HELP Recyle disabled nurses - page 8

I know that I am not the only nurse who is no longer working as a nurse due to a back injury. In the US, OSHA requires that you be able to lift 50 lbs to work on the floor as a nurse. I can't. My... Read More

  1. by   pfleige
    Mercy, It may seem like your facility is having some trouble aiding you in your quest for accomodation, there is other facilities you can try, perhaps you get lucky, also everyone has given you a lot of options, write them down and research on everyone of them. Somethimes if people cannot see your disability it's is harder to get some compassion and help that when they see you on a "wheelchair" in that case you get to be outlined on the magazines and newspapers as being "admirable and noteworthy and it really is! but look at the other side of the coin you are way ahead of being on a wheelchair, "can you imagine the limitations and dependenncy even if you are able to work? I am prety sure with all the sugestions here you can accomodate your problem, there is also other professions that you may transfer with or without retraining in or out of the health care field, look at the occupationall outlook book , you can find it on the search engines. It's hard for some nurses to move away from bed side care, There are other options and well paid ....I hear of a lot of not disabled nurses that are unhappy and want to get out, right here go to the nurse entrepeneur discussion and youl see and also you'll see more options. just take a day at a time. another sugesstion is is you are applying for a job that you know does not require ligting you do not have to "BROADCAST" about your injury, beleieve me it may help you survive for a lot longer in the market being an employee versus being self employed. Good luck!
  2. by   pfleige
    Mercy, It may seem like your facility is having some trouble aiding you in your quest for accomodation, there is other facilities you can try, perhaps you get lucky, also everyone has given you a lot of options, write them down and research on everyone of them. Somethimes if people cannot see your disability it's is harder to get some compassion and help that when they see you on a "wheelchair" in that case you get to be outlined on the magazines and newspapers as being "admirable and noteworthy and it really is! but look at the other side of the coin you are way ahead of being on a wheelchair, "can you imagine the limitations and dependenncy even if you are able to work? I am prety sure with all the sugestions here you can accomodate your problem, there is also other professions that you may transfer with or without retraining in or out of the health care field, look at the occupationall outlook book , you can find it on the search engines. It's hard for some nurses to move away from bed side care, There are other options and well paid ....I hear of a lot of not disabled nurses that are unhappy and want to get out, right here go to the nurse entrepeneur discussion and youl see and also you'll see more options. just take a day at a time. another sugesstion is is you are applying for a job that you know does not require ligting you do not have to "BROADCAST" about your injury, beleieve me it may help you survive for a lot longer in the market being an employee versus being self employed. Good luck!
  3. by   pfleige
    .Apply for SSD, you have nothing to loose! Look on the internet on the SSD section and read all the info....from "A to Z". So you know where you stand for your particular situation.
    Good luck to all with the power organization for disabled nurses and the media coverage, Great idea ....Could be part of the NUrses fantasy section... hope the idea becomes reality though
  4. by   mercykitten
    The various people who have discussed their problems on this thread have been open to sharing their own methods of coping with a very difficult situation. I hope that none of the healthy, able people reading this will ever go through what we have.
    I am pursuing several of the suggestions from this board. But the biggest help for all of us has been that we are not alone in this type of mess.
    Please continue to post here. We can help each other. Thank you to all who have written here.
  5. by   P_RN
    Someone earlier mentioned a Pain Clinic. Be VERY careful going this route. I had a series of epidural steroid injections by a "pain doctor." I later discovered he used Depo-Medrol which has been linked with adhesive arachnoiditis. It is NOT used by most.
    For the priviledge of letting him do these my insurance/pocketbook paid nearly $16000.00 to him. The strongest med he gave me was 1 week of fentanyl patches while he was on vacation so I wouldn't have to call another doctor if I was in trouble. He then cancelled that and told me I could take Tylenol or Motrin....DUH what had I been doing on my own?

    Anyway after nearly a year of NO help I fired him. Talking with others I found that MANY of these pain clinics are called "block shops with block docs" and are a pure waste of time.

    Now I'm dealing with chronic pain, severe neuropathy, DJD, depression and no income. In addition I have the tentative arachnoiditis to add to the mix.

    Be VERY careful.
  6. by   mercykitten
    P_RN, I am sorry that you had that experience. Thank you for sharing. I guess the best thing to do when looking at a pain clinic is to talk with people who have been there. Were they helped? Any down sides? How many doctors in the clinic and who did they have ? Any bad experiences with a different doctor on call for the clinic? Any other questions that anyone can think of?
    Obviously, try to do some research online to know what options are available and to know what to expect.
    And when you go, ask plenty of questions. If you don't like the answers, tell them you want to consider your options and thanks for the info. Then consider it. After full consideration if you don't like it, look elsewhere.
    Any further advice on this subject? You all just come on and jump in.
  7. by   mattsmom81
    How could they justify telling a chronic pain sufferer to 'take Tylenol or Motrin'??

    If that helped we would still be using it...<sigh>

    I had hoped that with the new patient rights bills and chronic pain treatment mandates we would have pain clincis with more compassion. Thanks for the warning, PRN, I will beware.

    NSAIDS are aggravating my GI tract...Ultram and the antidepressants don't mix (risk of seizures I'm told)

    Anyone else have any long acting pain control meds that work well for them?

    Maybe a Duragesic patch is in my future after all.

    What was your symptoms with arachnoiditis, PRN? How are the docs treating this...so sorry to hear about this.

    I am having TERRIBLE headaches this week (8 weeks postop) and I don't know what it is about...hope I'm not rejecting the bone graft or something....

    Any news from anyone in this forum? How's everyone doing? I had to resubmit SSA forms that I evidently filled out wrong....so now I'm just waiting...and trying to fend off creditors. I am sure we will end up in bankruptcy court before too long... <sigh>

    Well, I'm all done whining now...anybody got GOOD news to share? If not vent away......we gotta get it out, right?

    ((((HUGS)))) to all!
  8. by   mercykitten
    Mattsmom and all, howdy. I have had a rough week or so.
    I was scheduled 8 hrs on the 4 th and then three 12 hrs Fri, Sat, Sun. Went in early at 7 p.m. on the 4 th because they were short (also my husband was at work, so no conflicts there).
    Thursday night my little toe started getting irritated. There was a growth on it above the nail bed, that hadn't been bothering me. Friday morning I get home, the growth starts bleeding. had a hard time getting it to stop. So I dressed it, went to bed. Saturday am picked up peroxide and started dossing it with H2O2 and neosporin. Did it again when I got up, before I went to work.
    Well, Sunday morning I get home, take the dressing off, and my toe is red, warm....infected. Darn, guys, as you have probably surmissed, I am diabetic. I call in sick to work and go to Immediate Care. They start me on an antibiotic.
    Monday night I check my blood sugar....it is 309. So I had been diet controlled.....called my dr and am now on sliding scale insulin.
    My toe was looking really bad.....my husband, an EMT, kept telling me "honey, if they want to put you in the hospital...."
    Of course, I kept saying"no. I'd rather stay home." There isn't much I can't do for myself. And we, as I am sure you all have, occurances of MRSA. I feel like I'd be much more likely to get that in the hospital.
    Monday I switched to betadine after the H2O2. When I see the dr late Tuesday, the toe is just slightly red, but the growth is turning black. Thankfully my dr removed that growth.
    Well, any way, I am still trying to get my blood sugars under control.....especially after having my glucometer die on Tuesday (along with the ac in my car). Well, a quick run to Wal-Mart took care of the glucometer....got a new one.
    Anyway, I hope you all had a better week than I did. I may start some new post about some of this. Any other comments from our old friends (of this post) or any new ones?
  9. by   misti_z
    Gosh ya'll I hate hearing about everyone's pains.
    It's a shame too, because we really need good dedicated nurses like you all still working.

    Good health to all :kiss
  10. by   mattsmom81
    ((((Mercykitten))) What a week...hope your toe heals now without further incident and your blood sugars come back under control quickly!I'll keep ya in my prayers.

    You mentioned your hubby was an EMT...do you guys work out of the same hospital?? Bet your house has a whole lotta medical talk going on...LOL! But kinda nice to understand some of each other's job frustrations and perks too I bet!

    Gotta love Walmart... It's one of my favorite places to shop---has everything we may need from soup to nuts and you can even get your oil changed or your hair done while you're there...LOL!

    So how's the tele job going...any more info on the new job prospect?

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