P. S. Binkley
sarahbee at oldwiz.net
Wed May 8 08:28:31 PDT 2002
I have been receiving your letters for a week or two now and am glad to
be in touch with others who are facing the challenges I am facing.
I had a left leg b/k about 5 years ago and am doing so well! I just
thank God! I do get discouraged though...it is a bit much at times to
try to keep smiling when I have the house and the lawn and the shopping
and the kids and grandkids...going back to college part-time and most of
all my job situations.
I need to work part-time at the very least...LEAST...I never had to work
much while I was married so I do not have a "career" as such to fall
back on...I have been a part-time secretary for 30 years...off and on.
It is the only skill I have so am trying to go back to college part-time
to get my teaching degree in elementary education.
Being a secretary requires a lot of leg work...fast leg work...one job I
had required running phone messages all day, one day...over 100 calls
came in...and lots of standing time...filing. I was hired for 40 hours
a week but when the office was busy it was more often 50 and even
60...so by the time I got home to take care of house and yard...I was
One job was supposed to be a "sitter" but it was never a "sitter" while
I was there...It was 10 hours of standing and after 6 months of trying I
had to leave. I felt bad b/c I like the people...
My last job was supposed to be able to use an intercom because my boss's
office was upstairs...but it broke shortly after I got the job...and
after a year and four months of climbing stairs ...I just had to
say...enough was enough...I did 12 trips up and down them in 3 hours one
day and was exhausted. I found out I am allergic to the toner dust in
the copiers anyway...I have to say I am getting a bit discouraged. I
feel like a quitter but have honestly tried so hard to make things work
and not be discouraged.
When I read April's letter...inquiring about the chat rooms I thought
....what a great idea! I would be greatly uplifted hearing about how
other people manage to juggle things and not tire so easily!
P.S. When I am on my leg a lot...it bleeds...I can't do Wal-Mart for 2
or 3 hours any more! (Laughing out loud!) I don't have medical
insurance so cannot see if the fit of the leg can be improved on. I am
counting on the teaching job! I may substitute so I can stay home on
days when I really need to. Are any of you teachers? How is it as far
as leg work goes?
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