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Do you ladies work outside of the home?


I am a palliative support worker in the community.  I work crazy hours, and one week, or day even, is never like the last.

This followed my quitting work after many years in publishing (readers Digest). I went back to school after my husband passed away, and I was so inspired by the workers who cared for him, that I returned to school at 49 years old.  I've been doing it for about 2 years now. 

Wondering if you chicks work outside the home, and what you do?
Jun 16, 2016 @ 10:15 am

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After almost 20 years of waitressing, I got an administrative desk job. I work for a company that provides and installs alarm and CCTV equipment for both businesses and residential. We also have a division that provides Helpline systems (think - the "I've fallen and get up" systems) We also have a 911 department that takes the 911 calls from Ontario.
My job is to prepare the equipment for the technicians for their installs, and to invoice the new sales and service orders. I also invoice: the new Helpline installs; False Alarm charges for Timmins; and Guard Service for the school boards.
It's a steady M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm work week, which I love.

Your job sounds extremely rewarding @wendyroy. Good for you for going back to school. (Although the publishing job also sounds really cool!)
Jun 16, 2016 @ 10:43 am


i clean homes for the elderly ..i love my clients so much ..though its hard work its worth it ... i love the stories and wisdom i gain from them ...oh and do they have some good jokes too
Jun 16, 2016 @ 10:44 am


@jcb75, most of my patients have those helpline systems. They are so helpful for the patient, and such a stress reducer for the families who don't have to worry. You must be happy to have gotten off of your feet after so long waitressing!
@blubie, I love working with the elderly too...so much wisdom, especially at the end of life.
Jun 16, 2016 @ 10:55 am


Yes I always have worked outside of my home. I have had so many jobs over the years I worked as a PSW for over 20 years and now I work part-time as a cashier not far from my home. I really love my job because I see and meet so many old friends and make new friend all the time.Been there over six years now.
Jun 16, 2016 @ 11:41 am


I have worked outside the home for over 30 years now. I work in our one hospital in the kitchen. We had 2 hospitals and I worked about 5 min away now there is a new hospital and both hospitals closed and imalgulmated. It's hard work, lots of walking and the physical work is hard on your body. I just went back after a year off with surgery and finding it really hard. Lots of difficult people that don't make it easy and the hours kill me. 6-2 m-f. 3 years till retirement can't wait!
Jun 16, 2016 @ 06:08 pm


Before my anxiety and depression got unbearable I was a QA tester for video games, so product testing was a natural crossover for me. For now, I'm taking time to find the right medication so I can hopefully go back to work.

Previously I worked customer service in retail!
Jun 16, 2016 @ 07:15 pm


Same as Wonderwhatif. I was taken off work at first by my family doctor due to stress, but after assessment had been made, apparently I had PTSD due to bullying and harassment. Then went to see a psychiatrist, he said I have Major Depressive Disorder. Still trying to find a medication, but they all seem to make me feel more depress and hard to concentrate.

@wendyroy, I myself want to eventually go back to school so I could get a totally different job from the previous. I was actually feel sad because I thought I'm too old to go back. After hearing your story, it really inspired me that it's never too old. :) Hopefully, I could get better soon so I could move forward and start school.
Jun 17, 2016 @ 03:18 am

Home for now

This is the first time in my life that I have not been working full time - first for many years in a Westin Hotel, then as an Assistant Manager for a large retail store. When I moved to Newfoundland a year ago after my husband transferred his job, I took an office job not far from home but was laid off in April. We decided that it makes more sense for me to be home for the summer with all the family events happening this year (my kids are young teenagers, so it's not that they need to be looked after, but being home to be a taxi and get them around won't be a bad thing). I'll figure something out in the fall, even if it's just part time.

It is strange after twenty years of full time work not to be working everyday, though. You girls have become my morning coffee break conversation :-)
Jun 17, 2016 @ 06:00 am


Oh sweetie, I know the feeling. I'm switching through different medications now trying to find one that works and waiting for that 'ah ha!' moment. It makes a world of difference having a good doctor. Just hang in there and know you're not alone.
Jun 17, 2016 @ 07:49 am


Not working can be hard at first, trying to fill the time. But take this time for you and try and rediscover your other interests. Do stuff you always wanted to! :)
Jun 17, 2016 @ 07:50 am

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