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05-01-2013, 09:13 AM   #511
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I am a Respiratory/Cardiology Supervisor in a hospital in Minnesota. It is primarily an office position which is fortunate, and I have both a fabulous boss and great staff too. My boss is aware of what's going on (this flare) and she is completely supportive and understanding. It is really helpful to have that kind of working environment. It helps to make me want to come into work every day even with all the pain. And I know that it could be so much worse than it is, right now it's mostly bloating and pain.
05-08-2013, 09:10 PM   #512
 
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I am a cardiac sonographer at a busy hospital, probably worst job ever to go into with this disease, but I do enjoy what I do. Most days I am in the lab performing stress echoes and TEEs which is good because I can go to the bathroom when need be but when I am out and about in the hospital going to rooms to perform echoes I occasionally have to step out and find a restroom close by. I have a great group of co-workers and a supervisor who are all very supportive and understanding but my hours are long and shifts are early. I work 10 hours shifts getting up between 3:30 and 4 in the morning so I come home exhausted most days. I have had a life long dream to become a writer and have a novel I have written and others I work on in my spare time so until I become recognized I will continue to depend on ultrasound to pay my bills...
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05-09-2013, 04:29 AM   #513
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Im currently a domestic at our hospital and resthome.i clean etc for 6.5 hours a day I get really knackered.ive a hernia around stoma so have to be careful,i was also training a trotter as well after work,(who by the way one a race for me) have had illeostomy for last 12 years.
05-10-2013, 04:45 PM   #514
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Hi guys. I work in a school with children with Autism. I only work 2 hours a day as I really struggle with the tiredness. I am also doing a course to b able to work in the classroom. I'm hoping to pass in 2 years time, I'm hoping by then to b able to manage illness a little more. I was only diagnosed in 2011 and have only recently come to terms with the fact that I have a longterm illness. My attitude now is that I won't let this beat me.
05-11-2013, 04:56 PM   #515
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I work 16 hours a week running food counters in a supermarket. It's really hard work and I really struggle with it, it's not suitable for Crohn's at all. Still trying to find something else...

I'm also finishing up my Psychology degree so hopefully I can get a better job soon.

I have respect for all people with Crohn's & UC working part time and full time - I don't think I could manage full time work very well right now.
05-11-2013, 05:46 PM   #516
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I am a freelance graphic designer I work from home so it is very convenient .. However it's difficult to get jobs so I struggle a little with money
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05-14-2013, 03:37 PM   #517
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05-18-2013, 08:29 AM   #518
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None. Can't even get a job working at white castle >_<
05-18-2013, 08:49 AM   #519
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Not working right now, used to work in a school in Home economics and Art and Design, I miss working with students especially at exam time
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05-18-2013, 11:59 AM   #520
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Emergency Medicine Coordinator/Advisor. Work with 9 hospitals, 64 Fire departments, 24 ambulance agencies. All things related to emergency medical care such as disaster planning, education, research, and injury prevention. Cool job since I can't take care of patients any more. Work from home (that's why I can check the forum a lot), except for a lot of meetings.

Morning is my absolute worst time of the day, so try to schedule meetings in the afternoon if possible. If not, I just say excuse me and head out when I need to. Used to be embarrassing, but the older I get, I guess the less I care....
05-22-2013, 01:44 PM   #521
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I'm a 19 yr veteran with the San Diego County Sheriffs dept..currently assigned as a bailiff at one of our many court houses..

Prior to that, I spend 10 years in the US Marines (85-95).
05-31-2013, 09:23 PM   #522
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I have been teaching for about 8 years now. If you can get on at a really close-knit, supportive school, people are more understanding of the trips for Remicade and doctors visits and such. That has been a huge help to me! Many other careers would not tolerate the need to take off every six to eight weeks for treatment. The stress, however, does sometimes seem to exacerbate things, but how can anyone avoid that?
05-31-2013, 10:01 PM   #523
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I worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician for 7 years before "retiring" in January. I am currently back in school and applying to medical school next year. I also work as a medical assistant from time to time and volunteer at my local hospital. My personal experience has been that people in the medical field are much more understanding of my condition, and luckily since my CD has been under control I've had very few "bad days" where I've had to ask for time off. The more open you are with an employer as to what to expect, the more likely they are to find ways to work around your limitations
06-05-2013, 06:16 PM   #524
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I am a public servant - Principal Advisor in a Ministry. I've been off work for about a month, while I'm building my strength up and waiting for a diagnosis. Folk at my work have been amazing... And I don't know how to thank them. They really have been above and beyond.
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06-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #525
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06-09-2013, 05:36 PM   #526
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I work as a technology consultant and have been fortunate that many of my engagements over the past few years have allowed for a significant amount of my work to be done remotely.

I've been thinking about this recently though - employment seems to be a real challenge for many IBD patients. I've been scratching my head wondering if there's a way to come up with a job pool specifically for people suffering from these conditions. Maybe a website for both job seekers and employers that have flexibility to allow great people to work remotely. There have to be jobs out there that are going unfilled that folks on these boards could fill, if only they could be flexible and work from home.
06-10-2013, 02:35 AM   #527
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I was a sales administrator/coordinator for a media company, until my cd diagnosis. I was made redundant after my job role was dissolved. Since then I have struggled to get full time work. I was also thinking about freelance, working from home too.
06-12-2013, 08:36 PM   #528
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I recently got denied from the NYPD because I got Crohn' disease. Kind of disappointing but perhaps this was a blessing in disguise. I currently have a great job that pays 29 an hour with unlimited bathroom breaks. I'm also back in school working my way into nursing.

I wanna thank everyone here for being such a great support.
06-13-2013, 02:35 PM   #529
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During the time I had Crohns, I was plant support engineer (lots of activity and late night calls) and measurement engineer (mostly desk job). Crohns never interfered with either.
06-13-2013, 07:12 PM   #530
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Are they allowed to deny you entrance into NYPD for that? That seems discriminatory. I would bet that they take people who have to pee a lot.
06-13-2013, 10:28 PM   #531
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I'm a medical student starting my clerkship year (3rd year) and wondering how the heck this is going to work with a flare starting... :/
06-13-2013, 10:55 PM   #532
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Barista, I make coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. All the coffee's. Pretty coffees. Tasty coffees. Weird stupid coffees for people who think they are totally too cool for any regular coffee and gotta have all these snot nosed twisty coffees.

My all time easiet way to piss me off? Asking me if the coffee I just handed to you has sugar in it. Did you ask for sugar? No? Then it hasnt got sugar. Im not a mind reader, and Im not stupid. You get what you asked for. If you didnt ask for it, you dont get it.

Oh, I also get super pissed at the people who ask for something, then complain it wasnt what they wanted. You asked for it, you got what you asked for, dont abuse me for making what you asked for, abuse yourself for not knowing what it was you wanted and then getting pissed at me for not getting you something you never asked for.

I work as a casual, but with pretty regular hours, its awesome for my crohns, cos I can usually get time off when I need it, and still have a job when I can get back to it.

Its good, I love it. I just dont love customers. Particularly the ones who think Im stupid because they ask for a macchiato and then get pissed at me when I hand over a cup that has stuff all in it when what the reallllllly wanted was a hybrid made up drink that may well have made it into mainstream ordering practices, BUT ONLY WHEN YOU ACTUALLY ORDER IT AS A TOPPED UP MACCHIATO OR AS A LONG MACCHIATO. If you say macchiato at me, you are getting a traditional macchiato, and if you call me stupid I will launch into a spiel about how Im not the stupid one for making you what you asked for, YOU are the stupid one for not asking for what you wanted.

Scuse the rant, rant over. Until the next time some up emself loser calls me stupid.
06-14-2013, 07:32 AM   #533
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MissD, I had to chuckle at your rant! My sister is a barista too and she has some funny stories. She's the cutest thing ever and takes a lot of crap from customers, it seems like people think baristas are stupid or something. I think it's because a lot of the people who get those specialty coffees are arrogant snobs!
06-14-2013, 08:07 AM   #534
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They are, they really are. Arrogant up emselves snot nosed snobs. Really when you think about it.....Im gonna charge you like five or six bucks for a coffee, you can make your own at home for a buck. Who's stupid now????


Note: had good day at work today, nothing out of the ordinary, unless you count the guy who wanted ice in his hot chocolate......whatever, why not just ask me to not heat your milk so much? Or heres a top idea, grow some nads and drink your hot drink like the man you think you are....
06-14-2013, 09:13 AM   #535
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MissD, I'll never understand someone would treat the people who handle their food poorly. If I'm going to eat/drink something, I don't want the person handling it to be pissed at me!
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06-14-2013, 09:42 AM   #536
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I keep telling people that....way to piss off the person who still has the opportunity to spit in your food or drink


I do not spit in peoples food or drink, that would be wrong. Leaning across the counter and slapping some sense into them is also wrong, so Ive discovered. Stupid political correct cant hit an idiot no matter how much they deserve it.
06-21-2013, 03:58 PM   #537
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06-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #538
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Are they allowed to deny you entrance into NYPD for that? That seems discriminatory. I would bet that they take people who have to pee a lot.
I don't think you can legitimately claim discrimination if one is unable to perform required job functions. How that is determined factually is a different question.

Personally I can see this as a legitimate reason for rejection. There's no way I could ride around in patrol car for 8, 10, 12 hours at a time, every workday, without special accommodation of some type. In the interest of public safety, such an accommodation probably couldn't really be considered reasonable. At least, most days
06-21-2013, 06:17 PM   #539
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Having looked into discrimination for my own reasons....legal answers varied greatly between HR experts and government agencies.

In Oregon, I was told by a government branch (I can't recall which, because I got shuffled around a bunch) that employers have to make "reasonable accommodations" if you share what the issue is. Reasonable accommodations were defined as a different job title which can mean less pay.

Any HR person will tell an employee if they are unable to perform the duties of their job, they are not bound to make any accommodations.

The other thing to consider is if you have the proper skill set and the employer doesn't want to make accommodations, it probably isn't a place you want to work anyway.

Attitude is everything with you are having these discussions. If a person is cranky or legally threatening, it won't get them very far.
06-23-2013, 01:28 PM   #540
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