Right before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia I was completing my externships in phlebotomy tech, and my medical assistant training. I was in my early 50s at the time, and had decided to pursue a career in the medical field. This was something I had wanted to do since high school, but life and children put all that on hold.
I loved working with people, and truly miss that so much. In my training I was privileged to work with obstetrics patients, children at a satellite children’s hospital who needed to get their blood drawn (and needed a few of us to accomplish that), the elderly, and administering EKGs. I was super-excited to start this new adventure, and was beyond disappointed to have it cut short before it really got started.
I know a lot of you have had to leave jobs that you enjoyed, or perhaps just needed, long before you were ready to. I get what a huge blow and disappointment that is. Life is not fair, and fibro is no respecter of persons. Having said that, it sure doesn’t make it any easier to accept, does it?
I loved school. Learning to draw blood on my fellow students, taking vitals, and giving a listening ear. My favorite, however, was performing EKGs. Learning about the heart was so fascinating to me. I thought maybe I could do something from home, but honestly, medical transcription did not appeal to me. I thoroughly enjoyed working with patients and other medical professionals. I think that’s part of why the isolation of FMS is so hard for me. I think I might still be able to work part-time if it was just pain I was dealing with, but the debilitating fatigue, brain fog, and balance/dizziness issues would still make that a no-go for me.
The reason I waited so long to start my training was because it was important for me to be home with my kids until the last one graduated from high school. I’m very thankful I could do that, because I know that it’s not an option for so many other parents. I continue to keep learning just in case a cure becomes a reality, or I miraculously get better.
If you have had to leave a job or career, I’d love to hear your story. Telling it also might help someone else, you never know. I’m here to put my cyber arms around you as you too grieve the loss of your career.
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