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02-26-2009, 06:15 PM
We have such a diverse and fabulous group here, I'm just curious as to your livlihood. Did you "fall into your profession or was it a conscious decision? Domestic Engineer? House Husband? I'm sure there's a rocket scientist amongst us!

To start the discussion, I have been a Paralegal for 22 years and Licensed Private Investigator for 2. My passion for investigations began when I located my birth father at 17 years old (unless you count reading Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys). Several years later, I identified and located my former husband's three siblings who were removed from his mother's care prior to his birth. Aside from being extremely camera shy, I would be perfect for The Locator on WETV!

What's your story?

02-26-2009, 08:05 PM

I remember when I was 5, or 6 years old, taking an interest in what my Dad did every day. He would come home with this big suitcase that he would immediately put away, and he drove a car that I know my parents didn't always have. It's funny what little details you remember as a kid. One day, I asked him what he did every day. He told me he was a Treasury Agent. Most kids today would not know what that meant, but in those days, I had already seen the re-runs of "The Untouchables" with Robert Stack. Dad popped open that long case, and in it was a Thompson Submachinegun. He also had a .38 Special Colt Revolver in an ankle holster. Well, that's all it took.

I knew I wanted to be a Gunsmith from that time forward. The various aspects of law enforcement did interest me, but the engineering and design of firearms is what really stoked my creative fires. I was hired by Smith and Wesson when I was still in highschool, and spent time on the production line assembling handcuffs, and later on the .22 cal pistols that were in production at that time. I served my time in the military, and I then went to the CST Gunsmith School in Colorado. I graduated, and moved to Arizona where I worked for one of the contractors who develops weapons for various federal agencies as well as the Dept of Defense.

I always thought I could implement my ideas and designs better if I was the owner and not held back by other people's oversight and management. I opened my own business, and was just getting ramped up for a major contract to restore the rifles of one of the honor guard units who presents at ceremonies for federal agents killed in the line of duty. Then 9-11 happened. Everything changed for our country, and everything changed for my business. The budgets for the majority of Spec-ops units in all four branches of the service , plus the Coast Guard, plus multiple federal agencies quadrupled almost overnight. I was in the position to finally produce items I had spent years working on, and these items would almost immediately be in the hands of our troops in Afghanistan, and eventually Iraq. Items that would make our soldiers harder to see, harder to hear, and hopefully save lives.

But, I was sick all the time. I had terrible flares, and back then, I had no idea what was wrong with me. Finally, in 2004, the pieces of the puzzle came together, and I was diagnosed with SLE. I had already become a safety hazard around the machinery in the shop, as well as at the test fire range. I'm thankful that my cognitive dysfunction, my fog, didn't end up with someone being injured. I was blessed with the finest employees anyone could ask for, and they pooled their funds to buy the company. They have reached a level of success that I always thought was possible, but am still amazed to see. If it had to be this way, then it turned out far better than I could ever had hoped for. My friends, my former employees have made me very proud. I passed the torch to the right people.

That's what I used to do for a living.

02-26-2009, 09:19 PM
Thanks for sharing your story.
It's interesting that you, too, knew at an early age what field you wanted to work in when you grew up.Sometimes we take the long road to get there, but I think our paths eventually take us where we need/want to go.

I am still asked, on a weekly basis, why I didn't go to law school. It's quite simple-it wasn't ever my passion. I LOVE investigations and finding the missing link. I am a fraud specialist, but my sentimental (sappy) side endears me to adoptions/lost loves, etc.

Having chronic illness(es), especially when they impact my cognitive abilities, has definitely impacted my future career plans/goals (ie, no surveillance because I'd fall asleep). One thing for sure is that when I am no longer able to work on a regular basis and have to apply for SSD, I will use whatever remaining skills I possess to volunteer when I'm physically able to.

I'm sure it's bittersweet for you to see your former employees/friends succeed with the company you started, but it's a compliment to you for choosing the right people-individuals who shared your vision and were capable of seeing it through when your illness forced you to step aside.

Hopefully, you're still working on making a better "widget" on your own terms, in your own time. In the meantime, know that your presence and contributions on this forum have made an impact on others :)

Mary Jane
02-26-2009, 09:47 PM
I'm a Deputy Probation Officer. I've been working in law enforcement for the last 27 years. I started out as a courtroom clerk in 1982. I decided I was taking night classes, and knew I did not want to work as a clerk forever, no offense to the clerical field, but I wanted to do other things. I then went to work for the Probation Departments Juvenile Hall in 1985 for two years as a group counselor. I really enjoyed working with the kids, and unfortunately 20 years later I'm still dealing with some of them and now their children...it's a vicious cycle. From there I went back to work for the courts as a "Court Services Officer." I did this for about 14 years. I basically worked for the judges recommending whether people should be released from jail, or recommending what their bail should be set at. It was pretty interesting...I spent a lot of time at the county jail interviewing inmates. It took me 10 years, but I finally finished my BA degree in Sociology while working as a court officer. in 2001 my position was transferred over to the probation department...so once again, I was working for the probation department, and was offered a probation officer position. It was a good move for me because now I have safety retirement. Now I'm working as the court officer. So it's very familiar for me because of my many years working for the courts. I also write court reports. I'm 46 years old, and have 27 years with the county. I can retire when I'm 50. My fear is that "the Lupus" will force me to retire earlier than I want to. I am already required to do a lot of trainings like weaponless defensive tactics, that I have a hard time participating in because of my joint pain, so I'm just trying to hang in there. Depending on my health, I'd like to work at least until I'm 50... or 52. The longer I work the better my retirement will be, and there's no guarantee I can get approved for disability.

So in a nut shell, that's what I do.

02-27-2009, 03:33 AM
What a great thread im liking it very much :)

Well after leaving school in 96 i went from job to job, until i got into alot of trouble with the law in 2002 i nearly faced a 6 month custodial sentance stood in the dock and the judge let me off with 2 year driving ban and a years probation and 500 pound court costs oops! anyway i went to the job centre and from there changed my life forever, i got a job as an assistant house parent in a private boarding school for children and young adults with serverre epilepsy, autism and learning differculties, omg i really didnt think i would last a month there all these kids "kicking off" scared the life out of me, but somehow i stuck with it and 7 years down the line to the beging of this month i stuck with it, i got a NVQ level 3 worked my way up the ladder to the senior team :yes: and thats when the lupus hit me, im so pleased that i was given the opitunity to work there it was the best job i have ever had, all the young boys i started working with i watched grow up to be men, and the last few of my original boys are leaving this year, its a really nice feelin that you had summin to do with their development, anyway i must stop here i feel myself welling up :hissyfit:.

Thanx for doing this thread
Love and Light

02-27-2009, 04:17 AM
Yes good thread:)
Before i became ill i was a portrait photographer and i hope to go back to it one day !


02-27-2009, 06:17 AM
I'm currently a student, studying for a BA in Economic History and Economics at Manchester Uni.I'm looking to do a masters after solely in Economic History as I love it, because im a geek! When I graduate though I want to work in archiving or be an economist. I did want to go into finance, but after working for Natwest in a call centre I was put off for life, and it made my flares 100x worse because of the stress of nasty customers. It was annoying because I had to quit due to lupus and it means now i live off my student loan which isn't much at all. But suppose my health comes first... I'm hoping it won't impact too much on my future career, figured something like archiving can't be too stressful :S

tiggerlishus - Heidi
02-27-2009, 06:24 AM
what a great thread :)

well after leaving school i went to college to study art and design love art love designing clothes, after 3 years of studing i got excepted at a uni to do fashion design but due to home problems my mum was seriously ill with depression been in and out of hospital with sucuide attempts and whilst she was in hospital they told her she would be better off if she lived on her own soo i got booted out and i had to get more than a weekend job thankfully the supermarket i worked progressed my up to chckouts and longer hours then to cash office which i loved ( thou they complained about how much time i had off sick!) then in this inspiration i decided to move back to chelmsford and do another art course adn go back to part time work but that fell throu just soo much time off sick then jumped around few jobs a nursing home ( kept getting ill again and couldn't cope with peopel dieing on me!! ) and worknig for a main stream bank behinds the scenes and once again i lost my job from having to much time off sick you can see a theme here can't you!! and then i found what i thought was my perfect job and starting working in a local nursery looking after children between 6 months and 4 1/2 yearsand i love it but you guessed kept getting ill adn then started falling asleep in lunch hours and patting children off to sleep and on the bus home soo went to gp then got sent to consulant and that where i found out i had lupus and week later i was signed off sick, i tried at one point going back part time but it just did work and eventually you got they dismissed me due to illness and that was 6 years ago adn over the lasst six years i haven't given up i heard about alady who had and had started up her own accountancy business working from home which i thought was great soo i have gone back part time studied computer stuff then 3 years ago i started my accountancy course on my final course which is taking two years because they're allowing me to do it in halfs this year i do two lessons on a monday morning and next year i'll do two lessons in afternoon and then i will be qualifeid to be accountant technicain and then i'm hoping to do some work experience volunteery so i do not have to worry about having time off ill soo this is my work life soo far and a little about i hope to do in future as long as this lupie loo gets undersome control!! thanks for doing this thread and if you read this far thanks for reading!!

tiggerlishus - Heidi
02-27-2009, 06:32 AM
ooops sorry about poor spelling and grammer !!

Angel Oliver
02-27-2009, 08:10 AM
Well, when i left schol i wanted to be a dj on the radio.Oh i so wanted to do it.But i left school and didnt have the confidence to go through with it. So i trained to be a motor mechanic.How funny :) I loved it.Me and 30 boys whoooooooooooopiiiiiii :) I was also working in a car hire department and loved that too.After 2 years and passing i decided...i was 18 and didnt want to have dirty hands anymore.I wanted handbags and lipsticks.So i became a Telephonist receptionist.I then moved to a job in mens fashion.At one place i loved it cause i met famous people coming in for photo shoots and thought it was cool for pop stars like Take That and Edwin Starr and so many others to know my name. I left that job and now work in another mens fashion company doing the reception, phones and credit control.But ive not been back since December 2007 as my illness took a hold.So wish i would have become a DJ though...how cool that would have been. :) x

02-27-2009, 08:39 AM
I'm still working... over 25 years in Human Resources, a field I got into sort of by accident.

When just out of college (for the first time) I called around grad schools and said "I want something like an MBA but I don't want an MBA. I'd rather do more with people. Well, HR it was. Hadn't even known it was a separate profession. AND I learned quickly that "I like people" is the WORST reason to get into it. Like law? Good, you need a lot of it. Like statistics? Good, you'll use them. Like ethical dilemmas? Good, you'll be up to your ears. Know how to write clearly? Good. You'll need to. Hate firing people? Good - you'll never be cruel when you lay them off.

It has been an interesting run, if I had to do it again, I guess I would. But sometimes being a librarian sounds so much nicer..... and lower stress.

Oh, the college comment? I've now got two masters degrees. Love going to school. Now I don't have time, my lupus limits my waking hours so no time to study!

Fun thread.

sick n tired
02-27-2009, 10:00 AM
I was a teacher...I have always loved working with children. I have done every age except High School.. :-)
My specialty though is K-3rd grade. I simply love teaching that age...possibly 4th grade.
I homeschooled for 15 years...was about to go back to full time paid teaching job when the disease got worse and diagnosed...now I am home and sometimes I feel useless. :-(

Oh Mary Jane, My daughter is a probation officer...she wants to become a juvenile one, but you need mega experience to become one here.

02-27-2009, 10:27 AM
Still working on the career thing really, I'm still new to working. I was diagnosed my senior year of high school, so when everyone went off to college I went off to the doctors and hospitals. I was put on disability at the age of 19 and was told by my doctors I would never be able to work. About 5 years ago I decided to give school a try. I was able to go to community college and get my AA degree in paralegal work. I took the next step and jumped into the work force three years ago. I'm a records clerk at a law firm right now trying to get some experience under my belt until I can get my BA degree to be a paralegal. It was the scariest thing I had every done, leaving the "safety" of disability and going to work not knowing how my body would respond. So far so good(knocks on wood) still doing great health wise and hopefully it stays that way.

02-27-2009, 10:31 AM
what a wonderful thread....thanks so the start, bonusmom

I got married right out of highschool, had three children, then went to college and continued until I had my masters in business communication. I worked in the field for a few years, then my husband was transferred. I was not working, when we moved, then we got a divorce, so i had to find something. I started my own personal fitness training business, and was very successful. My ex was worthless, and I had to support me and my kids . In 1996, I started feeling sick, so I moved to Atlanta and joined in on the family business. I am now the safety director for our industrial warehouses, so I am responsible for plant safety and OSHA compliance. I am very fortunate in that I work out of my home, and can make my own hours. I have to do a good bit of traveling, but at least it is flexible. My kids are grown now, and we all live in the atlanta area. I am also fortunate to be close to them.

02-27-2009, 11:13 AM
My current position is Domestic Goddess and Mom Extraordinaire....and let me tell you how I got here....

While growing up, I always loved to read. My older sister taught me how when I was 4 and I'd read nearly every book in my library by the time I finished grade school. Excelled at English and always had this dream of writing a book or two someday. In High School I loved the secretarial classes..typing, shorthand, etc. When I graduated I couldn't decide on a college so went to Court Reporting School as a way to earn money for college. I was 6 months into the program and going to graduate early when I was diagnosed with Lupus. Had a life threatening case from the start, so had to drop out of school. I remember sitting on my bed crying the day my mom had to take my court reporting machine back to the school. Got married when I was 20 and broke my back that year. I ended up on Social Security disability. Three years later, my Lupus began to improve so I got a job as a Receptionist for a printing company and later a typesetting company to help put my husband through college at Portland State University. I ended up taking the Civil Service exam, at the urging of my mom, and got a job at Oregon Health Science Univesity at the Child Development and Rehab. Center. Kind of ironic I ended up working at the hospital where I get all my medical care. At CDRC, I worked in 3 different positions over a 6 year period...started as Receptionist for the Business Office...then moved to the Main Receptionist for the whole building. In that position I got to work with, and got to know, all the doctors, nurses, PT's, OT's, Social Workers, and the families that came to the clinics. Eventually I discovered I loved the PT's and OT's, they were such a fun bunch, and they asked me to be their Office Manager. I worked very closely with them and the families that came for therapy. In each of these jobs, I learned so much about disabilities and children. We had a Heart Clinic, Genetics, Craniofacial, Orthopedic, Cerebral Palsy, Neonatal Follow-up, Spina Bifida, and Speech and Hearing. After working in that job for 3 years, I got pregnant with my 2nd child, my daughter. I finally had to leave work on disability because I had severe morning sickness and had to go thru Pain Managent Clinic. I needed my hips replaced at the time and was on narcotics for the pain. I ended up having a continuous epidural implanted in my back and carried a pack around thru the whole pregnancy with an IV sending morphine straight to my spine and hips so my daughter wouldn't be born with withdrawals. When my daughter was born 6 weeks early at 3-1/2 lbs. they discovered she had had a bleed in her brain, which resulted in mild to moderate Cerebral Palsy. She spent 3 weeks in Doernbecher NICU. My daughter and I then spent the next 6 years going to the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (where I had worked for 6 years...talk about irony). She had a team of specialists...all the people I had worked so closely with were now taking care of my daughter....and me. I was blessed to have close co-workers and friends providing my daughter with her developmental pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Speech and Hearing, etc. I truly believe God puts us in the right places in our lives for a reason...he has us cross paths with the right people for a reason. I am blessed to be my daughter's advocate...for medical and school. She has very mild CP, mostly her left hand is affected, two handed tasks are a real challenge. She's 12 years old now, and has played soccer since she was 5. Soccer is her passion! I am now a full time, stay-at-home Mom of 2 children, and I love it. Oh...I still haven't given up that dream of writing a book...it's just that right now I'm working on raising 2 children the best that I possibly can. That is my passion!

Lori :)

02-27-2009, 01:34 PM
I decided to add this, as I know Saysusie will like the pictures. She's a Sci-Fi movie fanatic like me. My 5 minutes of semi-fame. I got to build some movie guns for various studios and productions, including this gun for "The Matrix". It's a Dillon M-134 Machinegun called a "Minigun". It's a real weapon used by our military. I assembled the weapon myself and modified it to function properly with the special theatrical blanks that they use. I also was on the set for a safety briefing for the actors and crew. Theatrical blanks are quite dangerous even though there is no actual bullet leaving the weapon. It was really fun to immerse myself in that "world" for a day. Keanu Reeves was a really nice guy, very easygoing and laid back.

02-27-2009, 01:57 PM
This post will self destruct...poof.

tiggerlishus - Heidi
02-27-2009, 02:03 PM
hey rob how cool i love sci - fi as well i think i get it of my dad!! pics are well cool what and achievement!!
and rasta girl i think your soo right we are in right palces at right time!! i also think we are given this dreadful illness for a reason!! the amount of people that have heard of this illness because of me adn are more aware off illnes that you can't see!!
this is such great thread i love it!!

02-27-2009, 07:35 PM
I agree...Love this thread. I'm loving getting a glimpse into 'who' everybody is. What their passions are...where their lives have taken them.

Rob....I am soooo jealous. After Lord of the Rings, The Matrix series are my fav. My 16 year old son and I love watching the triology over a weekend. That gun....I can not believe my absolute favorite gun in the movie...was specially designed by you. How cool!! What an amazing history you have. And meeting Keanu... Wow, now I've had my brush with celebrity...I know someone who's met 'Neo'. Did you meet Trinity?

Lori :)

Mary Jane
02-28-2009, 12:12 AM
I'm loving this topic. I feel like I'm really getting to know some of you. I hope more join in.

02-28-2009, 10:17 AM
Thanks to everyone who posted on this thread, offering a glimpse of their professions/passion! I really enjoy the insight and hope more people will post. Kinda like the picture thing, it helps make the "connection."

Mary Jane-A Probation Officer in the San Joaquin Valley......we're neighbors! I am so impressed that you've hung with such an emotionally demanding job, especially when you see the cycles of parents/kids. I did a stint at CDCR's legal department--not a great match. Legal is a challenge because it's predominately negative and adding career criminals to the mix just exacerbates the negativity.

My 17 year old daughter plays competitive soccer (goalie) and had two of her personal best games in Turlock and Ripon this past summer (got a scholarship offer as a result!). Superman is from Modesto, so I am pretty familiar with the area. I am 30 miles east of Sacramento.

Angel--How about being an "intern" at a radio station when you're feeling up for it? Your "Baywatch Babe" photo can be your promo pic! As my signature line says "It's never too late to be what you might have been." Just make it on your terms.........

Hatlady-My dearest friend is a tax specialist for California's tax collecting agency and has been looking for a different career (she's tired of being the "bad guy"). She recently commented that she wants to "help people" and considering a career change to HR. I about fell off my chair with your post and immediately called M to head her off at the pass! Your post was well written and, I believe, gave a true account of life in HR.

Rastagirl-I begged my ex-husband to allow me to be a stay-at-home mommy, but he was concerned about my not being able to pay "my 1/2" of the household expenses (hence the divorce). My middle child (son) is hearing impaired with RA. I still carry the guilt for not being Mrs. Cleaver, but it all turned out well in the end. My two sons have graduated from college and my daughter will be graduating from high school in May and then on to college to study kinesiology. Now that the kids are mostly grown, I don't know what I'd do all day to occupy myself--although my health may not leave me any choice :(

sick n tired
02-28-2009, 11:25 AM
Hey Bonus mom,

Did your middle son, the hearing impaired one, go to university for free? Here in Texas they allow a person if their hearing loss is 50% I think and that is both ears, to attend University for free. We pay books. We were so excited to hear that...now One of our daughters can attend nursing school for free.
Just wondering...:-) It must be a relief that they are all through with school.
BTW...of the stay at home moms I know, whether we had to because of health, necessity(I have so many kids my job wouldn't even pay for daycare) or just had a husband who wasn't an a$$, none of us could possibly be classified as Mrs. Cleaver...that was a ditsy image anyway...lol "Ward, but he is so young are you sure you need to take away his allowance" And who does housework in full Sunday clothes and pearls? LOL...I believe that any mom who has to work for whatever reason should not feel guilty about trying to make a better life for the little ones...

02-28-2009, 11:56 AM
No, Craig didn't get his tuition covered--don't even know if it's a program available in CA :(. He's completely deaf in his left ear and a 60 dB loss in his right. Darn...I should've sent him to Texas! It would've saved a lot of money....but I would've missed him terribly.

Awesome that your daughter is able to attend nursing school for "just" the cost of books. Just a thought, but our aspiring author "Rastagirl" should write books for the education sector--that's where the money's at!

My dear MIL is a the classic Mrs. Cleaver aside from the pearls and dress/heels/hosiery. (Un)fortunately, that was a different time and I am employed full time. DH expects me to do it all, just like his mom did. Raise the kids, pay the bills, clean house, shop and cook. Oh, and can you grab me a beer while you're at it??? MIL apologizes to me for doing everything for him and not teaching him how to be independent and take care of himself. One thing I can honestly say is that my kids are self sufficient and didn't "learn" how to do their own laundry at 48. Oops--gotta stop my rant!

And being a teacher, one of THE hardest occupations ever! I could never be a teacher although I love the kids and want to save/help them all, but I'd probably strangle the parents!

02-28-2009, 12:00 PM
BTW, Sick n Tired, I was LOL with your Cleaver quote. The Mrs.' voice resonating in my ears !!!! Too funny!

Angel Oliver
02-28-2009, 12:24 PM
Yes, i like this thread...thanks for such a good idea. Oh im not being rude when i never seem to put peoples names....i know in my head who you are i just carnt remember names lol :) Dare i try n remember....think its BonusMom.....pls let that be the right name im thanking :)

Its so nice to see what people do and used to do. Bet you never thought me working as a motor mechanic in my past lol ? Those dirty nails just are not right anymore, but i so loved the smell of petrol...mmmmmm Oh n the look of those boys i worked with hehehehe :)

Yes, you know i never thought of that. Maybe when i am feeling well hopefully in the future, i could do it as a volunteer for a while, who knows hey.I have no confidence what so ever anymore, so it could help me get it back.Oh to listen to music all day.....heaven :)


sick n tired
02-28-2009, 05:04 PM
Angel, I can just picture you being a mechanic...I am not totally a girly girl, but grease in my fingernails.....of course if it paid the bills and you were good at it,,,I know that I would be able to take the car apart but it is the putting back together that would be hard.
All that said, my first job when I was 12 was at a gas station. I checked the oil, put gas in the tank washed the windows and hopefully got a tip. My friend, also a female and a teacher, and I grew up together and worked that job together.

Bonus mom, My mil was June Cleaver in the flesh, I think. She expected me to do the same thing. Unfortunately, I couldn't divorce her. :-) My hubby watched the a$$ his father was and has tried to be different he also became a Christian and that helped, also. Actually, the last year that mom(MIL) was alive she was totally different due to altzeimers...she was not real bad with is yet but it changed her to being sweeter. I was the one who took care of her those last months. Hows that for Jekyll Hyde...

Angel Oliver
03-01-2009, 09:28 AM
Sick n Tired,

Ive forgotten it all now....in fact im lucky i know my name some days lol. :) Glad i decided to paint my nails instead of the dirty ones. How lovely of you to have looked after Mil. How kind and brave of you.That is a cruel illness, but glad she was sweet in the end. I hope you are feeling ok lately as i have not been on much.Sending you hugs n love.xxxxx Angel.xxxx

03-01-2009, 10:09 AM
I'm one of those people who took the long road! From the time I was a kid I knew I wanted to be a few things - a mommy number one and an author/journalist.

Somewhere along the line I added more things! When I was in high school I took an interest in psychology and knew that was it for me so I could help people who had lives like mine was (violence/abuse/substance abuse - stepdad) so I went to college to become a psychologist. My mom always wanted me to be a nurse but I thought nurses did a bunch of physical labor and wasn't sure how much helping/teaching/caring they could do. After graduating college and going to grad school I realized that psychology really wasn't the total package for me, it didn't have enough impact so I did not finish grad school and I went to nursing school. I also realized my dream of becoming a mommy while in nursing school, after 9 years of trying and one miscarriage. While I was going to college for Psych and later for nursing I worked in Human Resources and Recruiting for that time period - about 8 or 9 years. After nursing school I became a nurse and realized that while it is very physical it is also very emotional and there are opportunities to teach/educate/help and heal so its like therapy only its the whole body and mind.

I know that I want to do more in nursing so I am back in grad school to get my Masters in Nursing Education so I can teach either nurses or the community!

I still want to be an author, I love to read and will always dream of becoming an author but I don't know if I can write well enough to do that. But maybe one day! I always dreamed of living in a cottage somewhere and having a nice window seat to do my writing. :):)

My fave job of all is being a mommy!

I am still working but it is so very hard on my body most days. Through sheer willpower and pain medication when needed I get by. I have rough days but I keep reminding myself that I have to pay the bills and I have a beautiful child that depends on me. Hopefully one day we can find a cure for this yuckiness that ails us. Between this disease and my juvenile diabetes, I think a cure is at the top of my wish list!

03-01-2009, 10:24 AM
I decided to add this, as I know Saysusie will like the pictures. She's a Sci-Fi movie fanatic like me. My 5 minutes of semi-fame. I got to build some movie guns for various studios and productions, including this gun for "The Matrix". It's a Dillon M-134 Machinegun called a "Minigun". It's a real weapon used by our military. I assembled the weapon myself and modified it to function properly with the special theatrical blanks that they use. I also was on the set for a safety briefing for the actors and crew. Theatrical blanks are quite dangerous even though there is no actual bullet leaving the weapon. It was really fun to immerse myself in that "world" for a day. Keanu Reeves was a really nice guy, very easygoing and laid back.


My husband and I are both extremly envious of you now LOL! We love the matrix series, love Keannu and of course we are both fond of our guns as well LOL! I bet that was fun! We are sci fi enthusiasts too!

03-02-2009, 03:11 AM
I agree...Love this thread. I'm loving getting a glimpse into 'who' everybody is. What their passions are...where their lives have taken them.

Rob....I am soooo jealous. After Lord of the Rings, The Matrix series are my fav. My 16 year old son and I love watching the triology over a weekend. That gun....I can not believe my absolute favorite gun in the movie...was specially designed by you. How cool!! What an amazing history you have. And meeting Keanu... Wow, now I've had my brush with celebrity...I know someone who's met 'Neo'. Did you meet Trinity?

Lori :)

Not designed by me. Actually General Electric, or GE, designed the thing back in the 1960's. The company I worked for right before I went into business for myself bought the manufacturing rights and we went through the whole weapon and redesigned it for better reliability and safety. It's a gun that is still used by our military today despite it's age, and it needed some major upgrades. It's basically an old fashioned Gatling gun like you see in the old westerns, but instead of being cranked by hand, it has a big electric motor, like the starter motor on a car to rotate the barrels and fire the weapon. It's capable of firing 6000 rounds per minute, around 100 shots per second. It was set up to fire 4000 rpm for the movie shoot. Blank rounds are different enough from live ammo that the weapon has to have extensive modifications to make the rounds feed into the weapon and fire. The whole scene was filmed in a studio in front of what they call a "greenscreen". They used an actual helicopter fuselage, but the backgound and rotor blades are all effects they put in later. And unfortunately, I didn't get to meet the actress Carrie-Ann Moss who played Trinity. I was rather unhappy about that!

Although in the movie she was the pilot of the helicopter, shots of her in the pilot seat and Neo firing the Minigun were filmed at two different times in different places. "The Matrix" was my second movie. The first was called "Broken Arrow" with John Travolta and Christian Slater. The last was Terminator 3. The full auto Glock pistol Nick Stahl has in T3 was built in my shop, and a couple of the guns in the coffin/cache scene were non-firing dummy guns I made. The Matrix is the only movie I was ever actually on the set for.

03-02-2009, 08:10 AM
Wow great thread Bonus. Thanks for being a paralegal it can be a tough job. I was an Attorney for 5 years so I know how much you do for us and from the bottom of my heart Thank you!!! :) I started off as PI Attorney (aka ambulance chaser) absolutely hated it! Then found a good niche with Immigration law and did a little of everything else Divorce, Criminal, etc... I loved Immigration Law very gratifying but very emotionally and physically draining. I worked like an absolute DOG for 2 years of my life then I decided I didn't need to be where I was anymore at the expense of my family. SO I applied for a Gov't job (made possible due to being an Army Veteran). I have now been working for the State Dept for 6 months as managment/compliance. Very awesome I deal with laws and regulations on a daily basis and I deal with my employees (human aspect). I am lucky to be where I am at, especially with all the craziness of not knowing what is wrong and always being sick. I have managed to find a job in which I get to challenge my mind, help people, spend time with my family, and have time to go to docs to figure out what's wrong.

03-02-2009, 09:10 AM
I was a substitute teacher for over 10 years in middle and elementary school until I got laid off in December.

03-02-2009, 10:22 AM
So sorry for the layoff. That's becoming uncomfortably familiar all around us these days. And just another stressor those of us with Lupus do not need.

Sure hope you're able to get unemployment benefits....

I'll keep you in my prayers.


Lori :)

sick n tired
03-02-2009, 10:35 AM
So Drink...are there other schools that you can apply to? I have been a sub a few years back for a private school close by and they have all levels...I am on a list( actually I am not on it anymore, apparently because of illness) and then the teachers call me if they need me. Maybe you can do that.

03-02-2009, 11:15 AM
Hi, I was a LVN for 18years, until last year. Now not physically or mentally able to work! It's hard I always took care of others, and now I gotta try to make myself take care of me. It was hard stopping work, but I was getting worse and worse.

03-02-2009, 02:58 PM
I am a fellow Deputy Probation Officer like MaryJane - however I am retired. I went through High School and College thinking that I wanted to be a teacher. When I finished my Masters, I was hired to teach honors English and Literature in High School. Well, as a non-tenured teacher, I got all the icky assignments like: Lunch room duty (I realize by saying this that I'm dating myself), football game duty, etc. When a 16yr old, 6ft tall young man told me that he would kick my A@! if I didn't get out of his way..and I realized that he could and that there was nothing that I could do....I got out of the field of education!
I then went into law-enforcement as a Probation Officer and did that for 25yrs. I ended my career as a pre-sentence investigator (Writing probation reports for the court recommending sentencing and terms of probation [if granted]). I had to retire early due to my illness, but I enjoyed that career immensely (even though it was not what I had envisioned for myself).

03-02-2009, 04:53 PM
I started out as a secretary and eventually became a school secretary along with lots of stress. Three yeas later, I changed careers and became a Piping Designer while using Computer Assisted Drafting. My daughter was hospitalized for MRSA. Then Lupus knocked on my door and my doc said "find a part time job" because it's too stressful with deadlines, Lupus and chronic fatigue were kicking my butt. It became a financial struggle for which I truly feel guilty.

I put in applications for the local school and I teach in the computer lab 3.5 hrs per day; although I do not have a degree. I love teaching the children and struggle to stay awake at 2.5 hours on. My husband is a civil designer/office engineer and after 19 years of employment; was laid off in December. I just found out my position may be eliminated at the end of the school year in June. I am praying it will not be. I am stresssing a little (lot). I get embarrassed as I will stutter (spell?) when giving directions although I joke about it; kids are so forgiving. I truly love what I do and enjoy the kids. When computer lab time is up, my kids don't want to go back to their classroom.

I truly believe that God makes the weak strong through the trials we endure all through life and it is really a journey. Lupus has made me stronger in some ways and closer to God. I am truly blessed for all things.

God Bless,


03-02-2009, 05:18 PM
beautiful but sad story, faith.

i am so sorry to hear of the trials that your family is facing....this is truly a time of extreme stress. I wish you the best....hope things turn around for you.


03-02-2009, 07:07 PM
What an interesting thread...thanks, Bonus Mom! I don't post too often, but I do read posts from all of you and it's just amazing to learn about all the different backgrounds and interests. The other fascinating thing is to see what a 180 so many lives took after you 'got sick.'

I went to college out of high school (journalism major) but didn't finish then. I ended up going to work as a secretary when my son was about 18 months old. Worked for a city planning department, an insurance company, a radio station (Angel, I don't know if you would've really liked being a DJ....those at the station I worked for had lousy pay and hours.) I was working for a local non-profit when I was in a car accident and ended up unable to work for about a year. So, while I couldn't work, I went back to school. My goal was to graduate from college before my oldest graduated from high school...and I did...by a couple of months. I went to work for another non-profit as a financial counselor and teaching financial literacy classes. Eventually, I ended up as the program director, managing offices in several cities, supervising the counseling team, managing budgets. It was a lot of work, long hours, and lots of car travel. For the last year or so as a manager, I was getting so run down and tired all the time. Then, in the spring of 2006, I got very sick. I was lucky that after one of my hospitalizations, a sharp doctor caught a report of an abnormal ANA back in my medical records, and started the conversation about lupus. Afterwards, I tried to keep up with my job as program director, but I just couldn't do it justice any longer. I had burned through all my sick leae and vacation, and even sick leave others had 'donated' to me. My husband was afraid the job would kill me. But here's where I was REALLY lucky: my boss and the HR department of the agency I work for let me 'design' my own part time job. I knew what I could do; I knew what was needed - so I drew up a proposal and they hired me as 'project coordinator', 20 hours a week. It's evolved into mostly writing state, federal and corporate grant applications for the program I used to direct. I can pick my own hours, and can even work at home if I need to. It keeps me sane, and I can see all of my old friends. I go into the office several days a week for a few hours. I'm an 'old broad' though, so in another year and a half, I'll probably hang it up and just do volunteer stuff.

Whew, that was a long tale...


03-02-2009, 08:59 PM

Thank you. I think we are all very interesting in our own ways and personalities. I feel like I know more about everyone than I did before.


Good for you; you were able to turn it around and turn it into a positive experience!! That's awesome.

I think we all endure through different diseases and numerous auto-immunes which is what unites us all together as one. We are blessed to have the support of this board and everyone whom makes it a family.

God Bless,


sick n tired
03-03-2009, 12:39 PM
This thread is so cool...I am finding myself coming back over and over to see what else has been posted.

04-08-2009, 03:06 PM
i thought this thread was worth bringing back.

so many stories about lives that have changed, and how we live our "new" lives.

04-08-2009, 04:20 PM
I just read this thread for the first time and I salute you all! What interesting and successful people we have gathered here. I can't tell you how much I am enjoying getting to know you all. Rob, dang man! Amazing work!

My life and work history are way too bizarre in comparison. Things I have done for a paycheck; babysitter, dog kennel worker, house cleaner, forrest fire fighter (California Conservation Corp), envelope packer, medical assistant, Nashville; pastry chef, Western clothing sales where I met recording artists like Waylon, On Maui; vegetarian chef, sales: pearls, Island activities, horse back trail guide, hotel maid. Last job before disability; Customer Care Consultant for AOL. I was being prepped to open call centers in India. I really wanted to go to India.

04-09-2009, 06:39 AM
This is a great question and lets you know a little bit of someone else. I got married when i was 17 years old right out of high school and then proceeded to have 3 children and not much of a social life. When my children were little i went to work night shift in a nursing home for 21 years and i loved my job and my residents but with 3 kids and a home it was tough to keep up with my sleep. But in 2003 i got hurt and needed spine surgery and had a fussion at t-11 and t-12. The surgery itsself was very hard because they went through my chest and broke off a rib to get to it. But my neurosurgen was wonderfull and it took about a year to recover . Then 2 years later another piece broke off and i had more surgery but not as invloved. But at that time i was also a babysitter to 3 grand children. My oldest grandaughter was born at 26 weeks and weighed 1lb 5ounces but she is 21 today but i had to take classes in how to take care of her while her mom worked because she wore oxygen till she was 2. Her sister also was a premie at 3lbs 6ounces and developed a slight case of cerebal palsy but she is 19 now and in nursing school. I also have a grandson 21 and another grandson 5 and a grandaughter2. I was diagnosised with lupes and myositis at age 58 after being admitted to the hospital with all kinds of symptoms. I had had fevers for a long time and nail splinters all over under my nails a sed rate of 106 and abnormal blood work and weight loss. They released me ten days later with a fever of 100.3 and since then i have been under the care of a great rhuematologist who i trust. Iam having problems with anemia now and have gotten some protien in my urine so i go next week to him. Some days are good and some days are bad but i know with God's help i can make it through. Sorry about my spelling and for such a longwinded paragraph. So happy to be part of this site. Love Bonita

04-09-2009, 07:27 AM
What did I do/did for a living? I'd have to write a book. Maybe Lori and I could get together and she could write the book.

I spent my life in the saddle as a working cowboy working on ranches from Texas to Montana. When I left the ranch in Jan 05 I turned my attentions to web design. Teaching myself web design was a 20 hour a day learning experience. Not being a salesman and able to talk people out of their money its been a hard road for income.

Now I have become a sailor with my own sailboat and plan on spending time sailing with Lisa, walking the beaches and enjoying the sunsets.

Anyway this is the short version.

04-09-2009, 07:50 AM
I always loved school and learning, and when I was in high school I was in the Future Teacher's Club. But when I went to college my first year I took all secretarial classes. I had straight A's, so I decided I would go for my two year degree. Then I decided to go on and obtain a bachelor's degree. Eventually, I became a teacher, but first I was a secretary. I worked as a secretary for the County of Riverside, CA and then for the federal government. Then I became an Apartment Manager and did that for awhile. At one time, my husband and I managed over 100 units in Phoenix, AZ. Eventually, I became a substitute teacher in the public school system. I subbed in the high school, middle school and elementary school levels, including Kindergarten. I really liked it at first. But as I got older and the kids seemed to become more and more unruly, the job became harder and harder. Then I fell a couple of times at school and got hurt. I am on unemployment right now. I was licensed as a real estate broker at one time also. What I do in the future depends on how the lupus continues to effect me. The most unusual job I ever had was a reader for a blind man who was going to college. I didn't last too long in this job though because I kept loosing my voice from all the reading! Also, over the years I have worked as a dishwasher, a Mary Kay consultant, a P/T mortgage representative , a dietary aide and laundress in a nursing home, a sales clerk for a tanning salon and a clothing retailer, a flea market seller, and a caregiver for the elderly. I am getting tired of working and hope to retire in the next year or so! I have a lot of interests outside of work and would like to pursue them more in the future.

04-14-2009, 11:53 PM
Well where do I begin? My father used to tell my mother, "I dont go to your place of business and tell you how to make things look better, so dont come into my place of business and tell me how to make things looks better!" There is an explanation to that crazy statement . . . My father owned bars and mother owned a flower shop! I grew up in both enviroments (depending on whos day it was to pick me up from school determined where I spent my afternoons) so naturally, I learned to mix drinks and arrange flowers!! I guess it would be fair to assume that my fate had been sealed, but believe it or not, I wanted to be a doctor!! My mother would eventually talk me out of it. (She also had lupus and did not have a very high opinion of doctors) Her suggestion was that I go to nursing school first so that I would be more compassionate toward my patients, then if I decided I still wanted to be a doctor, I could continue on the medical school. I went to nursing school after high school. I, of course, put myself thru school by bartending at night. Once I recieved my nursing degree (I specialized in trauma) I worked for five years in the ER and became extremely burned out. My father and I bought a bar and I managed it for several years. (I also volunteered my nursing skills to a crippled childrens foundation in Palm Springs) I at some point decided that I would like to go back to school, but oddly enough, I didnt not go to medical school! I went back to school with the thought of becoming an English teacher. (My grandmother taught English for 35 years) I did not finish my English degree because I started having health problems. I also during this time got married and had two children. I still do flowers and paint everything that I can get my hands on. I still someday plan on going to medical school, however, I have settled for just becoming a PA. (They are much less liable and dont have to work weekends!!) As for bartending . . . I intend on doing that FOREVER (I simply love it!) I will always put flowers on things to make them prettier and if that doesnt work, I will mix you drinks until you change your mind!!

04-15-2009, 04:29 AM
i am a highschool student, and i also work at the zoo! i get to do different things. like whenever there was the new baby tiger, i was on crowd control and i got to be at his exhibit all day long :] same thing for the new baby elephants. and i have a feeling when our sealion is born, i will have that job there too! i also am hostess to the tram and the train at the zoo.
its so much fun working there!

04-15-2009, 09:32 AM
What a great job!!! I would love to do something like that, but the nearest zoo to me is 2 hours away :no:

Peace and Blessings

04-21-2009, 06:50 AM
thought i would bring this thread back up....new members can see where we have all come from, and where we are today.

thanks to everyone, i cherish you all.

04-23-2009, 08:46 PM
I knew from pre-school that art is where I am. Although my parents desperately tried to talk me out of it, I studied art in college for 7 years. And just like my parents predicted, I've been a waitress almost my entire working life!!! I was actually a great waitress! I'm a people person and I have a winning smile. I was lucky enough to work at one of our finest restaurants, and used to be famous for being able to get complete orders from a table of 8 people and never write anything down. I was graceful, coordinated, and a great multi-tasker. I made a great living and it always paid for my art supplies on the side, but I never had enough time to really do the work I loved most.

Then, eventually my joints caused me constant pain, and suddenly I couldn't remember orders anymore. I lost my coordination, and started dropping trays, and spilling on my customers constantly!! The brain fogs became my new norm, and I'd go into the kitchen and have no clue what food was for which people. Sometimes I didn't even recognize the food as familiar!! Not good for TIPS!!! I retired a year and half ago at age 33, and put all the energy I had left into my fiber art and it has been a blessing!!!

I'm now fully apart of the artist community here in New Mexico and had my first big gallery show earlier this month and the open was a huge success with literally hundreds of people in attendance!! So when I really miss my old life, I try to remember that I had to let it go inorder to have the life I always really wanted. Regardless of the pain and sickness, Lupus has changed who I am, and I'm always praying it's for the better.

Thanks everyone for sharing!!!

04-24-2009, 01:18 AM
that is an awesome story! It is amazing how life seems to take one thing but always hands you another. Good luck with your art! Maybe not being able to waitress is a blessing in disguise as far as your art goes!!

04-24-2009, 06:21 AM

That's definitely a great story. I'll tell you what, a good waitress is a rare thing. It's a tough job. Like you said, you need a combination of memory, looks, personality, and an ability to multitask that I've never been capable of. You can make some darn good money too.

When I lived in Arizona, the community I lived in was almost totally artists. Both of my neighbors owned galleries in Scottsdale. But from what I know, New Mexico is the place to be for an artist. Do you paint? Sculpt maybe? I had to retire early and go on disability, and I've started building models for a couple of local museums. I recently finished a ship model for the local maritime museum, and I built a replica of a WWII fighter plane called a Mustang for the military museum. They put together a display about the Tuskeegee airmen-the first ever African-American fighter squadron. I really enjoyed the opportunity to do the work. I volunteered my time, they supplied the materials and reference photos. I know you miss your old life, but it sounds like your are really enjoying what you are doing now.


You have a great story too! Like good waitresses, a good Bartender is a rare thing. Nursing school, and tending bar, I love it. One universal thing I notice in this thread, is the good work ethic and pride in doing a good job that everyone has. If Lupus is ever cured, we should all band together and start our own company-we could rule the world!


05-02-2009, 10:15 PM
Thanks for your nice comments Rob! Your life has never had a dull moment, has it? :)
I'm a fiber artist, with my main medium being wool. I weave, felt, knit, spin, and sculpt.
The life change has brought it's blessings and it's losses for sure. But it is never boring!!!
I have a deep love and appreciation for this board and everyone on it. Thank you!

05-03-2009, 09:10 AM
wow frekklus,

i would love to see some of your creations....can you post some pictures? Creativity is a true gift, and some people fine tune it while others let it pass. I vote for fine tuning.

05-03-2009, 11:51 PM
I love you Rob!!

05-24-2009, 08:58 PM
I actually used to be an x-ray tech, but my symptoms recently caused me to resign from the hospital I've been at for five years. Sigh. I decided to get into x-ray after I had a massive brain hemorrhage in 1998. They did a radiation surgery on my brain, and I figured that was God's way of telling me what I needed to do with my life.

Now, I have a small graphics business from home...not really to make money, just to be busy and helpful. I was majoring in graphic design when my head "blew up." Heh. You can see some of my work at http://www.carriehenrydesign.com (the page scrolls to the right...and yes, that's me at the end!).

05-25-2009, 06:12 AM
Hey, that's some great looking work Carrie! And the picture of you-very beautiful. Did you actually make the package design for those chem-light/light sticks? I have tons of those in my hiking pack and on my boat. You really do great work.


05-25-2009, 06:57 AM
WOW carrie,

what incredible graphic designs....you have mastered your hobby, and i thank you for sharing these with us....and you are absolutely beautiful, just like your little one.

i studied graphic design in college, but directed my designs toward in-house corporate publications, and brochures. Nothing like what you can do.

05-25-2009, 11:03 PM
Most impressive Carrie . . . You should be very proud! :yes:

05-26-2009, 09:39 AM
OK - Used to sell radio advertising (as for the DJ thing...bad hours, bad egos!). I always wanted to go to law school, so I went back to school when I was 30...and the lawyer thing? Bad hours, bad egos:)

For the last 11 years, have acted as general counsel for my hubby's environmental company. The fact that my hubby is my boss has truly been my saving grace...in a story that is all too familiar to most of you, I am probably not employable anywhere else. Can't depend on me to be there from one day to the next. May show up, then have to leave suddenly when IT decides to rear it's ugly head. You know the drill.

Looking to write that book myself. Sounds like an group project is brewing.....

05-28-2009, 04:55 PM
WOW! What a GREAT thread! I had my daughter at 17, graduated high school,worked as a receptionist for a nonprofit organization while going to college for a business degree, graduated, worked for Lucas County Childrens Services Board helping children in foster homes,that was a sad job so i then decided to be a stay at home mom for yrs, went back to college for certification in personal training, worked as a personal trainer in a variety of gyms around town as well as training people in their homes for 3 yrs, then my illness got so bad i had to quit and now here i am!:cute:

05-28-2009, 10:58 PM
This is such an interesting thread.

For 13 years I was a busy, happy homeschoolin' Mama. We finished and both graduated right as this disease started to get ugly. I'm very thankful for the timing of that.

I went back to work, but I found a different working world than the one I left before my kids came along. (Before the kids, I had odd jobs here and there. I took some courses at Tech. I could never figure out what I wanted to do until my kids came along...then I knew. And now I'm back to not knowing what I want to do again.)

When I returned to the working world, no one wanted to give a job to a lady that has been home so long even though I told them what I had been doing. I had to settle working in housekeeping at a local hospital for a while, but I liked it. I got to help patients. The hospital had tight rules about what we could help with, but if I wasn't allowed to help, I'd find someone who could. I got to hear a lot of interesting stories from lonely patients. I worked with some really great people. I cleaned interesting things in the OR rooms. I really loved cleaning the nursery when I filled in for my friend. All those babies!!!! I enjoyed it, but my feet started to hurt so bad. The x rays showed a bad bone the ortho was worried about. I didn't know what was going on yet, but I knew I couldn't be on my feet like that anymore. So I went back to school studying for a job that didn't need my feet. The school promised to help me find a job once I finished. I had some Tech in my past so I built on that. I aimed to work in a medical office. It was something I could finish quick and start doing for a living fast. It only took three semesters for me to finish.

I don't know how I was able to graduate, even with the help the school gave me, but I did. I got the phone call that the doc thinks I have Lupus and Sjogren's right as I finished my second quarter.

I haven't been physically able to do that job...but when I can, I can. The thing is, now I'm not so sure I'd be happy doing that. When the doc first caught the presence of this disease, at that time I didn't think it would take this long to find some relief and control. I'm still waiting. My health keeps getting worse.

I'm thinking maybe I should go back to school again and build on my diploma. I don't know. I can take some classes online so that would help. But my memory is so bad. I forget things minutes later. I know the school will help me, but life for me now is being close to the bathroom. I think I'd rather do something else for a living than work in the medical arena. They have classes for computer forensics and that interests me.

For now, I work for my hubby... he has a job, but on the side, he sells things online. It's fun and something I can help with. I'm his photographer and typist. God has blessed us with it. We've been doing pretty good.

05-30-2009, 06:28 PM
I have been a restaurant manager for 25 years, I started as a asst. manager, then I was general manager for 15 years and was promoted to district manager. District manager was getting to much for me, because I had to travel alot,that was before my diagnosis. I went back to general manager, but after a few months I had to quit, I couldn't work 60- 80 hours a week anymore. I love the restaurant business, I miss it alot. Now I work as a cashier in a grocery store, but the cashiers also have to stock the shelves, also the freezers and the coolers from the back. I have to lift between 20-40 pounds continuesly for three hours and then have to run the register for five more hours. But I got this job because of the great benefits, great health insurance, 6 paid holidays, 3 sick days, 3 personal days, 2 weeks paid vacation and 401 K and a higher than usual hourly wage. I was diagnosed two years after I started this job and have told nobody about my lupus. The job is killing me, I don't know how long I can do this. I used to freelance, translations german- english, english- german, but because of the brain fog, I can't do that anymore. I can still translate, but it takes to long and I would miss the deadline.
My doc thinks I am crazy, he said that I am suppose to rest my joints, instead I abuse them with my job. But you got to do, what you got to do. I am in pain before I go to work, but when I come home from work, I can barely walk.


05-30-2009, 09:36 PM
Has this been said before, " This is a GREAT thread!!!!"? :cute:

Shortened version of a long story:
I have always worked in either retail or office environments. My last job was for a major homebuilding company in their corporate offices as Master Data Change Coordinator. I was in charge of finding/fixing computer issues between different systems and then making sure that they were implemented. I loved my job. I started out as a receptionist and worked my way up. I was let go, due to absences when my father was sick & dying, right before the rest of my department was laid off.

Now I am a stay at home mom & I homeschool my two youngest, 13 & 11. I also chauffer my oldest back and forth to college. I love being at home, raising the kiddos more than any other job. As long as they turn out to be good, decent people then I know that I have done my job!

06-01-2009, 07:48 AM
As soon as I graduated high school in 2004 I took an EMT class and started working as an EMT. I just recently went up in my skill level and am now working as a Paramedic. I only work on a 911 ambulance which can be exhausting sometimes. I am planning on starting nursing school in August, my health permitting, and plan on being on an air medical helicopter. From May 2007-May 2008 I worked at a children's hospital as a nurses aid in a step down unit from the ICU. I love working with kids!