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My Company Knows more health than my DR! My Company Knows more health than my DR!

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Unread 06-26-2002, 02:47 PM
My Company Knows more health than my DR!

I am furious! I had an LAVH/BSO on 6/17 and while I told my DR I would like to go back to work at 4 weeks, she said to wait and see... that she recommends 6 weeks. On Monday, I received my approval for Disability benefits and FMLA approval from my company (major telecom company with 250,000 employees - highly ranked as "Family Friendly") and it showed I was approved for 4 weeks... I didn't think much about it at first, but finally decided to call and see if they made that decision, or if it was based on my DR recommendation. It seems that my DR recommended 6 weeks but that they FEEL that 4 weeks is adequate for this type of surgery! Imagine - the same company that provides you local and LD service is fully qualified to be my medical advisor as well!!!! I'm going to work on my breathing exercises/relaxation techniques now...
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Unread 06-26-2002, 02:49 PM
My Company Knows more health than my DR!

Oops... Subject should be "My company knows more ABOUT health than my DR!"
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Unread 06-26-2002, 03:04 PM
My Company Knows more health than my DR!!

Dear Euripedes,

What can I say other than, ARGHHHH!!!!!

There must be a single, male, somewhere behind that decision!!

Love, Lauren
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Unread 06-26-2002, 04:21 PM
My Company Knows more health than my DR!

Unless the individual has a road map inside your body, he or she had no right to override your Dr.'s orders based on their assumptions - THE NERVE!. Especially since they knew your Dr. required you to have 6 weeks off! I mean what if you had some kind of complication post-surgery! This is more than enough to make you burn up! :burning:

Before surgery, my employer gave my Dr. an FLMA form to complete requesting the estimated time that I would be out. My Dr. put 6 - 8 weeks. I stayed out the whole time.
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Unread 06-26-2002, 04:24 PM
OOPS!

Whoops! I went to make corrections to the first post and missed and sent it anyway! Ha Ha!
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Unread 06-26-2002, 05:45 PM
My Company Knows more about health than my Dr.

Boy!!! You and I sound like we are sort of both in the same position. Read the post titled "Furious Supervisor" under post-ops. Lots of very helpful, and insightful replies, which I am using!!!

Good Luck
Patti
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Unread 06-26-2002, 06:03 PM
My Company Knows more health than my DR!

You have the legal right to be off for a medical problem for up to 12 wks under FMLA as long as you have been employed with this company for 1 yr. They CAN NOT legally refuse to give this to you. If your Dr said that you are to be off for 6 wks, you have 6 wks. Suggest to your employer that they read the FMLA regulations again.

Now my company sent back my forms and I was given 5 wks of approved leave. My Dr said 6 wks, they approved 5. The only thing that means is they will only cover me for 5 wks of "salary continuation" (a benefit for approved sick leave) for a hysterectomy. Beyond that I would have to use my PTO (paid time off). But they were not telling me I had to come back to work at 5 wks. Maybe that was what they were referring to.

Caren
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Unread 06-26-2002, 06:16 PM
My Company Knows more health than my DR!

I had just the opposite problem. My doc approved for me to go back to work at 4 1/2 weeks post-op. I teach junior high and was anxious to get back to finish up the school year and I felt great. The secretary in the school office told me I could NOT come back yet because it took her 8 weeks to recover from her TVH a few years before and there was no way I was ready at 4 1/2 weeks from TAH/BSO. Therefore I would have to stay home and miss the ending of the year. I won and went back to work and have been fine ever since.

Judy

TSH/BSO May 1 Cute doc took everything out
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Unread 06-26-2002, 06:27 PM
My Company Knows more health than my DR!

TSH/BSO May 1 Cute doc took everything out

Judy,

I will put my "cute" doc up against your "cute" doc!!! My niece was in the holding area with me before my surgery and said she thinks my Doc is the cutest one in the hosptial!! She was right! (gee he is a good doc and nice too!! Wonder if his wife would give him to me???)
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Unread 06-26-2002, 06:32 PM
My Company Knows more health than my DR!

Caren,

I will match my cute doc to yours! He is wonderful and actually helps me sit up after each exam everytime I go to see him. The first time it really surprised me. My gyn is a woman and she always let me struggle to sit back up after the stirrups. My sexy surgeon gives me a hand and makes sure I am comfortable.

Judy

PS At my last follow=up I found out he was dicvorced. Too bad he is about 20 years younger!!!


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