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Dreading return to work...anyone else? Dreading return to work...anyone else?

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Unread 01-03-2005, 07:36 AM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

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Unread 01-04-2005, 01:35 AM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

Yes, I agree too. I think if you go back to work and get everything squared away that would stop your disability. Didn't it take 2 weeks no pay before you were eligible? That's what happened to me. I had to be off for 2 weeks then the disibility kicked in. If I go back then it's cut off and I am sure they can't still get you money for those additional 2 weeks.

I, stupidly, asked for an additional 2 weeks from the doc but the stupid part is that I didn't have her call the insurance company or me needing to be the middle woman on it call them to set me up for those additional 2 weeks. It's not a whole lot of money but since right now I only have a dollar to my name I am kicking myself I didn't fix that problem before!! I wonder if I still can call it in?
Unread 01-04-2005, 02:06 AM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

Bunny Nose, I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean...about the insurance and the middleman???? I plan to ask my doc for the extra 2 weeks, too. (He had said before, that he would approve it..although, I'm half expecting the receptionist to give me a hard time about it...her and the doc never seem to agree on anything) Anyway, I want to make sure I don't screw anything up, so can you explain what you mean??? Thanks. I agree that once you go back, if you find out that it is too much, it's too late to back out and still get paid, and I don't want to take that chance.
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Unread 01-04-2005, 02:38 AM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

It too me forever to get disability in the beginning. I had to play phone tag between my doctor's office and the insurance company. The insurance company needed the fax number...gave it, no response. I had to call doc office to ask about why wasn't anyone responding....are you a patient here? (my doc switched from moonlighting at my office to me going to her regular office and the receptionists didn't know me...lovely a week before my surgery that was!!) So after getting switched around it seemed since my doc's office is in a big "center facility" they had a special person that takes care of insurance issues..another middle man. So after talking to this person about needing verification to my insurance company about who, what, why, and where..new fax number too. It got all straightened out. But I had to be the one to initiate everything. The insurance agency made it seem like it was my job to get them the info sent to them and they do not call anyone. Weird.

And of course since my doc extended my time (I asked her to) right before x-mas I was too busy being behind in shopping, wrapping, & baking I didn't take the time out to do the calling. Now I am kicking myself over my forgetfulness/laziness in the subject.

Sorry if this confuses you anymore than necessary!!
Unread 01-04-2005, 09:00 AM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

It shouldn't really be a problem, but I would go ahead and call them today and let them know you got another 2 weeks.
And yes, if you go back to work and then the next day have to go back out again, you lose it all, so you need to make sure that you can really do your job.
Unread 01-04-2005, 10:27 AM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

Okay, I understand now. I got the forms from my work, filled them out and gave to my doctor, and they took care of everything, although I've only gotten one check so far and I've been out 5 weeks. Since you never went back to work, though, you shouldn't have to do anything. You should keep getting the checks until you send them something saying that you went back....at least that's what I would assume...
Unread 01-04-2005, 10:44 AM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

I am a school teacher and am on my feet all day. I have to say thatI was fortunate to have the summer break before goi g back to work and that it was12 weeks in total. It did make a difference and I was very tired to start with but I'm pleased to say that I too found that I got stronger quite quickly as long as I was happy to let things slide a bit at home. (never been a problem letting things slide !!). I have now been back at work 3 months and I feel as if I am back to normal. I really never thought it would happen but it does. Normal life does resume and in my case, so much better that before.
Good luck to all you ladies returning to work. Dont panic just be sensible. It does get better. XX
Unread 01-05-2005, 05:47 PM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

This is for those of you who requested the extra two weeks off before returning to work...how long did you wait before making the request? I'm due to go back to work on Tuesday, but don't think I'm up to it. However, as this is only Wednesday, I'm afraid that if I ask too soon, they will say, "Oh you still have a week, you'll be okay". Yet, I want to give some notice to my work place and not catch them by surprise, as they have a temp filling in for me while I'm gone.
Unread 01-06-2005, 05:04 AM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

I have been a very naughty girl. I personally haven't been informing my employer about my well being. I think I am being childish about not talking to them since they never called to check on me. With over 200 employees I doubt they notice. I have a few friends that call and check on me. In fact, I told the one yesterday I might need to take the rest of the month off. If after doing laundry on Monday and being in such pain on Tuesday how can I possibly do my duties at work for 8 hours? We talked about me going "restricted" to work and that really isn't an option for me. If I can't be there 100% I might as well take the time I need to fully recovery without pain in the process!

But for me getting the additional two weeks...I told my doctor at my 4 week appt. that I didn't think 2 more weeks would be enough for me to recoop. She changed our next appt. for a month later (ie today). I informed her that even if she gave me the go ahead at work if I was unable to perform my duties fully I would have to take additional time out via personal leave and not medical. She okay'd the additional 2 weeks. I now and going into my appt. 8 weeks out with pain in my left side, on/off again stabbing pain in my middle incision area (vertical). If I go out grocery shopping, not lifting anything but 12 can case of pop I still need pain meds and lay down. I guess I am a slow healer or it's all in my head. But taking the time off now is best than not being able to do my "mom" duties during the girl's sports season starting up next week!!
Unread 01-06-2005, 06:09 PM
Dreading return to work...anyone else?

I found out that I can't go back to work till I'm cleared at 100%. My biggest problem with this is that I ran out of sick days as of the 3rd of this month and am now out of work and not getting paid. Being a single mother, this is of course, very hard on me. I only get paid once a month (since I work for our school board) and if my Dr. won't clear me till the six week mark, then I'm doomed not to have any money at the end of this month and will end up owing money due to insurance for my son being taken out.

Those of you that have talked about getting paid by insurance, what sort of insurance are you talking about? I didn't take our short term disibility insurance because you had to be out of work for 6 months before it came into effect...what sort of good is that? And I don't know of anything in our state that would help. The FML Act won't do me any good since it's not about getting time off, but getting money to pay the bills with that is going to be trouble.

Anyone have any ideas?

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