Work blues..should I stay or should I go...

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   Posted 1/5/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
First time on the forum. Thought I would drop in and say Hi. I was diagnosed with FM a year ago this month. But it took me 3yrs to get an answer for all the pain, aches, sleeplessness, fatigue that I have been fighting.

I have a good boss you could say but I don't think I can keep working like this. Its a long story, but I'll try to keep it kinda short.

I start at 7:30am leave around 4:30 or 5:30 (my dh and I work at the same business, we only have one car) My duties include phones, filing, computer, writing, ten key. I sit arms length from one co-employee and about 2 feet from my supervisor and there are No partition walls of any kind to block anyone/anything out. I've been there for 8 years. I have been Very dependable. I have to say my boss has been good to me. I have talked to him and my co-workers about FM. But how soon people forget when I am not walking with difficulty. I have made changes on/around my desk area. I still can't handle the noise level around me, smells or people just bumping into my chair. I stopped telling people to try not to do this or that around me,but it doesn't stick. Of course my dh is the most compassionate person I know and he will help me if he is around or know by looking at me not to bother me. Their are no "offices" that I could move into. I want to approach my boss and find another way of giving me my own space. I am sooo tired. Ya know, my body is aching to the bone everyday. I take plenty of meds, but I would love to just sit down to rest and actually RELAX.....I can remember back when I would be real busy or finish a long bike ride, come home and plop on the couch and then a half an hour later or something jump up and be ready go shopping, go out and "party", whatever. Those days are long gone.

Well enough of that, I am wearing myself out now, I need to get to bed soon and try and sleep good. I move ALOT and I feel the hurt when I move. But hey, it sure is soft....I got some fleece sheets....sure feels cozy and keeps me warm. tongue

Soft Hugs to all,

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   Posted 1/5/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry you are working. I have, not by my own choice-fibros choice, for about 10 years now. A little part-time here and there, but mostly home. My children are raised and am expecting my first grand in July. about your job, I would say do it as long as you feel you can. Being home isn't all that great either. Have lost all but one of my friends cause I can't go do anything anymore. NOT FUN!! oh well, I have a great husband that also now has Fibro too. Just wonderful huh? Oh well, I could be single again of have a very un understanding spouse. Good luck to you.

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   Posted 1/6/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome Binki,

It sounds like you have some issues that need to be changed. I don't know how you are still working full time. I am down to 3 days (go in only 1 day & answer calls from home 2 days).

It is too bad that you have to go in so early. What do you do for those couple of hours? That would make me tired going in early every day like that.

As for getting your own office, maybe if you asked for partitions and tried that first. It might be enough to block out at least most of the things that are bothering you. Maybe not the noise, but it might lighten it a bit.

If it gets to be so bad that you are hurting too much and are unable to get through the days, then I would start thinking of SSDI. I am going to file in the Spring. I know by the way I am going now that I just won't be able to do my job anymore. I know that I cannot do the job duties I was hired for, so not working is my only other choice. You can't get an easier job. I am a Secretary/Bookkeeper and I can make my own hours and do whatever I want. I am the only one so I really have it made. It makes me sick to know that I will have to give it up. I guess when you get to a certain point, you just have to.

I hope you are able to work things out & you get to feeling better. Please feel free to ask quesions or keep us posted. We are all one big family here!

Hugs!!   Margie

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   Posted 1/6/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Binki and welcome. I like the name, it's cute. I would never be able to focus on my job, if I had one, with so much going on around me. I'm distracted so easy anymore. If my DH ask me a question and I'm in the middle of something I forget what I was doing.
Read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains a lot of great info.
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   Posted 1/6/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you ladies...your comments are very much appreciated!

NASCARWILD, love the name...I have 2 grown kids of my own and I haven't had any grandbabies yet. I still have time I'm only 42. I have had thoughts of what it would be like staying home all day, sounds great on one hand but I think I can't survive that way I need income. I am doing all that I know right now. I pray I'll figure something out soon.

MARGIE, your ? on the extra couple of hours. I'm not sure if you mean why I am at work so early, well I answer calls and with any sales for the morning run on our trucks. I work for the studio industry. They are at work way b/4 I start. I am really considering cutting back my hours, but the money is a issue. Can I live on a smaller income? AAaahhh! So fustrating to think about.

MARLEE, I do the same thing once and awhile when I get interrupted, scarry when it happens at work....So cute to see my DH face when I blank out. He is sooooo patient with me.

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