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10-24-2011, 11:22 AM   #61
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I'm a truck driver usually away from home a week at a time.
This must be really difficult during a flare.

I used to teach Special Education in a college-prep Charter School. I resigned in March 2011. Now I am a Den Leader in Cub Scouting of America (8 and 9 year old boys).
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10-24-2011, 12:49 PM   #62
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I am a controller for an online/phone/fax (just don't walk in my front door) business. My official title (at least) is controller. But I have a hand in all the departments at least once a month (sales, purchasing, shipping, advertising, tech, etc). It's a nice desk job, with a bathroom in my office (bedroom, work out of an otherwise empty house). However, my mother is the accountant/bookkeeper below me, my boyfriend is the tech manager, and the president is my father. Enter stress level here _______. And then assume the Crohn's pain here _____ and here ______. Oh ya, and we cater mostly to other businesses, sometimes individuals.

And yes, many parentheses and dashes are used in my life. lol
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10-25-2011, 02:12 PM   #63
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I am an Xray tech & have to work shift work...I was the supervisor of Interventional when I was diagnosed, but I had to leave and go back to a general xray tech as I couldn't do the long hours & call interventional expects. I still have a hard time on the floor, but my co-workers are very understandable & if I am in a flare I don't have to go to the OR or run for STATS in the hospital...I find it very hard to work full time, even though I do and I have a hard time doing our 7day stretch, which is every 3 weeks...some days I call in sick, some days I can go in..all depends...I also find evening shifts a bit easier, as I don't have to get up so early before my shift to get my body ready for the day...
10-25-2011, 04:24 PM   #64
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I don't have one any more. Career, or job. Thanks Crohn's. I may strangely end up as walks guide book writer, or a supermarket shelf stacker. Or maybe I'll just find a wee howff and hide from the world. I don't know what's going to happen. I've finally given up and accepted that I dont want, and am in no state, to go back into a software, technology, or other high pressure job.
10-25-2011, 08:25 PM   #65
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I am a carpenters apprentice a very demanding physical job but love what I do.
I'm a steamfitter. 26 years in it. I've probably had crohns the last 17. I own my own company now but its a one man shop so I do it all. Very physical work. I had a really bad flare in early 2010 but I worked through it. To the point I would work 10 minutes rest 5. Just grinding it out. Huge mistake because my body was consuming itself to keep up. I lost a lot of weight, all muscle. It took me a long time to get my strength back. Now I know when I'm really sick I have to not fight through it. I also work out at a gym to basically have more of me to lose next time, there are other benefits to the gym also. So I would tell you stay in the trade, you can always be an estimator, project manager, sales. Having a skill is really great. Good luck.

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10-25-2011, 08:35 PM   #66
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I did medical billing for 4 years as it was a desk job. I really loved it as my supervisors were very supportive. Due to health issues, I had to give it up. They told me I could come back any time if I wanted but I had a stroke 6 yrs. ago and it affected several skills so I do volunteer work for the local CCFA and ostomy chapter.

It doesn't hurt to give back to the community as they've been there for me. I've been doing it for 25 yrs. and met some awesome folks along the way.
Was your stroke due to crohns ?
10-25-2011, 09:47 PM   #67
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Currently I'm working part time as a TSS (which means I work with kids with autism, conduct disorder and other childhood developmental/psychiatric disorders) I'm also currently pursuing my doctorate in psychology. it's really hard to keep on top of my health at the same time...and eating well on a grad student budget is nearly impossible!
10-30-2011, 07:41 PM   #68
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I am a registered nurse and actually beginning a new job at our local hospital in the acute inpatient hospital. I will be working 7pm to 7am in a few weeks 3 days per week. I am nervous about the change but excited. I don't know how the night shifts will affect my bathroom routines. It is a much lower stress job than the one I just left as a Director of Nursing at a skilled nursing facility so I hope it balances out....
10-30-2011, 07:53 PM   #69
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I envy most of you. I haven't worked in 11 years and I miss it. Mostly in the beginning it was because of my surgery and then our location then we move farther North and out in the sticks. Thanks to Crohn's I can't stabilize and my hubby says I dont have to work..but I miss the social part alot. Kudo's to all of you who can go to work let alone some of the wonderful things you do!
11-01-2011, 05:09 PM   #70
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I'm in the Navy!!
11-01-2011, 05:38 PM   #71
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Currently I'm on disability and am receiving SSI but I got my Master's degree in Fine Art with my emphasis in sculpture. I plan on teaching college level sculpture, ceramics or maybe even drawing. Sadly the job market sucks right now and there are very few jobs available for professors/teachers. The disease did not alter my dreams and ambitions in the slightest.
how much do you can you get on ssi if you don't mind me asking
11-01-2011, 05:47 PM   #72
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I'm in the Navy!!
Cool one of my closest friends' son is in the Navy...he was the guy who had the sword in front of Prince William on the Royal visit this past summer here in Canada


Do you like being in it and what do you do exactly.
11-01-2011, 06:10 PM   #73
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I work with c130s in Jacksonville. Keeping the aircraft hours up to date. I love it! I'm waiting on a official diagnosis of CD or not. I heard after your diagnosed with CD you are shown the exit door
11-01-2011, 06:14 PM   #74
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Yeah unfortunatley that is true. This disease can be very debilitating at times. Fingers crossed for you!
11-02-2011, 03:59 PM   #75
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As I do have IBS I don't have any real trouble with working. I only have D sometimes in the morning. I have worked as a secretary for 30 years with Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherland and since January 2010 I work with ASML. I work at the training department arrange all the classes see that the trainers are booked and classrooms available. I also put all the trainings in the special computer programme so everybody can book the trainings but they can also keep track of there skill levels. I really love this job!
11-02-2011, 06:05 PM   #76
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I work in the financail services industry and as I tend to work quite long hours (it's my default at work) my manager is pretty flexible with me taking time off and makign up the hours. I have medical insurance which paid for me to have a colonoscopy, and I had about six weeks off work this year - some of which was when I was in hospital.

My workplace has been brilliant with my health issues - which I think is helped by me making it clear that I'm there to do a job and will find a way to manage what I have. Outside of work, I am getting back into stage performance stuff - not easy with the Crohn's, but as I love it, it's an incentive to get back to it somehow.
11-04-2011, 01:46 PM   #77
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i have my own antique business and have had for 25yrs,i can work from home, and so when i get ill it makes life much easier,i dont know how anyone can hold down a full time job with crohns,the pain is horrendous
11-07-2011, 12:00 PM   #78
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Hello everybody...

I'm a customer service specialist.

Right now I am a collector at Canon Canada. I've always had a desk job. I always have a toilet close by and I need to haver good inssurance and the like so I keep that in mind when I look for a new job. However I think I will be here for along time. it's a great place here and they are supportive when it comes to dr appointments and things like that.
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11-13-2011, 08:51 AM   #79
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I'm in school to be a Medical Coding Specialist, when I get a job it will be a desk job.

I'm very grateful that I have been able to make this career change, that agrees with my Crohn's, so I can keep working......
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Desipramine for IBS, Vicodin for pain
Surgery: Small bowel strictureplasty 02/19/11 and 11/17/11, then a small bowel resection 4/6/12, Hemicolectomy 9/2016
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Multivitamins & Vitamin D3
Prednisone: Never again
Imuran (azathioprine)= Pancreatitis
Entocort EC (Budesonide) and medical adhesives = Rash
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11-14-2011, 09:10 PM   #80
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I sell supplemental cancer insurance door to door. It's awesome. Since it's straight commission, I make a good money when I'm working but also have the flexibility to take time off when I'm not so well. I always know where the closest toilet is and haven't been too ashamed a couple of times to ask to use the toilet at someone's house if it's an emergency.
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11-14-2011, 09:27 PM   #81
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Industrial Engineering Manager at manufacturing company.

Primarily a desk job and to be honest my boss is quite understanding of my condition and those days when I can't make it in. I try to take as much work home with me and always carry my laptop, if I'm not too tired to continue on.

Wish I had better benefits though, damn medication is too expensive.
11-15-2011, 04:17 PM   #82
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I have a couple of shops in shopping centres started from scratch though and made myself very ill doing it but its a bit more rewarding now i have staff to rely on,

only trouble is retail is at its worst in years now so thats the next big bridge lol
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11-15-2011, 05:21 PM   #83
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I'm a property surveyor, and love being nosey looking round peoples houses and lofts, but hate it when I need to visit the loo when I'm too far from home-so I'm driving round trying to find an empty, newly built house that my builders have finished and have fitted the loo and waste pipe (ive got a phobia about public loo's and think its borderline OCD)
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11-15-2011, 05:53 PM   #84
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I work as a care assistant in a residential care home! Luckily doesnt really affect my crohns disease, only when I get tired. My job are very supportive xx
11-15-2011, 10:45 PM   #85
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I work in a pediatric office which comes in handy when I'm in the bathroom a lot. The general odors that diapers and toddlers have are wonderful, no one automatically looks at you when you come out the bathroom or pass gas in surprise!!
11-16-2011, 09:04 AM   #86
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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..
I'm a staff nurse on a Palliative Care unit. I love my job but sometimes can be quite hard work.
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Diagnosed Dec 2003 - aged 16.

Meds: Pentasa, Vit B12.

Previous meds: metronidazole, pentasa, azathioprine, 6MP, Budesonide, prednisolone, calcichew, Humira.

Peri-anal fistula leading to 4 minor surgeries, seton sutures and malecott drains - hopefully its about healed!

Right Hemicolectomy (45 cm removed) in Oct 2011
11-16-2011, 09:41 AM   #87
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Do what you like - if you give that up for some desk job you might hate it and be stressed out making your disease worse. Don't let the Crohn's control your outlook on life.

With that said - I need to take my own advice of course, always easier said than done. Good luck.
11-16-2011, 12:14 PM   #88
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I am a teacher. The benefits, sick and disability time have been lifesavers. Timing washroom breaks can be challenging, because a Crohn's gut doesn't adhere to the before school, recess, lunch, after school bathroom schedule. I have great colleagues though for those "gotta run" times!
While teaching can be an extremely stressful job, it feeds my soul in a way that counteracts enough of that to make it worth it!
11-16-2011, 12:25 PM   #89
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(ive got a phobia about public loo's and think its borderline OCD)
ME TOO!!!! So gross!

I have made sooooo many mad dashes for home I have lost count - often with my little one in the back chanting, "You can make it mommy! You can make it!"
I have also been forced to use some of the most horrible, disgusting excuses for a "wash"room on the planet! ugh! *shivers*!
11-16-2011, 12:36 PM   #90
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ME TOO!!!! So gross!

I have made sooooo many mad dashes for home I have lost count - often with my little one in the back chanting, "You can make it mommy! You can make it!"
I have also been forced to use some of the most horrible, disgusting excuses for a "wash"room on the planet! ugh! *shivers*!
Lol. Weird thing is I don't remember being that bothered before crohns,mind you, I wasn't sitting down in the toilet, more like standing
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