(Closed) When is enough enough? (long)

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

kikilo:  Are you asking for advice about how to quit your job? Are you able to not work right now?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I don’t have what you have but I did have to abandon my career because of fibromyalgia. it took me too long to realize how important my health was and the stress I put on my bodywasn’t worth it. I think if I had cut back sooner this might not have turned into such a long term saga. See where I’m going here? I would cut back and balance your life with a greater investment in your health before you find yourself in a situation where you don’t feel like you even have any options. good luck! I know this must be very hard for you

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Can you manage without your income? Does your doctor state if you will get better? If you can’t work because of illness I would think your employer would understand.

My assistant has Crohns and generally works full-time without too much issue but every few months she has a flare up and is out for a day or two.  Usually not more than a day.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I wish I could help…

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

This is easy for me to say, and I certainly understand why you are feeling conflicted at the thought of leaving a job that you otherwise would want to keep, were it not for your health issues. However, there are other jobs out there, but you only have one life.

Consistently being on the go for 13 hours a day when you have Crohn’s disease is probably not a wise idea. I have a friend who battled this disease for many years, before succumbing to its effects a little more than a year ago while in her 40s.

You need to do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Have you discussed this with your doctor? Sometimes, it helps to have someone in a position of knowlege and authority provide the direction and “permission” we think we need to care for ourselves, because we somehow feel “weak” if we don’t try hard enough. However, you won’t be helping anyone if you don’t take care of yourself.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I think you should talk to your union to discuss options/where you stand

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Stress can makes Chrons sooo much worse. will you be filing disability when you quit? you should just go to your superior and explain the situation, just say that mentally you can handle the stress but physically it is really effecting your health, and you need to make that your top priority. Chrons has such a range in severity for different people, and it sounds like yours is getting worse and worse so you really need to be active about taking care of yourself. Good luck…

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Do you know of any Chrons support groups near you? Or maybe a Chrons support forum? Talking about this with others who can relate could be very therapeutic for you.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am so sorry you are going through this. Do whatever you need to do for your health. 13 hours does sound like a long work day for even healthy people. Could you reduce the amount of hours? Work life balance sounds important for you.

Getting an MD with both traditional and holistic qualifications would be a good thing. I would read both the mayo clinic advice and Dr Andrew Weils advice online for starters. Dr Weil mentions acupuncture, energy work, etc.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

kikilo:  message me! Fellow crohnie here for 13 years with a few other autpiine diseases as well.. Trust me I feel and KNOW your Pain, especially with planning a wedding.

message me and I can help… Trust me, diet change is HUGE( even though my GI laughs at it every time , stupid gastroenterologist )

 

Are you on metrotrexate, imuran, prednisone, humira or remica de? I can give you some info on all! 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i don’t have any specific advice, but would FMLA be an option?

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