Zena, if you are feeling physically up to it, then defintely go for the Pilates. The bottom line in all of this is to do whatever you can do and to try and make it something you love. The more you like your job, the easier it is to continue on with it even when you are sick.
I started workig when I was 16 and switched from communications into HealthCare at 23. CD was suspected when I got very sick at 10, but none of the Docs were really sure what was wrong with me. By the time I was 39, I was in a very stressful position and sick as a dog. Finding the time to deal with my myriad of medical and dental problems was nearly impossible. Time off from work just wasn't going to happen. The side effects of my meds were killing me and I was starting to make mistakes and was terrified about
what important project/report/problem I might have forgotten. I could barely get myself out of bed and getting to work on time seemed an impossibility. Then my boss (the VP) was let go or allowed to resign. I knew I wouldn't be far behind him just because that's the way it goes and I was right. I might have bee able to keep my position, but I was literally too sick to fight for it.
As it turned out, I was in thyroid failure thanks to Hashimoto's, another autoimmune disease. The Spondyloarthropathy (inflammatory arthritis) has been a real problem for me as well. In fact, my joints are far worse than my gut. So, going back to what I was doing or even back to school to do something else is not really a possibiltiy at this time.
I can almost laugh at myself sometimes. For 10 years I worked two jobs in 2 different ERs and now my carreer goals consist of waiting for an approval or denial from SSDI.
Good Luck to you in whatever path you choose.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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