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nasalady
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   Posted 2/14/2010 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
As many of you know, I work two jobs: a day job plus a part-time job teaching at a local community college.

Or, at least I DID work two jobs. This week I quit the part-time one. I used to teach mathematics, but I just can't do it anymore. I can't even do simple arithmetic in my head now.

The brain fog is just too thick for me these days.....I can't find my way through it.

Oh well....I have to learn to let go and trust the Lord.

But I'm just sad tonight.

Plus I seem to be getting worse; yesterday I was so exhausted after just going to a doctor's appt I had to lie down and take a nap. It seems that when I'm exposed to bright sunlight I react very badly. The vertigo and nausea when I got home were overwhelming....I literally collapsed into bed.

Today I woke up at 10am then was falling asleep again by 2pm. I took a nap and slept off and on until 5:30pm. I'm just so completely useless anymore....I'm exhausted and in pain, I have vertigo to the point of wall-walking much of the time. I barely manage to keep up with the few duties I still have at work. My husband does nearly everything at home, aside from cooking and paying the bills.

I feel that I'm close to a decision about my main job. I would appreciate your prayers....I need to make the right decision.

Thank you,
JoAnn
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okie
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   Posted 2/14/2010 1:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joann, I'm so sorry sweetie, I know how hard it is. Not only do you have to change your way of living but you have have to give up so many things that you are you are so used to having in your life.
I don't know if it's my life but it seem,s like this year has been harder then the ones before.
My doctor has told me i have to change to mostly protein and dark green salads, and things like chopped dark green spinach!
well it's after 2 .m. geesh I need to go to bed.
talk to you later
love ya
carol
Lupus lung, maybe, scleraderma maybe, another A/I maybe, Hang nail maybe. COPD
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nasalady
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   Posted 2/14/2010 1:27 AM (GMT -7)   
okie said...
Hi Joann, I'm so sorry sweetie, I know how hard it is. Not only do you have to change your way of living but you have have to give up so many things that you are you are so used to having in your life.
I don't know if it's my life but it seem,s like this year has been harder then the ones before.

My doctor has told me i have to change to mostly protein and dark green salads, and things like chopped dark green spinach!

well it's after 2 .m. geesh I need to go to bed.

talk to you later

love ya

carol


Thanks so much for the reply, Carol! You're going through some really difficult times.....much worse than mine! I hope you're feeling better tonight; is the Lasix working for you?

It's two hours earlier here, in Southern CA, but I should go to bed too.

I'm still praying for you and the COPD/edema problems you're having! I hope you don't end up back in the hospital.....

((((((hugs))))))
JoAnn
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PattyLatty
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   Posted 2/14/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
JoAnn,

I feel sad for you JoAnn. Giving up a job because of health problems must be one of the hardest things you've had to do. That is, other than have to deal with vertigo. I hope this gives you more time to rest and sleep. Hang in there.

(((Hugs)))

Pat
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nasalady
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   Posted 2/14/2010 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Pat....it's just something I have to accept. I don't have the energy (or the brain-power, apparently) to teach college math anymore.

It's good that I quit the part-time teaching job from the perspective that it relieves some of my stress and gives me more time to concentrate on my health issues.

It really is true that we don't appreciate good health until it's gone. sad
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 2/14/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry hon. It is hard when you have to slow down do to health. You know I used to be on the go a lot, doing things all the time with my friends' kids and my boy. When I first got diagnosed with Wegener's and eye cancer, I had to start chemo. My life really changed. And I'm about to start my second round of chemotherapy cuz I am in a flare up uggg. I hated being sick heck I still do. I get so tired, I barely eat, so sick. Its a miracle that I got such a great five year old that knows how sick I actually am and he tries to help me like taking dishes to sink. He loves to cook too (well of course I am there with him LOL)
 
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suetoo
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   Posted 2/14/2010 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear JoAnn,

I am right where you are. Same symptoms, same choice. Same misery of exhaustion. But I had to give up my nurse supervisor job, I couldn't keep running, literally, between floors, and I kept my .5FTE teaching job. In reality, the full time job I do for half time pay. And I am afraid I can't keep it up much longer. The weekends aren't long enough to get the rest I need, and throw in my struggle to do something fun like babysit my grandaughter for a few hours, or go grocery shopping, and my crash and go to class, crash and class cycle begins again. I need to hold on until June, then decide if I will sign a contract for next year, and my district really wants me to teach full time. And that I can't do. There is a chance  to bargain for a teaching assistant, but even then, I am afraid I am 'biting off more than I can chew'. So, I am trying to accept being so sick and having no energy. But just functioning is getting to be too much of a struggle. I am sad right there with you, and I am glad you are trusting in God to work this out for you as He will for me. Prayers your way, Keep us posted,

hugs, suetoo

 


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okie
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   Posted 2/14/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey hun, actually what I was trying to say is that it seems like everyone is just haveing an aweful time this year. I don't know if it's the weather or what but this year just seems to leave no presons. I amgoing to the doctor to tomorrw if things aren't better. I don't have any way to gave. Please don't mention my brother. but I promised my mom. I just don't want to go plus the CHF.sad anyway no more discussion but I wil go tomorrow and you take care of yourself tomorrow.
love carol
Lupus lung, maybe, scleraderma maybe, another A/I maybe, Hang nail maybe. COPD
meds to many to fit in my 10 lines. but last count was 28.

 Jesus loves you and so do I!
 
 


aimsgirl16
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   Posted 2/14/2010 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
JoAnn,

I am so sorry it has come down to this for you. I can imagine how difficult this transition will be and I will be praying for you and for your upcoming decisions concering your fulltime job. Please keep your head up and I pray that letting your part time job go will give your body the extra boost it needs to get your symptoms under control! Keep us updated on how things go for ya!

((((Hugs))))

jhmom
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   Posted 2/14/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
(((( JoAnn ))))) I am sorry you had to come to this decision, I know it was hard but I pray it will help you. It looks like several of us have been faced with the same decision. For me my situation was a little different but it still means I will be out of work for 5 months with full pay and benefits, now what will happen after the 5 months is up I don't know but I trust God will show me what that next step will be.

I will be praying for you and hoping your symptoms get under control soon. Please keep us posted, love ya
Stacie
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redrose77
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   Posted 2/14/2010 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I am facing dropping all my classes this semester because of the CNS symptoms taking their toll on my grades so I can understand what it is to give up the academic part of your life. I had to quit working a few years ago and even then I was only working like 15 hours a week. I cannot imagine working 2 jobs and managing even half as well as you have. I know you are facing a tough decision here soon but remember you worked for years and more than one job so you are entitled to disability. You will have to fight for it so I advise you consult a lawyer but get the ball rolling as soon as you are no longer employed because of how long it can take. I figure no one else said anything about that aspect of it because you are still working right now but knowing what you will have to do if and when you stop working is a good idea.
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 2/14/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean. I was only a little research away from finishing a highly technical PhD...a dream I'd had for all my life. It's hard to let go and step back, but in a few weeks when you start seeing the positive results you'd be glad you've quit banging your head again the wall.

Hang in there,
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nasalady
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   Posted 2/14/2010 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everyone, for your replies. I really appreciate your support and prayers!

Desiree, I'm so sorry you have to be on chemo again...it sounds just awful! I'm glad your little boy is so understanding when you're sick!

Suetoo, I understand, we are in the same boat. I'll be praying for your situation too!

Carol I'm so glad you plan to see your doctor tomorrow!

Amy, thanks so much for your prayers!

Stacie, I'm glad you have that 5-month cushion but I will be praying that the Lord will show you what to do afterwards. I do appreciate the prayers!!

((((hugs)))) to all of you!
JoAnn
Lyme Disease, AIH, Hashimoto's, "lupus-like" CTD?, fibro, RA, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, degenerative disc disease, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Doxycycline, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP, Darvon, Morphine Sulfate

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nasalady
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   Posted 2/14/2010 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks redrose and Lynnwood! It sounds as though you both understand very well what I'm going through!

Redrose I can't imagine trying to be a student with neurological symptoms....it must be incredibly tough on you! I will be applying for disability if/when I stop working the day job. Fortunately I purchased long-term disability insurance through work and I think they will help me apply....when the time comes for that.

Lynnwood, I'm so sorry to hear about your experience in graduate school. Letting go of your Ph.D. must have been very painful to you.

I know that chronic illness demands these sacrifices of us....I guess it's worth it when we let go of our dreams or dream jobs because it relieves some of the stresses on us and helps cope better with our symptoms, but it does seem as though we've all been robbed! sad

((((hugs))))
JoAnn
Lyme Disease, AIH, Hashimoto's, "lupus-like" CTD?, fibro, RA, celiac disease, asthma, psoriasis, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, degenerative disc disease, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Doxycycline, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec, CPAP, Darvon, Morphine Sulfate

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lunacygotme79
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   Posted 2/15/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
JoAnn,
I hope everything works out well for you and I hope that you feel better soon !
wink
 

Diagnosed 2009- 30 years old: Lupus (SLE);Rheumatoid Arthritis; Dermatomyositis; Optic Neuritis; Microscopicolitis; Chronic Gastritis; Cryptitis

Meds: Prednisone 20mg daily,  Methotrexate injections 25mg once a week , Prenisone eye drops daily.

 
 

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