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#21 Vee

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 01:13 AM

Betty,

What you do is very special. My daughter did that job for a while, it isn't easy. And it takes someone special to be able to handle it. I couldn't do that job, no way, no how. Bum? I think not!I used to tell my daughter that she was an earth angel to these people. I know you do more than just clean their houses and help them to dress. Sometimes the home aides are the only people that come and see them and they look very forward to your visits. Thank goodness for people like you!

Hope your havin' a great week!
Happy people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have!

Warm and Happy to you! Vee

#22 Patty1

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 01:49 AM

Hi Betty,
From experience with my Dad, Home Health Aids are NOT bums! They are a truly wonderful group of dedicated people. I allways marveled at how caring and special my Dad's health aids were. They allways went the extra mile. How do you do it? Especially when you loose one?
Take Care, and don't sell yourself short, you are very much appreciated!
Patty

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 05:19 AM

Betty,
I totally admire your career. My Mom is/was a nurse and did Hospice for years. It takes a very special person to do what you are doing.
I volunteered for Meals on Wheels for several years and loved it and it's not even close to what you are doing. It is really rewarding.
You are making such a difference in these people's lives.
xoxo
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 07:30 AM

hi everyone.
i was an emt in a fire hall in tennessee for four years, then went into nursing. I've worked in many different areas... prison nursing, hiv/aids, endoscopy (we all know what that's about, lol), and oncology, which was my absolute favorite. I worked in medical oncology in a chemo infusion suite until I got sick and had to leave it.

now I work 12 hours a week in a skilled nursing facility. it's certainly not a glamorous job, but I've found more blessings in it than you could imagine. we have quite a few terminally ill/hospice residents who make my job incredibly rewarding. what a blessing in disguise!!

sharon

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 05:44 AM

Oh yeah, we have another nurse here besides me! Good to know. :)
Warm and gentle hugs,

Pamela
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 03:08 PM

Hello All:

I'm in construction. Have been for 20 plus years. I'm a project coordinator responsible for all the submittals that go into the project. I also handle the RFI's, COR's, PCO's, etc. It's challenging, but I do like it. It also provides me the opportunity to work at home if I have to. Lately, my company will not let me work at home (don't know why), so presently I'm out on disability.

My one wish career wise, is that I continued with college. My second wish, that companies would start treating women with the same respect they give men. Without a degree, it's been a constant uphill battle, and I'm getting tired.

I fought for my sons to get degrees, knowing that without one, life would be a battle. Although I'm not in touch with them anymore, at last knowledge, they both had good, productive careers providing a generous salary. :)
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Posted 23 October 2007 - 06:08 AM

I was a print finisher -- note I said was! I ran my own business until 2003 when I had to give it up because of my health issues.
I'm a full time layabout blogger. I write on this site. I also host my own little spot on local radio, recipes ideas! every Thurs morning at 11. I'm also in the middle of house renovating. I've done lot's of things in my time but only ever one full time job.
I'm a professional full time stay at home and crawl the wall mum. To be honest I'd rather go back to work?
Best wishes
Barbs xx

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 05:46 PM

And another cool message running.....

I have an Associates Degree in Medical Office Technology. I am a Financial Analyst Assistant for a health insurance here in Virginia Beach, VA.

Take care ya'll

Sue
Asthma 1998, Diabetes 2007, Morphea 2007, Fibromyalgia 2007.

#29 Peggy

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 01:07 PM

Hi Everyone:

I was a Legal Assistant / Paralegal for 16 years and then tired of the office politics so went back to school and now I sell insurance for Bankers Life. Get this, I sell long term care insurance but I wasn't smart enough to get it for myself as I didn't think I was old enough yet and now I won't be able to get it now that I have sclero! Who would have thunk, huh? Now comtemplating if I will be able to continue working as I make house calls which requires driving and going into seniors houses, which makes it difficult. You never know if they are sick and what kind of enviornment you are going into. Never mind I haven't felt safe driving out of town with my meds as I fall asleep at the drop of a hat.

It's a great mix of people here and so very many of you are so educated no wonder we get such great feedback when we post problems and questions.

Thanks all and stay warm!

Peggy (Margaret - that's my legal name but I go by Peggy)

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 01:14 AM

I have been a registered nurse for 25 years & about the same amount of time that I have had sclero. I work in home health care. I also live in Florida (not far from Stetson, Gulfport, FL).
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Posted 13 November 2007 - 04:48 AM

I'm studying a degree in Culinary Arts at the moment, in my 2nd year (its 4 years altogether)
I'm also working in a local shop part-time, I love it there! The only bad thing is that I stand all day, the counters are too high to have a chair! :rolleyes:
I'm not sure what I want to do after college, I'll think about that another time haha :P

Louise xx

#32 MicheleM

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 11:06 AM

Hi all. I started out as a secretary, then a stay at home mom, then owned a cleaning company (very small but profitable!) then tupperware - these two jobs were done so I could stay home! - then when the kids got older I went back to admin asst until diagnosis in 2002. I tried part-time/disability but Rick lost his job & full-time it was until lay offs! Then I worked reception thinking it would not be so stressful (yeah, right) and after 7 months I was at home - a professional patient/sleeper for a few years! As of last year I rejoined the work force as a barista at Starbucks & really do love it, but the work is so physically demanding! I'm trying very hard to balance this with Sclero, but it sure is difficult. So that's my story! Oh yeah, cook, chaueffer and all the rest of the mommie stuff!
Soft hugs your way,

Michele

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:28 AM

I worked at an auto parts store for 4 years. The disease hit right after my pregnancy, when I became a stay-at-home mom. I don't suppose all the silica dust in the shop helped things.. I was always in the back room while the rotors and flywheels were being turned. Are there any reports of lawsuits between employers and Scleroderma patients, or is that not even possible because there's no specific known cause?? I'm not out to sue anybody at the moment ;) but I DO wonder about that auto parts store...
Elizabeth

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 01:24 PM

I am a retired licensed practical nurse and have worked with the elderly most of my life...guess its time to start working with me.....lol

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:25 AM

What did I do for approx 18yrs - well, basically I worked in Retail, worked for the same grocery chain for 18yrs - did work as a Cashier, worked the Courtesy Booth, stocked shelves, you name it, the only thing I didn't do was work in the meat/deli department - guess they didn't trust me with knives/slicers - LOL...........

Now, I'm just a wife, Mom, Grandmom................ :)

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 06:46 AM

Here's another nurse. I graduated in 1976 with my associate degree in nursing. I was 20 years old. I could give patients drugs but I wasn't old enough to buy liquor.Ha! I started out working in a nursing home for 3 years and I did learn alot. I went to work in a hospital setting as a med-surg nurs for two years and them found my love in nursing - maternity nursing. I started working as a a mother-baby nurse on the postpartum unit for 9 years. From there I went to work in Labor and Delivery for 16 years. This is what I love the most to see a person take their first breath, to see life begin, to see families elated to see their new love one. A year and a half ago I went to work on our high-risk pregnancy unit with the moms who are sick with their pregnancy. Now I am the assistant nurse manager. I have worked in the same hospital going on 29 years. We deliver close to 7000 babies a year. It is a busy place. I hope that I can get better and continue to work there doing what I love. I am now in school working on getting my BSN in nursing which will be completed in 2010. :D

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 12:05 PM

AHhhhhh another good topic! More fun reading for me when this class gets done!

Speaking of class... I've been a stay at home mom for the last 12 years & am now in school getting my associates in nursing. Truth be told, I'll probably never stop going to school though & just keep building on that degree as I love research & would like to be a nurse practitioner.

I went to college briefly right out of highschool but didn't go for more than a semester because I was planning to get married to who knows who someday & be a stay at home mom. I never wanted a career... I was A.D.D. & didn't know it then, so school was hard. Now that I know that I wasn't a matter of not being able to do good & that I can get A's, I love school & love the idea of a career.

#38 Dianna in Arkasas

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 07:38 PM

Just to let you know, there's another RN on board here. I taught public school for several years, took a year's leave and never went back. Then in 03, my daughter was in college and unsure of what she wanted to major in. I told her that I was enrolling in the fall to get a RN degree. She thought it was such a good idea that she moved back home and we went through the program together. Such fun! We even work at the same hospital, although I'm only able to work a couple of days a month in the ER. I do love it! Sadly, my daughter is moving to another state in July as she and one of the residents are engaged. I'm happy for her but I'll miss her terribly. Anyway, I have 3 other sons age 31, 27 and 16. My husband is terrific, a writer, and in a couple of years we will see what that empty nest feels like.... Bittersweet I imagine. I don't make it to the boards much, but it's so nice to know you are here, and I'm not alone.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 10:37 AM

My goodness what a clever lot you are. I must be pretty boring because other than numerous hobbies I've only ever had one field of expertise and even that is debatable!

I was a print finisher/ bookbinder for 22 years, owning my own business up until the year 2003. I worked most of my time in a factory environment with 8 other girls. I was the practical joker of the pack. In 1996 I started my own business in print finishing employing 4 girls, after a long recovery from pneumonia and other strange illnesses.

My hobbies include: Rebuilding our Farmhouse/cottage. Making and decorating wedding and occasional cakes, learning the greek language, co-presenting on local radio, writing, drawing
cooking, keeping chickens, geese and goats, stay at home mum, wife and all round domestic queen -- just kidding!

Right now I intend to rebuild the family tomato business but that is a little while in the future.
Sorry to disappoint you guys!

Best wishes
Barbara xxx

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 10:57 AM

i went to nursing school through a B.O.C.E.S. program in my high school, then Iworked as a long-term-care nurse for 17 years, when I could no longe work I applied for ssd and was approved my first try. With my ticket to work from ssd, I went to school and got my degree in criminal justice, little did I know the only thing I could do with that was be a police officer or guard,; that was a waste of time. I went back to school and got degrees as a medical administrative and a legal administrative assistant. There was no way I could keep up with these young whipper snappers, I admitted I could no longer work and quit after a few months. Now I do rerlative care for my mentally ill son.