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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 4/14/2010 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone...I'm sort of freaking out and could use any suggestions or personal experience.  I am very excited that I was called so early to be evaluated for this all encompassing outpatient Chronic Pain Rehabilitation program and my evaluation is next Friday ( I found out most people are on a waiting list for a while, but my doctor must have really talked them into seeing me right away).  In any case, I just found out today that it's a 4-6 week program that is every day for around 7-8 hours for at least the first 4 weeks - then they may back you down to 3 or 2 days a week until you are released.  I definitely dont have that much vacation time (our vacation/sick/bereavement is sort of all in one bucket here).  So I'm really worried - I know we have short term disability but if it only ends up being 4 weeks, does short term disability usually work for that small of a period?  I know I may have to take a week or so vacation first - I'm just worried about how it will all work.  Between my mortgage and my student loans, if they pay me any percentage less than what I'm making now I can't cover my bills.  There may be a way to get my student loans deferred, but I don't know if all of them will work - especially the big chunk of private ones...
I really really need to do this program, but I'm freaking out about what this could do to me work-wise...I know I'm protected, but it's still scary.  I also know that I'll be doing work here and there from home most likely - so does that play into the pay or affect the ST disability at all?
thanks to anyone who can provide any guidance...I'm sooo overwhelmed right now shakehead

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 4/14/2010 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybey it might help if you call and ask more questions. I dont know how it works but you can try it and if it causes problems you might be able to get out of it. Sounds like it may be a good opportunity. If you are covered and you can afford to do it, go for it. Just make sure you know as much as you can about it.
 Diagnosed with -FM, Degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis, Lupus., undifferentiated connective tissue disease. 
Medications- Plaquanil, 800 Ibuprofen, Lortab, Cymbalta 

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