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How is your boss dealing with your recovery?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Water Cooler
I started having issues around January 2009 - numbness and tingling down my left arm, pain, etc - you all know that drill. 2 cortisone shots, no relief.

I had ACDF surgery in early April 2009 and went back to work in June.

My concern is that my employer isn't realizing that I am still broken.... primarily because I have attempted to downplay my spinal stenosis, nerve damage, bone spurs and herniated disk.

I think that playing it so tough has been a negative thing for me.

When I am "locked up", or sore, or cranky because I am sore, or if I call in sick because I am just in too much pain - I just don't think that they GET that I am still recovering....

I'd welcome any thoughts and advice - I am on FMLA, so they are "technically" aware that I have a medical condition that may impair my ability to function at 100% one hundred percent of the time, but I don't think that day-to-day they GET me....


  • I only want to ask if you turned in a dr statement letting them know your limitations? If not it might not be a bad idea to get one or even get an updated one and just sit down with them and explain what is going on health wise and your pain levels. You could tell them you were trying to force yourself to get through each day trying to ignore the pain and it just didnt work and that you had to go back to the doctor and discuss the situation. That would be my only suggestion. Good luck
  • Can lead to the wrong impression.

    I mentioned somewhere on here that I worked three 12 hour days in a row last week. Getting things done that NEEDED done. Most of it involved light weight stuff and some up and down on a ladder. I was having good days and got through it pretty well.

    Yesterday I was told, "I know you can do this I saw you on the ladder crawling over stuff last week". What they were doing yesterday required an entirely different form of exertion and would have sent me home in an hour.

    I just said, "that is not the same thing" and left it go at that as it was not my supervisor or anyone at a level of authority over me that made the comment. We are pretty much left with the problem of doing what we can, then others having the impression we are 100% normal. I do have work restrictions in place. I follow them pretty well, last week I stretched them a tad. My mistake, no good deed goes unpunished, I sometimes think.
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