Swollen glands in neck, just cant do it anymore.

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Victoria72
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   Posted 12/20/2007 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Last night I was on-call and it turned out to be a  particularly long night with systems going down.  I was working around 3AM and just out of the blue began to feel pain when I swallowed. Not one of those stingy scratchy throats, but a more bruised aching feeling in my neck.  Now this morning it feels like I have been slammed in the neck and under my chin with a baseball bat.  I can barely swallow water or move my neck.  I had been on Augmentin for the ear infection a couple weeks ago, so I started back on 875mg of that this morning.  I am sitting here at work just miserable.  I can hardly move my neck.  Is this just some type of virus thats causing my glands to swell, or should I run see my GP?  I read that if the glands swell up quickly like this, its most likely a viral infection.  My oldest two have been complaining of sore throats, but have still been able to go take exams and work.
 
I am so exhausted, working 60 hours a week and being on call... I honestly feel my body shutting down.  But what in the world do I do??   I am the only income my kids have right now, and its Christmas.  We live paycheck to paycheck, and I have no help.  I feel so trapped in all of this, and I know my body needs rest, emergency rest.  I have a bad situation at work with an insecure coworker who would love to see me out the door... he actually keeps a log of my comings and goings and reports to our supervisor on a regular basis.  I have to make sure that every minute of my day and and appts with my drs are accounted for.  Its so awful.  sad    Between these crazy long hours, feeling so horribly bad, no support, the awful financial situation caused by soon to be ex-hubbys alcoholism, I feel at my ropes end.  I am going to try to file FMLA in January, but that will just add fuel to the fire from my coworker.  I know God has me in his hands, but life has just gotten so hard. 
 
I love all of you and I feel so close to all of you.  Thank you for reading this, and thank you in advance for any prayer for my children and I.  Pray that I continue to find the blessings among all the hardship, because they are there.  I know things could be so much worse, and I am truly thankful for His protection.
 
Love,
 
Victoria
 
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
 
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
 
Meds:  Medrol injections; Plaquenil 400mg, Vicodin, Benadryl, Zyrtec


okie
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   Posted 12/20/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Victoria, I'm so sorry you are having such a rough time. I know it's real hard to stay possitive when you feel so bad. You're right though he does have you in his hands. The first thing I would suggest is to walk over to your co workers desk and cough right in his face! Than you need to get to the doctor. There is a really nasty flu bug going around and if you don't see the doctor you will probably get sicker. You're a great mom but you need to take care of yourself.
I will keep you in my prayers
love
carol
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   Posted 12/20/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Victoria,
 
I have been in your shoes.  I don't have children, but I was living paycheck to paycheck and worked myself into a very bad "place" with my lupus.  I understand the feeling of being trapped in a situation you don't seem to have a way to get out of.  I ended up moving back home with my mom.  Free rent.  I also quit my job and applied for disability.  It took a year to get, but I was able to work only part time, because of my new living arrangements, and when I got disability, I stopped working for 2 years in order to get better.  Sometimes you have to take drastic steps to insure that you can function and work and take care of everyone in the long term.... Short term sacrifices for long term gains.  I will be praying for you and your children that you do find a way to make your situation better.
 
Absolutely call your doctor about this.  Any time you have gland issues or anything out of the norm, see your doctor as soon as you can.  Head off any nasty stuff!  Go to a walk-in clinic if your doctor is done for the holidays.  Just make sure you see someone okay.
 
Blessings,
Ginny
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   Posted 12/21/2007 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Victoria, I'm so sorry to hear about how sick you are and how miserable you feel. Yes, please do go see your doctor - it sounds like something you need to be seen for.

I know I've said it before, but it really is frustrating how much this dosease affects people at every level - physical, emotional and financial. I know for most of us, including myself, when ever I get really sick, I can also start to feel really down and everything else just seems so overwhelming.

I really hope your doc can help and that you get some relief. I'm worried with all of the hours you are working that you will have a hard time recovering and healing, but I know you feel like you don't have a choice because of your finances.

Please try to take care of yourself through this. You are in my prayers.

Take care
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Victoria72
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   Posted 12/21/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
The doc agreed with the Augmentin and gave me a 10 day RX since I only had a three day supply. I also stared a Medrol pak, and my pain med for the swollen glands. (who knew swollen glands could hurt so bad??). I already feel so much better today, I just have an awful lupus headache I cant seem to shake now with a small fever, but I have dealt with those before. I still dont know what this was, but he seems to think it was viral since it came on so fast.

Thanks ladies for the prayer... I know He hears every one, and knows our situation better than we do. I have four days off starting in about one hour. I plan to rest for every minute of it. I am not baking this year, and I have finished shopping (I did most everything online this year).

So.... All of you have a wonderfully blessed Christmas!!
 
Victoria
 
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
 
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
 
Meds:  Medrol injections; Plaquenil 400mg, Vicodin, Benadryl, Zyrtec


Ginny
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   Posted 12/21/2007 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Victoria,
 
Well, I'm glad you saw your doctor.  Sounds like you have a nasty flare going on.  Good thing you got treatment before your doc left for holidays!
 
Stay well and rested.  I hope you have a lovely Christmas too!
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


redrose77
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   Posted 12/22/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to ask why your supervisor allows this co-worker to behave so badly. It seems to me that such behavior should be putting a bad light on him. Especially if you do not miss time for no good reason. It also seems keeping such close track of all you do would distract your co-worker from his duties meaning someone else has to pick up the slack. Have you tried going over your supervisor's head and complaining to HR about this man's attempts to get you fired. I would also look into working elsewhere. Seriously look into it. I know you need money to live on- believe me I know- but your health comes first and the stress this man is creating is not good for your health. It is considered a hostile working environment and I think there is something illegal about hostile working environments. Also think about talking with your supervisor because it is possible that the co-worker's constant complaints about you have begun to numb the supervisor to the point he/she is annoyed as all get out by it.
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Victoria72
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   Posted 12/23/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rose.
 
The coworker is a 37 year old kinda stocky guy who still lives with his parents and has never been married.  He is a little slow and me and the other coworker work circles around him (the new supervisor has even stated that). The problem is that he gets very insecure...he thinks that by keeping the eyes off himself and onto my problems, he is being clever.  We have had so many changes in management that its hard for the supervisors to catch onto what he is doing. He is able to work close to 70 hours per week with no problem, where the other guy and I have families and responsibilities outside of here.
 
I am so scared to go to HR because I know that I have one foot here and one on a banana peel out the door with my health situation. Before I got sick two years ago, I never missed a day of work.  I am a good employee and have heavy responsibility here, but I dont want to start complaining and put myself on the radar.  You know what they say, everyone is replaceable. Plus, I am the only woman in the whole company in such a highly technical position... and there are plenty of the the guys here who dont like it one bit.  It makes me so angry, and its a no win situation, but one that I am praying fervently about.  I just cannot lose my job!
 
There are a couple of  bright spots on the horizon though...there is a tiny chance that I will be able to move to a different IT department after the first of the year.  Its a 40 hour job working with three of the godliest men in the company.  I am praying so hard that this pans out.  The benefits and pay here are excellent, and its only five minutes from my home and childrens schools.  The other bright spot is that I am in the town that landed the two billion dollar Kia plant.  Not only will 5000 jobs open up there, but at least 11 new suppliers and another 2000 jobs will be available by next spring.  Those businesses will need qualified IT personnel. :-)
 
I know that what is happening is just plain wrong, and probably borders on illegal like you said, but I am certain I am in the same boat with so many others with chronic illnesses in the workforce.  Hopefully, I will be out of the situation soon.  In the meantime, I am hanging on with all Ive got.
 
Blessings,


 
Victoria
 
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
 
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
 
Meds:  Medrol injections; Plaquenil 400mg, Vicodin, Benadryl, Zyrtec

Post Edited (Victoria72) : 12/23/2007 3:44:54 PM (GMT-7)


mom46
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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Victoria,

   I'm sorry to hear things have been so bad for you lately. I hope you are feeling much better by now...((Hugs)). I wish you all the best with your job. That Kia plant is just up the road from me. Alot of people here have lost jobs in these textile plants and hoping Kia will hire a few of them as well. Please take care and keep us updated. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

                                                                 Babs


 
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Victoria72
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   Posted 12/28/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Babs.  (HUG)  I knew you were just up the way a bit from me.  We really are excited about Kia.  We are expecting this three city area to absoltuely boom in the next five years.  I heard that someone actually bought out our tiny little mall and is going to triple it.

Maybe we will get some new physicians here as well.  One prayer of mine is a rheumatologist, though I dont mind the drive to Opelika for Dr. Adams.  :-)

Blessings,

 


 
Victoria
 
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
 
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
 
Meds:  Medrol injections; Plaquenil 400mg, Vicodin, Benadryl, Zyrtec

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