I fear that my going back out into the working world may have been a mistake. Even though I am only working 12 – 15 hours a week, I find that it is really taking a huge toll on me. I like working, I really do; however, my CFS& FM feel differently about working. I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet – it has only been a month. I need to give myself some more time to get used to working again after so long.
Even though I am only working 4 – 5 hour shifts three daysper pay period, I may end up working four or five days in a row and that is where I’m physically having issues. The past two weeks has been really hard because of working several days in a row and with the holidays approaching, business is picking up and we have been super busy.
For those of you who believe in prayer, please pray that I will be able to keep up with my job. My husband’s hours have been cut and we could really use the extra money now. Have a nice weekend everyone! 🙂
I know they don’t tend to like it, but could you try to convince the scheduling people to put you in for 2 or 3 hours every day instead of 4-5 hours 3x a week? I find that burning out is harder to get over than steadily keeping under my max. Even if you could split the four hours into a 2 hour session in the morning and a 2 hour in the evening.
Good luck with the busy season!
Hey, have you ever tried taking your Basal Body Temperature, you can google it, but basically you take a mercury thermometer and set it by your bedside at night, then in the morning when you wake up, put the mercury thermometer under your armpit for 10 mins, if you temp is below 97.8F then you actually may have thyroid problems and not so much fibromyalgia and CFS, it’s worth a try, that is what happened to me. Turns out I just had hypothyroidism that went undetected because my TSH blood test was normal. But I still had the disease. Check out this website: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com
I also have other websites that believe that Fibromyalgia and CFS are just undiagnosed “hypothyroidism”.
Check into it, it can’t hurt.
Amy K says
This I can so relate to. I have recently started back to work for the first time since my fibromyalgia dx. My family needs me to word due to some major financial strain and my body does not like it. I am working 12 hour shifts, and night shifts at that. I can’t give up, I have to endure, my family needs this. Prayer and more prayer is what keeps me going!
Hang in there, and be good to yourself; if it doesn’t work out, you are not a failure; don’t forget that.
I agree with Amy K. and am in the same boat with you, her and many others, I suspect. It’s such double-edged sword and certainly requires creative financing, constantly assessing what’s really important and lots of self-forgiveness.
I’m wishing you some peace at heart ~ just do what you can and remeber to let go of the things that do you more harm than good.
Take good care
Sandy Robinson says
Thanks so much everyone for your thoughtful comments. I actually am not scheduled to work any this week until Saturday so I will have a chance to catch up on some rest.
Mia – I am being treated for hypothyroidism and I have been on medication now for over 3 years.