Work

Last night my husband took me to the shoe store & I was fitted with a thicker-soled left shoe–(MBT)–with my orthotic & 1 heel lift from the boot, it makes my hips level…the back-ache from yesterday is pretty much gone, but I will be taking it a little easy this afternoon.

One of the questions I had for my doctor last week was about returning to work.

I used up 9 weeks of family medical leave between March & October of 2011 with my mother’s pneumonia/stroke/bleeding disorder hospitalizations and after care.  I had 3 weeks of FMLA left when I ruptured my Achilles’, then went on disability hours after my surgery.  I will run out of disability hours this week or next, so will stop getting paid.  I will also, beginning next month, have to pay both my and my employer’s premiums to continue my husband’s & my medical/dental & vision coverage.

The form that the doctor originally faxed to my employer said I would be out til the 8th of April.  When I saw him last week, he said that if I can wear my boot to work, I could go back “a lot earlier” than that.  (I work in a hospital, on the locked psych wards, so there is some physical danger in my work.)

Unfortunately, at my hospital, “light duty” work is reserved for workers’ comp cases only–when I go back to work, I have to be able to do my full job, 8 hours a day.  I spoke with my boss today, and she may be willing to make a few concessions for me–allowing me to do most of my work on the safest ward, and arranging my schedule so I am not having to walk too many distances.

I am so hoping I can get back to work sometime in March rather than April–I need the money, and not having to pay $2K for April’s premiums would be good!

3 Responses to “Work”

  1. ryanb Says:

    I’m sure you’re anxious to get back to work- just don’t compromise your safety. You aren’t going to outrun anybody in your boot; and if you were to try to do so too early - or even make a quick sudden move without thinking about it - there is a high probability of re-injuring yourself.

    Those of you with physical jobs most definitely have an added level of complication and stress to deal with. I wish I had some good advice or a solution for you (I don’t).

  2. mljackson60 Says:

    I can sympathize, even though I don’t have a good answer. I ran out of leave and went into unpaid leave before the holidays. I had to go back to work for 3 days or I would have lost 3 weeks pay, instead of just the few days of unpaid leave. I have a desk job but I really wasn’t ready to be back and still don’t feel that I am ready to be back full time. I’m stuck in the same situation though. Even sitting at a desk is tiring for 8 hours.

  3. kathyw Says:

    Ryan & Millie,

    Thanks for your comments, it’s good to hear other people’s perspectives/experiences…it helps me think about things more clearly.

    I’m not too worried about danger from the patients at work, I’m not on the front line (that’s the nurses & assistants), and have only really been “attacked” once (pushed back in a chair) in the 12 years I’ve worked in this setting.

    My job is leading therapy groups, and I can ask that the nurses keep an eye on my groups via monitor. If there is a patient who has threatened or harmed staff, I can exclude that person from my groups.

    It is possible that someone with sociopathic tendencies might target me, but I think my greater concern is the physical stress of preparing for and then working an 8-hour day.

    I don’t know–I guess I don’t have to decide now what I will or won’t be able to do in 2 - 3 months. I’ll be starting PT next week, and will have some guidance from my physical therapist.

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