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couchtater
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   Posted 5/4/2012 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
mad  Well, I've been fired! mad cry
I've been a teacher for 13 years at this little school. Now they are closing it and sending people to a new school. I was not offered a position at the new school. smhair smhair smhair
I'm trying to decided what to do.
Because of my lupus it is seriously hendering my job possiblities.
I'm sun and fluorescent light sensitive.
I have degenerative disk and facet disease.
I have carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
I get very tired quickly.
I have asthma and several environment allergies.
I keep forgetting things and saying the wrong words.
I'm having trouble with my spelling and retaining what I've read.
 
Job seek?
Unemployment?
Apply for disability?
Opinions welcomed.... confused
Joy

aimsgirl16
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   Posted 5/4/2012 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I would talk to your rhuemy. They can lead you in what they think is the right direction. If they are willing to back you up for disability, than apply!
Amy
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NanaBee
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   Posted 5/4/2012 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry Joy. Do you get to finish out the school year? I know how you feel since I just stopped working in February after 13 years in a charter school. I had to stop because of the Lupus and I am trying to get disability. It has been really hard on me because at the same time we have short sale our house and have to move in less than a month with not enough income coming in. We will most likely end up living with one of our sons until my disability kicks in or I give up and get another job.

Way out your decision carefully and do what is best for you and your family. I know that for me to stop working was right I just wasn't ready for all the financial implications.

Take care,
Mary Ann

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   Posted 5/4/2012 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like the universe may be pointing you toward disability -- I agree with Amy, see if your rheumy will support you, and if so, go for the disability.

Note that in some areas it can take up to 3 years to get approved, but if your area is less populated it may go faster. Some have gotten it in 3 months. (Atlanta, Ga ==> 3 years!)
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couchtater
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   Posted 5/4/2012 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm single and do not own a home. I share a house with my elderly parents and pay them a "rent". The house is life estated to me upon both of their deaths in return for my financial help.
My boss told me I am under contract until May 24th. I'll receive a paycheck until August 31st. My insurance will change greatly without a job.
There's so much to deal with.... I'm so overwhelmed right now!
The reaction for me was so violent that I started throwing up some blood while I was crying. smhair
 
 
Does it have to be a rhuemy to back you up or can your PCP do it?
Joy

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Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/4/2012 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Probably best Dr to back you up is the Dr who is treating you. I put ALL of my doctors on my application to cover all the bases. If the items you listed in the first post have all been diagnosed and documented by doctors it shouldn't be a problem for you to get disability, in my experience.

Social Security Disability is does not care what you own, it's more based on your disability and if you've paid into the SS system long enough.

Don't let this get you down too much - you are very fortunate to have financial stability until the end of August so you have some time to figure this out.

Hang in there!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
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couchtater
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   Posted 5/5/2012 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Should I go the lawyer route first? The procedures for doing this is more than I can handle right now.
Everytime I start thinking about this I start crying all over again. I slept very little last night and today I am just numb. I don't know how I'm going to get through these next 8 days I'm supposed to work without breaking down in front of my students and co-workers.

My boss told me because I am under contract until the 24th I must be at work everyday and to perform my duties as though nothing is wrong.

I'm going to ask for a formal hearing on why I am being dismissed. I have until the 24th to file my request.
Joy

Lynnwood
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   Posted 5/5/2012 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Using a lawyer now will not decrease the paperwork. What you have to fill out is all about you, so you are the one who has to come up with the information. I suggest waiting until after the 24th so you don't have to work at the same time, and just do what you can each day. Slow and steady...
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oreo11
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   Posted 5/5/2012 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,

Reading your thoughts and the responses given breaks my heart. I know that I could easily find myself in the same place. I work for a small, alternative school and as districts keep holding onto to their kids, we are getting fewer and fewer referrals. We laid off 5 people this year and with the stress of having to do more with less, I am really not sure how I will be able to do it next year. I am cutting back one day a week, but who knows??? Your contract says .8 and then you end up working 1.5 FTE!!! When I have really bad days, I think about disability and retiring. The retiring part is difficult because I only have 15 years into the system and I am not sure how my family would be able to make ends meet (I am the main provider). I would also take Lynnwood's advice and go slow. The end of the school year can be so taxing, that you don't want to add anything else to your stress level. I am sending you lots of support and a great big hug!

Laura

couchtater
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   Posted 5/6/2012 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I only have 13 years credit with that school and 14 years credit with the state.
I'm sitting down with a list today and writing down the steps to take.

1. Clear my classroom of my personal belongings.
2. Finish end of year paperwork
3. Contact personal about my insurance coverage (COBRA)
4. Contact unemployment
5. Discuss with lawyer SSD. I may have to scrap by on unemployment until I can prove SSD.
6. Put in applications in surrounding schools for anything available (teacher or para-pro)
7. Talk to my rhuemy and ask for support in my application for SSD.

Should I consider anything else?
Joy

oreo11
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   Posted 5/6/2012 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,

I think you have it covered. Hang in there!!!!

Laura

NanaBee
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   Posted 5/7/2012 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,

Hope your day goes well today. Keep your chin up.

Hugs,
Mary Ann

couchtater
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   Posted 5/7/2012 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I spent all day at the school packing items up and loading up my car twiced. After 8 hours of hard work I'm only 1/3 way done. I have a tone of junk! I found tons of items I had lost or forgotten over the years. I filled a large 55gal trashcan with old papers out of my filing cabinets.
My back is killing me and my hands are achy. At lunch break I couldn't cut my pizza or hold my glass because of violent shaking of my hands.

One of my co-workers came over and hugged me. She told me what everyone has been saying to me "hold your head up proudly and finish the job".
Joy
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