I got another job!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Sunshyne1027, Oct 21, 2002.

  1. Sunshyne1027

    Sunshyne1027 New Member

    I got a job with a online clothing retailer. Gap, Old Navy and Bannana Republic. The position if full time, and training starts next week. The positin is Customer Service, Email Specialist. I just hope that this job works out better than the last one. I hope that the Fibro dont interfere as much. That I will be able to keep this job.

    Any suggestions on anything would be most appreciated. I want to do my best to keep this job. Its promising with the benefits, pay.

  2. Sunshyne1027

    Sunshyne1027 New Member

    I got a job with a online clothing retailer. Gap, Old Navy and Bannana Republic. The position if full time, and training starts next week. The positin is Customer Service, Email Specialist. I just hope that this job works out better than the last one. I hope that the Fibro dont interfere as much. That I will be able to keep this job.

    Any suggestions on anything would be most appreciated. I want to do my best to keep this job. Its promising with the benefits, pay.

  3. EllenComstock

    EllenComstock New Member

    Hi, Sunshyne:

    I understand your apprehension about going to work full-time. What were you doing before? Was it full-time? I have worked full-time most of my life, except for two years when I went half-time to help my ailing mother and mentally ill brother. I also began to notice changes in my health and more pain as time went on, but didn't know what was wrong with me then.

    On February 1st of this year I went back to full-time, but it was scary. I didn't know if I would be able to do it, but our finances were getting really tight at home and bills don't stop coming. I am fortunate in that I get a lot of sick and vacation time, plus I only work half-time for three months in the summer. I work at a College.

    I guess you will have to look at your work environment. I got my office to get me a different chair and it has helped a lot with my back pain at work. Are you going to be doing a lot of typing? You will want to be sure that the level of the keyboard is comfortable and maybe get one of those wrist pads that you can rest your wrists on. I know I couldn't do a job that has a lot of repetition to it or a lot of standing. And try to pace yourself as much as you can. I know that can be hard on days when it is really busy at work. If they give you breaks, be sure to take them and relax during the break! It might also be a good idea to relax during your lunch, too. I am fortunate in that we have a small break room with comfortable padded chairs in it.

    Also, wear comfortable shoes (no heels) and clothes. Anything to help you get through the day. I also make sure to carry my pain medication with me. I often have to take it in the afternoon when my neck and back pain often flares up. Good luck to you-let us know how it goes!

    Ellen
  4. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    My PT taught me stretches I can do when I'm at the computer. They include slowly turning my head back and forth, from side to side, bending my head towrd my shoulder and holding it, then do that on the other side. There are footrests available that allow you to rock your feet back and forth as you work. It's simple to do and not too expensive.

    Good luck!
    Barbara
  5. Sunshyne1027

    Sunshyne1027 New Member

    I want to thank you for the input on this subject. I want to work so bad, but the failing part is getting to me. But the failing also helps me to learn, and better deal with the next job also. I have worked 3 jobs now in the last 6 months. This is my fourth.

    I think too letting things around the house go, while working too will help. Getting more help with my spouse and kids too.

    And yes it will be working in front of computers most of the day. So the info on exercises, stretching helped. Also making sure the keyboard is the right height, and the pad to rest the wrists, and the foot thing too. Thank you!

  6. domesticgoddess

    domesticgoddess New Member

    Hey Sunshyne

    If you get a 15 minute break in the morning & afternoon - Just a little tip - Take those breaks & get up and walk around for a tad bit from the 'git go'.

    I began a new job last August (4 days a week) but didn't take those much needed breaks & now my boss & co-workers seem to think I don't need them.

    Gentleness