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lazy
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   Posted 8/31/2006 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds crazy since I have a job but I know I will get fired soon since I have missed so much work and I keep decompensating.  Does anyone have experience with applying for disability?  Maybe I'm just in a funk and it will pass ...hope so, but I'm getting discouraged about keeping a job. Any advice is welcome. Thanks..Lazy

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   Posted 9/1/2006 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lazy,

I know you currently work in a hospice -- does your job involve changing shift patterns? That's a strong trigger for a bp episode, and is something that your employer should be able to help you with to get you back on track if this is the case.

You were saying in a previous post that you don't feel up to your hospice work's demands at the moment and that you're looking at alternatives. Could your "funk" be partly because this is not what you want to be doing at the moment? It's bad enough having motivation when you're depressed, but if you have underlying concerns about your job, this will just feed into the lack of motivation. You might find it helpful to write a few things down about how you feel about your job, what kind of things you'd like to do at work (or not do), and what would have to change for you to be happier. There may be some things that you could negotiate with your employer, or you may decide that what you really need is to change jobs.

Employers can't sack you for having bipolar. -- It does count as a disability if it affects your ability to work (which it often does). It is therefore a legal requirement that employers make any reasonable adjustments to help facilitate your working life. You should find more insight and willingness to help in the environment in which you work than many people find with their jobs -- after all, you work in care. Ok, so there's a limit to what an employer can do -- where we enter "unreasonable adjustments" territory! -- but there may well be things that they and you would be happy to change to help and it might help you break the cycle. Does your employer know you have bipolar? If you're going to try to negotiate this, they will need to know to be able to help. You may find more support than you anticipate.

I've not applied for disability -- but I'm sure others have experience here and can help. Sorry if my post went at a reply from a slightly different angle -- just felt that some of this other stuff might be worth exploring before you get too far caught in the "I will get sacked" idea.

Love to you,
Rosie x
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rybird
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   Posted 9/1/2006 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I draw SS for Crohn's and personality disorder. I found this portion of the Social Security web site very interesting. It explains the criteria for elegibilty for bipolar.

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/12.00-MentalDisorders-Adult.htm

wmnak
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   Posted 9/1/2006 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
after doing what ry suggested, gather all of the documentation you can get about your disability.  dr statements, test results, etc.  everything.  it also helps a lot to have one or more drs on your side.  after all of this, make your case for being so disabled that you canot work at the job for which you have been trained and skilled.  after this preparatory work, get the proper forms from ss.  fill them all out, providing the documentation that they ask for, and be prepared to spend $50 on photocopying. :-)    after a few months you will get a letter back saying that you have been rejected.  follow the rules, to the letter, for filing an appeal.  again, be prepared to spend $75 for photocopying.  within about what seens like 6 months, you will get a letter from ss saying that you have been rejected again.  i once knew a parapalegic who was told in this second letter that he was malingering!  :-) don't take any of this personally.  it's not paranoia, THEY ARE OUT TO GET YOU!  then you appeal this second appeal to a law judge. 
 
you can go though all of this cr** or get an attorney.  they work on a contingency fee basis (about 25%) and will handle all of the paperwork for you.  nice to know attorneys have at least socially beneficial use (aside from being the brunt of lawyer jokes).
 
good luck to you if you decide to go for it.   it is a long, painful, difficult, frustrating  -- you get the idea.
 
warren

NiteScribe
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   Posted 9/1/2006 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Lazy, My friends have told me that it takes about two years to get disability. I don't know much about it. I believe there is a State and Federal disability. I applied for federal a number of years ago and say a federal judge after "they" had pulled together all my medical record under my SS#, (they still have those records I believe). The federal judge determined that I could still work. At the same time SDI granted me a years disability until i could get back on my feet. I had been self employed at the time I feel down 35 concrete stairs. The SDI was $800.00 per month and my employees were able to keep my business running while I was laid-up....My doctor has disabled me on one occasion when I was working for an industrial company and not able to walk anymore...doc just asked me at the time if I wanted to be disable longterm or if it was just a "burn out" short term thing? I told him it was the latter and after 6 months I was able to let my employeer know that I would not be returning but would be going back to a University...So I'm sort of lost about disability stuff, SDI v Federal.

lazy
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   Posted 9/1/2006 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much to you all for your replies and your concern.  My supervisor knows I'm bipolar but I think she sees me as a liability so is trying to find other ways to get rid of me. I have to make sure I go to work no matter how sick I am (with non bp illness) and try to make it because I've been told that if I have more than 3 abscences in 3 months I can get fired. It seems like since I've been struggling with the bp I get physically ill easier.  I get more viruses and seems like I have a weaker immune system.  Does anyone else have this issue? Or is it just me?  I would rather not go the disability route, such a hassel but its nice to know my options. So once again, thanks to you all ...Luv...Lazy

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   Posted 9/2/2006 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lazy,

Yes, when you're under mental stress, it can wear you down physically and make your immune system weaker. On your days off, try to do healthy things that can help build it up again -- fresh air walks and stuff. Also, you probably already know this, but do watch your diet and eat stuff that you know is rich in vitamins -- really important for your bipolar and general health.

You might also talk to your doc about this. -- I know that when I was on venlafaxine I was ill all the time and it made my work *really* difficult too. It turned out that when I came off these meds, I soon got getter and have not been as ill as often since. So it's just a possibility that one of your meds may not be helping here. -- Can you link your illnesses to the time you started any of your meds? It's a long shot, but something worth considering with your doc.

Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work better battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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lazy
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   Posted 9/3/2006 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Rosie:  The only new med I'm on is geodon and we all know that any medication can cause fatigue, etc.  But I've only felt better on it, not more tired.  Until lately, but I think there is something else going on, like anemia.  I went to the Dentist Thursday and he said that my gums are bleeding so much that my blood isn't even clotting, not normal even if my gums were unhealthy, which they weren't.  Just makes me wonder.  I do know that geodon can cause blood dyscrasias, so in a round about way, it could be causing me to feel so fatigued.  No matter how much rest I get, I can hardley move around, and I feel short of breath.  Since my BP diagnosis, I'm never sure if I'm just mental or if something physical is going on.  Tomorrow is a holiday (I'm the only one working in my department) but I'm going to call my internist on Tuesday and get in to see her sometime this week just to rule out true physical causes. I just need to get through tomorrow.  I've already been told that if I call in sick again, I'll get fired.

rybird
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   Posted 9/5/2006 2:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Ask for a complete blood workup. Many doctors are reluctant to run tests because they cost money. But something is wrong and many things can be eliminated this way. Get a doctors excuse. My father always said " go to work, you will feel just as bad at home" meaning that if it is not bad enough to go to the doctor it is not bad enough to stay home. Documentation is neccessary if you are to apply for disability in the future.
I hope you get to feeling better.

lazy
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   Posted 9/5/2006 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks rybird:  I appreciate your input and your father is right.  The times I got in trouble for calling in sick were times when I was too sick to go to the doctor, therefore I didn't have a doctor's excuse, therefore, it was an unexcused absence.  Seems like there is something wrong with that system.  I have a doctor appt on Thursday and I'm fortunate to have an internist who  really listens to me and she is really smart so I always feel comfortable with her advice and decisions.  Will keep you posted. Thanks for your concern and your comments...Luv...Lazy
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