Has anyone taken ill health retirement ag the age of around 40yrs for lupus and its many contributing problems?
Over the yrs nursing I have whittled my hrs down and down and am now only on 12hrs a wk which I do 2 days 6 hrs a day and I don't start til 10am as I'm too stiff any earlier (this was my bosses idea) and I have regular15 minute 'catch up ' slots throughout my day to just breathe so that I am not just over faced with back to back patients in my clinic.
Yet I'm now finding my joint, muscle pain and over all fatigue is just becoming way too much to bear. I often struggle to move in bed in the night and in the morning my partner has had to lift me out of bed as I couldn't move at all and that was on a work day! I go into work wearing splints limping and I joke to my colleagues and say 'dont panic the nurse is here ha ha!!' I go up in the lift sit in my chair and stay there seeing my patients until I can move any further in about 4 hrs time! I take about 25 tablets a day including twice daily zomorph 30mgs.
I'm thinking now that I'm coming to the end of the line in regards to work, Ive tried to drag myself in whatever and often am there when I'm too unwell to be. I'm just wondering how hard its gonna be and if I'm gonna be eligible for ill health retirement. I've got 2 small children 3yrs 6 yrs too and I couldn't afford to just give up work without my pension and why should I when I've worked so hard for 20 yrs plus my training and was also diagnosed around that time too so have been ill all that time.
Sorry for such long post!!