Nurses with disabilities - page 5

I am curious as to how many of the members of this bb are nurses or nursing students with disabilities. By disabilities, I am including congenital problems, injury-related problems, or work-related... Read More

  1. by   zudy
    Originally posted by Disablednurse
    I got some good news today, I was given my disability back to the date that I was unable to work in December of 2001. I am so happy and can stop worrying so much. It sure does take a load off my mind.
    Disabled nurse, I am so happy for you! I hope this makes things easier on you and your husband. Hang in there!
  2. by   mattsmom81
    Congrats Disablednurse!! I'm very glad for you!!
  3. by   bestblondRN
    Originally posted by Disablednurse
    I got some good news today, I was given my disability back to the date that I was unable to work in December of 2001. I am so happy and can stop worrying so much. It sure does take a load off my mind.
    That's wonderful news Disablednurse! I know what you mean about financial worries. This must be the day when good karma was headed into allnurses land, because I also got good news today--I landed the outpatient neuro clinic position! I am JAZZED!!!!!!!!! I start the 23rd--WOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. by   TELEpathicRN
    I too need to join this club! I'm 28 years old and have Fibromyalgia, RLS, and probable MS....plus two buldging thoracic disks and one "leaking" sacral one and various bone spurs, arthritis, etc... (these were found by MRI'S trying to R/O MS). I work acute dialysis and it is becomming challenging to make it through each day!! Supposed to work 10 hr shifts, but sometimes they are 12+ and we have to take call!! I'm not sure how much longer I will be able to tolerate standing up virtually all day, the lifting required, and the long hours.
    I am in constant pain, thinking about trying to change into a case mgmt job or MDS job, but they are few and far between where I live. Thought about going back to adult ICU, would only be 3 12 hr shifts per week, might be easier on my body. Any thoughts?
  5. by   healingtouchRN
    well I work in an adult ICU & last week several of my intubated pts were well over 400 lbs. & intubated. So if that means less work then go for it. It took all of my staff plus some from CVI downstairs everytime we needed to clean him up. about 5 of us to move him. careful about coming in with back complaints because after working with pts like him, everyone's back aches. & I work 3-12's (ususally in that dept) so by the 3rd 12 I am so tired I could cry. Did mention I have 3 jobs?
  6. by   mattsmom81
    Originally posted by bestblondRN
    That's wonderful news Disablednurse! I know what you mean about financial worries. This must be the day when good karma was headed into allnurses land, because I also got good news today--I landed the outpatient neuro clinic position! I am JAZZED!!!!!!!!! I start the 23rd--WOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm so glad for you...hope it works and that you get to feeling better soon.
  7. by   mattsmom81
    I actually tolerate ICU patients MUCH better than floor patients. The ICU patients are mostly on bedrest and I can adapt to that...it's more controlled work to me, and I can raise the bed to a good height.

    What kills me is the floor patients on BRP who are weak, who pull on me to get them OOB to the BR every 2 hrs, etc. Some of THEM are 400 #. OUCH.

    So we're all different, and have to find out what works for US. If we can identify which movements and tasks aggravate our pain, we can move to an area with less of that.

    Altho the lifting was nil, I know I could not do NICU cuz of arthritis in my neck...couldn't tolerate working over the isolettes the whole shift. Same with cath lab due to the lead aprons.

    We all do the best we can, don't we?
  8. by   Disablednurse
    Thanks everybody and congrats BestblondeRN.
  9. by   healingtouchRN
    congrats best blonde, sounds like a great job, interesting!
  10. by   bestblondRN
    thank you everyone! :kiss
  11. by   Disablednurse
    I have actually felt better mentally since I got my news. Pain is still there, but not as depressed.
  12. by   mattsmom81
    Yes, Disabled, the financial worry is definitely part of the problem with chronic pain, depression and disability, isn't it? Things were tough at my house financially the 2 years I couldn't work...and I remember how it effected me.

    I'm so glad some of your burden is lifted..good to know nurses can qualify for SSD. I may be there someday.
  13. by   AlishaNHayzley
    I am almost deaf in my right ear and am currently looking for a steth for the hearing impaired if any of you with hearing problems have had any luck please share your preferance. I also have essential tremor and the shaking is alomost too bad to start IV's. My mom has it too though and she says I'll learn to steady it with some practice. Hope so, nothing is like a student nurse coming at you shaing with a needle.

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