I know the pay is not too great, but how about working at a pulmonary specialist office. Or, an ENT specialty, where i am sure that many patients would have a trach and would appreciate someone who has been through it.
I have had a few trachs due to sub-glottic stenosis. Currently, I am just looking for a job as an LPN. I would like to start out part-time, as I have not worked a permanent job in seven years. I am now going to be 54 in a few weeks. I am tired of the LTD, too. I am tired of everything that you have to go through and the invasion of privacy. My LTD is looking to terminate my benefits. I have been looking for a job that I would be able to handle. It is depressing to realize that I may never actually work as a nurse, again. I just don't feel that I am very marketable due to my age, and I don't have much experience. I became an LPN at the age of 40. I only have about 5 1/2 years of nursing experience, and it has all been in behavioral health. I attempted to work in a nursing home(I know, what was I thinking), but it was way overwhelming, and I resigned after 6 weeks. Then I worked at an allergist's office and was terminated after only three weeks. A long-time pt. had an anpahylcatic reaction to a serum that was made in our office by me and nurse training me. We made the serums and pt. self injected once they were stabilized. I was let go because it was assumed to be my fault. This has really affected my self confidence.
I can't do hospital nursing. Although, my functional capacity exam says, otherwise. I was tested for an hr. and not an eight hour day.
I can empathize with you wanting to work. I need to work, and the small amount of SSDI is not enough for me to live on. And, you are only allowed to make $900 in a month to maintain the benefits. Honestly, I don't care to be on SSDI, either. My husband fears that if I forfeit it now, that I may never get approved, again. However, I feel with my age, that I would not have a problem, if my condition should happen to exacerbate. I have an auto-immune illness and have been stabilized, with the exception of fatigue and SOB when I overdo it. I just need to make sure that I get the proper rest.
Being that you have an RN, you may be able to work from home doing triage. Or, working with insurance. Maybe, some private duty cases that you would be able to handle. That is something that I have not totally ruled out. However, I really have no med-surg experience.
I wish you the best. Have you considered working with a vocational counselor through the ticket to work program?