giving up work due to crohn's

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spyder58
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   Posted 6/13/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

I am new to this site and i am wondering if you can help me. I am currently on sick leave from my work due my crohns. I have been in a flareup for the past 14 months and currently have a bacterial infection being treated with strong drugs also am on prednesone. I have decided to apply for medical discharge from my goverment job here in New South Wales, Australia. I am currently preparing my report however I am having trouble starting the report ie do i straight away go into my illness or do i start with when i began my employment etc.

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Spyder

snohare
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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healingwell Spyder - sorry to see you here, if you see what I mean ! eyes
I always have a problem with written reports of any kind of sequences, because my memory for dates, times and names is extremely poor. You will appreciate I am sure how hard it can make filling in 26 page long benefit forms !
My usual ploy (modest cough - it works brilliantly yeah) is as follows.
1:Write a rough vertical timeline of your career, eg Nov 06 hired on 24 hour week as.... - Jan 07 promoted to 40 hour week as... -
2:Besides the first line of notes, write a similar timeline for your relevant medical history, eg Oct 06 assessed as fully fit by GI - Mar 07 developed stress-related bleeding -
3: Leave these timelines a while to "germinate", and as things occur to you that you want to mention either insert them into the appropriate places in the columns, or add them to a list of notes at the bottom of the page.
4: Flesh out the timelines, adding a bit more description of your duties say, or mentioning how your symptoms interefered with your daily life. Coalesce the two timelines into one account.
5: Re-read, or give to someone else to proofread, looking for causal relationships or official statements that should be mentioned but haven't been, factual errors or omissions, typos etc.
If possible, I always try to get help from the staff at the agency for whom the form is destined; they will often be very knowledgeable about what a typical form contains, and even if they are prevented from helping you fill it in, they may well be able to point you in the direction of Web-based guidelines for their own usage, which will tell you what information they are looking for, what specific phrases trigger point scoring or further evaluation etc.
Hope this helps !
Enjoy the sunshine - some day I hope to remember what a hot sunny day is like.... eyes

spyder58
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   Posted 6/13/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Snohare

Thankyou for the taking the time to reply I really appreciate it. I have taken on board your suggestions. It is winter here now, it does not snow where I am but it is cold.

Thanks again

spyder58

Crohn'snme
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   Posted 6/13/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
All I can say is good luck. I was turned down for disability here in the U.S.

ivy6
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   Posted 6/14/2008 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Spyder, might it be a good idea to approach Centrelink BEFORE you write that discharge letter, and find out whether you'll be eligible for the disability pension? The last thing you want is to be jobless, sick *and* subject to mutual obligation.

:-/

Best wishes,

Ivy, in Aus too.
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SydneyJo
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   Posted 6/14/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Spyder,
I too live in NSW and had to give up a Government job last year, although it didnt involve all the paperwork you seem to have. I agree with Ivy apply for disability - I applied for this while still employed and received a part disability which helps with the meds, when I had 8 months off work last year I still couldnt get a full disability as my husband earned too much (for them anyway not us). The forms to fill in for disability are lengthy (keep a copy for yourself so as you know what you told them in case you are questioned further) but Crohns Disease is seen as a disability here in Australia so you should have no trouble receiving a pension. Good luck with your report.
Take care and welcome to HW
Joanne

curley
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   Posted 6/14/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome we are glade that you found us.I am so sorry that you are in a flarebut you have came to the right place,and as you see we have some wounderful people here that will help in any way we can.
Curley
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spyder58
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   Posted 6/14/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Joanne

Thanks for the reply. If I am successful in getting a medical discharge from my NSW Government job I am entitled to receive my invalidity pension from my superannuation. I dont think I will be entitled to any pension from the government, do you think it is worth trying?

Thanks

spyder58

PS Thanks also to Ivy and curley.

SydneyJo
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   Posted 6/15/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Spyder,
No, I wouldnt bother with Centrelink if I were you - all that extra paperwork to fill in for naught. Good luck with your report and let us know how you went.
Take care
Joanne

ivy6
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   Posted 6/15/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
... except that if you could even get a $1 / fortnight pension or a health-care card you'd be able to get concessions, cheaper meds, cheaper doctors' appts, bulk billing for x-rays etc etc etc.

Without a pension card, those extra costs can mount up quite alarmingly.
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SydneyJo
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   Posted 6/15/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeh I thought about the health care card too but is that also supplied with the pension spyder is applying for? If not then I would do the Centrelink thing if only for the cheaper meds etc as Ivy said.

crohnnie1974
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   Posted 6/20/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
i too am on disability due to crohn's, have been for almost a month.  only good until august so i better make the most of it while i can.  i think they will be more intersted in knowing when you will be returning.....if you are longer than 10 weeks they will require the proper documentation from your GI
diagnosed in 2006, had crohns for 10 years
area affected illeum, small intestine, 
asacol, prednisone 40mg, Imuran, small bowel resection 2006.  just diagnosed with SLE this year, still waiting to see a rumey.


spyder58
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   Posted 6/22/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
thankyou to all of you that has replie. I completed my report and handed it in to my work last Friday. I did 3 pages with attachments. I went up to the hospital and got copies of my hospital records and attached those as well I will let you knows how I go.

ivy6
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   Posted 6/22/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Jo, you don't necessarily get health care cards etc with super pensions. My mother didn't, which is why I say that it's best to try as hard as you can to get one. She spent so much on medical things - it wasn't fair.

Good luck with your application, spyder.
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spyder58
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   Posted 6/22/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I will be trying for the health card. Did your mum get the health card?

SydneyJo
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   Posted 6/22/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you finished your report soyder, hopefully you will here something from them soon. Good luck with Centrelink, their paperwork was a nightmare for me, make sure you have a copy of everything you hand over to them, they are good at 'mislaying' things. Keep us posted.
Take care
Joanne

ivy6
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   Posted 6/23/2008 12:51 AM (GMT -7)   
My mother didn't get the health card. Her super pension was just a smidgin over what is allowable for a HCC holder... but the amount that she spent on prescriptions and doctors visits without a HCC pushed her under what she would have got under a normal pension, I think. It wasn't fair.

The take-home lesson is to consult very carefully with whoever's administering your pension. You may be able to put a bit into superannuation so your assessable income isn't affected. You need a HCC, and preferably a pension card.

Good luck.

I.
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