Posts tagged ‘work’

January 20, 2013

#374 – Pilot Study: Working with Inflammatory Arthritis

Making It Work Pilot Study

Making It Work Pilot Study

When I was at my rheumatologist’s office last month, I noticed a small pile of papers on the information credenza. Upon leaving, I grabbed one and shoved it into my purse, where it sank to the bottom of the black hole, otherwise known as the inside of my purse. Last week, during a purse clean up, I pulled this (pictured) somewhat wrinkled, but legible, piece of paper out of my purse.

I picked up the phone and had a wonderful conversation with Pam Rogers. As the contact person for this Employment and Arthritis pilot study called “Making It Work”, Pam is in the right role – she is dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable.

If you live in British Columbia, have inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus or ankylosing spondylitis), and are working in any form of paid employment, you may wish to be screened for this on-line program that will help you navigate the rough and uncertain seas of earning a living while living with a chronic, debilitating and painful disease. One that most employers and colleagues have trouble understanding, much less accommodating.

This program will teach you how to advocate for yourself, by providing you with a solid knowledge base that includes vocational counselling,  job accommodations, communication skills, as well as building your self-management and awareness skills. (Boy! Could I have used this program when I was teaching!)

Dr. Diane Lacaille and her team at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada will be recruiting study participants for the next two and a half years. For more information and to see if you qualify for a randomized controlled trial, please contact Pam Rogers by email, or by calling 604-207-4016. There is a toll-free number, as well: 1-877-878-4558.

Please note that the study will later be expanded to screen applicants from Alberta and Ontario.

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October 13, 2011

Double-Duty Luggage

Laptop. LCD projector. Books. Props. Prizes. These are just a few of the things that I bring with me whenever I present at a conference or do a workshop.

I have tried many types of “wheels” to help me get whatever I’m transporting into the room. I am conscious about protecting my joints from the strain of all that heavy lifting and about conserving my energy for what I’m being paid to do.

Even if I’m not going anywhere, at least my luggage is! Everything I need to bring with me, fits in quite well. On the rare occasion that the room I am trying to reach is only accessible via the stairs, I am able to wheel my worldly belongings up behind me.

A big thanks to Kathrin for the artistic layout and for providing the instructions on how to do this.

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