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Common Cold: Too Sick to Work?

This is not just charity. Just sit in bed and type away. This scene is being played out too often in our society, but it does come down to how can we really help set this woman up to be self-sufficient for the long-term, and help her immediately short-term? Search this Thread Advanced Search. Her husband has paid some bills but he was in a car accident and will not be able to work for a couple of months.

How can I find work at home opportunities for pregnant women and new moms? Q: I just recently discovered that I'm pregnant. I work full time, but when I have the baby I want to be able to work at home. you should be able to line up a work at home opportunity that helps you stay home with your little one as much as possible. Senior Columnist.

What do *you* do to stay awake at work???

It's OK to go to work. You can turn to several over-the-counter medicines to treat mild allergies. But keep in mind that some medications , such as diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine , can make you sleepy. Drugs with less of this side effect include loratidine and cetirizine. If your hay fever is severe or doesn't get better with antihistamines , you might want to see an allergist.

He can do tests to find out what's triggering the problem. He may recommend allergy shots to reduce your symptoms. For in-depth information, see Allergy or Cold Symptoms? If your clothes are getting drenched, you most likely have a fever. Make sure you drink plenty of liquids. Consider seeing your doctor, especially if your temperature is over degrees F. If you have a fever plus white patches on your tonsils , you may have strep throat.

It's highly contagious and you may need an antibiotic. Call your doctor for a test that can confirm the diagnosis. For in-depth information, see Sore Throat: Cold, Strep Throat, or Tonsillitis? If you've got a tickle in the back of your throat or it feels like mucus is dripping into that area from your nose, your cough is probably from allergies or a cold. But unless you've got other symptoms like aches or fever, get dressed and go to work!

If you've been sick for a few days and you now cough up darker yellow mucus, it's still probably just a cold. But if it goes on this way for more than a week, it's a good idea to see your doctor. If your cough feels deep and makes you short of breath, it's probably more than a common cold. It could be a sign of something more serious, such as bronchitis or pneumonia , so stay at home and call your doctor right away. For more information, see When a Cold Becomes Bronchitis.

If your ear really hurts and you can't hear well, you could have an ear infection. Getting stuffed up from a cold can also cause pain. Either way, you need to call your doctor to find the cause. He may prescribe an antibiotic or pain-relief medicine. Ear infections aren't contagious. But if you have cold symptoms along with an earache , you might spread it to someone else during the first 2 to 3 days.

I have a suggestion. Would it be possible for the pregnant mom to rent out rooms in her house to help cover the monthly payments?

Advertising at colleges or in the newspaper would probably reach a large majority of renters. Think of it as only temporary, until she can get on her feet or sell the house. Move in with Mom. It seems to me that Mom is willing to help since she is paying for an attorney, and concerned enough to write "The Frugal Life.

Rent out your home. Rent it out until times change and daughter is able to afford it again. Let the renter continue to make your mortgage payments and perhaps some equity.

If the payment is higher than the rent would warrant, consider it anyway and making up the difference. It still would be a great investment. Being a Landlady is not that hard. There are many resources to help you learn how. On-line, library and your local bookstore. Become a foster parent for a disabled child. They usually send them to a program plus school for the day so it is like a easy tax free baby sitting job in your home at night.

Foster parents are exempt from paying federal or state taxes on the money they earn. It is hardly worth the money for a normal child but most states pay 3 times as much for a disabled child. Also respite of 60 hours or more is given a month for these children so you have a reprieve for yourself. The perfect job for a stay at home mom. Or get licensed by your state or county to do child care that is paid by the state.

Have her make crafts as well. Use bottle caps and make pin cushions. Steel wool is best for the inside but cotton will also work. Then cover it with material and glue it inside the lid.

She can get books from the library and make other crafts or borrow some VCR tapes on crafts to make and sell. She can take small soap pieces and make scented soaps to sell. Ask your neighbors and to save the soap pieces for her. Get some cans to use as molds. Tuna cans are great for this project. Melt the soap in an enamel pot then pour in the mold and add the scent. You will have some unique designs that should sell. Use plastic wrap to wrap the soap.

She also could record stories on cassette tapes and sell these to other parents. Blind people can use this service so maybe she could barter with them for things she needs. She could do typing from her home if she has secretarial skills. Just sit in bed and type away. See if any local companies need letters or other things typed.

Maybe she could start an answering service. Take messages and call people if something important occurs while they are on vacation. She could also get a roommate or so to help with her expenses. Do a credit and criminal check on any candidates.

Also sell the car and get one that just runs. She needs a home more than a car payment. Use heat and electric only in the rooms being used. Her son can move to her room and play games. TV is not necessary nor is cable. Sell the home and get a trailer or something small from any profits. Or renegotiate interest and payments with the loan company. She needs a place to live that she can afford more than anything else.

Why not let them move in with you or vice versa and sell the other home. When both kids enter first grade she can get a better paying job or a second one to pay expenses. If she has a roommate they could share baby sitting while each work different shifts. Till she can work again she could baby sit all of the kids and have the roommate pay more of the expenses for her services. Whoever would take her boy if she went to the hospital would take the other children also. This is in response to the expectant mother who is no longer able to work.

She can try calling her creditors to have them reduce her monthly payment due to her circumstances. Legal aid may also help with divorce costs.

I know this is a hard thing to have to do but it mights save her from losing her house. For money maybe she could do home parties. I wish her the best of luck. Even a home business requires some investment. Honey, you need to cut your losses and move her in with you.

It should be at least three months before they start eviction proceedings, and another month or two after that before she has to get out, depending on the law in your state. Meanwhile, she can save the money she would be paying for the mortgage so she can get a small apartment. Mom, can you take them in for a while? If so, you could be her salvation thru this hard time. As for her husband, she needs to contact the local child support agency and get a child support order ASAP.

She should also contact all of the creditors right away to make arrangements. Same with the house. The bank may prefer to refinance her at a lower payment or work with them to sell the place. Contact the power, water and phone companies and get the low income discounted rates.

Vouchers for free food for pregnant moms and children under age 5. I must confess I am extremely disillusioned about stay-at-home moms finding "nice" stay-at-home work especially if they are high risk pregnancy. Single nurses who need accommodation, students who are in university and have some money for accommodation, etc. Perhaps even a capable senior who has recently been widowed would consider moving in to help out long term.

If this mom is seriously interested in making a stay-at-home career work, then looking into some of the companies such as USANA, Herbalife, Amway, or other such multi-level marketing opportunities will possibly be an option. However, remember, very little income is available immediately, and unless a commitment similar to a full-time job is given, often very little money is ever earned.

Finding your own product and taking it to market seems to be a dream come true, but you would have to be able-bodied somewhat I suppose.

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In regards to the lady who needed work while she was pregnant, check out the frugal sites for pay while you surf sites. Also, what about selling/bartering some items on EBAY for her baby. I am pregnant and a stay at home mom of my two children. I need extra income too. Reply. Makayla York says. June 22, at am. Learn how to cope with pregnancy symptoms while at work, strategies for informing your employer about your pregnancy, your rights as a pregnant worker, and m. Aug 20,  · If you don’t want to change jobs when working while pregnant, ask if you could work part-time, do some of your work at home, or have flexible hours where you could work harder or longer on more comfortable days.