My knee replacement surgery (which would have to wait until January of next year if FMLA rules were in effect) was scheduled after I agreed to be layed off. It turns out the timeframe requested by the company exactly matches my full time disability leave for having my surgery (May 21st through July 5th). I can then return half days for 2-3 weeks and hopefully things will work out okay. Instead of a layoff without pay I will get disability payment of 60% of my regular pay (which ain't much hay), but it is much better than no pay for 6 weeks.
I might even be able to use FMLA time for any possible extra half time needed.
I am still in shock (a bit) that I am finally going to have my other knee replacement done. After my ER visit this week I definitely met the out-of-pocket for the year of $2000, so I won't have to cough up any money for this costly procedure.
I also had some good news about my recovery time. I will be in the hospital 3-4 days and can stay up to 2 weeks in the rehab facility and then when I go home they will send nursing care for blood draws (I have to have Coumadin draws) and I can have PT at home twice a week since I won't be able to drive for a month after surgery and my husband is not allowed to drive any more. This is a huge load off my mind as taking cabs or lining up rides would be very expensive and not practical since I have no relatives in town any more and my husband's son who lives in town has a lot to take care of himself (his wife has MS and his son is severely handicapped, plus he works full time).
So what I thought was a scary proposition for me (the impending volunteer layoffs, etc) turned out to be a good thing for me. For now until my leave I just need to focus on getting my production up and when I get back from my leave regain that focus again. One day at a time, though!!!
I work for the largest healthcare company in Minnesota and today we are having a "big meeting" where a program of voluntary layoffs and use of PTO for the month of June is being proposed. I have only 44 hours of PTO saved up and they are going to ask me to use it. I asked if I could have time off for the other knee surgery (replacement) that I need and they said yes, however, there is a Catch-22. The layoffs are because of a possible nursing strike and if that happens I probably won't be able to get the surgery done as the strike will reduce nursing coverage at the hospitals and only non-elective procedures will be done. Gee whizzikers....
Last night I spent over an hour trying to get on line, but this morning was about 15 minutes. I think my old clunker (about 8 years old?) is going to bite the dust one of this mornings and I will go into spark withdrawal!!! For now, it's all good.
Going back to work after my ambulance ride the day before was a bit embarassing but everyone was very nice and seemed genuinely concerned. Even the "big boss" came over to see how I was and showed me his "wounds" (IV punctures) from last Friday when he was seen in the ER, also. He said his was a false alarm, too. I thought that was a nice thing for him to tell me about that.
I am still quite a bit achey and tired out but able to go to work again and yesterday did go well.
I hope things settle down and get boring again as I have had way too much excitement lately. I am really looking forward to the weekend.
Today is Wednesday so I can go to the therapy pool today after work. On Monday I missed the therapy pool because of being in the ER. And you know where I would rather be!!!
I have to leave in 10 minutes for work. Yesterday morning I ended up getting to work just in time but apparently had a flare up of fibromyalgia and a panic attack. I had chest pains as I got out of my car and felt weak, had burning left arm feeling and I was afraid it was a stroke and then apparently had a panic attack as I waited for the ambulance. In the ER they ruled out cardiac and lung problems and did lots of blood work which apparently was normal. They gave me Ativan (probably for the panic symptoms) and also Flexeril (muscle relaxant). This morning my back is extremely sore but the doctor said I could return to work today so I will. Not happily, but lying most of the day (7:00 to 2:00) was hard on my back. I missed my therapy pool session as I could't drive after the ER visit and had my son-in-law and his wife take me home and his wife drove my car home. As I noted on my current status note, I am embarrassed about the whole episode. I hope today goes better than yesterday.