I was looking for more information regarding Fibromyalgia, and found your sight. I am looking only because I decided I needed to go out and find a job that I can work with people in a friendly environment, so I got a job at YMCA, front desk. It has been the worst experience I have ever had, but with all the bad i am still sticking it out. I told them I could work 3 or 4 days a week, and at closing shifts because of my pain being worse in the am, and 3 or 4 days because I didn't want to push it. They scheduled me 9 days in a row then one day off then 6 days work, and then at 10 am on 4 of the days. I was told it was because of training so I agreed. I was tossed in to work and told follow other workers and watch what they were doing. then was expected to know everything. the stress is killing me, but I push on, I worked ever weekend . then one night I had a manager notice my service dog in his bag, not bothering any one, she said " why do you have a dog? I said he is my service dog, she asked " are you allowed to have him? I said he is my service dog and they new I had him when they interviewed me. then she asked " what do you have him for? " I said for my chronic pain, she asked " what dose he do for you? " I told her when I am hurting really bad he comes to me sits next to me and I know it is time to take a pain med. she just looked at me with a questionable look, I said I will also take him for a walk and then I can go on and not take a pain pill. she said isn't he suppose to have a jacket or something on him, I told her it is attached to his bag, you see my service dog is a Yorkie. Later when it was time for me to take a break I told her I was up for a break, then noticed I was close to taking a lunch,: see said really mean like "Well which one are you going to take?" I said either way I didn't take my break so I will be outside with my dog taking a walk. I later pulled her aside and told her that as a manager if she had any questions she needed to pull me away from the front counter and ask me alone, not with other employees and members around. she said I was taking it way to personal, I said it was personal, and she should know that asking me so many questions could be a legal matter, that all she needed to know was he is my service dog. She called the director at home and said I was attacking her and the next day my director said to me in a round about way it was me over reacting and I needed to address my anxiety before a matter like this happens again. I felt attacked being asked question after question, and the manager was rude about it even telling me how her husband has to work with a lady who has a big lab in her office and how she plays with a tennis ball. and how it annoyed her husband. I told her may be that is the task the dog performs for her to help her and her needs, she then said ya she suffers from anxiety. I said well then.... My director also said over and over in front of the other employees "Sue has to take her lunch because she wont sign a waver, then later saying Sue you have to take a lunch because you wont sign a waver. later another employee said to another employee, every one sign s the waver. When I told her I was going to my Lunch she said I guess if you have to. Well so much for finding a job I can enjoy being out of the house for working in a fun environment, the members are great and the Y is a great place to go to and have a lot of things for your child, but boy this one in san diego really is not a great to work for, I talked to 7 people asking how they felt 5 out of the 7 said that they didn't feel respected and were not happy with the scheduling but most of the people walk out in the middle of the " training", The person in charge of scheduling/ front desk is very passive aggressive and only hears herself talking. Sorry but with suffering from Fibromyalgia no one can see our ailment its so hard felling you have to explain yourself all the time.View Thread
I feel for you, I was tossed into the Fibromyalgia file 11 years ago, and since then tossed from Dr to Dr. all with different ideas, and with Kaiser hospital so many Drs come and go and each one thinks the medication I was given should be changed so I go thru confusion pain and and so many other side affects, they have told me to go to a pain management Dr who in the end was a psychiatrist, who put me on anti depressants, bi polar meds, pain killers, anxiety meds. I finaly went to a Dr out of Kaiser and she has helped me with the mood swings i have that get so bad with dealing with the pain, she is a psychiatrist, and helps by talking to me about things to do to deal with the negative attitudes I get when I have to explain my condition, the rolling of the eyes I get when I say I suffer from chronic pain. Its been 11 years and I really feel she is helping me work with my condition and not just try to jam medication at me, Like Kaiser has always done. I hate that with Kaiser once you are tossed into a file they stop helping you or doing any more research to make sure that is what I truly have.View Thread
I have found that you need to print out what it is and what you go thru every day and have it posted on your frig, I did this and also had my husband go to one of my dr's appointments, and the dr explained to my husband how difficult dealing with Fibromyalgia can be a hard thing to do. I also told my husband to think of the worst day of a bad flu he had experienced and remember how his entire body ached, and he just felt he couldn't do anything. and I told him that is how I feel all the time and I have to work thru it.View Thread
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