Nurse with disabilities trying to find a job that fits - page 3

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Hi all. It has been a while since I have posted. I have been a nurse for 14 years. Have tried everything from M/S to tele to teaching at the college level. I now work at a busy outpatient wound care clinic. I have MS, Crohn's... Read More


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    I am a nurse with 23yrs experience. I still have my license, but haven't worked in a year. I have Common Variable Immunodeficiency and Ankylosing Spondylitis. I had a craniotomy for a pituitary tumor in 2005 to have it removed. Basically my health is crap! Currently trying to get on disability, been denied twice, sent to
    a third party that could not come to a conclusion. Funny if I had Lupus or RA, I'd have been
    Approved by now! Anyway. I can't work anymore. I can't be around sick people (immunity disorder) and I can't move anyone (AS). So basically I'm screwed. My medical bills are thru the roof. I tried getting a case management job thru an insurance company & they won't hire me because I have no insurance experience. Don't think I could do the hospital CM, too much walking & on my feet. I really hope disability comes thru. I need it badly!!
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    I am so sorry. I hope you do get disability. Yes people have told me the same thing, get a job in case management (either through the hospital or insurance copanies. Maybe a Social security lawyer could help( they don't get paid until you get social security). God bless you, I wish you all the best!
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    I'm also disabled and trying to get work. Isn't it ironic that the system for helping the sick and injured is so prejudiced against hiring them? If you get SS Disability, after a waiting period you can get Medicare. A lot of this changing under Obamacare, and I hope it makes it easier for you and your husband. I hate this, but have you discussed with your husband divorce as a purely business and survival strategy. It doesn't mean you don't love and care for each other or live apart. You just need to work every angle to work the system to both of your benefits. I have Polymyositis (immune system attacking my muscles) and all my family and friends have drifted away over the past few years.
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    dthfytr: I am so sorry. Polymyositis is nasty. I am sorry you don't have family and friends either. Just A little story. My hubby and I met 25 years ago in Rochester NY(where I am from). We were both divorced and I had three small boys. We lived together and had a son(my 4th, his first and only). As an only child my parents didn't like him(they didn't like any of the men in my life). Between the ex's causing problems and my parents, we broke up. When I thought I would go back with him, my parents said if I did they would never have anything to do with me or my sons again(couldn't do that to the boys, they were great grandparents). I loved my hubby so much and never forgot him. He was the only one who told me that I could do anything i wanted, I was smart. He turned me on to nursing-told me of his experiences,how much he loved it(he didn't finish-another story). Anyway(sorry this is so long) two years ago our son(he was 21 at the time) wanted to meet his dad. We found him, he met his dad, and for use it was like no time had passed. We married in april 2011.
    Now I have suggested we divorce, he said no he would never do that. I said it would be the same. He said that he lost me once and wouldn't even take a chance. Another thing I found out, I guess many people have tried divorcing for economics. Social services makes sure you have been divorced for two years before they give you any help. If they found that you did just that,(which would be my luck) they have you do jail time.
    Also, my mom still speaks to me, my dad has completely turned his back on me.
    again sorry for the long post.
    Best of luck to you and God Bless.
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    Another option to consider: If you can't work, your federal student loans can be discharged if you have a permanent and total disability. Your doctor describes and attests to your illness on a simple form. The form is sent in and reviewed. Once approved, all federal loans are discharged BUT your income and student loan activities are monitored for 3 years afterwards to make sure you're not gaming the system.

    If you have federal student loans and a serious permanent disability, there is financial relief- if you do the simple paperwork.
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