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Poll: Are you working now? (271 member(s) have cast votes)

Are you working now?

  1. yes (131 votes [48.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.16%

  2. no (141 votes [51.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 51.84%

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#1 Somebody

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 09:23 PM

Going to try a poll again.
Last time it didn't work.

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I don't work now. :lol:

Before:

Mostly in accounting at banks, credit unions, savings & loans.
Sold Real Estate
Bought an old movie theater and converted it to Opry.
Minnie version of Grand Ole Opry
My daugter sang professionally.
That was fun.

Would like a job on the internet.

How about you.
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#2 Alin Steglinski

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 10:18 PM

reason i dont work... im only 16 and i have degenerative thingi

but

once i get my powerchair (hopefully soon) i will go back to high school on site (currently doing home bound) once i get through HS im gonna go to college to become a powered mobility/seating/AAC specialist.

he he funny how i will rely on 2 of the three things there

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 10:29 PM

Then - 15 hear old bad student
Now - Full time bum
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#4 Alin Steglinski

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 10:30 PM

Then - 15 hear old bad student
Now - Full time bum

:lol: thats all i have to say

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:17 PM

I was a mechanical engineer before the onset of my illness. I returned to my old job posted illness but in a part-time capacity - three days a week. It is funny, between rugby, family, friends and work, I am busier than when I was able-bodied.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:44 PM

Hmm, before my injury I mowed lawns(junior high), I had about 25 a week I did during the summer for 3 years). After that I worked on a ranch(high school), driving tractors, throwing hay bails, moving irrigation pipe and herding cattle(yes I road around on a horse). I was working in a sporting good store when I had my wreck.

Since injury I have worked at Wal-Mart in the electronics dept. at my college I worked for the campus police as night dispatcher, sold computers at Best Buy, Data Entry for the city court house small claims department, customer service for AOL, DirectTV and Spring Wireless Web. Then I spent some time as the City Secretary for a small town in the Texas panhandle, the job was great but the location was horrible.

Last week I started my new job, I now work for a medical supply company. It is owned by a para, the VP is a para and another sales rep is a para. The owner is very active in the community and supports several events(look at my post in the sports section), great guy to work for and wtih. So if you live in Dallas and you need a new wheelchair, a walker, bed, commode, seat cushion, urological supplies...etc. I can hook ya up. I've been on two evaluations so far to measure people up for new chairs. I think I have found my calling, I've been on the bad end of bad orders of med supplies, from a new wheelchair that didn't fit and wasn't anything like I wanted and the sales person wouldn't take back, to incorrect catheters. Now I get to make sure the people that I see and work with get exactly what the need and want. When a newly injured person is setting at rehab using some 50 lb hospital chair and then we show up with our 12 lb TiLites and start the process to get them in one also it is a great feeling. Or take a power chair to a elderly person who has been stuck at home for month's unable to get out and about any longer. I wish I would have thought of doing this job earlier in my life, but I'm still young enough that I can spend decades doing it.
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#7 Alin Steglinski

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:58 PM

Hmm, before my injury I mowed lawns(junior high), I had about 25 a week I did during the summer for 3 years). After that I worked on a ranch(high school), driving tractors, throwing hay bails, moving irrigation pipe and herding cattle(yes I road around on a horse). I was working in a sporting good store when I had my wreck.

Since injury I have worked at Wal-Mart in the electronics dept. at my college I worked for the campus police as night dispatcher, sold computers at Best Buy, Data Entry for the city court house small claims department, customer service for AOL, DirectTV and Spring Wireless Web. Then I spent some time as the City Secretary for a small town in the Texas panhandle, the job was great but the location was horrible.

Last week I started my new job, I now work for a medical supply company. It is owned by a para, the VP is a para and another sales rep is a para. The owner is very active in the community and supports several events(look at my post in the sports section), great guy to work for and wtih. So if you live in Dallas and you need a new wheelchair, a walker, bed, commode, seat cushion, urological supplies...etc. I can hook ya up. I've been on two evaluations so far to measure people up for new chairs. I think I have found my calling, I've been on the bad end of bad orders of med supplies, from a new wheelchair that didn't fit and wasn't anything like I wanted and the sales person wouldn't take back, to incorrect catheters. Now I get to make sure the people that I see and work with get exactly what the need and want. When a newly injured person is setting at rehab using some 50 lb hospital chair and then we show up with our 12 lb TiLites and start the process to get them in one also it is a great feeling. Or take a power chair to a elderly person who has been stuck at home for month's unable to get out and about any longer. I wish I would have thought of doing this job earlier in my life, but I'm still young enough that I can spend decades doing it.

ARGH i hate how people do power chair, its like motorcycle ONE WORD, school bus is 2 words, powerchair is like motorcycle wheelchair is one word... so powerchair is powerchair not power chair...

anyways thats cool you got that cool job i am going to become a powered mobility/seating (i would be taking the mouldings for the contour U systems and such other moulded seating systems)/AAC specialist (AAC=alternative augmentative communication, thats when a machine speaks for u)

funny how i will be relying on 2 of the 3 things i listed, and maybe the third with how fast my disease is progressing

Edited by Alin Steglinski, 07 September 2007 - 12:00 AM.


#8 KimAndSophie

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 12:30 AM

I was going to university, but now I own my own buisness. :lol:

#9 Alin Steglinski

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 12:34 AM

I was going to university, but now I own my own buisness. :lol:

wots ur business?

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 02:21 AM

I was only 14 when I was injured so not really. I was paid by the school district as a teacher's aide $5hr 10hrs a week, tutoring for cash, and of course like the staple of any teenage girl's wallet.....babysitting.

Now I have the SCI but it's actually the brain injury and the pain that prevent me from having a job. In order for me to work I have to have someone else working with me to watch over everything plus I'm slow and I can't multi task for :lol: . LOL
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#11 Alin Steglinski

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 02:24 AM

I was only 14 when I was injured so not really. I was paid by the school district as a teacher's aide $5hr 10hrs a week, tutoring for cash, and of course like the staple of any teenage girl's wallet.....babysitting.

Now I have the SCI but it's actually the brain injury and the pain that prevent me from having a job. In order for me to work I have to have someone else working with me to watch over everything plus I'm slow and I can't multi task for :lol: . LOL

lol. that multitasking is what makes me nervous i wont be able to do my dream job because i multitask like :) too lol

and why does it have to be : poo : why so generic, hows about :turd: or something that will make me giggle every time i type it

Edited by Alin Steglinski, 07 September 2007 - 02:25 AM.


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Posted 07 September 2007 - 11:16 AM

I just voted 'not working' but this isn't quite right. i did work for a few years but tiredness took over (demyelinating diseases produce dreadful tiredness sometimes) so retired from work and became a househusband. now I bet the guys thinkg that running the house, cooking washing and all that boring stuff isn't work. Well, actaully it is quite a lot to do so I suppose I am half working. mind, as my children are now adults and one married the work is rather less!

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 01:36 PM

I worked full time has a teaching assistant sadly I am down to a couple of days. Then full time at home the rest of the week.

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 04:57 PM

I worked full time before and was able to return back to my same work. I work in the IT department and do software beta testing, web development and manage the IT support department. I work remotely from my home which was a great help and the company I work for allowed me to work whatever hours worked best for me by splitting my days, etc. If I got tired after an hour of work I could take an hour off and come back again, etc. It was really though at first comming back full time and going to PT 3x a week but I got into the swing of it after a few weeks. I remember I slept as much as I possibly could then and struggled to stay awake even on the rides back and forth from PT (couldnt drive then so my boyfriend drove me).
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 08:48 PM

I was an Ironworker ( no, not the one who makes the beams, I was the one who hung'em up there) for thirty-five years. Half of it on high iron, and I fall from a 20 foot schalfold,,,ya never know...

I was lucky, I was old enough to retire, so now it's six saturdays and a sunday for me.

I miss it a lot, tho.
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 09:15 PM

I was company supervisor/bookkeeper/office manager/and whatever else was needed for a company with a trucking division, storage: warehouse and outside, plastic scrap and metal scrap divisions. When I started, I was one of five employees and when I left there were more than fifty employees.

I miss it. We worked with companies like Rubbermaid, Ford, GM, and Chrysler.....

Now, nothing. I worked so many hours a week, I thought it would be great not working. Wrong! I'd much rather be working...........

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 09:19 PM

I was an Ironworker ( no, not the one who makes the beams, I was the one who hung'em up there) for thirty-five years. Half of it on high iron, and I fall from a 20 foot schalfold,,,ya never know...

I was lucky, I was old enough to retire, so now it's six saturdays and a sunday for me.

I miss it a lot, tho.
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:04 PM

Continue to work as a nurse practitioner...reduced hours from 39 to 30 a week...........

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:59 PM

I loved my job prior to the mighty blood clot.

I was a theatrical lighting designer. Once they realized that I could no longer climb a ladder I was let go from my position in the company. So, I cashed in my retirment which wasn't much. I was only 35 years old at the time. Now I own a company that rents theatrical lighting equipment to theatrical lighting designers. I rent everything except ladders. Screw them

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 12:49 AM

i was a fourth grade teacher before i got hurt...now i'm a third grade teacher and going back to get my masters for administration

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 01:05 AM

Was only 3 when argued with a moving vehicle and lost so didnt do the work thing before my accident. Now work for the local ambulance service in the control room as a controller deciding who gets ambulances and when.working shifts that provide 24 hr cover can be a bit exhausting at times but ive done it for 6 years with no serious adverse effects.

From personal experience the emergency services are a great source of employment, the work is never boring and is well within the capabilities of most para's.

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 04:05 AM

Before injury, Trail-Boss was night supervisor at a steel fabricating plant. I, Stick-Tight worked as an activities aid at a nursing home.
Now we both are working as a team with raising beautiful black and white paint horses. And I am Trail-Boss's 24/7 caregiver,(not that I think of that as work).
Life is good.

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:58 PM

I was shot on my job as a customer service rep 10 months ago. I returned back to work 5 months ago at 20 hrs a week and now I am up to 30 hrs a week. Meds help ward off pain but also make you very tired. Now I have a good excuse when I fall asleep at work and cannot get wrote up. HAHA.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 11:03 AM

i owned a truck repair & small transport buisness . i am a truck mechanic & driver. i now own & drive semitrailer selling /delivering & installing fibreglass swimming pools around australia. im also a driving instructor for trucks.
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Posted 09 September 2007 - 03:54 PM

pre SCI I was a Menzi Muck operator and forman of a Storm Water Management crew for the local city. Menzi Muck is a walking multi purpose machine...one that is well ...crazy...it can do anything. here is a video as an example just look up menzi on you tube.

and to think they let me learn to run this when I was only 19...im 25 now..so 6 years behind the controls

but now im back in school

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 05:34 PM

pre injury I worked at a grocery store, then a hospital in the storeroom supply. since, injury, I havent sought out a job. I could call myself an amateur woodworker and/or a ceramic artist.

Doug, they not only let, but taught you to drive that thing at 19?! beautiful!

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 11:53 PM

Apparently, I like variety. I started out as a newspaper reporter hell bent on sport. That became too hard after SCI (I did try for 4yrs) so I became a subeditor. That involved bits of paper instead of people so I retrained as an occupational therapist where I found plenty of people drama working in a psych unit then 2yrs at the Otara Spinal Unit (big deal, one of 'us' among 'them'). Did a year in a plant nursery which was like watching paint dry before getting into desktop publishing in its pioneering days. Then back to health as a co-ordinator setting up housing and support systems for severely impaired people. Then back to journalism briefly writing for a magazine that folded and now I'm semi-retired, taking on freelance work from home when it comes my way and occasionally making myself available for nonprofit publications.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 03:34 AM

I used to work with steal. mfg.co. for John Deer ran lasers,saw,heavy press, and became a leadman. now I'm "retired" just a few years early.(21yrs early)

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 10:43 AM

I have to say that I was very lucky. I had only been in my job as bookeeper/accountant in a small company for 7 months when I was diagnosed and had an emergency operation. My company were brilliant and very supportive. The rehab centre I was sent to was only 15min drive from the office and after discussions with my OT and colleages and a visit by the OT and myself to the business centre where our office is, I was allowed to go twice week for 4 hrs to work while still in rehab. The perfect occupational therapy for me. The company paid for taxi, my lunch and as much coffee as I wanted. Went back to work fulltime a few days after being discharged October 31st, 2006

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 11:01 AM

I worked for the council as a highways engineer. Before that I was a pathologist but couldnt really cope with the day to day life and death situations. I took them all too personally.

Now I still work in local govt. Mostly anything thats interesting , pays me what Im worth and needs half a brain!



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