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Something that's been on my mind is how working remote is actually potentially helping the chronically ill. (At least, it's helping me). I have several chronic conditions - physical and emotional. I have struggled noticeably since I first started working full time - when you're chronically ill, such a rigid schedule and environment can really make certain conditions worse. I'll continue below by describing how much better I'm doing and also thoughts on how to proceed as we go back to "normal"

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Working remotely gives me numerous benefits - 1) Extra rest. This is not coming from a lazy perspective. My conditions require extra rest and having fatigue/insomnia makes it extra hard for me to function in the typical work world. If I'm having a flair up, I can easily take a 15 minute power nap. This is immensely helpful, and is there equivalent to people taking coffee breaks in an office.
2) Easier to meet my dietary/digestive needs. NOT going into detail here 😅 But GI ailments in an office setting are ROUGH and often, it's hard to pack with you all the foods you might need for a given day. For example, you may get low blood pressure and suddenly realize you need a ton of salt. This kind of flare up is so much harder and more uncomfortable to manage when around others.
3) Not having to worry about making sure all my medications are packed. Sure this may be a personal issue but too often I've accidentally left a medicine at home- thinking I won't need it but then having an awful flair up. At home I have alllllll my meds right on hand (which is alot) and haven't had that issue.
4) Personal interactions, for the most part, on my own time when I feel good. The WORST is when people in the office stop you to chat, for what feels like forever, and you're just not feeling up to it. But what choice do you have once you're there? Being in the office, there's a perception that you must feel good because you're there. That couldn't be farther from the truth.
5) Health anxiety alleviated. Again, might be a personal issue, but I've gone so many days not eating in the office out of person anxiety I'll get sick and embarrassingly have to leave. Of course this isn't healthy.
6) From an emotional perspective, easier to turn off, and not absorb other's negative energy. As a sufferer of depression, anxiety, and an introvert, it gets so draining being in an environment that so often pushes you to constantly be interacting with others.


I could keep going. From a utilization perspective, I've already been about 6% more utilized (pretty quick jump for a few months) because in an office environment when you're not feeling well, people tell me to go home and not work-as if that makes much of a difference when youre chronically ill. It's easier on me physically to just take 20-30 minutes if needed, that jump right back online.

So I'm much more useful working this way.

I've wondered how to potentially keep some kind of working arrangement like this going forward, because it is sincerely better for me and my client work. But, I'm scared. I'm not looking for full disability (because clearly I can work-certain environments are just tough) and I just don't know how to navigate this.

Anyone else feeling the same way? Suggestions on what I do next? It's clear to me, working remote as much as possible is healthier for my personal situation.

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