Your ability to take disability benefits for the days you get Remicade will depend on what your employer's policy says. Typically, short-term disability doesn't kick in until you've been off for 2 weeks. You should, however, be able to use any accumulated sick or vacation leave. Since you've been off work, I assume you're on FMLA. Your doctor should be able to stipulate that you can return for half-days or five hours, or that you can return but must be out one day every 8 weeks for your treatments. This would fall under FMLA until your accumulated days off for the UC reached 12 weeks, and that protects you from being terminated.
You might talk to your supervisor about
whether flexing your time would be possible or about
the possibility of completing some of your work at home. When I go for my infusions I take my laptop with me and work at least part of the time I'm there. My employer has been able to be very flexible in accommodating my special needs, but I made it possible by talking frankly about
it with my supervisor.
Also, if you know that Benadryl makes you to sleepy to function, ask about
taking Zyrtec instead. My infusion center switched and gives everyone 10 mg. of Zyrtec now instead of Benadryl because they had so many people who had to stay for hours waiting for the Benadryl to wear off so they could drive. Zyrtec is less likely to make you tired and sleepy.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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