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   Posted 10/8/2007 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all... its been a while since I posted.  Just a quick catch up:  going through divorce, just finished a nasty flare, still working 50 hours a week.
Now, my question:  I am filing FMLA with my employer for doctors appointments, testing, etc...  for those times when I have to take a whole day to go to the Rheumy.  Someone close to me suggested this and after looking at the paperwork, there is an "ongoing medical condition" category that would encompass this.  I have taken all of my vacation and personal time for my illness this year, and would feel so much safer filing.  I am the sole provider to my children at this time and the stress and worry over losing my job because of this illness is only making me worse.
Anyone else done this?
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
Meds:  Medrol injections; Darvocet as needed, Methotrexate, Benadryl, Zyrtec

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   Posted 10/8/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
hey, Victoria...I have FMLA though my employer. If, your doctor fills out the paper work right, you can even get your vacation back. Back in April I was out for the whole month...all covered by FMLA. For me after 8 days I go on short term.

If, you go out for yourself, you may still get pay for yourself....

These are the things you should be able to find out...

Best to you, Frank
Enjoy what you can today and leave the rest for another day.

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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Victoria, I have never filed with FMLA, I just wanted to give you a *hug* and let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care

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   Posted 10/8/2007 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Great topic Victoria. Keep us posted . . . an I hope someone here knows more about it. Sorry you are having so much trouble.


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   Posted 10/8/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a disability insurance through my job that allowed me to take a MLA and still retain 60% of my income for a year. It's not alot, but it's better than nothing. I certainly hope this all works out for you and your children. God Bless you, Judi

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   Posted 10/9/2007 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I wish you luck. I will be getting my OB to fill one of those out for my pregnancy and my Rheumy for the lupus and RA. These will be for my husband so he can be sure he won't be penalized. I am considering having him get one for his blood pressure, thyroid, and blood sugar issues because he needs to see the doctor regularly and evening apts for 5pm take until 830 to get out of the office.
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   Posted 10/9/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Victoria.  Prior to being diagnosed with Lupus in Oct 2005, I took almost three consecutive months of FMLA.  My psychiatrist provided the documentation.  I didn't get paid during that time, but I still had a job waiting for me. I sure hope everything goes smoothly for you and that you start feeling better. ((Hugs))

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   Posted 10/9/2007 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Victoria,

   I'm sorry to hear you are going through so much...((Hugs)). I don't know anything about the FMLA but, I do see alot of those forms come through the docs office I work in. I wish you all the best and please update us when you can. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


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   Posted 10/10/2007 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks to all who responded.... I will muddle through this and try to post on the results of filing this with my employer.  Hopefully, I can help others in my same situation.  :-)





Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
Meds:  Medrol injections; Darvocet as needed, Methotrexate, Benadryl, Zyrtec

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   Posted 10/15/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Bump!! Up you go for Emerson!!
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