Thanks for the post, Jeannie. Very timely!
My fibro (and I also have another neuro condition the neurologist cannot pinpoint) has not been at it's very worst lately, thankfully. However, I am really struggling with fibro fog, memory, etc.
I am taking an online course to make some money to help out with finances. Honestly, I really don't know if it will ever work, given my health problems. I've been at this course since January 2008 and it's been a real battle, as you might guess. Daily bouts with neck stiffness, "clutzy" fingers on the keyboard (not a good sign as I'm taking a medical transcription course!), occasional headaches, fatigue, lots of other household jobs, (my sons are fairly good at helping out, thankfully) and I think the worst is the fibro fog. Really, I have to be on top of things if I'm going to succeed at this course and find a job at home as planned, and I physically feel unable to do this.
Here's the big problem: my husband (bless him--he's a hard worker and has sacrificed much for us, don't get me wrong here) INSISTS I find "some" way to bring money in. We live in a rural area and I can't be on my feet long as I have leg/feet issues, nor can I sit long with the stiffness. I drive VERY seldom, and only short distances. Hence, I'm taking the online MT course and crossing my fingers. Right now my neck is throbbing and my memory is on vacation! I am almost done with the course, but really have no idea if I can pass the final test. Most "normal" people (many young and very healthy) flunk it at least once, if not more. It's very exacting work. I'm hanging in there and doing battle with the fibro, but honestly, even to work p/t at this seems very "off the radar" right now. My concentration just "isn't there."
If I can't make it as a MT, does anyone have any suggestions? Someone told me to start a daycare, but that would involve the county people, and we had a horrible experience with them a few years back, were lied about, had to hire a lawyer and point out their lies on court reports, etc. Nope. That won't work here. Anyway, just venting, I guess. I went once to meet with the rehab people who find jobs and they refused to help me because (get this) I "didn't walk with a cane" so I looked "normal." SIGH....sometimes I get SO tired of this battle, but on I go...Any advice appreciated!!
Feel better, all!