So, I have a major dilemma. I'm scheduled to start my new job on August 8th. It's a desk job as a telephone triage nurse. However, all new employees need to have a lifting eval. Well, with having had the surgery, they needed something in writing from my doctor stating my restrictions. So at my appt with the NP last week, she stated no lifting greater than 10 lbs until 8/23 (which is my follow-up with the NS), no bending at the waist ever, and may sit for 30 minutes at a time, but must get up and walk/stretch in between. I faxed that back to the employee health nurse on Monday and finally heard back from her today. Apparently, in order for them to do this lifting eval, I need to be able to lift a minimum of 10 lbs. It makes no sense to me being that I'll be sitting at a desk all day. I highly doubt I'll be lifting anything, and if there IS something I need to lift, I'm sure I can have a co-worker do it for me.
I left a message for the nurse to call me back, but do you think I'm asking too much by asking them to allow me that extra 5 lbs? I mean, I'm not completely complying with my restrictions anyway, being that I have a 19/20 lb 1-year old that I've had to lift on occasion. I'm home with the kids by myself, so it's just inevitable that there are times I need to lift her, but for the most part I haven't needed to. All I need for them to do is say that it's okay for me to lift 10 lbs so that I can get this lifting eval done. I REALLY need to start this job on the 8th. We are barely surviving on just my husband's income. We are SO far behind on bills and we can't afford to make the August 1st mortgage payment. If I am not able to start this job on the 8th, I don't know what we'll do. They only hold hospital orientation once a month (the second Monday of every month), which means I'd have to wait until September to start my new job.
I honestly think I'm going to cry. I knew it was too good to be true. I wouldn't be so worried, except for the fact that I JUST called the doc's office yesterday complaining of that left-sided pain. They called in a bunch of new meds for me, which seem to be helping because the pain is minimal today.
I just don't know what to do. I know my health and recovery from the surgery has to be my top priority, but I also have to have money to put food on the table and to keep a roof over our heads.