Please excuse this ponderous email, but I need a distraction.
A friend of mine has been pushing me to find a new job. My current job has been very accommodating to my health issues, allowing me to work from home all but once or twice a week. But I'm now well ahead of my colleagues in research and under other circumstances should be looking for a more prestigious position.
My friend sent me a list of openings a few days ago and I can't get one off my mind. It is at an elite institution on the east coast, not my dream job, but darn close. I happen to know two people in the department, one from graduate school and the other commissioned me for a research project about ten years ago.
I wouldn't be a shoe-in by any means. My guess is that they will receive 100 or so applications. But I would be a good fit and have some inside connections. I suppose I'll get the advice "go for it" but I can't realistically see myself accepting a job without being upfront about my health -- in which case they should NOT hire me.
I have the luxury of having more than a decade in my current position with credentials that exceed my peers (and so can parlay more accommodations to my needs). In a new position, however, I wouldn't have any favors built up, would be much more on-par with their research output, and would most likely have far less time at home.
My wife is telling me I am just talking myself out of it. But I think I am being realistic. I FEEL my limits.
C4-T4 Scoliosis (disk degeneration, stenosis, narrowed neuroforamen, bone spurs), RT hip and SI joint damage from car accident. Also, pectus excavatum, supraventricular tacycardia and mitral valve prolapse syndrome.
Current meds: Ultram ER 300mg daily, breakthrough - hydrocodone 10-15mg, or oxycodone 5-7.5mg. .25-.5mg ativan as needed for sleep, Verapamil 240mg SR (for tachycardia). [/gray