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  •  I would much rather work (2+ / 0-)
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    Sunspots, NancyWH

    being sick sucks. I worked all my adult life, I went back to work six weeks after my daughter was born, the baby I had waited twenty years to have (seriously, I was 41 when I had her.) It was my identity, in a lot of ways. So now I'm home. We bought this house contingent with the idea that we'd both be working, so if I don't eventually get disability, I'm going to have to work at least part-time, although I don't think I can, physically.

    •  Had my 3rd (0+ / 0-)

      age 41.  And you can collect disability and still work part time up to $1,000 per month.

      The part people miss is not if you can work at all, but whether you can work a 40 hour work week.  Even then, some people find they can't sustain that over time.  3 months or less is considered an unsuccessful work attempt.  

      Every state has different philosophy, though.    My particular office philosophy is fairly humane, but I can't speak for them all.

      "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

      by NancyWH on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 01:08:28 PM PDT

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      •  The judge said I could work a 6 hour day (1+ / 0-)
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        If I got to sit down. The part where I told her I usually had to lie down at some point of every work day when the pain or the nausea got too bad seems to have gotten ignored. I was lucky when I was working in that I had an office with a couch available, and employers who felt bad for me as I had been there for so many years, most jobs don't have that. She also missed the part where I tended to call in sick four or five days every month or six weeks. What employer would keep me on if I miss a week or most of a week every six weeks, with no notice? She ignored that part too. I could probably get a part-time job (six hours is part time in my line of work) but they'd fire me within three months or before the probationary period was up for time abuse. I get pancreatitis attacks where I vomit uncontrollably and can barely get out of bed.  I've been better since I'm not working, but I'm sure that wouldn't last if I started working again.

        •  In my experience (0+ / 0-)

          it can be matter of applying over and over, with medical documentation of what happens each time you try to work. Pancreatitis is considered an episodic illness.  Documentation is a must!  

          Might want to request to see copies of what medical records actually say.  I have had claiments insist their doctors have told them they can't work. So I have the unpleasant job of telling them their doctors are not writing that in the progress notes. Being an RN as well, I strongly suspect, in many such cases, the doctors are just saying what their patient wants to hear.  

          Obviously, this is just a general view, based on what details you have given.  And who gets to review your case does matter, as we are all only human. Best of luck!  

          "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

          by NancyWH on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 08:40:16 PM PDT

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        •  part time work (0+ / 0-)

          You can have your doctor fill out FMLA paper work on your behalf While some employers will not like  this, it is the law that if our medical condition Is chronic And you are intermittently unable to work they should  honor this law.

          the las t couple years I worked My Doctor supplied me with this protection. I have epilepsy and as I grew older recovering from the seizure I experienced became harder and required more times at these times I was unfit to work.

          Recovering from Grand mal (tonic clonic) seizures takes a toll far worse than in your younger year, .Fortunately I had ADA protection and was back up by a Union.

          I know not eveyone is as fortunate as me. but if you can file with the  ADA and get a case started they protect you by setting conditions where the employer must go through the Ada before taking any employment action against you. They can also enforce reasonable acommodations that allow you to continue working as long as possible.

          Wish in one hand and shit in the other, see which one fills up first. - Sage advice from a Mother to her son

          by DonJ on Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 09:05:40 PM PDT

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