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   Posted 7/23/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi: : I am finally returning to work after almost 2 months of disability and I am worried.

My boss has not returned any calls. The Disability claim representative keeps telling me they will render

a re-decision on a turned down claim (My dr was out of town and could not meet their paperwork deadline)

He wrote me back in for 4 hours a day. I heard back from HR that I should go in and fill specific paperwork.

I left two messages for my boss letting her know about my return date and asked if I can work 12-4 (best for business

needs and myself) I never heard back from her.

They already put me on a behavioral warning for something I did not do.

Any experience? Any advice I really need it. I have decided that rather than going in at 12 I am going to go

in at my start time and let her know I did not know what she preferred. My worst fears

are that they are going to fire me and the disability group is going to say you are denied again.

I need to remain calm for my health...I may have now had a seizure and I am working with my Dr to see if I

have developed anti - bodies to Remicade - Wow what a ride. Any advice = Thanks.

Sera Smiles
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   Posted 7/24/2008 1:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Star! It sounds like you have several things going on at once. Lets break them apart so you can focus without driving yourself crazy. Take the job first- the warning- it sounds like it may be a written one in your file- if so, consider [unless you have done this] adding a written response to the warning for your file- stating why you feel it was something wrong for them to have given you. Explain yourself calmly, factually, without emotion. That way, should it become an issue, you have a response and you won't have to deal with memory only should it become necessary to deal with it. I think your idea of going in at your start time is best, that way you are showing them that you are playing fair and have earned the right to ask them to do the same. ALso- if you do not have an employee handbook with policies/procedures, get one and hang on to it. BE familiar with thei policies that concern your type of situation. If you have documents from the doc, share them with the boss and ask that together you decide what your new job description will be [if necessary], then ask that the new info be a part of your file, and keep a copy for yourself. These may be tough things to do alone, do you have access to any kind of advocate- like human resources or employee assistance? Also- when was the last time you were evaluated at work, and does the employer do regular, consistent evaluations? Most likely, the employee handbook lays all that out, and if they are like 90% of US employers, they don't follow their own rules. If they have not evaluated you like they were meant to, this can be to your advantage- if they complain about something that you were not evaluated you on, they can not hold you accountable. I wish you the best on your first day back- take it easy, don't try and be superwoman, and take it an hour at a time. Let us know how you are and how your first day back goes. We are pulling for you!
"Its never too late to be who you might have been" George Eliot

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   Posted 7/24/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm also thinking about filing for disability after this school year.  I was under the impression that if you worked at all you couldn't get disability.  In fact I thought you had to be off from work a certain amount of time before you could even file.  I posted once before on this subject, but I don't know much about it. 
LuckyStar, my thoughts and prayers are with you.  I hope the decision is made soon.  Keep us informed on anything you find out about it.  I would like to learn more.
God Bless!
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   Posted 7/27/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry LuckyStar I missed this post. I wish you the best in going back to work. I think Sera gave you some great advice. Only you know what you can and can't do so give yourself a break if you can't handle it.
Good Luck
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   Posted 7/28/2008 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Star, how are you? I am hoping that your work is going well and you are feeling alright. Let us know how its going!
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