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67 stang
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   Posted 12/29/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I am new here.   I was just recently diagnosed on 12/18 with Fibro and CFS.   I was speechless.   I had researched alot about RA because the pain was in my hands and my feet.    I teach 1st grade to 22 little darlings.  I am 41, married, 2 kids, 2 dogs.   I work about 11 hour days at school and bring home 2 more hours of stuff to do for school.  I usually do my other homework during supper, bathtime, homework, and after kids being in bed.   I know I must make some changes but dont know where to begine
 

donnaeil
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   Posted 12/29/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Can you get a teacher's assistant? Perhaps an interning future teacher to help you out?

Sometimes first grade mom's will help grade papers and help out in the classroom.

It is good that you are seeking information now, that way you may not crash into a bad flare.

Welcome,
Donnaei

jenningss
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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm a teacher.  I don't teach elementary though, I teach high school.  I'm sure it makes a huge difference, because my students are a lot more independent and can even help me out when I need it.  The teacher's assistant idea is great, and I have another one.  My school has what they call service learners.  Service learners don't go out for paying jobs, they work around the school for their credit.  They can also go down the road to the elementary school to work.  When I was in school, service learners were your library workers, office workers, etc.  Even if your local high school doesn't have a service learning program, they might have older students who need more credits who could do the job.  My other advice as a teacher with Fibro is to not feel guilty when you have to take it easy.  Anything you can do sitting down, do it!  Save your precious energy every chance you get.  Use technology.  An overhead projector is great, but the projectors that project on the wall through your computer are AWESOME.  Some of the things you would have to write on the board can be done with the projector, and you can make the slide show only what you want the students to see at that time.  Also try and figure out ways to keep from taking so much home.  I know it sounds crazy, but it will help save you in the long run.  I've made it 10 of my 15 years of teaching battling Fibromyalgia, and all the other things my body has thrown at me, and I've been thankful for my job teaching.  I utilize my technology, I use a student service learner, and I try not to beat myself up inside when I can't do everything I wish I could.  Good luck to you!

 


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   Posted 12/30/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Stang and Jennings. It's great that both of you are teachers. Stang my dx five years ago took me by surprise too. I didn't know anything about fibro at the time. I knew something was wrong but never thought it was something that couldn't be cured with a few pills.
 
Read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains lots of great info. Ask questions and we are here to help you learn to live with this DD. Jennings your right on track with finding ways to do things that saves your energy. Fibromites can get creative when it comes to living with this.
 
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67 stang
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   Posted 12/30/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on cymbalta and ambien for about a year now. The rhuemoatologist kept me on the same dosage and added tramadol 3 x daily. I also take reliv and have been taking it in shake form for 2 years. I dont know what my symptoms could have been without this prevention . I am searching and looking for new ideas. Thanks so much.

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   Posted 12/30/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi 67 and welcome!

I have taught college, part time, for the past 13 years but doc put me on 'retirement' this past June. I broke my heart but as you I was always doing work related to school...even as a part timer. That's how good teachers are...IMHO...lol

I'm sure you are starting to realize that your life is going to change, but that doesn't mean you have to stop teaching nor having a wonderful life. It does mean that you will have to plan what you do and take very good care of yourself to have the energy you will need...and then you'll be more tired than you'd like. I'm not telling you these things to upset or depress you...just sharing what I've learned over time.

There is a wonderful story written by a gal who posted on a large fibromyalgia forum.It's been posted here before so I'll try and find it and bring it to page one for you and others to read. It's a great description of how we learn to portion out our energy day by day. It's call The Spoon Theory.

Enjoy,
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67 stang
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   Posted 12/31/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
That sounds great. I have always wanted to be a teacher but chose to stay at home for 8 years raising my kiddos after I graduated from college. Im in my third year of teaching first grade. I will be looking for that post.
Have a Great New Year's Eve,

Sherrine
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   Posted 12/31/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome!  You can find the Spoon Theory in the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  Ther are links to a lot of good info about fibro in there.
 
Sherrine
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jenningss
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   Posted 1/1/2009 12:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to the spoon theory thread. I love it!! I will be using this example to explain to both collegues and students how Fibro affects us. I'm due in one week to have my tonsils taken out, and have the area reconstructed to see if I can get more oxygen. We tried CPAP, but my tonsils are so large that the air can't get past them. I'm not looking forward to the two week recovery time, but I will do what it takes to function better. I'd love to hear from anyone else that's had a tonsillectomy since being diagnosed.

Dagger
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   Posted 1/1/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
The best advice I received when I started teaching was "Work smarter, not harder" If you keep working 13 hour days, you will burn out quickly. Really look at what you are doing and how you spend your time. Think about ways to cut back. Talk to other teachers at your school and find out how they get everything done.

Teachers can work 24 hours a day. There is always something to do: paperwork, lessons, differentiating instruction, classroom management, parents, school obligations, meetings, etc, etc. I've decided to handle this by limiting how many extra hours I will work each day. I get the most important things done and then stop when the time is up. I only break this rule when I have to meet a school or district deadline and only if I really have to.

Even if you were healthy, this pace would burn you out. Don't forget about yourself, your husband, and your kids.

First graders are a lot of fun. I team taught first grade reading last year and had a blast. Up until then, I'd never taught below 3rd grade. I was partnered with a veteran first grade teacher and she taught me a lot. She is aware of my health issues and reminds me to take care of myself. She reminds me that I'm not Superwoman and I need to let some things slide. I've been really taking her advice this year and it's made a difference. I am a lot less stressed and I have more energy.

Good Luck.

Dagger
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   Posted 1/1/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah, I can't believe I forgot to say that I work 4/5 time. I work the equivalent of 4 days/week. Since I am paid less for this, I make sure I don't put in tooo many extra hours.
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