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11-01-2015, 03:53 PM   #781
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I'm a nurse. Pretty sure that makes me a very annoying patient.
11-11-2015, 07:29 AM   #782
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Was doing a PhD in cancer research prior to diagnosis. Deferred for a year and thinking about changing the nature of the PhD from heavy lab work to math modelling (bioinformatics).

Also had a horrible supervisor/boss/ MD (and not a scientist) who just doesn't know what he was doing science-wise..made for a lot of stress!

Currently tinkering around with building science based app games, although I need a good artist coz I just plain suck despite all the time I've got to practice!
11-11-2015, 09:45 AM   #783
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I'm 33 and have had corhn's for 17 years. I started out working construction which was a bit hard on me as back then I was very sick. At my worse I was in hospital and weighed 119 lbs. And I'm 6'2 it was scary to see myself then. I switched my jobs and started an apprenticeship for a automotive service mechanic and have been doing that for the last 12 years. I have had a few flare ups along the way, usually a few weeks off work then back I would go. Now I've been off since October 7, ended up with a abdominal wall abscess and a fistula that now was excited out the skin. This is the longest I have been off work in many years. But im hoping this heals as I have had something like this before but internal and it's healed with antibiotics and prednisone. And also going to be starting humira once infection is under control and hopefully back to work. Or I'm even thinking I may start working for myself to reduce the stress and work load on me. All I know is that sitting waiting to heal is one of the most hardest things to do but this time I'm actually going to sit and wait till I'm better instead of rushing like I usually do. I guess this time it was a bit scary to see certain types of vegetables coming out of a hole in my stomach lol
11-13-2015, 04:33 PM   #784
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None yet, but I'm going to be a nurse if everything works out. (When my UC doesn't screw with everything, its a different problem. Ugh) However, I might work somewhere in the time being for a book for the course. That or volunteer.
11-17-2015, 01:48 PM   #785
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Hello everybody! I am currently in my last semester of grad school (woohoo!) in Rochester, NY for Social Work. As a part of my grad program, I do 20 hours a week in internship with kids K-8 in the Rochester City School District. I love, love, love working with these kids and am so happy that I am making some sort of an impact on them. On top of my schooling, I work full time at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY as Chemical Dependency Counselor. I work with young men, ages 12-21 who are in long term inpatient rehab! I absolutely love working with these young men!
12-23-2015, 12:12 PM   #786
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Construction Worker! and it SUCKS! All year round, rain or shine.. I have to use Porta Pottys on the construction site.. -30 or +30 degrees out lol... Can you imagine?! I am currently looking for a new job tho as the past 5 years have been hell lol..
12-23-2015, 12:13 PM   #787
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I'm a nurse. Pretty sure that makes me a very annoying patient.
LOL i can just imagine!
12-23-2015, 12:15 PM   #788
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I'm 33 and have had corhn's for 17 years. I started out working construction which was a bit hard on me as back then I was very sick. At my worse I was in hospital and weighed 119 lbs. And I'm 6'2 it was scary to see myself then. I switched my jobs and started an apprenticeship for a automotive service mechanic and have been doing that for the last 12 years. I have had a few flare ups along the way, usually a few weeks off work then back I would go. Now I've been off since October 7, ended up with a abdominal wall abscess and a fistula that now was excited out the skin. This is the longest I have been off work in many years. But im hoping this heals as I have had something like this before but internal and it's healed with antibiotics and prednisone. And also going to be starting humira once infection is under control and hopefully back to work. Or I'm even thinking I may start working for myself to reduce the stress and work load on me. All I know is that sitting waiting to heal is one of the most hardest things to do but this time I'm actually going to sit and wait till I'm better instead of rushing like I usually do. I guess this time it was a bit scary to see certain types of vegetables coming out of a hole in my stomach lol
Oh man.. I feel your pain matt. Im still in the construction trenches! Looking to do the same actually and maybe start some sort of business i can run from home? Seems like the best option for people like us!
01-07-2016, 08:35 AM   #789
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I've been a professional dog groomer for the last 16 years. I used to groom in my mobile van but had an accident whilst grooming a Yorkshire terrier. So decided to get a shop with access to a toilet. I have had my shop for about a year and half now. It's tough working full time grooming dogs. The job is very physical, it's back breaking. Before Xmas I was working 6 days per week and now I'm ill again. I've came home sick today as I'm having a flare, I'm in so much pain. I love dog grooming and have a great business but my body is screaming out for me to stop. Xx
01-07-2016, 11:33 AM   #790
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I work for a entertainment booking agency called OtherBrother. I initially auditioned for one of the event bands they booked and made the cut After playing in the group for 4 years they offered me a position in the office as an agent. So I book entertainment on the east coast and play in the event band throughout the week as well. Great job and my boss already knows my schedule!
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01-10-2016, 08:16 PM   #791
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I'm an Assistant in Nursing, in my 4th year of study to be become a Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse.
01-12-2016, 06:38 AM   #792
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I carry out Health & Safety audits on Holiday Parks all over the UK from Scotland down to the Isle of Wight which obviously means a lot of time driving & sat in a car, I'm recently diagnosed with CD so I am wondering what sort of effect this will have & I think a lot more thought will have to go into when/what I eat & no doubt I'll become very familar with nearly every motorway service station in the UK
01-23-2016, 08:40 AM   #793
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Nurse when I got sick and had to go on disability.
01-23-2016, 08:51 AM   #794
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I'm a Technical Sales Specialist. I sell research supplies to those doing laboratory research. The bulk of my customers are in life science researching proteins. I have a 6 state territory(in the Midwest) and have to travel a lot by plane and car. I try to get hotels with kitchens so I can cook my own food. The minimum the hotel has to have is a fridge and a microwave. I also pack my george foreman grill with me I visit a lot of academic labs and run across those researching Crohn's. I talk with one researcher often who is working on Crohn's disease. She knows I have it and I told her how hopeless this disease feels. How I have been curled up in a ball in pain praying that a cure is found. Not sure how much longer I can do this job with the travel and stress. i guess it will all depend on how my upcoming resection surgery goes.
01-23-2016, 04:46 PM   #795
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All jobs take a toll on us . Easy jobs n hard ones are all a drain to our fatigued n weary bodies. Wish you all,all the best n hope for your improved health. Take care 💕
01-25-2016, 05:24 PM   #796
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Rad Tech in a small hospital. Usually I do pretty well. Thankfully my drs know me well so they're very lenient and helpful. I take a lot of call however and that's pretty tough to not get a regular night of sleep
02-17-2016, 02:09 PM   #797
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I'm a civil engineer for a local county here in South Carolina. I primarily design new, and upgrade existing, stormwater drainage systems.
02-17-2016, 05:20 PM   #798
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I used to be a Legal Executive and got a lot of support from work colleagues (worked at the same firm for 17 years) bit of a problem having to rush out of Court when not too well though! Children came along and now I am a full time mum and helping to run the family farm. Great for afternoon naps (which are quite frequent at the moment).
02-26-2016, 01:40 AM   #799
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I'm a pharmacist and make for a very annoying patient.
02-26-2016, 02:24 AM   #800
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Guess the clue is in the name 😆lol
04-07-2016, 12:26 PM   #801
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I am a Trainee Vascular Scientist! Which means I do (will do) ultrasound scans on people looking for deep vein thrombosis, arterial stenosis, varicose veins, and a whole heap of other diseases of the veins and arteries. Working in a hospital has changed my view on the NHS a lot, in some ways for the better, in some ways for the worse.

I'm doing this training via the Scientist Training Programme which is a brilliant new scheme where anyone with a science degree can apply for a whole range of different specialities within healthcare, get placed in a hospital, and do a 3 year masters degree whilst receiving a pretty decent salary. I'd highly recommend it. Though the work load is making me a bit stressed and tired it's a great opportunity.
04-18-2016, 01:19 AM   #802
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I am a Trainee Vascular Scientist! Which means I do (will do) ultrasound scans on people looking for deep vein thrombosis, arterial stenosis, varicose veins, and a whole heap of other diseases of the veins and arteries. Working in a hospital has changed my view on the NHS a lot, in some ways for the better, in some ways for the worse.

I'm doing this training via the Scientist Training Programme which is a brilliant new scheme where anyone with a science degree can apply for a whole range of different specialities within healthcare, get placed in a hospital, and do a 3 year masters degree whilst receiving a pretty decent salary. I'd highly recommend it. Though the work load is making me a bit stressed and tired it's a great opportunity.
I had a deep vein ultrasound in 2009. That would be a good career to choose. Good luck :-)
04-18-2016, 01:29 AM   #803
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I was a Loan Operations Specialist in the Commercial Loan Department at Chase Bank for 24 years. A good job with decent pay and benefits. Regular hours and that worked well for me. I have not worked since 2009. I am trying to figure out what to do with myself. I worked very hard for 30 years. Now I have many health issues. I am going to start telling people that I am "retired" from now on, instead of "disabled". :-)
04-23-2016, 02:06 PM   #804
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I am a real estate broker and investor....I flip properties. Used to do hairstyling! hah. The RE is good because I can work from home most of the time and is only rarely very stressful. The flips are fun...I like remodeling...I just pick out the finishes and work with a designer though, I can't do any of the work myself...I just cut checks. lol.
04-23-2016, 07:26 PM   #805
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I am also considering a career change. I am a mental health case manager and I work in the community, so bathroom breaks are a bit of an issue. Also, the stress is high. Last week, a client became physically violent and I realized that I am probably not physically capable of this position anymore.

I'm thinking I would like to work at an animal shelter or library.
05-01-2016, 10:27 PM   #806
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Chemical packager at a major science company. Keeps my focus away from my disease and pain, also i love it.
05-08-2016, 02:19 PM   #807
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I am a psychotherapist, and I have several job roles. Up until the flare that lead the diagnosis, I was working 7 days a week at 4 jobs.

I was hoping to be able to sustain that just one more year (until youngest graduates high school) but I need days off to be a party in my own wellness.

I submitted a reduced contract request for my weekday/school job. It will allow me to be off many Mondays, work 7:30 to 1:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at the school job, see private clients 2:00 to evening, have Friday off.

I work full time on the weekends at a psychiatric emergency room. It's a killer shift: 6:45 a.m to 11:15 p.m. Sat and Sun. But this is the job with "benefits" such as 403(b), pension (vested at 5 years), long term and short term disability and a good medical plan. I took FMLA for the 2 weekends following my hospital stay and utilized some of my short term disability benefits. I need to keep that job.

My 4th job is checking the work of other practitioners for a substance abuse company. I can do this online, and it takes 4-5 hours on my schedule a week.
06-27-2016, 11:38 AM   #808
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I am also considering a career change. I am a mental health case manager and I work in the community, so bathroom breaks are a bit of an issue. Also, the stress is high. Last week, a client became physically violent and I realized that I am probably not physically capable of this position anymore.

I'm thinking I would like to work at an animal shelter or library.

I work at an animal shelter and while it can be rewarding, the stress is very very high (which is why I'm currently trying to get out of it)
06-29-2016, 04:00 PM   #809
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Family Med doc. soooooo also in the Very Annoying Patient category, as well as the I'm Just Going to Uptodate That First colloquium.

I'm a nurse. Pretty sure that makes me a very annoying patient.
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06-29-2016, 04:02 PM   #810
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Holy moly, thats a lot of jobs. How did you get started with the substance abuse company, if you don't mind me asking? Sounds interesting...

I am a psychotherapist, and I have several job roles. Up until the flare that lead the diagnosis, I was working 7 days a week at 4 jobs.

I was hoping to be able to sustain that just one more year (until youngest graduates high school) but I need days off to be a party in my own wellness.

I submitted a reduced contract request for my weekday/school job. It will allow me to be off many Mondays, work 7:30 to 1:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at the school job, see private clients 2:00 to evening, have Friday off.

I work full time on the weekends at a psychiatric emergency room. It's a killer shift: 6:45 a.m to 11:15 p.m. Sat and Sun. But this is the job with "benefits" such as 403(b), pension (vested at 5 years), long term and short term disability and a good medical plan. I took FMLA for the 2 weekends following my hospital stay and utilized some of my short term disability benefits. I need to keep that job.

My 4th job is checking the work of other practitioners for a substance abuse company. I can do this online, and it takes 4-5 hours on my schedule a week.
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