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Hi guys,I just need a little postive reinforcement here- pretty please.Story-I have been on disability for 3 years- for PTSD and depression. I have managed to work part time however. But now, I have to work full time because of severe financial difficulties. The odd thing is, is that after years of therapy, my "mental conditions" are actually pretty good.But Ibs is not and I am scared that working full time will throw me backwards psychologically. I think I am talking myself into serious fears here. Bad very Bad.I have to get a grip.If you are not all sick of me, any feedback would be appreciated.Many thanks,Karly
 

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Hi Karly:This is probably something you should talk over with your therapist, as he/she knows your background. Particularly since you were on disability for PTSD. It's much more complicated than just IBS.
Good luck! For myself, I find work to be a lifesaver, unless I'm in a real stressful job. If I stayed home I think I would have problems, knowing myself.JeanG
 
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Hi KarlyWell for me, work helps me not think about my IBS and I tend to have the 'better'days when I am at work !
But going back to work and starting a new job is always tough on anyone and the first few weeks you always feel like quitting, so if you do decide to go back, give yourself a some breathing space to settle in before thinking 'its not working !'I know what you mean about dreading going backwards - I have been seeing a therapist for a while now and that is my biggest fear now I feel 'mentally' well.......We are going to have bad days and if we can accept them for what they are, somehow they don't seem so bad....... maybe ?anyway, I think its worth giving it a try and I'll have a bet that it 'helps' more than makes it worse !!!!!try and pick a job that interests you, does not have to be rocket science at NASA, just something you would enjoy !not sure if this has helped but I wish you all the luck in the world !p.s. the bet is a pint of guiness at my local pub !
------------------Worry never robs tomorrow of it's sorrow; it only saps today of it's strength"
 

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Karly,if you've gotten this far,i know you'll be fine hun,hang in there,
Krissy
 

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Karly - how about two p/t jobs that would give you a break of a couple of hours in between? That's what I do. In between I go home and relax for about 2 hours. But I've never been a 9 to 5 type person. Also, as someone else mentioned, get a job that interests you. My new p/t job is in a hosp and I find the atmosphere very stimulating (no, not bowel type of stimulating
). Of course, I don't work both jobs every day, but between the 2 they average out to almost 40 hrs. per week. And with the hosp job, I have full benefits for 20 hrs per week. My husband carries the insurance but the hosp insurance is much better so we will go on that once my probation period is up. So, if insurance is going to be a consideration, you might have to be f/t at one job vs. 2 p/t jobs unless you're lucky like me.
 
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Hi guys,Thanks, I appreciate the input. I guess the fear is really the worst part.Conners- a pint of guiness eh? I'll hop on the next flight! But seriously, thanks for sharing your experience with me. Thanks everyone else as well.See you in the funny pages
Karly
 

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KarlyHi again! I am going through the same perpetual fear of returning to work after disability. Have you read my post titled "work from home"? People have responded with some awesome ideas for work at home opportunities. Maybe if one of these ideas sounds good, you could work from home, make money, and not worry about a set back. Be wells n t
 
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Thanks sntI will check that out. I am truly losing what little of my mind I have left.Peace,Karly
 
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Hi Karly!!!How are you doing? I have been trying to email you several times but just keep getting it back. I thought you had left or something! Anyway, it's good to know that you are still around and NO we are not tired from hearing from you! Don't feel that way. That's what this BB is all about-people helping each other out! I come here all the time for advice and get very good advice and don't worry what other people think, because they are here for the same thing-advice and support!I have to admit, if I was on disability, I would have a hard time getting back to work to. Think positive Karly. You are a great person and you could do it. Find something part-time for now and then gradually graduate to something full-time and that you think that you could handle. You had a long walk and a long road that you've traveled and this is just the beginning of your recovery stage. I have to work now, because if I sit at home and think about it, it's worse for me! I find that my IBS acts up more when I'm at work than when I'm at home. Go figure that one! For a while before I got a job actually working somewhere, for 4 mths. I had a newspaper delievery route for 250 houses. I was in charge of billing my customers, and in charge of all of the complaints. I did this from home and it was wonderful, being my own boss. Then I felt like I was ready to move on and went to school part time and worked in retail part-time to help pay for school and bills that were piling up at home. I'm still seeing my counselor and taking my med for anxiety and just last week my family practice doctor wanted to give me something for depression, but I feel like I'm over that stage and don't need it. But maybe I'm just in denial!Karly, talk to your counselor about you going out to work. You sound like you are ready to! Email me sometime! I still have your first email that you sent to me. Best wishes to you and try to do something from home first. Take care of yourself, Karly.Love and Light to you today,Brandi
 

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Karly yapyou are not a bother.,never say that for now i have nothing to add to your post,but i can say that after being away for 6 months,from work for major depression it was so hard to go back to work..i didn t sleep for a long time.because i was changing job,changing hospital,i had to work full time from the start.......well i made it...i think,i was able to deal with the new environment,people rules... the nite schedule i didn t get used to...but the rest yes. So i guess i m saying ,go at your own pace,do something you ll enjoy. You ll do fine your in my prayers------------------Fuzzz (confused,and want to get rid of IBS)
 
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Thank-you so much Brandi! I don't know why you keep getting those e-mails back. Sometimes that happens to me when I e-mail Miss Fuzzz
But I will e-mail you again and see if you get it and see if you can send it back.I am seriously considering this work at home thing. I am going to check on line to see if there is any med. transcription thing. Just for now. Talk to you real soon.Fuzzz-thanks hun, you are so sweet!!!How is the new job anyway?Love to you all,Karly
 

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the first 2 months were real hard(i was nite shift)now i m days ....and just got a part time replacement..on day too...it s good.------------------Fuzzz (confused,and want to get rid of IBS)
 
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I dont know if you belive in god (or jesus)but just praying about the problem can give peace in your heart. (it helps for me)well i hope everything goes well for you and thank you for the reply you gave me.P.S ill pray for you everyday
 
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hey karly - tell me the flight no. and I'll pick you up !!!
if you canb find anyone who has been here (Galway, Ireland) there is nothing better than sitting on the strand, watching the sunset on Galway bay to make all your troubles dissapear - (and or course a pint of guiness might help - esp if your paying
)good luck with this and let us know how it goes !
 
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God Conners, That sounds beautiful. Wish I could just twitch my nose like good old samantha stevens. I had a friend from Scotland who spent his summers on the Isle of Mur, his grandmother owned a house there. He would tell me such wonderful stories. I would like to go there to. Many jobs avial. in Ireland?thanks for you funny and helpful replies.I'm just sorta stuck, o.k. really stuck right now. Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Maybe in another 33 years?LOL,Karly
 
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