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Anyone had to quit/change their job because of SVT? Title says it all, really. I'm a 20 y/o female, fairly healthy. Been at university for a while.
Found myself a nice job this summer, working with kids in a camp. It pays very well. It's my dream job, at this point in my life.
The only problem is that the camp is located by a lake in the middle of nowhere.
The nearest hospital is a 9 HOUR drive away.
One could fly, in about 50 minutes, but, seeing as I am already an anxious flyer, the thought of flying whilst having an SVT attack scares the heck out of me.
There is a small village with a small GP clinic, but they can't treat SVT.
There's also a small hospital 3 hours drive away, but it doesn't seem very good. Also, I don't have a car whilst I am here, so I wouldn't be able to get there.
So, I'm in this predicament:
1. I am happy and excited to work in this camp, in lovely surroundings, beautiful nature.
2. I know there is a pretty big chance of me having an SVT episode, which would just ruin my time here.
If I get SVT, the local doctors - who cannot treat SVT - told me I should have to call for an ambulance. The ambulance would take me to the doctors, who would confirm that my condition is untreatable by them. They would then call for an emergency airplane to take me to the city - 9 hours away by car, 50 minutes by air.
(Yes, I would get a small airplane to myself. This is one of the remotest areas in Europe. Critical patients get flown out on an airplane. Apparently, this is more cost-effective than running a proper hospital in a village that has fewer than 1,000 people.)
Being shortsighted, I didn't spot the problem when I applied for the job.
I just thought it would do me good to work in the countryside for a change, plus I've been getting tired of the city. But, now that I've arrived here in this extremely remote area, I am panicking. And we all know that anxiety only increases the chance of an episode.
My SVT always requires Adenosine to convert. Otherwise I'd be perfectly happy to be far away fro a hospital. But knowing that I could need Adenosine at the drop of a hat scares me - knowing that so far away from it.
As of now, it is my first day in this remote area. I find myself panicking at the thought of an SVT, and having to go through all that s**t, just to get to the hospital.
One part of me wants to just get on with this job and stop worrying about SVT,
whilst another part of me - logically - keeps reminding me of the fact that I do get severe SVT episodes, frequently, and that they are only getting worse. I am waiting for ablation. And that if I were to get an episode, it makes sense to make it as easy as possible, instead of placing myself in this extremely remote area.
I could easily find a summer job in the city. There are also anxiety triggers for me, there, but knowing I am only 15ish minutes from my hospital always puts my mind at ease.
Anyone got any advice for me?
Anyone got experience of quitting a job because of your SVT?
What would you do in this situation?
Would you "toughen up" or would you go back to the city?
Does it make any sense at all to put myself in such a difficult situation?
Also, I am worried that my co-workers at the camp won't understand my SVT.
I definitely have to avoid certain activities in order to stay away from SVT triggers, such as overexercise, over-stress, etc. You all know it. I wonder if I'll be perceived as "lazy" or "incompetent", when in reality I am trying my best to be a high-functioning human in spite of SVT.
Anyone have experience of co-workers' reaction to your SVT?
What should I do?
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