Just recently, I have been thinking about getting out of my current occupation. All because of my back, of course (2 L5-S1 surgeries and continued leg pain to date). I run daycare and each and every "squat," "bend," "lift," and "sitting position" make my pain worse. I keep thinking that if I didn't have to do all that squatting to get down to the children's level. Circle time is impossible, being that I sit during it, and now I've been told by my P.T'ist that I should sit on a stool while doing floor activities. Kind of hard when you're trying to play a card game on the floor with a child - while sitting on a stool (you bend twice as much as "criss cross applesauce.")
I have so many issues (carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel) that I wonder if I'll be able to find something full or part time that doesn't "ruin" me. Any suggestions from anyone? Does anyone have ideas of "at-home" work that can be done according to pain level? I figure no one will want to hire me once I tell them I can't do this or that.
I've almost finished my 2 year degree in child development, but have opted out of classes this semester due to pain. Am also wondering if it's even worth the effort if the career is going to wreck my back even more.
Any suggestions, help, tips are greatly appreciated.