Fibro fog and working

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   Posted 12/19/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been a stay-at-home mom for years, but with higher prices, need to work. There is no way I can work outside the home because of all the weird things going on with my body, the constant flares, etc. (my doctor agrees) So last January I started an online MT course, as I used to be a typist many years ago.
It's been an incredibly difficult year, with numerous flares, and the most challenging I've ever had with FM.  The course is interesting, but difficult, but I've hung in there and continued, often asking myself "what am I doing continuing???"
I've asked numerous questions so I will have clarity and know that the practice MT work I'm doing is correct. While I've made progress here and there, I still have a huge struggle with fibro fog. For the life of me, I can't remember how to do formatting on the reports, recall  the correct word needed in a phrase relating to the med field, remember certain things  I need to do with the computer, etc. I've also noticed my fingers have gotten a bit more 'klutzy' and I make many mistakes while typing, except for a rare 'good' day. I'm wondering if I should even continue, (but will, for my husband' sake, tho I've explained the fibro fog to him) as the stiffness and all the other 'goodies' allow me only short periods on the computer. (I do take constant breaks and move around.) But if by some miracle I pass this course, realistically, I'd have to sit at the computer for a few hours minimum each day, and that scenario greatly terrifies me.
Really, how much money would I make, even if very part time? (which I would definitely need.)
I've looked at other options such as babysitting, but the county people who would approve the licensing are the same ones who worked with my son a couple years ago.  They got so deceitful on their 'reports' that we had to hire a lawyer to defend ourselves, and uncover all the lies. (a nightmare!)
Does anyone know if there is a reliable online source which hires typists? This would have to be on a "I will if my body can handle it" basis, so it's tricky. Any help appreciated!
My dr. suggested I try the gov't run Workforce, so I filled out forms, met with a lady, explained my health problems, etc. but was rejected because "You don't have a cane."  (My legs are so bad 75% of the year I can't even walk in stores, but I don't have a cane so I can't get help! These people really do not want to listen!)
Well, I'll continue to keep trying the MT course, but things don't look promising there. I feel like in our rural area there are few options for at-home jobs.I've tried Avon, but very few buyers, so it didn't pay to continue. I've thought of starting a craft business, but my husband said he'd prefer a more 'steady' income on my part. (tho I still may work on it after the MT course ends.)
 I just have such a hard time--some days I can't sit long, other times I'm fine. But the fibro fog is the biggest problem, and one has to be 'sharp' in any job. Right now I only take meds at night, so that's a nice little 'lull' time for me til the next flare. But still, it's so hard for me to concentrate, as I need to.
Any more ideas, anyone?  Thanks and God bless!
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