Long story short, I ended working in the cafeteria, around food, of all things. But my hours are absolutely perfect: mid-day, part-time (about 20 a week). I get up at 5:45 each day, finish my light breakfast by 6:30 and by the time I report to work at 9:30, I no longer need the bathroom. There have been days I've been gassy, but there are so many smells waffling around that kitchen and middle-school kids nearby that well, I just pretend it was me who let it rip. LOL So far no one has asked if that smell was from me. The days my gut has been rolling and doing it's usual persnickety thing, I put Rolaids in my apron pocket and I swear, I have hardly ever had to pop one in my mouth. It's been 2 years now. Just knowing they're there is all I need. I seem to forget my gut is rolling and heaving sometimes and by 1 p.m., I'm on my way home. I got thru another work "day". If I had to work an 8 hour shift, I know I'd be really hurting though. I can pull out a part time shift like this, because of the timing and being so busy, I actually forget my gut is anything but normal. My boss knows I have this situation and it's been understood I may have to hurry home one day but in 2 years that hasn't happened either. I think like the trusty Rolaids nearby, just knowing I have that option, calms my gut down.
My only problem is when we've having food to share or a party. I just do not eat. Then everyone looks at me so odd - you don't eat at work? LOL
No way will I take that chance.....
I am glad I was able to find the perfect job for my situation. I never aspired to be employed in a school cafeteria but I came to find out, that many of my coworkers feel the same way. At least half of us have college degrees and are mothers of students in the school system. We want that schedule. I am grateful it isn't 8 hours straight though, 4 would be tops for me. There are days I literally walk out the door exhausted (another lovely dividend of having had cancer, resection, etc. - low energy).
Another thing - I know I could look for a much calmer type job - ie sitting answering phones in a medical office, what I did decades ago, for example - but somehow this crazy, hectic job helps me - it does take the focus off my gut problems. At least for a short while.
Marsky, I had to laugh when I read this. I think the main reason I chose cooking as a profession is because of the "smells", noises and activity in the kitchen! There is so much clamor that it's nearly impossible for anyone to hear an accidental "escape" and the smell of food can easily camouflage even the most noxious toots. In all the years I've been working in restaurants, I've never had anyone nail me as the offender.
BUT, working in restaurants can also be very, very stressful. It's nearly impossible to just leave the kitchen if you have an urgent colon "demand". I have found that a large percentage of cooks have some kind of wierd relationship with food so my refusal to eat on the job never ruffled any feathers.
I've been blessed to be able to tailor my "career" to my physical needs by working in private homes. It's the best of all worlds as I can basically make my own hours, have complete access to bathrooms and don't have to answer to anyone about how I spend my time. The down side is that I am considered a "luxury item" for most people and thus, am very suseptible to being laid off (just happened in February) if the economy gets nasty.
It is possible to create an employment situation that works with our special needs. It does take time and a bit of imagination but I do believe it's possible. Like jtaurus, I've been fortunate enough to receive unemployment and could take my time carving out a job for myself. Start with something you like or love to do and get creative!