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Ok, I can no longer do the job I have been doing for years



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,434
    its one thing about sending your kids to school for learning, but doing it at home by yourself... NOW that takes a lot of WORK! Its not an easy job for someone who is 100% fine.
    Miki, we know like the rest of the moderator team has her share of spinal problems. But Miki is one of the more determined and positive individual that I have met in a long time
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I've been in the Construction trade mainly concrete since I was 17 yrs old. I am now 32 and was injured at my job last year June 08'. They have told me that my days of physical laboring jobs is basically over. This is a real hard pill for me to swallow seeing as I have worked my way up to extremely good pay and put in my hard work over the years to get that pay. I have a family and two daughters to support and I have to be retrained for a different line of work where I wont be getting paid half as much. Not only that I can't do what I love which is manual labor and working with my hands and being outdoors, call me crazy, but I like to work hard and be in shape. Now I'm dealing with work comp which is not good pay and very slow at finding the cheapest way to NOT (lol) fix me. This has been very depressing financially and emotionaly for me and my family. But the upside is I'm not going to let it beat me and I will rise to the top very quickly at whatever it is my body can handle. So door 2 is the option I will be taking as hard as it is to do so but it is the best for me and my family. Specially to show my girls that no matter what obstacles get thrown at you in life, never give up, try a new approach on life, and move on with your head high (Even if it does hurt every step of the way). This was a great topic!
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  • I really don't have much of a choice to stay where I am. I have been with the company driving for 11 years, 6,000miles a month. And yeah, I hurt like he*l every night when I get off work. But I live in a very small town, no higher education, and am a widow, my only means of support. I used to wait tables, tend bar, construction flagger, milked cows on a dairy. None of those jobs can I do anymore. I just keep praying that I can make 4years and 5 months more, until I can retire. If there is anything left of SS and medicare to retire to. I sometimes visit room#3, but then leave. It's not a good place to be.
  • I give you my respect and lots of strength to stay strong with your home schooling.
    My son graduated many years ago and my daughter was just 2 years behind him, both great in school and big time in sports
    My son football-Track-wrestling-... My daughter loved her Track and when she was younger basketball was a big part in her life.

    As my Daughter got older arthritis really got ahold of her. first it was in late grade school early middle school and she was the star of the basketball team they called her speedy she was fast but it was really putting a toll on her shoulders. and as all us moms know out there sports can be what all a young one can think about and at that time it was a big part of her. life but pain took over and my baby girl had to give up basketball. the next year she got herself into track (with big brothers help, he was #1 in most everything he did in track)
    well She also found she was good and good would not even begin to say just how amazing she was, not only FAST but she could jump(I myself was good at track in the day but I never took it as serious as my kids) well as time went on and all the first place trophy's my daughters knees started hurting and I will never forget that day at Doc.s office. he was a new doc for us.. first and last time to see him he was very UNcompassionate, long story short no more track
    as time went on (not much time)us moms no sports(track was this girls life)and it got hard for her to even carry her back pack around let alone walk up the short flight of steps.
    After much talk and thought.
    I got her into Christian Liberty, A home school
    so in a small way I can relate of course I'm sure its diff. then what you do. she did graduate one whole year early, and at times we had fun and I learned alot myself. and I even went back to college for 2 almost 3 years after teaching her we actually went back for 2 years together. I worked full time too at the same time gee hard to believe it wasn't that long ago I could run around and be a busy bee.
    but back to home-schooling, my daughter was not young when we started and that makes a diff. plus she loved school and was pretty smart to begin with. she wanted to do it and we worked around me working and kinda her and I learned things together, I loved the way the home schooling books taught compared to the books in regular school.
    If at anyway poss. I would love to home school my grandchildren, they are in preschool and kindergarten right now, but as time goes by you never know what this proud grandma might be doing. Oh wouldn't that be a dream come true. Patsy
  • After my first, and second time injured, I went right back through door #1. Even after my surgery, I stepped through door #1 still.

    Maybe I am just stubborn, but I am on this ride until it is over, and I am going to enjoy every second of it I can.

    Then again, I might get injured again tomorrow and have to leave through door #1, but it would have been worth it.

    View my history for all the gory details.
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  • My door 1 was in 1978, working in labor. I kept at it for a couple more years. After being off work for 2 months, I moved to another Door #1 and kept at it, pacing myself for the last long time.

    Today - I may be facing another Door#2, due to moving away from 14hr days and my not being able to handle them any more. That's is fine.

    Just means that I have to think through this again and come up with another plan, and keep an open attitude about the future.

  • Mine was door number 1 then i wanted to step into door number 3, but then i relized that i had no choice but to take door number 2. For 15 years i worked with mentally challenged and mentally ill clients that has took a tole on my body.
  • i will be knocking on door 2 there is no way for #1 and for door #3 it doesnt exsist . renee
  • I am hanging onto the handle of Door 1, caught in system sandwich. Contemplating Door 2, depending upon surgery and rehab sucess, but still trying to define myself as a valid member of human race. Just realised will probably not be able to go back to being a medical receptionist, where I have been known to aid people physically and generally leap up and down all day. Never want to go through Door 3, have hovered outside, then realised no family, friends or laughter is allowed. Door 2 is looking good-need to enter and look around and focus on something which will excite and fulfill the hole in my soul that I left behind Door 1.
    Awesome post-has poked me up the botty with a sharp stick-will now meander through my drug fogged mind an write down ideas to contemplate satisfying my need to be fulfilled -Hugs n' Loves Paula
  • I have been working in door number one - going until I couldn't go anymore and then I had to stop.

    I tried to go back to doing what I use to do, in a lesser capcity, however long hours on my feet and the unexpected overtime shifts meant that again I couldn't go anymore and then I had to stop.

    So I have changed things about and stayed in the same area, but changed my role so I am not more involved. I have stepped into a role that suits my back better but I am not sure it suits me!

    I am not liking this new career choice, and still trying to cope with pain after surgery has not been sucessful in the day to day of sitting down at a desk.

    I have been trying to think about stopping work and having a BIG rest. I have the plan to fill up my time with concentrating on my exercise, weight loss and not as much stress as HAVING to sit through the pain to stay at work and act so normal. I was also thinking this time out would let me recover and come back to job hunting when I am feeling a little more recharged.

    Has anyone one else done this - stopped work, to wait for things to try to improve, think about their career choices and then start again? Or does anyone have any ideas or thoughts? Your advice would be most welcome!
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