I Miss My Job..There are a lot of reasons to lose a job...it really sucks when it is due to your health. About three years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, at the time I was working in the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant. I have been a CNA for most of my life off and on. I have done various other jobs also, but I always came back to this one. I truly enjoy taking care of other people, it is in my blood I guess. My grandmother did it as a career and in her personal life as well, she took care of my grandfather after he was badly disabled in an accident at work. So, I always knew I would have a job of this sort, my hero was Florence Nightengale.
When I found out about my illness I tried very hard to ignore it, of course I had tried to ignore it in the first place. When you do the work I did for a living that is not something you can just ignore. It is very physical work and non stop as well, you are always on the move.
My Neurologist put me on some restrictions that were impossible for my employer to honor in the fast paced work environment that I was in. One such restriction was that I was not able to lift more than 15lbs without assistance. In the field I was in you were not supposed to lift people anyway, but it happened. Finding help was not always and easy task. Another suck restriction was that I was not supposed to be on my for more than an hour without a 15minute uninterrupted break...right...we were lucky if we got our lunch break without interruption.
So, after the note was turned in and the holidays were over, they put me out of work on medical leave and attempted to find me something else to do that accommodated these restrictions. Due to a hiring freeze there just wasn't't anything they could find me to do. So after a half hearted attempt or so I believe it was half hearted they terminated my job. I was heart broken and devastated...I have worked most of my life since my children started school and now I was not going to be able to work.
What in the world was I going to do with myself? A lot of people suggest that I volunteer, which would be a great idea with the exception that if I did it would only make me long to go back to work that much more. I truly miss work and when people say they wish they didn't't have to I tell them to be careful what they wish for.