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falling apart in Arkansas
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   Posted 2/25/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
sad  Hello my name ia Catherine, I need some advise......I work a full time job at a factory. I try really hard not to miss work, but when I have a flare up sometimes it is impossible to work. Well I have just had to miss two week of work due ti a bowel obstruction that ended up with me being put in to the hospital. Well i have heard from a friend at work that there has been comments said about me missing so much work. I am terribly afraid my job may be in danger. Can they fire me when I am taking short term dissabiliy becase of my Crohn's? I have had 2 epposodes in the past 2 years that has ened up with a hospital stay. Last yr also I had to miss work due to a hysterectomy. I was found to have severe dysplaisa in my cervix and they needed to remove it. So yes I have missed some work, but all of the times I miss I have been in the hospital. If I just have cramps or pain I usually stick it out and work with the pain. I do this because I CANNOT afford to loose my job. I am a single mother of a 13yr old with morgage, medical bills, and al the bills that come with raising a teen. So I need a job and worried that I may someday loose my job due to the illness. PLZ give me some advise to ease my mind about this.

ZenaWP
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   Posted 2/25/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have been at your job for at least 12 months and have worked 1250 hours in the last 12 months, you need to file for FMLA (Family & Medical Leave Act).  You can take this intermittently, which I would suggest in your situation, or continuous.  The federal law allows you up to 12 weeks off in a 12 month period (most companies use a rolling 12 month period of time, not a calendar year) while your job is protected.  Basically, they cannot fire you while you are on FMLA.  They have to return you to either the same position or a similar position (with equal pay and benefits) when you return from your leave.  I can't tell from your posting if you meet these requirements...if so, inquire with your HR department about how to file for FMLA.  If you don't meet these requirements, see if your company has any kind of policies about short term disability, etc. that provide job protection.  Your HR department should be able to assist you with this.

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falling apart in Arkansas
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   Posted 2/25/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I am in the process of filing through FMLA for an entermediate leave due to a serious illness. But still worrie they will find some reason to get rid of me because of this. Every time I have a flare I get worried about this. I know stress is not good for me and I don't want to worrie. But it is hard not to. I do feel a bit better since reading what u wrote. I will get this paperwork done and make sure I am covered. Thanks
Diagnoced with Crohn's in 1999.  Battling with it ever since. Resection of my Terminal Ilium in 2000. Meds seem to change alot lately. But have been on predizone, endacort, pentasa, remicade, 6-mp
 
 
 
 


ALI9
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   Posted 2/25/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not a lawyer but if you are under a doctors care i would have to say it would be a discrimination issue.

Nanners
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   Posted 2/25/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Also make sure you get a note for the time you were out from your doctor. Cover your butt any way you can. But the FMLA advice is the best. Good luck!!!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


bektold
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   Posted 2/25/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it management grumbling, or co-workers?  If it's the boss there might be cause to worry.  If it's just co-workers mad because they want "time off" too, they can fly a kite.  Just do the best you can, talk to HR, and be sure that you've got yourself covered through whatever programs are available.  Good luck.

falling apart in Arkansas
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   Posted 2/25/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
As of now from what I know it is just team members.....but I think there has been comments from upper also. I am filing FMLA, but I am afraid to go to HR because I worrie that they might think I am going to miss more work and use this as an excuse to miss work and decide that they need someone that is more dependable and find a reason to let me go. I need my job..............
Diagnoced with Crohn's in 1999.  Battling with it ever since. Resection of my Terminal Ilium in 2000. Meds seem to change alot lately. But have been on predizone, endacort, pentasa, remicade, 6-mp, also do B-12 injection every month.
 
 
 
 


praying4healing
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   Posted 2/25/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
well, im currently on short term disability and my FMLA has run out! but, i will say this. Once you are approved for FMLA THEY CANNOT FIRE YOU! Fmla and intermittent absences provide job protection. your pay of course will b a different story as usually u dont get much of what u normally make when ur on short term disability. Here in jersey we're given 12 weeks out of the year, and once that time is up its up to your jobs discretion. However, once the year is up (from the time u started using ur fmla) you get those 12 weeks back.
Just keep all of your medical paperwork. I'm actually not sure if they will fire me when i return b/c i have no days left. but i will worry about this when it comes. I dont really like my job, but like you i need it! mainly for my benefits, as u know we need insurance.
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falling apart in Arkansas
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   Posted 2/25/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I kleep ALL papers receipts from doctors visits, hospital release forms, and make copies of all doctors excuses. I understand the insurance thing, I would be living on the street If it were not for my insurance helping to pay my medical bills. Well I hope things go well for you and you do not loose your job....take care...you are in my thoughts
Diagnoced with Crohn's in 1999.  Battling with it ever since. Resection of my Terminal Ilium in 2000. Meds seem to change alot lately. But have been on predizone, endacort, pentasa, remicade, 6-mp, also do B-12 injection every month.
 
 
 
 


teenatoons1
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   Posted 2/25/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
If you work for the company I did, get FMLA AND a note from your doctor for EVERY time you miss work, even if you think it is just a strong stomach ache that has you puking, but you aren't sure if it is a flare or not. I stayed home when I thought I was going to be sick, because I didn't want to be sick and pass out at work. Sometimes I had sharp stomach pains and I would feel dizzy, so I wouldn't go to work. I missed too much work because even though my immune, being weak has made me suseptable to any circulating illnesses, my crohn's wouldn't show up as active. My GI wouldn't excuse me unless I was having an actual flare. I also had a work related neck and upper back muscle injury. I missed two days from that, but since I did not go to the doctor for the pain that I already knew what the cause was, I was not excused unless I would go to the treating doctor and get a work related injury excuse. I thought it was foolish to waste the money... even if it was the company's money. I knew what the injury was and I already had pain pills, that I could not take at work because they were narcotics, yet they wanted us there. I was also taking ani-inflamitories that were not good for my crohn's. I got fired. Please get notes and documentation for every day missed. Good Luck.
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