While we are the topic of work, I’d like to take a break from My Story, and talk about job hunting. I am moving in a couple months and I’m in the process of looking for a job. For those of us who are able to work, here are a few things to consider.
1. Flexibility- This is huge. As a patient with lupus, you need something that allows you to be able to take time for doctor’s visits and tests, as well as sick days.
2. Low stress- One of the causes of lupus flares is stress. You want to work in a drama free environment where you can work at your own pace.
3. Ease of work- You want to choose a job where you aren’t standing for hours of having to lift or push heavy things.
4. Good coverage- Emergencies happen. It helps to work in a place where you aren’t ‘t the only person who can do your work. Employers are less likely to be upset if you call out, if there is someone who can cover for you. Also if you have to be out of work for a longer amount of time, they are less likely to replace you because they have someone there to do your job, and may just hire temporary help if needed.
5. Health insurance- Health insurance is expensive, and as patients with chronic illness, we need health insurance. Frequent doctor’s visits, lab work, and costly medications are nearly impossible to pay out of pockets. If I had choose between a good health insurance plan, and a higher paying job, I would choose insurance.