Going Back to Work

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Indabag
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   Posted 1/10/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone:
 
It was nice chatting with some of you the other night! I'm kind of computer illiterate so I usually shy away from chat rooms but you guys were helpful and patient. Thanks!
 
OK, so here's my new dilemna, I want to go back to work. Albeit part-time, but, I really want to do it. I work in a public accounting office and my co-workers and partners have been super supportive during my illnesses. I went to the Social Security office today and the interviewer looked at me like I was out of my mind for wanting to return to work. I have a PICC line and I need to take an IV of fluid a day which takes about two hours. I have a stoma (hole, as we all know) in my trache that was a left-over from my being on a ventilator for so long. I wear a bandage over the stoma but I need to hold it down to speak. I have seen an ENT surgeon who said he can close it for me on an outpatient basis and the surgery would only take about 1 hour. I plan to do this ASAP. I have a sciatica problem and I need to sit on a padded chair (I have one at the office). I do have about a 40 minute drive to work (not that unusual in Metro NY). I also plan to attempt a reversal of the ileostomy in May.
 
The part-time pay will offset the loss of my private disability policies, so the move should be revenue "neutral".
 
Soooo, the question is, Am I nuts, like the lady at Soc Sec thought?
 
Richard
Indabag
 
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.


flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/10/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Richard,
It was nice chatting with you, too. Regarding going back to work, I don't think you're nuts, I think you're brave!! It's obviously not about the money, it's about getting out there, being around people and feeling productive.
 
I can completely understand why you want to work. I could've quit my job many times and gone on disability, but I had just enough energy to where I didn't have to. I love my job at the church and have worked there full-time for the last 10 years, even though I was sick with Crohn's for 8 of them.
 
I had numerous surgeries and would take just enough time off to convalesce, and then I would go right back to work. I did it, because I needed to get out of the house, be around people and feel productive.
 
So, no, you're not crazy, you're an Accountant who wants to use his talents to help people, and that is very admirable. :-) Let us know what you decide to do!
 
 


Cecilia
 
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy & ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


praying4healing
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   Posted 1/11/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Richard,

I haven't graduated to chats yet but glad u are enjoying.
But I don't think ur nuts ( I do however think ur very brave). Unlike cecelia, I hated my job. It was just something to hold me over. However, iv only been out of work for two months ( this time) and I'm going crazy! I get stir crazy and bored easily. I wish I could go back but the pain won't allow. I can't even drive my own car which makes it even worse b/c I'm stuck n the house until someone drives me around.
N e way, I say all that to say I know what u feel like wanting to go back to work. And what iv learned with this illness is that nobody knows our bodies or minds better than we do. U know if ur mentally able to handle going back to work and u know what needs 2 b done so that ur body can handle it. So I say go for it!!
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 1/11/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally don't think you're crazy. Being back at work was one of the things that helped me to feel "normal" again. And productive. And happy. So go for it, good for you!!!!
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
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Amey
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   Posted 1/11/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Richard,

I completely agree with the above assessments. I find that a lot of our self-worth stems from our environment. When I am in a enjoyable and encouraging environment, I feel positive, happy. However, if I were to sit home all day and read books, I would begin to feel isolated. You have had your ileostomy for a while. You know your body and what you can and cannot do. Personally, I think going back to work is a wonderful idea for many reasons…working builds your self-worth - your independence so to speak, it helps you to feel connect to the outside world, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, and so on. You are so fortunate to have such a wonderful staff of people at work. I am sure they will be supportive and encouraging. I really believe in Joann’s comment...going back to work does give you a feeling of normalcy in your life. With so many abnormal things to adjust to – ostomy, IV fluids, PICC line to care for, stoma issues and such, it would be great to find a nice consistent place to feel normal and productive.

Just my 2-cents….

Here is my question..with tax season upon us, would the added stresses and demands cause more undo strain on your body both physically and emotionally.

Of course, I am not the best one to listen to about this....I was on my bike the day I got home from surgery. It helps me feel like myself again.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
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Indabag
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 1/11/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! I am so glad I have a place to go where people understand these questions! I've decided it's a go, I am definately going to give it a try!

Amey you bring up a good point. Most people don't realize that accountant's probably do 75% of their yearly work from January 1 to April 15. As you know it is not unusual to work 7 day weeks and up to 80 hours a week during this time. I am a "take-charge" kind of guy so I really have to check myself that I don't over do it! My son Andy is a staff accountant in the office and he is sure to let me know if he thinks I am pushing it.

Talk about being brave, I think I'm a scaredy cat compared to some of you guys. But thanks for the thought.

Richard
Indabag
 
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.


flchurchlady
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Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 1/12/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Richard,
That's great that you're going to give it a try! I would decide in advance how many hours you're going to work and stick to it, so you don't overdo. When are you planning to start?
Cecilia
 
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy & ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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