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   Posted 9/15/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just finishing up a course in Medical Transcription.  It's been very tricky with the Fibro--either extreme stiffness,or frequent headaches, and, of course, fibro fog.  I have given this my best shot.  I have no problem with spelling most of the words, as I enjoy spelling.  However, the formatting, rules, do's and don'ts are quite another story--just too much for me to remember. I am most definitely NOT a "computer person."  I'll be honest.  I cannot see myself working through fibro fog and doing a decent job of much of ANYthing.  Also, I cannot for the life of me remember all the lingo tied to computer use, the programs, etc.  In one ear and out the other.  God knows I've tried!
My husband is worried about finances.  He has a fairly good job, but we seem to be losing our grip, little by little.  I can't do daycare, as our son had some problems a few years ago, and the same people would be involved in licensing. (long story I told on a previous thread).  I applied for disability but was turned down.  Guess I'm too healthy--not!  I've researched work-at-home jobs, but they usually involve selling or the usual ones like Mellaluca (not sure of the exact name) but it seems overboard in our area, and my husband isn't too keen on the selling thing anyway.  I've discussed all this with my MD, but he only said well, at least my husband is working.  I would love to do some simple craft, but DH isn't too excited about that either.  He is a DH, don't get me wrong, but really doesn't know how bad the fibro fog, etc. can be. Dead end!
I really wouldn't mind SIMPLE typing on the computer-- with nothing complicated re computer programs or anything else my fibro fogged mind couldn't bear. But where would I start to look into this?  It would have to be VERY part-time and VERY simple as my body is just too unreliable.  The last few days the "fog" has been so thick that it feels like all my brain cells are turned off, so please excuse me if this post isn't too clear.  Just would appreciate some ideas as to where to find "simple" and uncomplicated typing jobs--or other ideas would be appreciated too.  Thanks so much!!! 

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   Posted 9/15/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm also trying to figure out what kind of job I can do. I wonder if you could sign up with a Temp Agency. I'm sure you could request mostly simple secretarial-type jobs. You might find a company that you love ot work for a or a job you didn't consider before that you jsut love.

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   Posted 9/15/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
temp agencies are great but can on very short notice...

i work in retail, i am the customer service desk so i don't have to stand the whole time... i do filing, returns and occassionally am on the floor

I have had terrible fog was the worst i had both my bosses up my rear so far they could touch my nose.. all i wanted to do was cry

you can also post up at local college's and universities.. teachers usually can use some one to type up papers and exams
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   Posted 9/15/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Check out The National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) - This is an agency that works only with the disabled. I believe they are looking for Medical Transcriptionists and most positions are part-time as many people are on Social Security or other services that limit their earning potential. Hopethis helps. Good luck.
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   Posted 9/16/2009 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Also check with your local university's English and science departments to see if they need any help typing or transcribing papers or classroom material for disabled students. Our local uni here has a waiting list for people to do that from home; because of budgets they have to get creative with material without spending extra money except to hire someone. Bypassing temp agencies and going directly there to promote yourself saves the uni a lot of money. One of my girlfriends did it for $15 an hour for six months last year while she was at home with a 2yr old and pregnant with all-day morning sickness. (I was so jealous.) For example, students who needed to see their textboooks on extra-large screens, the textbooks were scanned in and all the fonts had to be "grown." If no uni in your town, maybe high schools.

I have good luck temping on my own and have come to prefer being hired for short term projects or six-month assignments, rather than being stuck in a job (my skills and hours are also pretty flexible). Over the years I've built my own networks in my town so don't have to rely on temp agencies any longer, but when I started with temp agencies it was fun, I could work when I wanted, and got paid better wages than as a direct hire employee. The drawback is that many agencies do not offer insurance or benefits, but some do. Good luck!

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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
These are all wonderful ideas and well worth considering.  You guys are great!  Thanks so much and God bless each of you.
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