Some room to breathe…


Good news!! The short term disability claim through my former employer was finally approved.  It only took nearly six months, but after faxing pages and pages of my medical records, they finally approved it.

So we can breathe a little bit easier with regards to finances.  Not that I’ll be able to go and buy a new car or something, but rent is at least covered for the next few months.

And I spent the day applying for jobs.  It is so hard to read job descriptions and try to imagine myself doing that job with my reduced functioning.  I don’t know when I’ll have a “good day” or a “bad day”.  I know that I can only work the last few days before my methotrexate dosage.  Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays mostly.  And I have no clue how certain jobs would affect my fatigue.

I haven’t been able to work as a bedside nurse since my brush (read nine months of hell) with c.diff seven years ago.  Two different infectious disease docs told me to stay the hell out of the hospital due to increased chances of me contracting another lovely hospital acquired infection while working.

Although nursing is a very dynamic field, I am having difficulty finding the ideal position to fit my current health needs.  I have difficulty articulating the ideas I am trying to get across at times.  I forget medical terms, I stutter occasionally while my brain is sifting through the info.  I don’t want to present as unintelligent or lazy.  I just have a longer time synthesizing info, no matter what it is.  Sometimes I have to ask people to repeat themselves.  Slowly.  I have to write down everything.  And forget about spelling.

But overall, today was a good day.

Anyone need a nurse?

Let the job hunt begin.

I recently resigned my position as a RN case manager for a wonderful hospice company here in Austin.  It literally broke my heart to resign.  I truly loved my job, the people, the support offered.  I miss my patients.  But, physically, I cannot perform to their expectations.  I cannot drive 100+ miles per day and handle a caseload of 14+ patients in a rural/economically depressed area.

So I am now looking for the perfect job (if it exists) that has enough flexibility to allow me to continue my medical treatment (chemo).

I am being honest with employers.  I have some limitations, mostly physical.  It wouldn’t be fair to apply for a job that I know I can’t perform.

I’m concentrating on work-from-home jobs.  Nurse triage specifically.  I have no experience with insurance, although I’m willing to learn.

I have been a nurse for nearly 10 years, in many many many different areas of expertise.  If anyone has any ideas please let me know.  If anyone has experience executing a job search while chronically ill, I’m interested in your input as well.

I need to generate some sort of income or we will be evicted.  Its that bad.

Thank you!