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Kristen Cuciti
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Injury stops my career
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Hey everyone,I am a ff/pm that was just given the worst possible professional news I could have ever been given.Almost two years ago I dislocated my shoulder at my second job (bartending).  After…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Rubin Oct 10, 2012.

 

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Injury stops my career

Hey everyone,I am a ff/pm that was just given the worst possible professional news I could have ever been given.Almost two years ago I dislocated my shoulder at my second job (bartending).  After repeated dislocations, MRI showed a torn labrum.  It took 8 MONTHS for work comp to approve the surgery I needed.After the surgery, my recovery went well.  But I was experiencing nerve pain in my fingers (actually began prior to surgery during that 8 month time period).  Burning fire debilitating pain.…See More
Oct 10, 2012
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Oct 10, 2012
Mike Rubin replied to Kristen Cuciti's discussion Injury stops my career
"I know what you're going through is very hard. The best advice I can offer is to work on "reinventing" yourself -- professionally, at least. Given your experience and degree, I don't doubt you have marketable skills, even if some…"
Oct 10, 2012
Warren E. Shaulis replied to Kristen Cuciti's discussion Injury stops my career
"it may be a leap of faith, but you mention you have a bachelors degree, have you considered a PA program? some of them are distance programs that you complete mainly from home, but require occasional travel to the campus. They are geared towards…"
Oct 9, 2012
Justin P replied to Kristen Cuciti's discussion Injury stops my career
"Teaching or working in QA/QI are alternatives. You could also work for your states EMS licensing agency if they have openings."
Oct 9, 2012
Scott Lancaster replied to Kristen Cuciti's discussion Injury stops my career
"You have a degree, you can also think about going into EMS education. If there is a college based program around you, look into that side of the field. As a perk, many schools allow you to take classes for free (or very reduced cost) if you are and…"
Oct 5, 2012
Jon Lieblein replied to Kristen Cuciti's discussion Injury stops my career
"At least in my area, the CCT services like to employ experienced paramedics in their call centers, as the knowlege gained can help with the crew selection and call prioritization processes. All of the CCT services in my area are affiliated with…"
Oct 5, 2012
Neil White replied to Kristen Cuciti's discussion Injury stops my career
"I am in some what of a similar position but don't wish to go too much into it. But I have a fractured humorous and median nerve damage. I take Pregabalin which has been a lifesaver I know exactly how you are feeling, our laws ensure that an…"
Oct 5, 2012
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Injury stops my career

Hey everyone,I am a ff/pm that was just given the worst possible professional news I could have ever been given.Almost two years ago I dislocated my shoulder at my second job (bartending).  After repeated dislocations, MRI showed a torn labrum.  It took 8 MONTHS for work comp to approve the surgery I needed.After the surgery, my recovery went well.  But I was experiencing nerve pain in my fingers (actually began prior to surgery during that 8 month time period).  Burning fire debilitating pain.…See More
Oct 5, 2012
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Lakewood Fire Department, Berwyn Fire Department
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