Posted 6/15/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -6)


First, you should have your doctor write a statement to your employer requiring a medical leave. While on medical leave, apply for disability from the social security administration. I had to do this back in 2000 because my job was causing too much stress, and I was home sick more than I was at work. Getting the disability made it a lot easier to quit working. Granted, it's not as much as I was making while working, but my husband works so it's enough to help us get by.

dix: lupus sle Jan. '99, hypo-thyroid Mar. '06
rx: pred. 5mg/day, plaquenil 200mg/day, levothyroxine .112mg/day, premarin .45mg/day, methotrexate 7.5mg/week, folic acid 1mg/day
wife, mother of three

Posted 6/16/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -6)
I have good days and very bad days on the job, mostly bad. some days i just want to give up and some days I feel great. sometimes just walking up the stairs depresses me so bad that i constantly think about quiting my job, being sick all the time, and feeling so weak makes everyday life a very difficult task. I would say 80 percent of the time i wish i didn't have to work, so I feel your pain, and I too desperately need a break from work. mygrljes you have a very good idea I think i am going to look into doing that thanks for the help.
Posted 6/18/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)
Hi everyone.....I was dx with Lupus April 2007 and lyme disease Aug 2007. I've been sick for 14 yrs and though it was tough to get through the bad days, I was ok working.

This last yr, working has been tougher and tougher. My job is very stressful and the building I work in is infested with toxins and the people I work with are the most negative bunch.
I took a one month disability leave when my Rheum put me on Plaq. Then I went back to work for 6 months, went on treatment for lyme and took another 3 months off. Went back to work for 3 more months and like you, I had it! I had to leave my job. I was so stressed just getting ready at 5am, getting my lunch ready and then sitting in 45 mins of traffic both ways. It was terrible. I went back to my rheum 2 weeks ago and that was it, he put me back on disabilty for another 3 months.

Had I seen this post a yr ago, I would have said "hang in there", but now that I see how much not working can help with healing, I say "take some time off"
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong in the broken places

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