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    #16
    Originally posted by funklab View Post
    my hats off to all of you who do office jobs. I think I'd shoot myself in the face if I had to sit all day in front of my computer 40 hours a week. I mean I probably do that 3/5 of my work day, but at least it's not the same computer and the same colleagues every day, and besides the other 2/5 I my time makes up for it.
    Tell me about it. I'm the same way. But getting a job where you mostly watch HBO Go, surf the internet, wander around, or wash your car helps immensely. Hard to come by those, but it can be done with the right skills and determination to be the most useless employee you can possibly be.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Andy View Post
      Tell me about it. I'm the same way. But getting a job where you mostly watch HBO Go, surf the internet, wander around, or wash your car helps immensely. Hard to come by those, but it can be done with the right skills and determination to be the most useless employee you can possibly be.
      I used to know a guy (AB but that's not relevant) who worked 100 hours a week, two full time jobs and one part time and still had weekends off. He managed to do his because one of his jobs was the 11pm to 7am shift at a group home for kids so he just put them to bed, went to sleep and woke up to get them ready for school.

      hard to beat literally getting paid to sleep full time.

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        #18
        Originally posted by funklab View Post
        I used to know a guy (AB but that's not relevant) who worked 100 hours a week, two full time jobs and one part time and still had weekends off. He managed to do his because one of his jobs was the 11pm to 7am shift at a group home for kids so he just put them to bed, went to sleep and woke up to get them ready for school.

        hard to beat literally getting paid to sleep full time.
        Our midnight guy is like that. I like when he comes in early for a good night's rest and I leave early. There really are legitimate reasons to have camping cots in the office!

        Man, this stuff will change once we move out of our 'clubhouse' building and quite possibly occupy space with the 'real' portion of the company. Not looking forward to that

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          #19
          I was injured Aug 95 and was back to work by the following spring, no longer the head mechanic, but now the boss at my foreign car repair shop.
          The first few years I did some wacky things-I got a stand up wheelchair and did a lot of bay work. Brakes and suspension aren't too bad with a lift. I put a clutch in a 240 Volvo once, all except removing and installing the shifter and lifting the unit in and out. Not pretty!
          I started the place 3/1971 and closed/sold it and the property 7/1/2016 when I retired @69-45 years! My life.
          No regrets-it was extraordinary!
          69yo male T12 complete since 1995
          NW NJ

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            #20
            I'm T3-T7 complete as of September 2015.

            As an over 50, paraplegic, C-suite executive with a PhD I'm nearly unemployable. I've been looking for a year now with only a few real bites. Learned after the fact that letting the local news run a story on me was a bad idea because it comes up if I'm googled and it's me in a tlso. One job counselor noted that I looked "so so disabled! In that tlso!"

            As a result I'm now working on my own startup.
            T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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              #21
              I am 8 years after my accident. I work on AI related software, and can't imagine not working. Aside from it taking longer to get ready to go to work in the morning I don't find my work experience all that different than before my accident.

              Originally posted by MNicholson81 View Post
              Hello,

              I am curious, how many of us work full time, work part time, or can't work and receive disability? I have been a para for about 6 six years now and continue to work full time. Very hard and stressful on my body and just curious of everyone's situation.

              Thanks for replying!

              Mike

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                #22
                Paralyzed at 12. Left home at 18. Worked 20yrs - all shift work until age 40. Am 44 now. Couldn't afford school ... if I had, I might have lasted longer if I could have controlled my work.

                4yrs doing nothing .. health tanked .. not sure what to do

                Great life long drug, dental and extended health benefits though and $3300+ per month in take home of long term disability.
                Last edited by lynnifer; 11 Jul 2017, 8:46 PM.
                Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                  #23
                  Injuryed at 56 years old, (6years ago) T12-L1 incomplete. About the time i got over the worst of the SCI, is when the pain started. Pain so strong that its debilatating and keeps me from doing much, let alone work. But this last month the pain backed off some, so i can see how one can work, with a SCI. Without the pain i would find something to do, out an about.
                  T12L1 Incomplete Still here This is the place to be 58 years old

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by MNicholson81 View Post
                    Wow, 30 years is awesome. I am 34 years old, have been in the chair for 6 years, have been working with the same company for 10 years, construction equipment rental company, most of it is office type work however I over see 4 different locations and travel a good bit. Money is great just not sure how long I can do it, at what point does the $$ not matter because you are jeopardizing your health.

                    Mike_Stan do you think SSDI will approve since you have been working. I have thought about that a lot with my situation. I have a felling they would say "well you have worked 6 years with your disability so why can't you work now all of a sudden"? You know what I mean.
                    MNicholson81:
                    If one has the required amount of work years, "paralysis" is automatic qualifier for SSDI. They don't care about why you no longer want to work.
                    Just want to add, do you transfer in an out of a car for the various trips you make for your job? If so, have you considered a van with a lift to make such contacts easier? (plus saving shoulders). If you do want to continue to work, the state Vocational Rehabilitation may be able to help in several ways.

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                      #25
                      I find these threads fascinating, such a variety of existences

                      • Injured in 1986 at age 17 - while still in high school
                      • C7 motor complete/sensory incomplete
                      • finished high school, then B.S. in Finance, then MBA
                      • I have worked full time since 1996 in corporate finance/underwriting
                      • I have amazing family support including a wife that is indescribably awesome (we were dating when I was injured)

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                        #26
                        Very good thread.

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                          #27
                          Injured at 25 (9 years ago), C6/C7 motor complete/sensory incomplete. I went back to work as soon as I could, even before I learned how to drive with hand controls. I work full-time as an electrical engineer for the DoD. Got my masters in systems engineering while working and in a wheelchair and squeezed in getting married.

                          I'm inside on the computer for the most part, which does get agonizingly boring at times. I get stiff and spasms get crazy so I'll go out to my truck and lean the seat back to stretch out. Always fun being around people at work and seeing their reactions to my spasms.

                          It does/has worn on me, but I need the money to satiate my high end bourbon/scotch/cigar palate.

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                            #28
                            I was injured when I was 13 years old.

                            T4 incomplete
                            Finished HS and college and recently a masters degree.
                            Have always worked 40hr weeks in an office environment

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                              #29
                              T12, Accident 1979, Bachelors degree 1985. I have been working full time as an IT Systems Administrator for 32+ years. Looking to retire in the next 2-5 years.

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by flying View Post
                                Injuryed at 56 years old, (6years ago) T12-L1 incomplete. About the time i got over the worst of the SCI, is when the pain started. Pain so strong that its debilatating and keeps me from doing much, let alone work. But this last month the pain backed off some, so i can see how one can work, with a SCI. Without the pain i would find something to do, out an about.
                                Don't know if you saw my post in the pain thread, but the higher lyrica dose has really knocked back my baseline nerve pain. Might be worth a try.
                                T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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