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dbullwinkelddbullwinkel Posts: 224
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I haven't been here in ages....my life was going well and feeling fine after acdf 5-6 and rotator cuff surgery. I am special ed teacher. Went back to work this year and my class was a good fit with my physical limitation; all was fine. October principal put new student in my room: very large, very aggressive student. I am only 4'8" tall to begin with. I expressed my concerns and she basically shut me down. It takes 3 people to restrain him, so for the healthy person this is a difficult situation. I expressed my inability to physically handle him to her many times, even cried in her office. WELL...now I am hurt again and out once again. Went for ct and mri yesterday. NOW she is thinking of taking him out of the class...i even went to my union rep and we were planning on filing a grievance. Now that is a moot point since I am cannot work. I feel so "sold out' by her...this never should have happened. I was doing great with the class I had. Now I feel again like a failure...worried about my future. I know I cannot stay in the program because basically she wont cut me a little slack...hoping the results of my tests are not bad. I see surgeon Friday. I just needed to vent. Thank you.


  • How frustrating! Do you think it is because people who have not had spine surgery just don't get it? I suppose the principal felt if you were well enough to return to work, you were well enough to handle any situation. She certainly didn't cut you any slack.

    I hope that you just suffered a small set-back and will be feeling better soon.
  • thank you.. i hoping that too...but now KNOW I cannot stay in the position i am in...even though I love my job..
  • Sometimes I wonder if 'they' (your principle) just want to not have to deal with any back issues and are looking for an excuse to get you out of their hair - are you sure you can't still file a grievance? Workman' Comp? Anything?

    I'll be hoping for good news after your dr. visit - best of luck and I hope things get better.
  • Part of me feels she is tired of me and my "needs"..the other part of me thinks she is an idiot and has no understanding of what real pain is. Or the chances of permanent disability...
    I was in the process of filing a grievance to have the student removed from my class...when the pain got so bad..I can't work..My school has a policy: there is no light duty. but there is an unspoken rule...accomodations are made for those that need and deserve it. She tells me I deserve is since I am one of her best teachers, but then she gives me a student way to big and physical for me...sad thing is, I really miss my class...(not the "culprit" though!)and am so hoping this isn't anything that will keep me out for a while..
  • Unbelievable that she wouldn't take your concern seriously. But I admire your ability to try to understand her side and why she might be doing this. You must be a great teacher b/c you have the ability to put yourself in other's shoes.

    I would continue to work with your Union. I am not a fan of Unions BUT if you pay union dues, there is a reason . . .use them for what you pay them for. This is now your financial income and ability to support yourself over a non understanding person who you tried to work rationally with.

    I hope some rest gets you back to feeling better. I wonder if the stress of everything is contributing to your pain. I hope Friday goes well.
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