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Anyone else stressing about the PAPERWORK! Anyone else stressing about the PAPERWORK!

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Unread 11-07-2011, 11:54 AM
Anyone else stressing about the PAPERWORK!

I'm scheduled for a dVH on Nov 17th after a long battle with fibroids, cysts, endo and PAIN! Is anyone else stressing or having concerns with all the forms and paperwork involving in taking a leave of absence for their recovery and insurance approval, etc?

I was given my surgery date Friday Oct. 21, gave my HR dept and the OB/GYN office all my FMLA papers, short term disablity forms,etc that next Tuesday 10/25/11. My employer will only OK the FMLA with the doctor's papers, etc, and I still haven't heard from my insurance if the surgery is approved. AND... my HR dept is telling me the OB/GYN's office is required to have the forms to them in 15 days! Which is Wednesday! When I call the OB/GYN's office, I keep getting transfered to voice mail... *BIG SIGH*

I am totally stressing about everything NOT falling into place. Has anyone ever had a surgery postponed because the paper work was not finished in time???
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Unread 11-07-2011, 12:16 PM
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Just got a call back from the scheduler at my OB/GYN's office. My forms were accidentally put in the back of the chart and found this morning after following up on my voicemails from last week. Okay... it happens. Only now, my doctor is out for the week (sometimes I think this stuff only happens to me!) and the office gal is hoping she can get the okay from another provider to co-sign my doctor's "stamp". And... still no news from my insurance company. SERIOUSLY?!

I need to go back to bed! Dislike MONDAYS
Unread 11-07-2011, 03:01 PM
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Hi Roo831 - I can relate to the whole disability paperwork, etc. I was so stressed about completing the paperwork, getting it in on time, and having it processed on time that I decided NOT to do disability leave. I work from home full time. My doctor said I could work from home within a week. I had the first week totally off and the second week I am only working 1/2 days (4 hours). I was saying to someone today that the worse part of disability leave is not the surgery itself but the disability paperwork and the people who call to talk to you while you are healing!

I had back surgery last year and the paperwork all pulled together at the last minute. Last year my doctors office also misplaced my paperwork, he was in the OR the days I needed him, the staff didn't answer the phone, or they sent in the wrong information. You'll get through it - But probably not without the stress!!
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Unread 11-07-2011, 04:38 PM
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Remima75- I wish I was able to work at home. I'm a night charge nurse in a busy ER, so my doctor was adamant for a full 6 wk recovery, even with a daVinci. I'm trying to relax, LOL, but I think I'm just getting myself more worked up thinking about everything. I can do this!
Unread 11-07-2011, 05:06 PM
Anyone else stressing about the PAPERWORK!

I can say one week post-op that if I did not work from home, there is no way I would be working. Your doctor is absolutely right about the time you need especially with your job.

You'll get through it - I personally just don't understand why they make it so difficult. I think it is intentionally done to discourage leave. . I also have to say my boss is very understanding and is allowing me to take it one day at a time to decide how I feel.
Unread 11-07-2011, 05:16 PM
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How are you feeling after the first week into recovery? I have an understanding boss as well, however, there's only so much she has control over. I'm just jumping through corporate hoops at this point. At least this stress is helping me navigate away from the "other" stressors-- the unknowns and what-ifs.
Unread 11-07-2011, 05:17 PM
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Same boat here. I haven't gotten paperwork for FMLA back from the doctor and my employer wanted it today (HR director said not to worry about it being late as long as she got it before surgery day). I'll call tomorrow and see if I can "facilitate" the process.still haven't heard if insurance has approved surgery. Will ask about that too.
Last time I had to do FMLA paperwork, I had to pay a fee to the surgeons office to get them to fill it out. (not reimbursed by insurance or employer)
I sure hope they get back with you and have good news for you. Heaven knows, this whole process is stressful enough.
Unread 11-07-2011, 05:52 PM
Anyone else stressing about the PAPERWORK!

Originally Posted by Roo831 View Post
How are you feeling after the first week into recovery? I have an understanding boss as well, however, there's only so much she has control over. I'm just jumping through corporate hoops at this point. At least this stress is helping me navigate away from the "other" stressors-- the unknowns and what-ifs.
Roo - feeling pretty good considering I had a hysterectomy one week ago. I know there seem to be a lot of Posts where people have issues, but I can honestly say I am doing well. I have pain in places I never knew I could but that is expected. I am honestly quite happy I was able to go the PTO route - I had a very peaceful week with no calls asking about my recovery and when I plan to return to work. My discharge papers say out of work 6 weeks and if I had been out that long I would go stir crazy. You will be relieved once all the paperwork is said and done. My Dx was cancer so I didn't have to worry about approval. That in itself is stressful.
Unread 11-07-2011, 07:16 PM
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Amazing that surgeons can charge another fee on top of their Pre-OP, OR, Post-op charges, etc. I haven't been notified of any other charges at this point, and the OB/GYN office was very accommodating today-- even acknowledging their filing error, and making sure that even though my doctor is out all week, that her partner signed my FMLA papers and FAX'd them to HR. They still have my work contract deferement and short-term disability papers that she will need to sign, but at least some of my worry has been put at ease. Another bonus, I called my insurance and YES, I am approved for the surgery and 2 nights stay. They said everyone should be getting the "go ahead" papers this week.

Maybe I should have vented about this last week! LOL!
Unread 11-07-2011, 07:21 PM
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On FMLA paperwork, they request that the paperwork be done 30 days prior to your surgery, but there is a disclaimer on the forms that state that less than 30 days is allowed in case of an emergency or where the surgery is taking place in a duration of time less than that. Would it help if you pointed that out to your employer?

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