I’m a first time poster but long time lurker! I was diagnosed last October after my first “attack” in June 2018. The posts here have really helped with the initial adjustment period. I’m still figuring things out and I’m sure it’s going to take a little while to get there.
The one thing I’ve not been able to find advice on is new careers. I currently work in an office role that’s quite intellectually challenging. My employer’s have been incredible and so supportive. They’ve reduced my workload, are lenient with my hours and are amazing with anything I need. I’ve been a little spoiled with them.
However, I have been thinking of a career change since long before my MS materialised. Despite how amazing my employer’s have been, it’s not a role I am passionate about and I struggle to motivate myself to get into work because I don’t enjoy the work. I applied for a scheme to become a Detective in the police as a direct entry and I’ve been successful pending a medical exam. I’m fully aware that the role will involve long hours, shift work and will be a pressurised environment. The role is similar to what I do now, but in a “heavier” environment.
My biggest symptom is fatigue which then affects my concentration and attention span at work. Also, if I’m tired, my numbness comes back with a vengeance. I’ve done a lot to overcome it including building routine with my sleep, working out more and eating super healthy.
What I would like to ask is, does anyone have experience of dealing with MS is a high stress environment? Does anyone here with MS work shifts? What tips would you give me with managing symptoms with long hours, shift work and pressurised jobs?
Does anyone here with MS work in the police, as a detective or just generally in the police? Do you have experience in how accommodating your force is? Were you able to request a relatively stable working pattern, apart from urgent cases? Is it unreasonable to ask to meet HR/ Occupational Health before I accept the offer?
Lastly, am I being stupid leaving my comfy 9-5 job that’s 10 minutes drive from my house? I have always wanted to be a detective but do I need to accept that my diagnosis will not let me follow my dreams?
As you can see I have a lot to think about and any advice would be appreciated!