I don't want to be a whiner or complainer, but Diabetic peripheral Neuropathy absolutely inhibits physical and mental/emotional cabilities in the field of nursing! After working as an LPN for over 15 years (plus 5 years previously as an STNA in a skilled nursing home) I have joined an Assisted Living Facility with my parent company!
I was denied Social Security disability benefits for my debilitating DPN last year. Since I will turn 62 this year, I will take early retirement this summer. I'm hoping that I'll be able to continue working a few hours a pay-period in order to pay into payroll taxes this year.A couple of my paychecks were $0 last year due to the voluntary deductions from state & federal income taxes withdrawn & limited "on call" scheduling.
I was a stay at home mom for most of my life & my DH earned enough that would take of our family until the late 80"s until Reaganomics kicked in & I was obligated to go back to work (at minimum wage) to put food on the table & help with a a house payment. I realize I have it "good" because I still have a job (with some pretty good 'job security'), but i really empathize with those that are struggling with this disasterous economy.
I honestly believe that things will get better within the next year or so.....I wish the prosperity will come much sooner, but I'm not that optomistic. I empathize & pray that those in dire straights are able to recover from this miserable situation. You folks are absolutely IN MY PRAYERS!!!