Mar 24, 2011

Eight LONG Years!

Most of you probably already know that I clean houses for a living. I have cut back a lot recently due to my health and am now only cleaning two houses a week~compared to 5-6 a week. Cutting back has helped some but I honestly think I need a change. I went to physical therapy yesterday and my regular Dr. today and they BOTH suggested a change in my career! The therapist said she thinks I have the worst job for my health! The Dr. suggested maybe going back to school or finding an easier job. I have been cleaning for eight years as of next week and my body is DONE!

The problem is, I don't know where to go from here. I have spent the last 20 years raising children and being self-employed either babysitting or cleaning. The last 'real' job I had was at a bank right before I started cleaning. So, I don't have a lot (or any) experience with all the computer stuff I might need to get a good part time job. Another problem is that I can make more money in less time by cleaning than I could make working part time somewhere. I like being my own boss and making my own schedule. What I DON'T like is what it does to my body!

I am certified to teach yoga, but that is not really an option until I get my chronic myofascial pain under control. It is improving, but not to the point that I would feel comfortable teaching yoga. I guess I really need to pray about what to do. Do I be patient and wait to be able to teach yoga, or do I look for a part time job doing who knows what? Have any of you ever gone back to work after years of not working~for someone else that is? I would love to hear your thoughts:)

In other news, I am back on Savella. I had said before that I was NOT going to take it again, but after talking with my Dr., I have decided to give it one more shot. He assured me that the weak feeling should go away, but it may take a month or two. So, no more Naltrexone~which means I can take pain meds. when needed:)

Hope you are all well! I have been blog reading some, but just haven't been much in the computer mood lately:) Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Good luck with making your decision. I don't know, it is a tough decision. I do hope you find something that will work with your body. My only real choice is teaching because I get disability and I couldn't find a part time job. I am glad the Savella is working for you now. It kept me awake at night. I have insomnia for about 3 nights out of 5 from it so I am not taking it anymore. It did help with the pain though, too bad. however, it is too expensive for me too so I would have stopped taking it because of that.

  2. Hugs to you, Kimberly. I am in a very similar situation to yours. I have spent the last 16 years raising children and doing the same things as you, baby sitting, cleaning, etc.

    Just this year I took a temporary part time job working for a business. The job lasted 3 months.

    It was a very physical job as it involved closing down and packing files in an office. It really did a number on my body. I think it pushed my CF to a whole new level. I now have pain and extreme fatigue daily. I have not been able to return to my cleaning jobs for several weeks.

    I had recently decided that I wanted to become a home health aide. However, that seems like an impossible job now.

    I am praying about what to do next. I will pray for you as well. Please let us know what you come up with (I could use some ideas too :) ).

    Sorry this got so long but thanks for letting me share. I don't write about the CF much on my blog because there are a few people in my real life who think I have "chronic life" or am "just lazy."


  3. Heather~so sorry the Savella didn't work for you and it is so expensive! I wish you could find something that would help you! I think it's great that you can teach lessons in your home:)

    Lori~OMG!! I HATE when people assume someone is lazy when they are really ill!! Praying for you and I will update if I come up with anything:)

  4. Hey Kimberly, WOW I so hear you.

    I've been at the same job for the last 20 and would LOVE to do something more meaningful but have NO CLUE where to start.

    Just follow your heart. Can't go wrong there!

  5. Thanks Cindy~I'm tryin' to follow my heart. Problem is, my body doesn't seem to want to follow:)