after that very bad day I will be terrified to leave the house. I don't want to leave because I don't want to have an attack out and about. My friends will invite me out and I won't go because I just don't have fun going out with them because I'm thinking of what might happen because it always does. It seems like it's 10x worse when you need to go out of your own house. I guess I'm writting this to see if anyone else is like this and how they help their nerves? Should I mention this to my PCP and ask for something to calm me? I don't want to look like and idiot and would feel embarresed having to bring this up. I am so lost and don't even know what to do anymore since I am so scared to leave my "safe" surroundings.
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ivy6
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   Posted 8/2/2010 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
(((RexSox))) I think your feelings are very, very, common.

Would it help you to start small, and work up in baby steps? Why not volunteer for an hour or two a week and then, once you know that you can do that, increase your hours, and then, when you're ready, start applying for jobs again?

This could be beneficial on two fronts: both to calm your nerves, but also to assure any potential employers that you *are* ready to come back to work.

It might also help to have some counselling so you can learn some coping strategies to help you deal with these concerns.

You said you're afraid of having an attack while you're out. Are you afraid of the pain, or of urgency and not being able to find a toilet, or of maybe having an accident, or something else?

Ivy.
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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/2/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ivy! You sound just like my mom, aunt and grandmother when you come to the working and volunteering. I actually just got in touch with some homeless shelter to help them. I just have to send the paperwork back. I also volunteer every year for Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund but not sure I'm going to be able to do that this year as it's at Fenway and outside. The heat has been getting to me lately. So I'm looking forward to hearing back from the homeless shelter. I do think it's a great idea to start with volunteering since it will help my nerves since if I can do that I am ready to go back to work. It will also help with the year gap on my resume. I have applied for a few part time jobs but I end up turning them down. My moms a nurse and the company she works for is looking for someone part time just 3-7pm M-F. I think it would be great since I do better late afternoon. I just don't want my moms name on me if for some reason I don't work out.

I don't know how I would do with counseling as I don't really open up to people face to face with this type of stuff. I get too embarresed since it's still very new to me. Plus they don't have CD so they probably wouldn't understand. Right? Do you go and do you find it helps? I don't even share lots of info about me and CD to my friends. It's been hard for me. I was never sick before not even a little ear ache I was always the healthiest. Well guess that all changed now I'm always sick. I'll have to look into it. Would take a lot of courage to suck it up and go talk to a complete stranger.


I'm afraid of the pain and not being able to find a toliet in time. For example my friends were all going out for dinner Saturday and they wanted me to go I didn't want to go at all but my mom talked me into it. I did go and was doing fine and then I started to just not feel good. My stomach started hurting and when that happens in public I get nervous that an attack will come next. Plus the pain get's bad sometimes that I get lightheaded and sweat. Then when that happens I get more emotional but I think that the meds help with the emotions. I try to explain it to people and they just don't get it so I gave up. Plus I'm 25 and feel like a 2yo sometimes because of all this.
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ivy6
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   Posted 8/2/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
It does sound to me as if you are developing some anxiety issues, which is completely understandable under the circumstances. I think Nanners and Navy would be good people to advise you on what to do about this: partly because they live in your country, and partly because Nanners has developed anxiety, and because Navy knows a lot about mental health.

It's great that your mother, aunt and grandmother are so encouraging and supportive, instead of demanding that you get back to "normal" life immediately. In a way, you could think of this as a sabbatical, to get back in touch with real life and reevaluate your lifestyle and your goals.

Got to pop off and do some more household jobs, but I have lots to add so will try to come back later and write more.

Ivy, having a busy morning.
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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/2/2010 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I am too Ivy but don't want to admit it maybe? My life seemed so perfect before Crohn's came into it. So I try to act like my life is still great but really having CD has changed my life so much. I don't like telling my family how I'm doing because I want them to think I am doing well when I am not. My mom does ask and I tell her I'm fine but really I am not. Just don't want them worrying. They must see it and just don't tell me since my grandmother had the idea of volunteering and then had everyone else in the family mention it to me. I agreed thought it was a great idea but got annoying with people keep saying I should do it. Thanks Ivy I really do appreciate your help, adivce!

Enjoy your morning and will look to see if you had time to write more. TTYS.
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ivy6
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   Posted 8/2/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
about volunteering, I found it helped to be very strategic about what positions I took up. It took me a very long time to find a niche that worked for me, because a lot of organisations make the right noises about being very accommodating and flexible for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, but I found that very few actually were. Please don't feel discouraged if the homeless shelter doesn't work out for you: just put it down to life experience, keep looking and keep trying, and know that you will find a niche eventually.

Think, though, about whether they'll consider it a disaster if you have to miss a day because of ill health or appointments; whether they'll require you to attend loooooong training sessions before you can be active; whether you can leave your post to run to the toilet; things like that.

It's perfectly normal to be reticent about your symptoms. I think a lot (most?) of us went through that stage. And it's natural, too, to grieve for the life that you have lost. This is a cruel and unfair disease.

More shortly, if I can.

Ivy.

ps. A late afternoon shift sounds ideal!!
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Love_Art_Baby
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   Posted 8/2/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
(((HUGS)))RedSox

I feel the same way, so you are not alone. I had also ALWAYS been a great employee, always early, never sick, always putting in 110%, and then Crohn's...

It just sucks!

I just recently got a new permanant Job after I got fired a while back for being sick. Before I got this job I actually got a temporary job with a Hospital, I got it more because I was desperate for anything I could get, But it REALLY helped with getting me back into a schedule and working. Maybe you could find something temporary, so that if you aren't really ready to get back working, it's not really going to hurt anything, since it's just a Temp job. Also, the 3-7 job thing actually sounds pretty awesome, It can gradually get you back into things, and if It doesn't work out, just a guess here but I don't think your mom will really take it personally, I mean she knows your sick, and at least you tried.

The going out in public thing, I can't really give you any advice on since I'm having problems with that myself. I recently had problems. I've been keeping to myself at home, and hadn't been going out and doing anything in probably about a year, and the first night I try, I didn't do so good...SO I'm waiting again a little while before I go out and be social again :(
It sucks being a homebody as young as us :/
23 y/o
Diagnosed in 2007
Misdiagnosed w/ Lactose Intolerance @ 11 y/o
Misdiagnosed w/ IBS @ 16 y/o
3 hospital stays in the last 6 months
been on Asacol, Pentassa, Remicaide, Humira, Prednisone on and off (I think it's the devil) and lost more random things.
Right now 6MP ,Monthly B-12,Fish Oil, about to start Cimzia, just went off prednisone AGAIN, just stopped Humira
 
Married with a 3 y/o
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Zanne
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   Posted 8/3/2010 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I was going to suggest the temp job thing too. When I was pregnant with my older daughter (many years ago), I worked temp jobs because I knew I wasn't going to go back to work after she was born. Some of the jobs would be a week, and some were a few months. But if you got sick and couldn't go back in, you could just call up the agency and tell them you weren't going back to that job. Most of the long term jobs I worked I was offered as a permanent job. I wasn't planning on working full time and they weren't really in my field, but it is another avenue for you to investigate.
Suzanne

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Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


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   Posted 8/3/2010 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay first off I really think that you have developed anxiety related to your Crohns. Believe it or not, many on this very forum have developed it too. I bet if you look at alot of signatures you will see many are taking either anxiety meds or anti depressants because of this darn disease. I developed anxiety about 3 years ago after having the disease for over 30 years. I highly suggest you get in and see a therapist, if you can find one who deals with chronic health issues, even better. Having this disease sucks, but when you add in depression or anxiety it only makes its worse. I suggest getting in with your family doc and getting a referral to a psychiatrist or therapist who can either help you work thru these issues or maybe even prescribe a med to help you calm your fears. You can't keep this all bottled up inside, or your just gonna get worse. Good luck!
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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/3/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your responses. I guess I was hoping for a different answer then having to go see a therapist or a psychiatrist. I'm not one to talk about my problems to random strangers. I feel like email, or this forum is so much easier since we are all going through it. I really don't have anything to say to them anyway just that I don't like going out after having an episode. Can't really give me advice on that since I'm sure it's never happened to them. I'll think about it. Plus before all of this I never was on any medicine now I feel like I'm on a lot even when I'm really not on that many. It just seems like it will be one more thing to add to the list. I can't even tell my mom or dad how I am really feeling because I'm embarresed by this situation. No one in my family has any type of IBD. So they don't understand when it comes to that type of stuff but they are very supportive about it all when I tell them things. I'll call my PCP and see if she can just put me on something for anxiety.

The volunteering is not going to work they want people to be able to commit to certain days every week. Even if I wasn't sick all the time I wouldn't want to do that. Something else can come up. So I'm not going to volunteer at the homeless shelter/food pantry.

Love_Art_Baby that's a very good point about my mom. So when I do finally go to meet with the manager again and she offers it to me I mine as well just accept it. How are you handling your new job? Has it helped at all with trying to get out of the house more? You are right it does suck and at our age we shouldn't be inside all the time!!

So I will take everyone's advice I will look for some type of temp job. Never even thought of that. Nanners when I have the guts to cal my PCP and ask for an RX or an appt I will ask about seeing someone for my anxiety. Hopefully she says I don't need to and that some meds should just help. Hopefully with age all of this gets less embarresing?
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ivy6
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   Posted 8/3/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about the homeless shelter. Some volunteer places are a lot less stern on such things, though. It may take you some trial and error, but I'm sure you'll find a niche eventually.

Seeing as you're fairly new to all this, it might help you to keep a short symptoms & activity diary, just to see what you're able to do after certain symptoms.

I've never written it down, but I have worked out that I can walk a certain distance when I'm having 16+ bms a day; things like that. That has done a lot to help my confidence.

I think most of us always have these concerns, but with experimentation we can work out what our limits are, and move safely within them when we are feeling vulnerable, and then gradually try to expand them when we are feeling brave.

Ivy.
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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/3/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy that's a great idea! I will start that tomorrow. I try and keep a mental note of what I can do or how far I can go after having a bad day but keeping notes should help. Maybe soon won't be so scared to actually leave the house if keeping a symptom, activity diary. I'm feeling brave today so maybe I'll go for a walk to the beach. Such a nice day out and if I can do that today I'll try again tomorrow! Thanks again Ivy!!
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ivy6
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   Posted 8/3/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
:-) I'm glad I could help, RedSox.

I don't need to keep them so much now, but I found that records helped me a lot when I was very unwell. Eventually I had reached the point where I knew that if I was taking x number of painkillers a day, or was having y and z as symptoms, then I needed to phone my doctor immediately, because those symptoms had always landed me in hospital in the past. It meant I could deal with things early, and (hopefully) have a better outcome than I would have had I allowed them to progress.

The activity log won't be 100% reliable, and you won't always be able to, say, go to the beach when you're feeling like this, but at least it will give you some confidence to know that you *have* done it with these symptoms, and that you are likely to be able to go there again one day.

Huge hugs.

Ivy.
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Love_Art_Baby
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   Posted 8/3/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, the job has helped a lot with getting out of the house. I started on July 19th, and I have to train for 8 weeks ( Paid :) yay!) so it's like 9-5 every day (I'm working at a Blood Center) but the thing that makes me REALLY nervous is that when I actually start the job after the training, is that I will be working on the BloodMobile for blood drives, which means I will be going somewhere different EVERY DAY. Which means I will never know where a bathroom will be till I need it :(.
BUT
It's getting me out of the house and working. And I was actually asked to go out to lunch with some of the other trainees and I actually said yes and went, which lately I have actually been keeping to myself and would usually of said no.

I think if you found something, permanant job, volenteering, Temp Job, whatever, it will help you get out, get a schedule, and try to live a semi-normal life, as normal as us Chronie's can get I guess.

If you ever want to talk I'm here, in the same boat :)
23 y/o
Diagnosed in 2007
Misdiagnosed w/ Lactose Intolerance @ 11 y/o
Misdiagnosed w/ IBS @ 16 y/o
3 hospital stays in the last 6 months
been on Asacol, Pentassa, Remicaide, Humira, Prednisone on and off (I think it's the devil) and lost more random things.
Right now 6MP ,Monthly B-12,Fish Oil, about to start Cimzia, just went off prednisone AGAIN, just stopped Humira
 
Married with a 3 y/o
~Want to get this back in control so I can try for another baby! :)

ivy6
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   Posted 8/3/2010 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
And you're very welcome to join in the daily tlc threads :-)
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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/3/2010 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Do they not have bathroom on the actual blood mobile? We used to have one come to my old job once a year. It was a great thing that they do. So hopefully you'll go to places like that so you know there will be a bathroom. That's awesome you said yes and went with them. Plus now that you said yes they'll invite you again. I'll keep my fingers crossed this new job goes well for you.

I'm hoping I get the 3-7pm job. It would be great because of the hours and also only part time so I won't have to start out with a 40 hour job right away. I won't get the benefits, 401k, insurance, etc because it won't be 40 hours but I think this is what i need to do is start part time and go to full time if and when I feel that I can.

Is there a way to private message people on this site? Would like to keep in touch it's nice to know someone around the same age dealing with the same issues. I don't have any family with IBD or any issues like this. I can't find it if there is.
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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/3/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ivy maybe I will. I do read those but don't have anything to really add my life and schedule is pretty lame right now! I did go for a walk on the beach with my mom tonight and it felt good! Now maybe I'll actually go out with friends when they ask and just suck it up we'll see. Baby steps though not that brave yet!
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ivy6
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   Posted 8/3/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Excellent! I'm glad to hear you could go for that walk!

What's your beach like? Big waves? Little ones? Sandy? Pebbly?
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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/3/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
There's a beach at the end of my street and it's private so it's nice and quiet. Normally it's pretty calm but it seems as though a storm is coming so the waves are bigger then usual. I put my feet in but it was way too cold to put anymore of myself in! It's very rocky closer to the shore but the closer to the water is more sand then rocks. It's a great beach to watch the sunset but that hasn't happened yet here or I would have stayed. I love to swim in the ocean something about the waves and salt water. We've been having great white sightings near the Cape so a lot of people have been staying out of the water. It's pretty cold anyway right now and not that hot so when you get out you'd be even more cold. Wish we could post pictures on this site. It's a great beach!
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ivy6
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   Posted 8/3/2010 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
"Great White" - as in sharks? *shudders*

So it sounds as if you're fairly north?
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RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/3/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, as in the shark! On Friday, swimmers on Salisbury Beach north of Boston were warned of a possible shark sighting; on Tuesday, a great white shark was tagged off of Cape Cod's Chatham. On Friday, swimmers at Salisbury Beach north of Boston were ordered to stay close to shore for a few hours after a fisherman reported a possible shark sighting. I can get to the Cape in about 15-20min and to Boston in about 45min. So I have the best of both worlds!

How are the beaches in Austrailia? I've always wanted to go there. My grandmother went years ago and she told me if and when I do go I'd have to at least go for two weeks so I could see everything and because of travel time to get there from the states. Have you ever been to the States? I've seen it in pictures, TV and Movies and seems like a great place to live.
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Love_Art_Baby
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   Posted 8/3/2010 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I added you on facebook :)
It is really hard with family, I don't have anyone in my family that has the same thing either, they all listen and everything and are supportive, but I really don't feel like talking to them about all the stuff because of the nature of it, I mean my husband probably doesn't REALLY want to know how many timess I went to the bathroom today ;)
and I also don't want everyone to start thinking I'm getting bad again, worrying etc, I put them through enough already during my last really bad flare.
23 y/o
Diagnosed in 2007
Misdiagnosed w/ Lactose Intolerance @ 11 y/o
Misdiagnosed w/ IBS @ 16 y/o
3 hospital stays in the last 6 months
been on Asacol, Pentassa, Remicaide, Humira, Prednisone on and off (I think it's the devil) and lost more random things.
Right now 6MP ,Monthly B-12,Fish Oil, about to start Cimzia, just went off prednisone AGAIN, just stopped Humira
 
Married with a 3 y/o
~Want to get this back in control so I can try for another baby! :)

GassyLassy
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   Posted 8/3/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I feel for you .... its difficult ..... I was a dental assistant .... gave that up ....and started working as a relief teacher assistant in a special needs school ..... I'm now full time ..... love it ..... and you don't have to worry about your toilet habits ...blame it on the students lol

RedSoxGirl85
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   Posted 8/3/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Just got your request Love_Art_Baby! I'm the same way. It just isn't a normal topic that people mind listening to. They always say they'll listen and are here but don't want to put them through it. Like you said about your husband I don't think anyone really wants to know how many times someone goes to the bathroom. I guess only one person a GI and I'm still confused as to why someone would want that for a job!


GassyLassy... Glad you love the job and are able to work full time. Plus it's great you can blame it on the students! lol
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   Posted 8/4/2010 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   

I see a psychiatrist due to anxiety issues.  He's the second one I've seen and I didn't have to disclose embarassing information to either of them.  They both knew what Crohn's was and that's all I had to say.  I also tried meeting with a therapist or counselor to learn techniques to help relieve anxiety (breathing, visualization, etc.) but stopped seeing her because she wanted me to come a couple of times a week.  You don't have to tell them anything you don't want to or are not comfortable with telling them.  I recently attended an educational program for the Arthritis Foundation and the guest speaker was a clinical psychologist and she talked about the psychology of chronic pain.  I really liked her approach...she seemed to really understand what people with chronic pain go through and how that affects their lives.  Maybe someone like that would be a good place to start.  There is absolutely no shame in having to take something or talk to someone for the anxiety/depression that having a chronic disease causes.

 


Crohn's Disease with Arthritis, Non-Erosive Reflux Disease, Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Depression/Anxiety 
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