I am starting this thread again, after the initial one by Lmr106 was taken over to become a battlefield We will not allow that to happen. Instead, this subject is so very important.
So many of us have had excellent jobs and then we had spinal surgery. That kept us out of work for a good while and we start to wonder, how and if we can return to that same job.
Its not easy. Especially in today's business environment. I was so fortunate working with IBM in the old days that over my span of 35 years, I had about 3 years of total outage time for surgery and flareups. I was never penalized for that, in fact, my job was always waiting for me when I came back..... But did I really come back? I know I wasnt the same person, physically from before. There was also many emotional toils, but I was young and starting a family and knew I had to make it happen.
Things have changed so much since the 1980's. To start with companies are not that flexible in terms of employee sick time, even for surgery. If you are not there on the job, you are not performing, and some companies will hold you to that task.
But so many of us want to come back.. When our companies want us back. But can we physically do it. A combination of commute time along with actual work time can add so much stress to our lives. That stress can carry on to our family lives and so that can become a bit more difficult. We all want to make sure our families are provided for, so we WANT to get back and work. But can we? Some of us, the answer is clearly NO. Those are the ones that they physical situation and the demands of work do not match. Sure you can work yourself until you have more and more problems. But by that time, you might be a total physical mess and can not do anything.
Is there a happy medium? Yes, there has to be. But that is something each of us have to work out with the company we work for and our families.
Re-training only goes so far. You cant retrain an organ grinder monkey to do intense finance statistics.. It just wont happen.
Sure that is an extreme, but I hope you all can see the message there.
I hope for every young couple out there that have one that is in physical distress, that there is a solution to what you need.
The worst thing in my mind is having someone who really wants to work, but because of some business guidelines or other constraints can not work.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences