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renalkid
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   Posted 5/1/2010 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this forum. I'm a dialysis patient with acute kidney failure. I've had kidney failure for about a year now. My employer when I first got sick said don't worry about your attendence, we'll work with you. Well that was the case until a few weeks ago. I got a written warning saying that I need to improve my attendence within 60 days or they will possibley term me because I have missed a lot of work do to doctors apts, hospital stays, etc. or sometimes I just don't feel well enough to go into work. I think they just wanna get rid of me. I've contacted my legal rights services here in Ohio and they are looking into the matter. I just wanna know what you guys think?
Troy

aimsgirl16
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   Posted 5/2/2010 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Troy! Wow, I am so sorry you are having to deal with this from your employers on top of your health issues. I see you are in the US, how big is the company you work for? Is it over 50 people? If so, you can apply for something called the FMLA! (If your company is big enough, I will give you more info about it) Also, have you talked to your doctor about disability? Dialysis is a physially draining event and I am very impressed you have been doing it for a year with work!

renalkid
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   Posted 5/2/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Amy,

Yes I applied for FMLA but I used it all up and not eligable again til May 20. While that's not far off a lot could happen from now til then.

I just started getting SSDI, the reason I'm working is because they are being really slow getting me medicare, I have no idea why, they said I should hear something within a week. I applied all the way back in September! So my employers insurance is the only insurance I can depend on right now, if I'm denied medicare I will fight it. I live in Ohio which is one of the slowest states when it comes to that stuff. My social worker thinks it's because I have my employers insurance and thinks I won't get it for that reason, but I should, right? I tried getting disability through my employer but they will not count dialysis and kidney failure as a disability in my employer's eyes.

 I do customer service which is not too strenious  but still draining and stressful. I work for chase bank which is a huge corperation. I am also blind as well.
Troy

aimsgirl16
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   Posted 5/3/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I am shocked about the disability and the medicare. I would continue to fight that because if you are on dialysis...you get medicare

http://www.medicare.gov/Library/PDFNavigation/PDFInterim.asp?Language=English&Type=Pub&Pubid=10128

I don't have any other ideas of what you can use until May 20th unless you do short term disability (STD). I actually just got off of that for 8 weeks. Today was my 1st day back at work. It is deffinatly worth it and my employer covered for it. You just need your doctor to fill out a form and then call the number that is provided by your insurance company (or call your insurance company first to get the correct paper work) When I filed for it, I got my first STD check after one week of being gone from work. I am sure your doctor will agree to do STD especially if you tell him you need a break, need time to get things under control because the dialysis is draining you and work is becoming to much and you think a break would help!!!

chillicothe
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   Posted 5/4/2010 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Your being blind SHOULD have been an automatic  disability to get your social security disability. I am legally blind,live in Ohio and was on disability for about 12 years before being diagnosed with PKD in 2004. When I went on dialysis they had to change the reason for my disability to kidney disease.
 
When I notified them that I couldn't see,they said blindness was an automatic disability to get social security. I remember them saying you didn't need to have the amount of quarters to get it. You could get it even if you worked only 1 day ,had an accident that blinded you.  I would check on it with your case worker.

renalkid
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   Posted 5/4/2010 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Chillicothe, are you from chillicothe ohio? That's where I grew up.

Amy, I tried STD, my doctor filled out the forms, but I was denied because my employer's STD dept told me dialysis wasn't a disability. My doctor even sent them labs and any info he possibly could think of.

I don't know how they can do that.
Troy

chillicothe
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   Posted 5/5/2010 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chillicothe, are you from chillicothe ohio? That's where I grew up.

Yes,I am from Chillicothe . Been here all 65 years.
Polycystic Kidney Disease,on dialysis for 4 years  3X week 3 hours (be 65 in June),legally blind,Ehlers Danlos Syndrome,arthritus,stenosis of the spine sky high colesterol
 
epo,zemplar,sensipar ,welchole Tylenol as needed


Irishmom4
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   Posted 5/5/2010 3:46 AM (GMT -7)   
My friend had a similar situation and was given the run around. She hired a lawyer that specialized in disability claims and was approved within a few months. It would be worth a try. You deserve the benefits.

Best of Luck!
Elizabeth
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, Prednisone, Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.
 

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