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Today is Wednesday...returning to work despite not feeling well....

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My doctor said my condition was not serious and therefore I do not quality for a leave of absence so I am returning to work today. I have had a headache and dizziness for a week now and plan to get a second opinion from an ENT doctor just in case it is an inner ear problem. (The docs at the hospital suggested this if my internist was not able to figure out what was wrong with me.) I was given a Z-pak by my internist but no change.

I am not allowed to be out of work more than 3 days without a leave of absence and I have exceeded that. I think I will probably be given a warning and be put on probation according to the rules at my job. At this point I don't know if the doctor changed her opinion regarding seriousness of my illness or not.

I was extremely upset yesterday through all the phone calls and have started losing my voice again but this morning it seems to be back.

I hope I start to feel better soon and plan to "stick it out" at work no matter what (unless I fall on the floor and injure myself). It all seems a little strange that we are not allowed more than 3 sick days in a row without a doctor's approval of it being a serious condition. Perhaps next time I feel unwell I will ask for a week of vacation (even though a recent email said the department was short people and most vacation requests would not be honored).

Talk about being between a rock and a hard place!!!! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/26/2011 1:52AM

    Praying for you that you are soon feeling better. Sorry you can't get the time off you need to recuperate as your health should be first!!!

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FITMARY 5/25/2011 8:27AM

    Well, there's work and there's work. Take it easy, even though you are going in. You don't have to overdo! Your health comes first!

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Up to have medications and coffee, then back to bed...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I have to stay home at least today and tomorrow. Since I am on leave of absence (even though doctor filled out papers incorrectly) I have to give my employer 2 days notice before returning to work. I tried going back to work yesterday but only made it it through about 4 hours before feeling too sick to stay. I took some medications hoping that would help with headache but migraine meds did not work on earache or sinus headache (which I have I am not sure).

I still have some dizziness but it is not as severe as previously but I am going to take it easy today and rest as much as possible. Yesterday was my last Z-pak pill (5 day antibiotic burst). It is supposed to keep working another 5 days or so.

So I will have my coffee and pills and a small meal (cannot take the meds on empty stomach adn go back to bed shortly. emoticon

P.S. I have deleted my first video blog as I was driving myself crazy trying to figure out what I was saying (mumbling? or was it dysarthria? or was it something else?).....

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DIDMIS 5/24/2011 6:20PM

    Sorry you feel emoticonthe weather.

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MSLZZY 5/24/2011 7:54AM

    Sleep, dear friend, and speed the recovery along. I will be here for you-hugs!

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I went to work but left after about 4 hours....

Monday, May 23, 2011

I needed to stay off work a little longer. I did still have dizziness, headache and extremely sore throat. I also had to talk on the phone with HR people and voice was quite hesitant. I was a bit concerned by the garbled talk on my video from yesterday and need to ask my doctor about that. I went home and slept from about 2:00 until 5:00 but still feel unrested. Time for some pills and am going to drink some water and perhaps some warm tea. People at work were concerned about my driving home but I did not have a problem. I think tomorrow will be my last day home and will need a return to work slip from my doctor for Wednesday. emoticon

I waited awhile for migraine medication to work, but I think the headache is more like a sinus headache.

I was hoping I would feel "all better" after my 3 hour nap but I think I need another 12 hours of sleep to fix me. After a light supper, I will return to bed and get some more rest. Tomorrow I will see how I feel and will call my doctor if I think Wednesday will be a good day to return to work.

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BARBAELLEN 5/24/2011 12:17AM

    Labrynthitis? If so, the dizziness can come and go for a while. Rest, and don't push it with the driving!

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MSLZZY 5/23/2011 11:14PM

    Do take care of yourself-hugs!

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MUSIC66 5/23/2011 8:19PM

    hope your better soon.

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And another thing(s)....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

When it rains it pours....

I had my doctor fill out the papers for the short term leave due to my inner ear problem and possible sinus infection with vertigo. I am now able to drive but lost my voice on Wednesday morning. It is impossible to do business on the phone and it seems that my doctor (a dear blond gal, I might mention) has incorrectly filled out the form which means in order to get it straightened out (get her to re-do it) I will have to take half a day off work in order to get her to fill out a new form. I thought I would be able to return to work on Monday (when the Z-pack is finished) but am not feeling very well yet. I do have an email address for the HR people and hope they will answer me when I inquire if the form was filled out correctly or not.....(Dr. checked that it was NOT a serious condition, but then did check "needed hospitalization," "required prescription medications", etc. ) I think she thought it was not serious cause I am able to walk around, my heart and lungs sounded fine.

Another item requiring a phone call is asking my home insurance WTF happened to my new reduced premium that was instated 2 weeks ago? I now got a bill for the new due date in July with the same old higher premium I have been paying all along? I might have to ask someone to make this phone call for me as I am very frustrated about this situation (this is a $300 difference in premium).....

And another thing....I want my voice back. There are so many things we need our voice for, like talking on the phone.

And one more thing....I have had eye problems this year and take medication for the muscles of the eyes which works great, but one of the possible side effects of the meclizine (Antivert) given for the vertigo is blurry vision.....Today I am taking about 13 prescription medications and by Tuesday I should be back to my usual 10. Oh, JOY!!!!

End of rant.... emoticon

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BARBAELLEN 5/22/2011 5:29PM

    Keep ranting! That's what we're here for!

I think right now you're experiencing the "if it's not one thing, it's another" phenomenon. I think you're due for some plain ol' uneventful days real soon!
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CATLADY52 5/22/2011 12:42PM

    Better to rant than not. I hope you can resolve the problem with your home insurance company. I just went throught a similar situation. Mine concerned an address problem that talking to a real agent resolved. emoticon

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Day five of no voice (not useful anyhow)....sound like frog croaking...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I was going to do a video blog but still have not figured out how to do it. I will try today so you can hear me croaking.... emoticon


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