Thinking about returning back to work want a part time job

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jt80
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   Posted 5/8/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone,hope everyone is well I'm thinking about going back to work maybe going back to work part time,I haven't worked in years because of my IBS and I'm on Social Security.I figured it out I'm going to apply to be a parking lot attendant,I'm going to chose that job cause it will work around my IBS symptoms if they so happen to act up.I'll be to myself and maybe be outside,if I need to run to the rest room no one will be questioning why?.I really need to get back out and just do something with my life I'm tired of being to myself and at home and I need to make extra money.Hopefully my symptoms will be at bay for me to get through a work day I only hope and pray.I'm still on the pro-biotic called Align I've noticed a little difference in the way I feel hopefully things will get even better I'll start feeling the way I want to.I wish everyone good health,oh and before I forget I've had no luck with anyone responding to the posting that I posted to start up an IBS group. xoxooxo :-)

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   Posted 5/8/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, taurus! That's so exciting that you're going back to work! I think it will do wonders for your emotional state and perhaps even influence your guts to behave themselves better :) It's a brave step and I'm proud of you for taking it. Wahoo! Get psyched!
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Marsky
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   Posted 5/9/2008 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree, good luck to you also Taurus. I was a stay-at-home mom before my rectal cancer, resection, surgeries, and now chronic 24/7 IBS-like symptoms. Once our oldest started college I knew I had to find work. Of course I tried to find that ideal stay-at-home job but most are scams. The only one I could find that was legit was medical transcription. But you have to be certified AND already employed by a hospital and/or physician's office group to work at home. So this option wasn't available to me. Someone suggested I work as a part-time teachers' aide, so I could have a similar schedule to my kids' (college and high school calendars).

Long story short, I ended working in the cafeteria, around food, of all things. But my hours are absolutely perfect: mid-day, part-time (about 20 a week). I get up at 5:45 each day, finish my light breakfast by 6:30 and by the time I report to work at 9:30, I no longer need the bathroom. There have been days I've been gassy, but there are so many smells waffling around that kitchen and middle-school kids nearby that well, I just pretend it was me who let it rip. LOL So far no one has asked if that smell was from me. The days my gut has been rolling and doing it's usual persnickety thing, I put Rolaids in my apron pocket and I swear, I have hardly ever had to pop one in my mouth. It's been 2 years now. Just knowing they're there is all I need. I seem to forget my gut is rolling and heaving sometimes and by 1 p.m., I'm on my way home. I got thru another work "day". If I had to work an 8 hour shift, I know I'd be really hurting though. I can pull out a part time shift like this, because of the timing and being so busy, I actually forget my gut is anything but normal. My boss knows I have this situation and it's been understood I may have to hurry home one day but in 2 years that hasn't happened either. I think like the trusty Rolaids nearby, just knowing I have that option, calms my gut down.

My only problem is when we've having food to share or a party. I just do not eat. Then everyone looks at me so odd - you don't eat at work? LOL

No way will I take that chance.....

I am glad I was able to find the perfect job for my situation. I never aspired to be employed in a school cafeteria but I came to find out, that many of my coworkers feel the same way. At least half of us have college degrees and are mothers of students in the school system. We want that schedule. I am grateful it isn't 8 hours straight though, 4 would be tops for me. There are days I literally walk out the door exhausted (another lovely dividend of having had cancer, resection, etc. - low energy).

Another thing - I know I could look for a much calmer type job - ie sitting answering phones in a medical office, what I did decades ago, for example - but somehow this crazy, hectic job helps me - it does take the focus off my gut problems. At least for a short while.

Mary/marsky

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   Posted 5/9/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Marsky said...
Long story short, I ended working in the cafeteria, around food, of all things. But my hours are absolutely perfect: mid-day, part-time (about 20 a week). I get up at 5:45 each day, finish my light breakfast by 6:30 and by the time I report to work at 9:30, I no longer need the bathroom. There have been days I've been gassy, but there are so many smells waffling around that kitchen and middle-school kids nearby that well, I just pretend it was me who let it rip. LOL So far no one has asked if that smell was from me. The days my gut has been rolling and doing it's usual persnickety thing, I put Rolaids in my apron pocket and I swear, I have hardly ever had to pop one in my mouth. It's been 2 years now. Just knowing they're there is all I need. I seem to forget my gut is rolling and heaving sometimes and by 1 p.m., I'm on my way home. I got thru another work "day". If I had to work an 8 hour shift, I know I'd be really hurting though. I can pull out a part time shift like this, because of the timing and being so busy, I actually forget my gut is anything but normal. My boss knows I have this situation and it's been understood I may have to hurry home one day but in 2 years that hasn't happened either. I think like the trusty Rolaids nearby, just knowing I have that option, calms my gut down.

My only problem is when we've having food to share or a party. I just do not eat. Then everyone looks at me so odd - you don't eat at work? LOL

No way will I take that chance.....

I am glad I was able to find the perfect job for my situation. I never aspired to be employed in a school cafeteria but I came to find out, that many of my coworkers feel the same way. At least half of us have college degrees and are mothers of students in the school system. We want that schedule. I am grateful it isn't 8 hours straight though, 4 would be tops for me. There are days I literally walk out the door exhausted (another lovely dividend of having had cancer, resection, etc. - low energy).

Another thing - I know I could look for a much calmer type job - ie sitting answering phones in a medical office, what I did decades ago, for example - but somehow this crazy, hectic job helps me - it does take the focus off my gut problems. At least for a short while.

Mary/marsky
Marsky, I had to laugh when I read this.  I think the main reason I chose cooking as a profession is because of the "smells", noises and activity in the kitchen!  There is so much clamor that it's nearly impossible for anyone to hear an accidental "escape" and the smell of food can easily camouflage even the most noxious toots.  In all the years I've been working in restaurants, I've never had anyone nail me as the offender.
BUT, working in restaurants can also be very, very stressful.  It's nearly impossible to just leave the kitchen if you have an urgent colon "demand".  I have found that a large percentage of cooks have some kind of wierd relationship with food so my refusal to eat on the job never ruffled any feathers. 
I've been blessed to be able to tailor my "career" to my physical needs by working in private homes.  It's the best of all worlds as I can basically make my own hours, have complete access to bathrooms and don't have to answer to anyone about how I spend my time.  The down side is that I am considered a "luxury item" for most people and thus, am very suseptible to being laid off (just happened in February) if the economy gets nasty. 
It is possible to create an employment situation that works with our special needs.  It does take time and a bit of imagination but I do believe it's possible.  Like jtaurus, I've been fortunate enough to receive unemployment and could take my time carving out a job for myself.  Start with something you like or love to do and get creative!

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/9/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Where does one GO to the bathroom as a parking lot attendent? I've never seen a kiosk big enough to have one in it. I'd be afraid the bathroom would be too far away to get to in a hurry.

If I lived where there were a lot of expensive hotels or casinos, I might apply to be a bathroom attendent! Although a housekeeper is also a good job; bathrooms in every room you have to clean! Gut's also got a good idea of being a private housekeeper.

jt80
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   Posted 5/9/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys thanks for the replies,I have not started looking yet but I know of a job available near my house I'm hoping that they are looking.I know going back to work will really help me feel like part of society again I really need this for my mental health. Smooches everybody :-)

Normal
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   Posted 5/13/2008 6:24 PM (GMT 0)   
Hey jtauras good luck, I am praying for disability so that I could work part time. I cant afford to work part time and have my medical. I think what I would do if I was on disability is work for the hiring agencies like Manpower etc. Then you can say yea or na to them when they call about a job. I worked for them when kids were little. Was really nice, if kids were sick or had plans said not available, or didnt want to do the job. It was really fun trying new things. Did your Dr. agree with your disability or did you go to Soc. Sec. yourself? Once again I am almost out of leave and dreading going back to work full time. Ker I was thinking the same thing about those little stalls outside. Some of them dont look like they are EVEN CLOSE to a bathroom. Maybe you should rethink that choice Jtautras :-) Anyway I think now that you have disability you should be able to find the PERFECT job for all of us lol so let us know, it will be fun to hear what you try. After I go back to work I may need some suggestions really quick!

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/13/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Temping would be a good part-time job. It's not like you will see these people again if you feel embarrassed! Just tell the agency up front that you don't do phones. You can't leave the phones often enough. And, is working while you are getting disability like working while getting social security--in that you can only work so much before you lose your benefits? Temping would be a good way of keeping a tight rein on how much you work (how much money you make). But it would not be guaranteed work. Not a problem, though, if you can make it on the disability alone.

If you like kids, you might consider looking after school-age kids in your home. That gives you interaction with other human beings, and you are never far from your own toliet. Single moms are especially desparate to find people at a decent wage to look after the kids for a couple of hours. I used to walk from school to my babysitter's house and spend about 2 hours. She was an older widow and she looked after kids like this for years to supplement her income. In our state you could watch up to 6 kids, I think it was, that were not part of your family without needing a license or training or special insurance. There was another older lady a couple of houses down from her that did the same thing.

jt80
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   Posted 5/13/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your suggestions I have not started looking for any jobs yet but I appreciate your advice.Once I get paid again next month cause the money I get is not enough to live on after paying bills I'm already broke.When I get paid I'm need to go buy some dress clothes in case I have to go to a job interview,hopefully I'll find a nice part time job that I'll really like and will work around my symptoms.The temp job sounds good I did that in the past when I was able to work they paid good to I just hope that I will be able to make it in to work everyday,and I know I wont be eating lunch at all for sure my symptoms will act up.I've been praying hard that I find a good job and will be able to work everyday I need some cash flow in my life,lol.Thanks again everyone I'll keep you updated about the search.But right now I'm ****ing feeling constipated I have not felt this way in awhile it was those ****ing multivitamins with iorn that got me like this,lol,it's always something new with IBS,lol.Wishing everyone the best and good health love and kisses jtaurus :-)
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