Dilhema With Employment Opportunity with Potential

@EvrWonder (3577)
Canada
March 23, 2007 5:07pm CST
Any feed back will be highly appreciated. Turns out I have some major back problems concerning my spine, curvature and a couple fused discs. I have be offered an awesome postion, which with my background experience in horticulture, I am qualified to do. The position is with a landscaping company and I love the work. Problem is that by the end of the day I am hurting so bad I can not even bend over. When I sit down I can't get up and can barely get out the the vehichle. Major pain. I hurt for a couple days after the last shift. Some say I am just not used of doing that type of work for 8 hrs at a time but I have always worked in physically demanding positions. I feel that it is because of my back that I have the pain in my lower back. Over the years it has just gotten worse. I do bend my knees at work and don't do alot of heavy lifting. It is the raking and weeding that is causing me to hurt so bad. Should I keep doing it and hope that the pain will go away or should I stop while I still have the ability to walk? I feel that if I keep doing it that the problem with the pain is not going to go away and that eventually I just wont be able to move at all but I like the work alot. I garden and landscape on my own gardens and I hurt afterward but not as bad because I stop when I feel any aches and take a rest. In an employment position, I don't have the liberty to rest, take a time out because we are on the clock. What would you do?
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2 responses
• United States
26 Mar 07
I would say that you probably should quit the job. Even though I know you love it so dearly. At least this way you will be able to work and have some quality of life elsewhere. I believe I would quit unless I could at all possible avoid those jobs that hurt the worst. I can sort of relate to how you feel - my hubby has 2 slipped discs at the base of his spine. He is in constant pain too. His job isn't a lot of bending but it's still really hard on him. He maintains though that until it's bad enough to put him in a wheel chair he will not have the surgery they offer him. He's been offered a supervisor job since about 6 months (maybe less) after he official started working for the factory he works at (was a temp before). But he won't take it even though it would be a physical dream for him. He just doesn't want to work second shift, babysitting a bunch of newbies.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
27 Mar 07
Thank you very much for your response. It is a tuff one. I can understand how your hubby feels too. I have decided over the week end that I need to be kinder to myself. Thanks.
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• United States
5 Apr 07
You're very welcome. I'm glad to be of assistance and glad to hear you are going to take it a little more easy on yourself :)
@Patcon (80)
• Ireland
23 Mar 07
I have a bad back also, and gardening for 10 minutes kills me. And wouldn't be lifting anything heavy either. Needless to say, I have a jungle outside. The only thing I would say is if this job oppertunity is so great, can you afford to hire someone to do the heavy work for you, and you stick to the design and maybe light work if you feel up to it. Or set up a design only service, you could work from home and subcontract to other landscapers. Good luck!
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
23 Mar 07
Thank you for the response. I would already be subcontracted by the company. To hire out my jobs would be cutting into my wage.. Thanks for your response. Now I know I am not alone at least.