I too, injured my leg. Fractured the femur. I almost lost the leg. A good surgeon put it back together, but NO ONE expected me to walk normally again. I used a walker for 4 years and a cane for three more after that. I couldnt work as a nurse (RN). During my long recovery I slowly gained some strength by cleaning my own home. I hadnt been able to clean for quite a while so you can guess how grubby it was. Turned out I have a special talent for cleaning, and when I had fully recovered - 4 years ago - I began cleaning houses. I agree with you that having a physical job helps us. But - and this is important: If you are NOT enjoying your job, it is time to move on. You deserve to feel GOOD about your work, not always feeling like you did a half-a___ed job.
Your boss is just using people, and he onviously is not thinking about long-term profits! It is possible he is in big financial trouble, and feels he has to scrimp to maintain his business. That doesnt make it right, but it might explain what you are seeing.
Driving for Uber, delivering pizza - Jerry, those are not physical jobs. Sitting in a car all day is not good for anyone! I realize you live in pain - so do I. Mine is controlled by having an implanted pain pump. Oral drugs did nothing for me except make me stupid and groggy. This might be something for you to look into. The company that makes these pumps is called Medtronix. Google them. I have had mine for 10 years now, and my pain levels went down significantly.
Something I learned: If you have a physical disability, it is all too easy to sit around feeling sorry for yourself, or just being lazy due to pain. But what really helps us is moving about, bending, lifting, scrubbing, all physical activities. Maybe I cannot run. I can't! But I CAN walk, I CAN work and my house cleaning is excellent. This staying active, I promise you, is the secret to your recovering more than maybe your doctors think you sholuld. I am not some special person. Just an ordinary woman. I admit to being stubborn! I didnt want to give up, and somewhere along the way - actually, I learned this from an online support group I was in - I learned that distracting myself (from the pain) was very, very helpful. And forcing myself to get up and move about was just as helpful.
I love my work now. I am my own boss, I can pick and choose who I wish to work for. Because I have gotten a good reputation, I have little trouble finding new customers. I find mine online, most of the time. On Thumbtack, or Care.com. I can set my own hours, too. The only expenses were buying a good light weight vacuum cleaner, and basic supplies. Over time I got to be more picky about which products I use. Sure, I would make more being a nurse, but Florida treats nurses so badly, I dont want to! I dont know where you live, but perhaps house cleaners in YOUR area get paid well. Here, we make $15-25 an hour, and more likely it will be $15/hour. Many of my customers now pay me $20/hour simply because they dont want to use me. And of course, you DO have to pay for gas to get to and from job.
I dont know if this site allows one to send a private message or not. If it does, I'd love to hear from you privately, so we can discuss all this stuff more. This site isnt conducive to personal sharing - I am sure you have noticed that.
Annie in Florida