Back in 2000 due to some very lousy medical care I ended up on a vent for two months. A trach was never put in and cuff pressure never checked. This resulted in massive radial scar tissue which I've had 10 surgeries to correct without a single positive result. As such I will have a trach in place from now on.
Also while on the vent I became septic which did minor cardiac damage.
After months of rehab I relearned to walk, read and use an electro larynx to speak.
I worked many years with radical head and neck cancer patients and sports med surgery(knees mostly) I've tried many times over the years to get back into nursing but have never once had even a single interview beyond the initial call from an HR dept. It seems once my use of a device to speak is discovered all interest in me as an employee disappears.
With fresh CEs under my belt and a renewed license I thought I'd try once again and thought of returning here to seek advice. (have an old account but cannot for the life of me recall my log info)
My disabilities are:
I have a trach which I keep an HME on at all times.
I speak using an electrolarynx.
I can't manage more than about an hour up on me feet but if I can sit for about 20 minutes I'm good for about another hour.
My mind is as strong as it ever was.
I'm really tired of living on long term disability and SS. I have a great desire to work again and the inability to find it no matter how hard I try has started to depress me. Which is something I never thought I would say about myself since I've always been a very positive outlook person.
Thank you all in advance for any advice you can render.