Solutions for Working Full-Time With a Chronic Illness

How I work a full-time job with my chronic illness.

Scott Ninneman
Dec 11, 2019 · 7 min read
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

A Little About Me

If you’ve not read my writing before, let me tell you a little about myself. I live each day with bipolar disorder, anxiety, and the chronic illness, Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF). The last one causes continuous fevers, pain, and has caused wide-spread neuropathy.

Morning person? Um, no

I am not a morning person. If I didn’t have to be at an office, I wouldn’t get out of bed before 10:00 AM if not later. My brain rarely shuts down until 1:00 or 2:00 AM, so those next few hours are my best sleeping time.

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Plan Ahead

When you have a chronic illness, you never know what the day will bring. Even if you felt fantastic the night before — I can dream, right? — you may wake up with intense pain, nausea, dizziness, or a host of other physical symptoms. Add mental illness into the equation, and the chances of a good morning become even less likely.

I do my best to plan ahead.

The same goes for preparing lunches. Yes, I know that many people think you shouldn’t carry a lunch with you if you work in an office, but those people aren’t living on a tight budget. Money is an issue for me, so taking a lunch is the only way I get to eat.

Budget Your Energy

Just like you budget your money, you must also budget your energy. That may entail turning down offers to go out at night, especially on work nights.

Work Schedule

The final thing I do to assist me in working full-time is to compress my week to four days.

I asked them to let me work a four-day week for a month as a test run.

In every case, my employer noticed that I could complete all of my work in those four days, and my absence on the fifth day did not result in any issues with clients or other staff members.

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Learn What Works for You

These are just a few of the things I’ve learned about working full-time with a chronic illness. It’s important that you watch yourself and follow your own trends to find the things that work for you.

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Scott Ninneman writes about living with mental and chronic illness, personal development, poetry and short stories. Social Links: linktr.ee/speakingbipolar

Speaking Bipolar

Publishing stories about personal development, living with mental illness, and surviving chronic conditions, such as Familial Mediterranean Fever.

Scott Ninneman

Written by

Scott Ninneman writes about living with mental and chronic illness, personal development, poetry and short stories. Social Links: linktr.ee/speakingbipolar

Speaking Bipolar

Publishing stories about personal development, living with mental illness, and surviving chronic conditions, such as Familial Mediterranean Fever.

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