I am on 75mg of Levothyroxine for underactive thyroid & 6 months ago I had to take triple iron tablets for severe anaemia until iron levels ok.
I also had a really bad Pompholyx flare up in August, which rendered me housebound for a week as my feet were so inflamed & weeping constantly.
I started a new job in a shoe shop 5 weeks ago, after being made redundant from a job I loved at the end of July.
I did not realise when I took the job, that the stock was stored on 3 levels, so for every pair of shoes a customer wants, I have to run up to 3 flights of stairs & back again if they are not required & it is making me feel like a cripple with my knee joints & aching feet. some customers want to try up to 12 pairs of boots & shoes, so you can double or treble up the times of stair scaling & it is killing me!
I also struggle to carry so many boxes, as my joints are inflamed & my fingers swollen most of the time.
I am also finding it so hard to remember all the names & makes of shoes & have to keep checking if I have the correct ones ( Brain fog! ) - I am beginning to think I am in the wrong job now, I am 55 years old & feel about 100.
I have always worked in customer service or front of house & am used to being on my feet, but am beginning to feel that the stairs are defeating me, I also find myself wheezing & struggling for breath & wondered if everyone else finds it hard to cope with stairs?
In this economic climate with jobs so few & far between I just don't know what to do, depression has reared its ugly head again, as I am not as quick as the other younger staff in their 20's & 30's am constantly being pushed to meet sales targets. I just don't know what to do.