I have been struggling with burn out from work. I was working 50 to 65 hours a week consistently for months. It became too much. I am a child welfare social worker. I do not take children away, I give them back when the state takes them from their parents. It is rewarding work but so many hours. I have lost interest in things I used to always do. I miss streaming video games and chatting with friends every night. Now it is basically on the weekends.
I started to get sick, like run down feeling all the time and extremely tired to the point I was sleeping 12 to 14 days. I couldn’t stay awake. I was nauseous all the time. I felt horrible. Little appetite. I saw my doctor. He ran some tests. My blood pressure was dropping when I would stand. He explained to me my adrenal glands were not working properly and stress had managed them. He prescribed me a steroid, hydrocortisone. I have been on it a couple weeks ago and I am starting to feel better.
I am struggling with looking for a new career. When it comes to my job or my health I will choose my health. My job has done damage to my body and I am not okay with that. My adrenal glands will never work properly again. There comes a time on life when you just have to stop killing yourself.