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Lifting 50+ pounds 6 weeks post op (NOT LIKELY????) Lifting 50+ pounds 6 weeks post op (NOT LIKELY????)

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Unread 11-09-2009, 05:48 PM
Lifting 50+ pounds 6 weeks post op (NOT LIKELY????)

Sisters Please advise me My employer called me today and told me that I had lost my position because my fmla ran out. I had a neck surgery in sept, had to wait ten weeks for my Da Vinci hyster I have ajob that I am supose to return to Dec 1 the position they have moved me to bottom of the totum pole **** job, intails me to lift 50 lbs for 8 hours. She tells me if I come with any restrictions what so ever that they will not accomidate me. In mind mind I won't have a job. Can you sisters tell me will I be able to lift 50 + pounds for eight hours 6 days a week? I say no way. I say I will be unemployed? Help!! Thanks so much
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Unread 11-09-2009, 05:55 PM
Re: Lifting 50+ pounds 6 weeks post op (NOT LIKELY????)

I would say no way. You may be able to collect unemployment, not sure how that works.
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Unread 11-09-2009, 06:03 PM
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OH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That just aggrevates me to no end!!!! Nothing like having an understanding employer.
Although your dr may release you to "normal" activities at 6 weeks, I certainly wouldn't go lifting 50 lbs or more for 6 hrs a day (or even for one minute per day). That is ridiculous. I can't imagine that would be good for your neck either, since you just had surgery there as well. I wouldn't have been able to lift that much all day BEFORE I had a surgery.
I realize the economy is tough and you don't want to be without a job, but it sounds like this one is detrimental to your well-being.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Unread 11-09-2009, 06:05 PM
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Hun I think you need to find yourself a better employer. I understand that if your job requires something of you, you are suppose to do it, UNLESS you physcially can't for a while, then maybe your employer could I dont maybe actually have a heart and accomidate you until you can return to full duty. What is with people this month, does no one care about anyone else anymore. Sorry I just understand why people have to be so mean towards others. I am not saying I am some kind of saint but I treat others how I want to be treated. You said that your employers is a female jeeeze she should have some compassion towards you I am sure she would not like it if the roles were reversed.
Sorry to rant like this I am not having a very good day dealing with other people who I thought were suppose to have compassion towards me and suppose to be there for me when needed, but that is a whole nother story.
Take care hun
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Unread 11-09-2009, 06:59 PM
Re: Lifting 50+ pounds 6 weeks post op (NOT LIKELY????)

OH sisters thank you so much. I knew I wasn't wacking out by thinking I could battle this. All the money that is being paid for this Da Vinci and the pain ad suffering from it, I know I will heal and I will be darned if I am going to wreck it by overworking. I feel I am much more important than pretending and toughing it out. I can't say details but my last surgery was work related and I have a long battle with that. Everything happens for a reason. I am tired and having boughts of pain today. I slept 12 hours last night and 3 today. I am slowly working on the laundry. My husband thank god is helping me tremendously. Now I have all this work issues to worry about. I actually was totally expecting what they told me today. I was as high up as I could go she tells me that she feels for me because I am such a good worker, but the employer policy is what is doing it. If it happens it happens. All the more time to heal. yes I should be able to collect unemployment due to health. If I stole or violated my job then no I wouldn't be able to. I agree this world has become a rotton black hole, and its going to get worse. I have other options in mind. I was a cna for 9 years but 15 years ago I can go take the class over and get back into that. where I know I will be happy. If I have to go flip burgers at the local McDonalds well so be it. I also own and operate a carpet cleaning business I can kick that back into high gear. I will do what ever it takes to gaurd my health. Lots invested in it. I am so thankful I have all of you to stand by me. Makes me feel so much better and to know I am not cracked or playing hookie as many think. If I could get back on the horse after being bucked and kicked to near death I can do anything. I will keep you posted.
Much Love to all
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Unread 11-09-2009, 07:03 PM
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wow! hugs and prayers to you! No way can you do this at 6 weeks! I want to backpack again and I am hoping I can lift my 50-pound pack in July of 2010!

You poor thing - not very nice of your employer

on a bright note my hubby is a GM of an agency and after what he has seen me go through, he would go to the ends of the earth to accommodate a gal who had this wretched surgery!
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Unread 11-10-2009, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by love da vinci View Post
Sisters Please advise me My employer called me today and told me that I had lost my position because my fmla ran out. I had a neck surgery in sept, had to wait ten weeks for my Da Vinci hyster I have ajob that I am supose to return to Dec 1 the position they have moved me to bottom of the totum pole **** job, intails me to lift 50 lbs for 8 hours. She tells me if I come with any restrictions what so ever that they will not accomidate me. In mind mind I won't have a job. Can you sisters tell me will I be able to lift 50 + pounds for eight hours 6 days a week? I say no way. I say I will be unemployed? Help!! Thanks so much
I like you keep inquiring about job security, but I have been assured my position will not be filled. I am scheduled to return Nov. 30th.

Oh I hope by then we will be healed enough!

Where I work I am required to turn patients in bed and assist them in transferring and toileting and so on. Originally my drs nurse said oh "you can probably go back to work at 4 weeks"..."where do you work?" When I told her where I work she said "Oh no, you will need 6 weeks!"

When I inquired as to whether I would go back with no restrictions she felt confident that was possible. I am hoping and praying it is! I have not been doing much walking, but after reading this and post by others...I think I'm gonna take a nice warm shower, get dressed, put on the walking shoes and get to it. Maybe I'll make it past the end of the driveway today! LOL I live in the country...so the end of my driveway is a bit of a walk. LOL

I'll let you know if I make it past the getting dressed part! lol I already feel I need a nap aka my site name napster.

Best wishes and LOTS of prayers!
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Unread 11-10-2009, 01:00 PM
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Glad that question is being brought up. I work in the health care industry and forget what the weight bearing restrictions are. A lot of the jobs will not take you back on "light duty". I am so sorry you lost your job, but you have to make yourself a priority.
Hang in there. I know my job entails a lot of walking, so I am taking walks as much as I can. Does anyone out there know how much we can safely lift after six weeks surgery? Thanks!
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Unread 11-10-2009, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by love da vinci View Post
Sisters Please advise me My employer called me today and told me that I had lost my position because my fmla ran out. I had a neck surgery in sept, had to wait ten weeks for my Da Vinci hyster I have ajob that I am supose to return to Dec 1 the position they have moved me to bottom of the totum pole **** job, intails me to lift 50 lbs for 8 hours. She tells me if I come with any restrictions what so ever that they will not accomidate me. In mind mind I won't have a job. Can you sisters tell me will I be able to lift 50 + pounds for eight hours 6 days a week? I say no way. I say I will be unemployed? Help!! Thanks so much
I have a question, who do you work for? Do you work for a private company or the gov't? I do know in some places that just can't fire you because you have had surgery, this law is called reasonable accommodations. You need to check with your HR and whomever your boss is they better be correct making those type of statements. It's makes me so mad. I have been a supervisor for over 10 years and I just happen to know the law when it comes to employees rights. They can't just fire you. They can tell you that they don't have any light duty for you and that you will have to stay home until you recover but to say you will lose your job, oh no, that's a law suit. Who knows when they are going to be sick and have to be out of work. That's a bunch of crap
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Unread 11-10-2009, 01:27 PM
Re: Lifting 50+ pounds 6 weeks post op (NOT LIKELY????)

No way. Even if you are released & healing great, you are supposed to ease back into it. Not all of a sudden start lifting that amount constantly. I would be afraid of the damage you could do & I don't think it would be worth it. I am so sorry you have been put in that position. I think I would be looking for a new job.
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