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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.
46 year old mother of two diagnosed with SLE 2 yrs ago.
Meds: Plaquinil, azathrioprine, cymbalta, water pill, folic acid, low dose asprin, and a medication to help me sleep.