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   Posted 3/15/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I just filed a claim this morning. Does anyone know how long it generally takes to recieve the first check? I asked the person on the phone and she said I could check my claim status online in 4-5 days. So I thought I would ask you guys and see what your experiences with it were. Also with my insurance we get 60 percent of pay. I had been working a reduced schedule, will I get 60 percent of the reduced schedule or 60 percent of a full time schedule.

Another thing...suggestions on what to do with my time? Sewing or something along those lines are out of the question. I have been given some books to read. What do/did you do with your time? (besides resting)

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   Posted 3/15/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Once I had finances under control so I could really rest, I found myself sleeping much more than I expected. It's like once you don't have to force yourself to keep going, you can finally relax and get some deep restorative sleep.

I spent my time reading, resting, (gathering, preparing, eating and cleaning up after a decent meal), doing all the basic household things I let fall between the cracks as I struggled to keep working....movies, tv, sometimes museums or short day trips (if someone else is driving). I only do one outside-the-home thing a day, and usually not consecutive days or it's too exhausting.
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   Posted 3/15/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   

I took up knitting, at first because it helped distract me from the pain in my hands, but ultimately it has become my social network. And I feel like I'm being creative. I knit gifts for people, and hang out at our local yarn shop with other knitters when I feel up to getting out, usually once a week. We have a close comaraderie and knit, talk, and laugh together. It's inexpensive to get started and you can get all the "how to" info you want online.

I also got a kindle and read more now that I can change the font on the page to "huge". And I encourage my non-working girlfriends to come over and hang out with me.

I believe you'll find what's right for you. Surely you have talents or hobbies you've thought about taking up. Once you figure this one out, let us know. I'll be curious to know how you're spending your time. The hardest part is to not become a hermit and lose contact with the outside world.

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   Posted 3/15/2010 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
You should get 60% of your regular schedule pay. I think my work said there was a 1 week wait period, and then it kicks in.

I've only been on my 8 week rest for 2 weeks, and I've been sleeping a lot too. I go to sleep around 2 AM, wake up at 10 to eat breakfast and take meds, and then go back to sleep until 1:30. :-) I haven't been able to do a whole lot because now I have tendonitis, but I do what I can around the house. I play loud music when I'm cleaning. smilewinkgrin I also read a lot... I know you have a kitty that's gonna love your extra attention! Mine couldn't be happier haha. I've been making handmade cards for my grandma and for the people at work who have sent me cards. I've been considering doing some crafts that I could sell to make a little extra money to help with all the medical bills.

On the days I feel up to it, I try to work in a little exercise. It's really easy to get in the pattern of just laying in bed, so be sure to work your muscles a bit haha. I just do some lunges and squats now and then for my legs, and when my arms aren't hurting too bad I just dance around a little bit for fun. Do silly girl stuff! I've been painting my nails and giving myself pedicures.

Take the time to just relax! I thought I was going to hate not working, but it's really nice to take a break! Be a happy little bum for awhile. <3


P.S. I think you'd be good at writing poetry.

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   Posted 3/18/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy. This is a really good topic for all of us who don't work. The only thing I can add that hasn't been mentioned is jigsaw puzzles. I'm addicted. Since I have lots of neuro problems, I get frustrated with computer games. I can take my time with puzzles and still feel like I'm using my brain. BTW my pets love that I'm home too! Love ya Sis. Donna
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   Posted 3/22/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Amy, so far since I've been out of work I haven't done a darn thing but rest! But there are things I want to do like: read the Harry Potter series, scan and make copies of OLD pics, make my son and daughter a photo album of some of their baby pics and pics of their grandmother that passed in 2003, she was only 54

I would love to learn to sew, knit, crochet, something but I'm afraid my hands wouldn't hold out.

I also want to redo my daughter's bathroom in GA Bulldogs... that should be fun!

I could take up scrap booking, but I think that could get expensive!

We could always take a trip somewhere WARM!!!! ROAD TRIP!!! LOL
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   Posted 3/22/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences/suggestions. This wasnt near as hard as I thought it would be. I didnt have to worry long about fianances, I have already recieved my first check and I started the claim last Monday. I thought that was very impressive.

I find myself sleeping most of the time, which is very nice. In my free time I try to paly with the animals and my outings last week were doctors and church!!! Tomorrow I will be going to see my brother graduate from some special army training program in Augusta and will be bringing my parents back up home with me on Wednesday so they can spend some time and my mom has been a nurse for 40 years so she is gonna help me out a little bit!

I agree Stacie, I am worried about my hands or I would take up sewing. I still might give it a shot and sew/knitt some hats for the cancer center at my hosptial...they provided me with several hats when my hair fell out and I would like to repay the favor back for other people who are going through chemo.
If I have enought energy I will go to my womens bible study every tuesday morning!!! so Yup, I think I have found plenty of things to keep me busy when I am not sleeping! LOL.

HMMM...road trip, how about to Hawaii or Costa Rica, LOL...both have volcanoes and I love volcanoes and I know they are generally warm places.!!
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