I just got a letter from work today. After working there 26 yrs, for the state government, they are informing me that my sick leave w/pay ENDS tomorrow. I will be out of work for 3 months, with absolutely NO pay. THe state does not pay disability. Not only that but I will be responsible for paying my monthly health insur. premium at full price, $400 a month, when my FMLA is up in 2 weeks! I can't believe this news the last weekday before my surgery!! I was nervous enough about having this operation and hardware. Now I have to worry about losing my house and car, and being able to feed my children! I'm a single mom w/3 wonderful, High Honors kids. I have a good job and work hard to provide for them, even though my back had me in pain most of the last 20 years, and I had to take daily pain meds and wear my brace and my TENS unit and keep on going so I can have a retirement some day. Many times my doctor has told me I would qualify for SSD, but I never wanted to do that. I LOVE my job!
I had no clue they would cut me off. I've only been on Sick Lv 2 mos, because I tried PT then ESIs before I saw a surgeon, who said I needed fusion. I've had back problems for over 25 yrs now, since my first Laminectomy in 1982. Then tumor resection in '87 (non-cancrs) then several bouts of severe back& leg pain, but I thought that more surgery would be the worst thing to do. (that's what surgeons told me in the 80's and 90's, before they had perfected the current fusion w/PSF where most now have very positive outcomes.)
I have taken sick time a few times for bad flare ups of back and leg pain over the years, but then this year the disc
ruptured,my leg collapsed, and I really could not move without screaming!I finally make it to surgery, then THIS!
I'm sorry to whine, but if you could please say a prayer for me, now I am fighting this stress &pain & now depression too. I actually thought today, it would be easier if I just didn't wake up after surgery. They really punish people for their injuries in this country. That's not right.