I feel your pain...literally. I work retail (usually about 15-20 hrs a week, but due to holiday, it is more like 30-35) Most days I feel like it is killing me, and I can't even spend time with my kids. As awful as it is, my 11-year old son has been cooking dinner most of the time. Every one tells me how "strong" I am to handle everything in my life. It is overwhelming and I don't want to be strong. Sometimes, I just want someone else to deal with it...Thank goodness for the good days. If we can look forward to those, we can keep going. Good luck :0)View Thread
Here is my story. I have recently been diagnosed (although it took several years to get a diagnosis) and work in a fast-paced retail environment. I am a hard worker and am not comfortable with my limitations. I am also the kind of worker that can't say "no, I won't do that". I spoke privately with my boss about my condition and my limitations. And lo and behold, he me (the "smallest" person in the store, with fibro) moving luggage up and down ladders. I am also required to do catalog shipments (with packages up to 90 lbs...I am only 114 lbs.) My boss has been totally unreasonable about his expectations of my work.
This is my solution...I am going back to school for medical assisting! I can be sympathetic and caring...and carry a clipboard or a stethoscope without too much discomfort ). The retail environment is not the place for someone with fibro that is not managed at this time.
The school that I will be going to has been more receptive to my condition than my current job, and I haven't even started classes yet.
Kudos to my upcoming career, and GOODBYE RETAIL :0)View Thread