What kind of job do you do?

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   Posted 8/11/2010 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I usually post on the fibro board, but was reading today's CP Klatch about hobbies, and it got me wondering.

What do you do for a living? What kind of job are you able to do with your CP?

I am soon to be an "empty-nester" and am contemplating what to do with my time. I would love to work, but haven't come up with a good idea/plan. I have fibromyalgia, back pain (from 2 previous back surgeries), bi-lateral sacroiliitis, and endometriosis (with many previous surgeries with resultant scarring) which keep me in quite a bit of pain along with various other ailments.

With all of my issues, I just don't know what is available out there for me to do. I'm a former teacher, but had to quit several years ago. I thought I would see if others who live with chronic pain would share what they do.


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   Posted 8/11/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Austen, how are you? I don't think we have met.

I wish I could work. I have been on disability for two years. I am a paediatric nurse and I miss my job terribly. I don't know if I will ever be able to return. My pain is too severe to do any job at this time. I pray that things can change.

The last two years I have not been able to do much of anything. I do love beading and scrapbooking and hope one day I can get back at it. My hubby painted a room pink, just for me, just for my craft room and it still sits there, full of boxes waiting to be organized. One day I hope, one day.

I hope you can get some ideas from others here on this board. I wish you lots of luck in finding something that will complete you.

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   Posted 8/11/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Austen, why don't you consider private tutoring, or working for one of the many tutoring companies that are operating. You could work at your own pace, taking on as little or as much work as you want at any given time.

This would really utilize your teaching skills while allowing you some flexibility regarding work.

Good luck with whatever you decide.


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   Posted 8/11/2010 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Its hard to explain what I do but let me try.

Everyone here should know what a call center is...if not, it is the place where all the people that answer calls for everything from banking issues, cell phone issues and more. Well what I do is forecast how many calls are going to be coming in each half hour and then create and plan schedules and hiring to make sure there are people there to take the calls. I also work to create programs and plans to enhance scheduling practices as well as creating and running reports.

I am lucky and can do this from home but I know if I had to go into an office I would no longer be able to work :-(
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   Posted 8/11/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   

I was going to post exactly what Pam (MsBunky) said... have you considered tutoring? You could set your own hours... do if from the comfort of your home, or someone else's home, etc. Also, if you have a field you are more specialized in... you could teach a small class on whatever subject... I have two friends who make a pretty good income - one teaches sign language classes, the other teaches Latin classes.

Just food for thought :) --Tina
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   Posted 8/11/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
My friend's wife had to leave her teaching position due to chronic pain. She was able to find a position as an online teacher for a K-8 online charter school. I'm not sure how her job works but she can do it from home and is actually making more money (no gas, no professional clothing) than she was when she was in a classroom.

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   Posted 8/11/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I too had to leave work for my CP issues and planned on going back to the medical field, but alas, that isn't possible. At this point I am in an online school to do medical transcription from home. With my background to help, I hope it will be a success.
I agree that an online charter school may be a good idea! Or even tutoring may be worth it as well. Just don't give up!
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   Posted 8/11/2010 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a former teacher too. Just got to be too much being on my feet all day. And I worked in a school where gym & art & library were all up 2 flights of stairs -- ouch! I was sure I'd never find a decent job, but I did.

I work in IT & have a highly flexible schedule (flex hours, can work from home pretty much whenever I need to, can leave to go to pain doc's as long as I take a laptop with me, etc.). There are companies out there who subscribe to a "results-only work environment". This means that they don't care when you work, how much you work, etc. as long as your work all gets done on time. If you work even harder than your assignments require, you can be promoted but you won't be fired for working only just enough.

They tend to be a bit tricky. For me, my pain comes & goes (well, never really goes, but it spikes high & then gets a little lower) so that means I can do a lot of work on some days & less on others. Results Only works great for me. I have turn-around times of a few weeks so if I can't function on one day I can make it up a few days later.

One thing you might try is temping. That way you can try out different jobs to see what will work for you. Just let the temp agency know you are a former teacher & what kinds of things you can do. A lot of places LOVE former teachers -- esp. jobs in PR, communications, management, and creative services. You could also try corporate training, but I know I hated that. Nothing like staring at a bunch of tired eyes & blank faces to make you hate teaching. ;)

Hope that helps.

good luck!

Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 8/11/2010 6:11:14 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/11/2010 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a behavior analyst and concider it to be a perfect job for me. I am paid for my brain not my body and I do a mix of work from home, family visits, desk work and standing work-but mostly I control that mix.

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   Posted 8/11/2010 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I worked 23 years as a Floral Designer (flowery) get it:). Many people don't realize the work and flexibility that goes into it. Every weekend and nights and every freakin Holiday Hallmark cared to create!  Working 12-15 hour days and on your feet the whole time. Delivered off and on and that just became to much with lifting.  My specialty was Designing for Weddings, Special Occ. and Funerals. Took 3rd place 2 years ago in a big competetion in Minneapolis. LOVE competing! keeps ya fresh!
 I've always been sorta artsy and enjoyed gardening. So years ago,  I worked at a flower farm and from there it started. I'm not able to work anymore though.  Worked through lots of different surgery's. I worked after my back surgery in a chair with my leg lifted on another chair...just keep the hands movin'.... until I just couldn't do it anymore!!!  Right before I left my thumb joints were locked because of a flare and it was sooo painful. Not to mention standing on cement floors etc.
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   Posted 8/11/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
turn  Hi Austen,
 I post on the FM forum, sometimes, as well. I am a Foodservice Manager for an inner city school district in Indianpolis. I work long hours, get paid pretty good(more than most the teachers..sadly enough). My job is extremely difficult on my back, and with my FM. Suspect I have RA or something else along that line, so I go home in serious pain. It is constant. By the time I rest up over the weekend, it's time to do it again. I do get holidays off, and weekends which is ideal for having all my kids. You are going to be an empty-nester? I just had my first one go off to college and that was weird enough. i can't suggest what to do for you because i would like to find something less physical and mental as well. Good luck in whatever you decide!! Take care , Heather
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   Posted 8/12/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for the great ideas. I'm just trying to re-invent myself (within my health limitations) after being a SAHM for several years.

Hugs - Austen
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