Actually suebear an ostomy can be a reason for disability. Retraining, or otherwise known as Vocational Rehabilitation is handled at the State level. Social Security/Disability is handled at the Federal level. Each program is a separate entity and in no way collaborates with the other. SS/Disability does not determine your status based on whether or not you can be retrained, it is based on whether you can return to any employment you have had within the last 10 or so years. If you are found to meet those standards you are granted SS/Disability based on that, not on what you may possibly be able to do in the future.
An example of an ostomy being a disability by itself comes to play in my situation. After the initial surgery, prior to all of my hernia problems, which has intensified my situation, it was deemed by the surgeon that I shouldn't lift over 25 lbs. My job as an over the road truck driver required me to take a DOT physical (Federally mandated) that one of the requirements is to be able to lift 75 lbs. from the ground to chest level. Also in the job descript
ion there is a requirement to be able to unload a truckload of freight by hand that could weigh up to 45,000 total pounds. This would have been enough to make me a candidate except in my job history there was a period when I was first diagnosed with UC that my employer moved me from driving to a position that was classified as a "dispatch" position. In the normal sense a dispatch job would be able to be done with an ostomy but this position doesn't fit the Government's definition of dispatcher. The only dispatch work I did was to make a weekly schedule of what driver went where then on days that I wasn't having major UC symptoms I would drive and was required to be able to fit the requirements of a truck driver. If it wasn't for my hernia issues that are still unresolved I would still have a case for disability base on the surgeons recommendations and the lifting requirements of the job that I preformed for the last fifteen years.
Vocational Rehab is a nice program but it doesn't pay the bills the two plus years I would be going to school. Some people who have ostomy surgery seem to have no problems and return to work within a few weeks after the surgery but then there are those of us who have had problems or work histories that don't coincide with an ostomy.
Total Colectomy with End Ileostomy May 27th, 2008