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dubjean
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   Posted 6/20/2006 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
 
I needed to vent as it's 2:30 am and I'm sitting here pissed off at my rheumatologist!  My doctor has determined that she will not sign anything stating I'm disabled due to the arthritis in both my hands.  She said there are manager jobs that I could do where I could just tell someone what to do and not do any physical work myself....and where might they be???  Or I could go back to school and learn to do something?? and that would be with what money?? or do I use my meager savings to get educated but starve myself during this time?
  My other vent is getting ANY paperwork signed in a timely fashion!  She's had a form for a week that just needed her to sign that states I can't do my current work at all, or the transitional work effective July 2 and I still haven't seen it!!  I know some of you have been in this situation, but isn't that why we pay them!  It can't be for sitting in their office for 10 minutes!! 
  Well, tomorrow I vent to the doctor's office!  I want both forms by Friday or I'm going to be sitting in their office until I see them.  If I don't get my form stating I can't work at my current job then I lose my medical leave of absence and therefore my paid insurance for 4 months, and if she doesn't complete my Short Term Disability form (which I qualify for as I can't work in my current job) then I lose any source of income until I find a job where I can point and shout!
   As if this isn't stressful enough without hassles from someone you depend on!  Would it be helpful to get my primary physician in on this or wouldn't they be able to help me?  I'm sure some of you have been in this situation.  Thanks for letting me vent and any suggestions you can give me!             Wendy

missie1227
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   Posted 6/21/2006 12:10 AM (GMT -7)   
hey vent away---i cant sleep either and i am woefully under medicated for EVERYTHING!!!! i understand how you are feeling!! hang in there friend...i cant do anything for if i try i wind up with terrible neck back pain spasms taht put me under!!! i tired to go for a boat ride yesterday for a few hours and by the time o got done i was a wreck and had to put on my collar for my neck i could not even hold it up right. that is only for a silly boat ride ( large boat) no bouncing around. i got docs who dont want to sign off on my student loans either!! i cant work so how am i supposed to pay them off? they are supposed to be forgiven if i was to become disabled and now even though i am on ssdi, none of my docs wanna sign off on my papers.

9-02 crash w/ C-5-6-7 anterior/posterior fusion in neck w/11 screws and 4 metal plates. multilevel HNP at T & L section. FMS, PA in dec 05. on SSDI after 2.5 yr wait. sezuires, CTS, IBS ( C & D). norco, xanax, predisone shots. i dont know what else is wrong with me and neither does anyone else!!!


dubjean
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   Posted 6/21/2006 12:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Missie,
Thanks for the response...sorry about your lack of sleep also! I should be grateful that "all" I have is arthritis in my hands at 42, especially reading about problems people like you have but every time I try to have a positive attitude something else comes in to smash it into the ground and the anger/depression hits once again! I know "according to policy" I can't work the job I'm doing now, but did I have to be thrown into the street because of it! Did anyone care about my opinion at all?! No!! The doctor and my corporate employer said you can't do it so bye, we don't care that you worked your butt off for us for the past 8 years and can still be productive..you can't ring a register or lift a box so you're out! We don't care if you can only make $6/hour elsewhere (can't even flip burgers because that's repetitive...lol) The one great thing is a lot of people that I work with now and in the past are having a party for me!! I know I'm going to cry like a baby so resisted at first, but then said what the heck let's make it a bash so I started inviting people from the past! I figure I'll still cry like a baby but it will be great to have all these friends around me while I'm doing it! Anyway, what are doctors good for! Mine diagnosed me and prescribed a pill...guess that's better than some people get, though...see positive thoughts! Let them help us by signing stupid forms that stupid people want signed!! Wendy

yalinda
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   Posted 6/21/2006 4:12 AM (GMT -7)   

hi yalinda here.  sry to hear your struggles.  i too have arthritis in my hands and arms with tons of pain at timees but i am still kicking.  the reason i am responding though is to inform you and others of your rights under the ADA- american disabilites act.  i work in the field with many disabled persons who often leave their empoyment still wanting to work but accomadations at their employer are never made to do so.  i have pulled up the ADA regulations for employers and am pasteing it here for review.  hope that is ok?

what it means in a nut shell is accomadations should be made to meet YOUR needs as arthritis is covered in the disabilities, i looked, and these needs might be a change in position at your current job.  that means if you do heavy work and need light work they are required, unless it causes hardship (which can be vaugue) to accomadate that need due to your disability.  your employer does not have to pay the same rate of salary however it would be based on the job discriptions and level.  ie. skilled emplyment changed to reception work answering phones might be a lesser pay but your employer accomadated you.  i find often people i work with wanted to still work but felt they had to quit because of their disability and never asked their employer to accomadate their needs prior.  then i end up working hard to create skills and find them employment all over again.  also with blindness, which is my specialty, you can be on disability SSDI and still earn money at a job.  i am uncertain about the other disabilities?

here is a seg of the law

                            TITLE 29--LABOR

PART 1630--REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT PROVISIONS OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT--Table of Contents

Sec. 1630.9  Not making reasonable accommodation.

    (a) It is unlawful for a covered entity not to make reasonable
accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of an
otherwise qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such
covered entity can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an
undue hardship on the operation of its business.
    (b) It is unlawful for a covered entity to deny employment
opportunities to an otherwise qualified job applicant or employee with a
disability based on the need of such covered entity to make reasonable
accommodation to such individual's physical or mental impairments.

[[Page 343]]

    (c) A covered entity shall not be excused from the requirements of
this part because of any failure to receive technical assistance
authorized by section 506 of the ADA, including any failure in the
development or dissemination of any technical assistance manual
authorized by that Act.
    (d) A qualified individual with a disability is not required to
accept an accommodation, aid, service, opportunity or benefit which such
qualified individual chooses not to accept. However, if such individual
rejects a reasonable accommodation, aid, service, opportunity or benefit
that is necessary to enable the individual to perform the essential
functions of the position held or desired, and cannot, as a result of
that rejection, perform the essential functions of the position, the
individual will not be considered a qualified individual with a
disability.


yalinda
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   Posted 6/21/2006 4:14 AM (GMT -7)   
 
this is the website i used for information  it has tons more as an FYI
 
good luck  yalinda

dubjean
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   Posted 6/21/2006 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Yalinda,
Thanks for the information but it doesn't help me. My employer has 2 jobs - one management and the other for everyone else - everyone does everything, so there is no other "position" I can fill. Wendy

RandomDave
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   Posted 6/21/2006 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I have nothing constructive to add. I just wanted to say how utterly craptastic it is when they take the view that there is "something" you can do somewhere. I mean a guy in a coma could theoretically get a paying job as a guy who tests how long mattresses last for before they start sinking in. A blind guy could theoretically get a job as a seeing-eye dog walker, right? I mean, there probably is a job out there that anyone could do. But this doesn't change the fact that ninety per cent of jobs you cannot do. You should definitely get your PCP (that's not an illegal drug btw) involved if your PCP is on your side. The only other suggestion I can make would be to go to your job as normal and start refusing to do things on a case by case basis based on your medical limitations. Get your employer to document each of these occassions, and once you've built up enough to make it clear to any bonehead doctor, show them the list of all the things you could not do. Of course, I would only recommend this if you are on relatively good terms with your employer, cause they might kinda frown on that. Good luck!
-SLE, Psoriatic Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

-Current meds: Plaquenil (200mg, twice per day), Sulfasalazine (500mg 3 times daily) NSAID du jour (twice daily)


dubjean
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   Posted 6/21/2006 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi RandomDave,
   Thanks for the upbeat reply...maybe I'll test matresses...lol!  My employer was OK with my limitations but our HR people decided that I can't work there any longer...July 1 is my last day as I can't perform my full functions of the job.  I've been on transitional duties for 45 days by then and they won't extend it any further, even though they don't discriminate on the basis of physical impairment...lol.   Everything sounds so good in writing until it comes down to actual practices where they find the loophole that says "screw you".    Wendy

RandomDave
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   Posted 6/21/2006 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
T'would be an exccellent job. That's neat, where you work "screw you" is a loophole, where I work it's the name of our Human Resources Policy Manual. Some employers might be not very medical issue friendly, but so long as they say "good luck in your future endeavours" like they mean it, then I'm living the dream! Hope things start looking up for ya.
-SLE, Psoriatic Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

-Current meds: Plaquenil (200mg, twice per day), Sulfasalazine (500mg 3 times daily) NSAID du jour (twice daily)


dubjean
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   Posted 6/21/2006 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dave, At this point I'm looking at no job, no insurance, no income and bruising from my meds so as long as the meds keep the pain at an even keel then there's no where to go but up!
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