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Posted by sue on October 23, 2000 at 01:02:20:

In Reply to: ability of Addison's person to work as a nanny posted by Mark on October 21, 2000 at 13:19:55:

: We are looking to get a nanny. We found the perfect person for the job - great with kids, lots of common sense and initiative - but she has had Addison's for four years. She is apparently stabilized on her medication, but as she would be alone with a toddler for 10hrs at a time, we were wondering if she might be prone to sudden fainting or collapse during a crisis, or do symptoms appear more gradually (over days) if at all.

Hi! I'm Sue I have had addison's for 6years.I have found that I feel sick before a crisis. I hjave had no fainting spells (you normally get dehydrated &weak much before any fainting would occur if it ever does.)So symptoms come on gradually. A crisis should happen once in a blue moon. Especially if it is under control & she is stable on her meds she's taking. My advise would be to talk to her &let her know your concerns. she shouldn't get upset(afterall it's YOUR child she'll be caring for.) Just to let you know what type of "stress" we can take. I'll share my occupation.(which I often don't share because of the close mindedness of some people...especially if I don't know them.) I work with develop. disabled adults( they could be & are in wheel chairs have m.s.,seizures,are blind & sometimes behaviors .. but don't we all!) I have to dress,help shower,cook, lift someone my size or larger & I'm there 8 hrs a day if I don't do ot.then it would be 16hrs. I work 6 days a week.
& enjoy my job very much I believe it's she's capable of the job.... But to repeat...ask her about it, she should be open to you about it.
GOOD LUCK. PS. there is a addison's web page to help you better understand the disease it explains symptoms & gives one a good explaination .I believe I just searched addisons disease, but don't remember the actual site. Well long enough. GOOD LUCK Sue

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