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   Posted 2/13/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I was brought by ambulance to the hospital, and admitted for 4 days, in January. My doctor has me out on disability right now, and I am on a course of Prednisone. I am getting a colonoscopy next week and then a follow up appt 2 weeks later in order to go over the results and discuss possibly starting Remicade, and to see where I'm going from there. My boss was very understanding right after this happened... which is kind of ironic because before that she basically dismissed my Crohn's as a an upset stomach and never understood the seriousness of the disease. Anyhow, she heard from one of my other co-workers that I'm having the test and now wants to know my treatment, basically step by step. She called me and left a message last week to "see how I am and to touch base". I never called her back and so she called me again today.. she wanted to know when my test was and when I'm going to the doctor... I told her and now she wants me to call her every week to let her know what's going on. Frankly, I'm out on disability because my doctor feels that this is the best thing for me right now. Until I meet with my doctor and we both feel that I'm well enough to return, there isn't anything to "update" about. I understand that she's concerned about workload, blah blah, but I went in one day to go over my work with her and one of my co-workers so that I wasn't leaving them in a bind; and I also let her know that if a specific question came up, they could call me about it. I know that they are fine, work wise, right now. Does she have the right to question me the way she is and to require me to call her every week for updates? I feel like this is an invasion of my privacy. Any thoughts?

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   Posted 2/13/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe its just truly out of concern for you. I know my bosses like me to update them when I am out, but not on a weekly basis, they just want to know how I am doing. Most of the time when I am out, I usually talk to one of my friends here at work, and then she diseminates the information to everyone else.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 2/13/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately it's not... she specifically said "in case we start getting busy"... thanks, though!
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's/Colitis at age 16, then with Proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, tapering dose of 40mg Prednisone... considering Remicade

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   Posted 2/13/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
If she is asking specific questions like when your tests are and when you are going to the Dr. I would say that is an invasion of your privacy. I would check out the employment laws in your area. If you have a union you might want to ask them about it. It seems weird to me.

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   Posted 2/13/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
It does seem weird if she isn't genuinely concerned for you. But I can sympathize with her position a little bit. She doesn't really understand what this is all about and maybe she has never been seriously sick. She is trying to plan workload and has to make a decision about whether she needs to ask for a temporary employee (if she can get one). She has demands placed on her and she needs to produce and plan properly. Also, maybe another employee took advantage of her before, you just never know.

I don't know what employers have to do when an employee goes out on diability. Are they required to submit regular documentation?? I don't know. You may want to ask her if there is some information she really needs to comply with a law or the company's rules. Then thank her for her concern and tell her you will be sure to contact her if your condition changes.
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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