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10-20-2011, 03:19 PM   #31
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I'm a legal secretary (desk job). Lawyers can be difficult to work for, but I have a pretty good group at the moment and a low-stress desk!
10-20-2011, 03:25 PM   #32
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I work as a critical care assistant on an ICU ward.
I see quite a lot of dead people and dying people daily...which some how gives me strength.
And some truly great stories...
I am moving around quite a bit through out the day...but I do my own thing and do not have anybody standing over me wanting to know where I am each minute..
10-20-2011, 08:14 PM   #33
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I was a flight attendant but with this most recent flare (which has been super ugly), I had to transfer to a desk job. So now I'm working in crew scheduling.
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10-20-2011, 10:58 PM   #34
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I am a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Anatomic Pathology. I work Mon to Fri shift work but no weekends or stats. Lab technology is an "in demand" field but does usually involve 24/7 shift work. Benefits, at least in Cananda, are pretty good so needing time off for appointments is usually not an issue. As well shift work means you can schedule things round your shift alot.

I have pretty good employers and somewhat understanding co-workers.
10-20-2011, 11:55 PM   #35
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I oversee the installation of terminal approach radar. I'm on the road for 3-4 weeks at a time and spend my workdays usually on a work site in a field in the middle of nowhere.
10-21-2011, 09:02 AM   #36
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I am an Activity Coordinator at a Seniors Home. It is the best job ever. It does take a lot of energy but for the most part I get to make my own schedule. And its like I have a 100 grandparents looking out for me.
10-21-2011, 06:06 PM   #37
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I've got a pretty good job now - supply teaching at the elementary level. Talk about rewarding! Previously I was with a major credit card company. Great benefits, but the job conditions for me as a Crohnie made me use the benefits on a regular basis. Don't have benefits now, but then again, I don't really need them!
10-21-2011, 07:06 PM   #38
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I work as a RN but I have only been diagnosed with CD (most likely as my doc puts it) in May. I have been a RN for 10 yrs. There are days were it's really hard and I have to make sure that I have been the bathroom before big things. But right now, since I am still being worked up to see extent of disease and then decide treatment I am actually teaching nursing at a large University. No shift work (which is great), since the shift work was the biggest killer.
10-21-2011, 08:24 PM   #39
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RN =Registered nurse I guess (or royal navy) as google suggests

I work at a gas power station as an operator (think of me like homer simpson, except we get digestive biscuits instead of doughnuts). Enjoying the job yet I have to work 12hr shifts and do find working mon-fri easier on my bowels
10-21-2011, 10:08 PM   #40
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I am currently a full time student doing a double degree. I am doing a Law degree and an Arts degree with a major in English Literature. I have two jobs, one as a waitress and the other as a research assistant. The assistant job is awesome because I can pretty much pick my own hours and work from home when I need to. As long as I get stuff done and produce high level work my boss doesn't mind where or when I do it.
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10-21-2011, 10:15 PM   #41
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I am currently a full time student doing a double degree. I am doing a Law degree and an Arts degree with a major in English Literature. I have two jobs, one as a waitress and the other as a research assistant. The assistant job is awesome because I can pretty much pick my own hours and work from home when I need to. As long as I get stuff done and produce high level work my boss doesn't mind where or when I do it.
Well done! You should be proud of yourself and how you do it all, with IBD is something most healthy people dont even try to do. Good for you!
10-21-2011, 10:27 PM   #42
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I'm a Diabetes Care Specialist and I cover a territory about the size of Rhode Island that is very rural. Not a lot of bathrooms so thank God for the cornfields! LOL
10-21-2011, 10:30 PM   #43
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10-21-2011, 10:31 PM   #44
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Between jobs right now! Previously: Milieu Therapist, basically the day to day care of troubled kids in residential treatment. Also known as the human punching bag.

Right now, I'm doing the starving actress thing.
10-21-2011, 10:32 PM   #45
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I am currently a full time student doing a double degree. I am doing a Law degree and an Arts degree with a major in English Literature. I have two jobs, one as a waitress and the other as a research assistant. The assistant job is awesome because I can pretty much pick my own hours and work from home when I need to. As long as I get stuff done and produce high level work my boss doesn't mind where or when I do it.
HOT DAMN! Get down with your bad self.
10-22-2011, 12:29 AM   #46
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I'm a truck driver usually away from home a week at a time.
10-22-2011, 03:34 AM   #47
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I'm a Financial Administrator for a charity/learning centre. Started two months ago and I'm on 3 days a week possibly going to full time later. Also, as my background is not finance, they will fund my studies for an appropriate qualification.
I had part- time jobs as a meter reader and cleaner too, but I couldn't juggle all three, so I'm poorer but feel better now!
I told my current employer about the CD before I started as I was expecting to have to go for surgery. That didn't transpire, but going for my Infliximab involves at least two days away and they have been very good about that.
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10-22-2011, 11:23 AM   #48
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It's really interesting to hear the comments about how hard shift work is on the bowels. It wasn't until I started my job (Juvenile Detention Facility) which required shift work that I got really sick. I switched back and forth between day shifts and night shifts often. Luckily I'm able to do day shifts only for now.
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Surgeries: Total removal of colon (rectum was saved) with temporary ileostomy in Feb. 2011.


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10-22-2011, 11:45 PM   #49
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Right now I am a home visitor and part of our rules are that we cannot access the restrooms at our clien'ts homes - so, when the D is acting up, it is sort of hard for me. Plus, not to mention holding the gas.... Looking for a desk job just because it is so much better for bathroom breaks and I can remember my medicine better that when my schedule is all over the place. And, if I do get the job I am looking at, a couple of coworkers are into fitness and maybe I can join them and get in better shape. Who knows?
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10-23-2011, 04:23 AM   #50
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Best of luck, really hope you get it Sunflower x
10-23-2011, 01:47 PM   #51
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I am currently a library technician for a government agency. I was diagnosed 3 months after I graduated from college. Luckily I have a desk job, the freedom of a washroom nearby and really understanding management. Every year I earn 10 more days of 100% sick time so I am pretty set. The only problem is that I can never, ever leave because I am so dependent on the excellent benefits package (oh and I mostly work alone so I never need to suppress my gas!).

Writing it all out like this really makes me realize how good I really have it....

This is my first ever post, so I hope I'm doing this right.

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10-23-2011, 06:27 PM   #52
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I'm a Propert Manager. I'm just grateful...I have a job that is understanding to my condition (the Owner of the company has Crohns so it kinda doesn't get anymore "understanding" than that.) It is not however; what I plan to do for the rest of my life. I'm in school but my future plans are kinda "top secret" so I don't get distracted from reaching my goals.
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10-23-2011, 07:52 PM   #53
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I'm a stay-at-home Mom of two kiddos - 5yrs. and 6yrs. Planning on going back to work next year when they will both be in school.
10-23-2011, 09:53 PM   #54
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I am an activity coordinator at a seniors home! Such a great job I need lots of energy but it's like I have 101 grandparents looking out for me!!!
10-24-2011, 12:19 AM   #55
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I am a carpenters apprentice a very demanding physical job but love what I do.

have been off work for just over a week now and it's driving me nuts.
My father in law owns the company so he understands me being off work but it really bothers me cause if he hired someone healthy they would be there all the time.
Any thoughts on weather I should quit and find a desk job or talk with boss and see how he feels?
10-24-2011, 02:26 AM   #56
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Im an Animal & Dog Control Officer for a local government authority. I adjust my eating habits if I think I'm going out into the country, away from toilets. Up until a bowel resection 3 years ago I was having regular bowel blockages. They come on so quick, always at night. I missed a Conference once when I got a blockage but was so glad it happened at home. My boss is really good about it. I have less sick time off than fellow workmates.
10-24-2011, 05:52 AM   #57
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I work as an IT Database Consultant. I used to do a similar job for an investment bank in London, but the commuting into London (around 1.5 hours each way) took its toll and now I'm based in a big converted English manor house in the country much much closer to home. I am a consultant for internal Database Development, Administration and Support issues so have a desk job.
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10-24-2011, 05:58 AM   #58
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I am a secretary for an import-export company. We distribute scientific equipment. I have steady hours (9-5) A desk job and a restroom close to my desk (Sweet). I have the best boss ever and access to several medical facilities around the country (They are our clients anyway). I am studying European civilization at the open university and when I finish I want to do something in adult education or lifelong learning.
10-24-2011, 06:57 AM   #59
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lonny
Any thoughts on weather I should quit and find a desk job or talk with boss and see how he feels?
I would go and talk to him and get his feeling on your situation..
I am sure he would appreciate you effort.
10-24-2011, 11:12 AM   #60
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No offense but don't let crohn's disease control you... Follow what job you're going to enjoy because if you're just going to settle for any career chances are you will not enjoy it and possibly may become depressed down the line making your condition worse!
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