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Chronic fatigue - do you work?

(12 Posts)
plotmissinginaction Thu 07-Dec-17 21:50:22

I want to find a job that won't wreck me. I was a teacher, no way I can do that now, I'd be back in my bed within weeks. I'm just so up and down and don't always know why, pain every day, often nausea. I really need money just now though. Has anyone found work that they can manage?

heyday Thu 07-Dec-17 21:56:38

I am a teaching assistant. Crap pay but the only way I can cope with my chronic fatigue is to be able to grab some rest during the school holidays.

plotmissinginaction Thu 07-Dec-17 22:04:15

How do you cope in the school? I don't think I could get through a day in there. I have chronic throat pain though and using my voice is hard.

SewButtons Thu 07-Dec-17 22:11:43

I am a nanny- I was going to do a PGCE but I know I wouldn’t cope with teaching with my health.
Nannying means I can structure my own day and rest when the children do- plus I work a 4 day week so I get an extra rest day.

LivingInTheSeventies Thu 07-Dec-17 22:23:33

Why don’t you work part time or do any job that has shifts and space them out?

PurpleDaisies Thu 07-Dec-17 22:25:32

I private tutored while I couldn’t work full time. What’s your subject? You could earn a whole day’s TA wage in about two hours of A level tuition.

plotmissinginaction Thu 07-Dec-17 22:35:01

Drama, not one people tend to want unfortunately although I did think about teaching trinity exams as it's one to one and not so demanding vocally. I can't sustain my voice for long periods.

CappuccinoCake Thu 07-Dec-17 22:42:48

I used to be a teacher and I wouldn't currently manage the constant alertness needed for a teaching assistant. There's just no "down in the day.

Ideally something officey where I can go at my own pace. But haven't found it yet.

I've lost so much due to cfssad

plotmissinginaction Thu 07-Dec-17 22:46:52

Yes it's not being able to stop if I need to that's the issue. Horrible illness, wrecked my life. I hate feeling so vulnerable all the time. And people really don't get it.

gleegeek Thu 07-Dec-17 23:03:02

Joining the ex-teacher not working club! I did tutoring for a bit - I'm primary - and found I didn't make enough money to be worth how ill it made me feel. Also resources cost me a fortune so my profit was tiny.
I'm constantly trying to think of something I can do from home whenever I feel well enough. Don't want to go back to ringing in sick stresses!

plotmissinginaction Fri 08-Dec-17 00:29:58

That's what I really need. So I can properly pace and not be pushing through all the time. I'm terrified of having to work when sick and ending up back in bed.

FellOutOfBed2wice Fri 08-Dec-17 00:42:51

Watching with interest. Part time teacher going through a flare up. Currently undergoing diagnosis/treatment options at Guys.

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