Yes Jag, you too are right! on the responsibility falling on me to make sure it is getting done. I knew this going in, and know how many of my friends have had the same trouble with the company getting the paperwork to the right places. I also will have to wear one of those braces. My buddy in my shop just had the same surgery done, and came back to work today after being out 7 weeks. He is still wearing it, and he said his surgeon requires him to wear it for 3 months. He hates it with a passion!
I could not believe they let him come back already, but I noticed that my surgeon told the company that I could be expected to come back in 6 to 8 weeks too. Wow, I think I will be lucky to be able to come back that quick.
The reason for the FMLA filing is so that an employer can not fire you for a serious medical condition, and of course there are many more reasons for it. We are required to file for FMLA and Short term disability both. I thought this was a requirement for most company's, but evidently not according to you. My sister works for another company and is in the same shape as me, or worse, and has had to follow the same process.
Lucky for me at this point, my insurance company pays for everything in full for me. So there should be no out of pocket expense. I know that to be true, because several of my friends at work have had surgeries, and did not have to pay for anything at all. When I had my Heart Attack, it was the same thing. I'm very grateful for this, and am sure in the future this will not be the case, as company's are requiring their employees to divi up some of the cost.
I have at least 6 more years before I can retire, at least I'm hoping so anyway. I'm have been planning for this surgery, and it is one of the reason that I sold the business. I was lucky to exit when I did, and took the profits at the height of its worth or hope I did. The competition was nipping at my heels all the time, and was getting too large to run for my wife and I. We had the time of our lives, and met some wonderful people, who are now friends for life. The business experience was something I will never forget.
Jag, I will take your advice, and keep on top of things as best I can here. Thank you so much for your reply, you are such a positive person, and a good friend. I'm so scared right now, as I realize that this surgery is a serious one, and the outcome will determine my future. None of has a guarantee that things will go well in life, but we have to face the cards we are dealt and do the best we can with the hand.
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.