By way of reply to my 'feeling useless' thread and an update.......
Inchworm - er, no, I haven't quit smoking. After the week I've had, it would have been difficult. I know, I know, it's all excuses - but it's so hard to quit when you're feeling frustrated/stressed all the time.
Jellyhall - Hi to my schools partner-in-crime! My employer would NEVER ask for medical info from my doctor. However, Occupational Health can, which I don't have a problem with. Have they told you WHY they are getting advice from your Occy health - afterall, if you're back to normal hours, I cannot see what the problem is. Very strange that. You'll have to let us know how you progress with this OK. Also, regarding hospital appointments - I've got to have an MRI in Stockton on Tees. It's booked for 25 January 2011, but the good thing is that they have made an appointment in the clinic for that same afternoon - so I don't have to go back and forth (it's a 2-hour drive each way). It's a pity your hospital aren't so accommodating. FIVE months seems an awful long time to wait to get your results, I wouldn't have thought your problems (if there are any) will still be current by then. Ha! They'll have to arrange another scan by then if your symptoms get worse. I presume it's NHS - don't you just love it? Though, to be fair, the NHS has done me proud so far, I've no complaints.
I'm sorry if I have left anyone off who asked a question. My head is a shed at the moment.
I have just returned from Stockton on Tees and I'm exhuasted and in pain. Before I go and lie down, I just thought I'd mention that I had x-rays this morning that showed 'white, fluffy bits' - the very beginnings of fusion taking place. YAY! What I am doing to protect my back is obviously working so far, so I'm not going to compromise this by sitting on a stupid, low chair at work, I can tell thee (as they say in Yorkshire!).
Aaaarggh! My manager has just this minute phoned me. I was feeling quite upbeat until now! She says that she has phoned HR and, because they sent me home last Friday 'cos I was 'unfit to work', I have to find out what the Occy Health doctor says next Tuesday - because it could mean that I may have to self-certify as 'off sick' for next week. How blimming rude! I AM FIT TO WORK - but I need reasonable adjustments to be considered to support my return to work. My employer sent ME home after I had already worked for 2 weeks - it's not my fault that my return to work interview was delayed by 2 weeks (because of her) and, I'm NOT sick, dammit! Can they do this?
Good job I sorted out my pay otherwise they probably would have taken that back (ha! I don't suppose they've lost the oppportunity yet either and I wouldn't put it past them now!).
I cannot believe how one minute I can feel quite upbeat, and the very next, I'm left a demoralised wreck again. It's not fair and I'm going to lie down now before I 'poke someone in the eye with a sharp stick!' ...... ha! that's not to be taken literally of course - it's a saying my daughters use when they are really frustrated!
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!