Need advice from Paragraph 3 onwards please.
Update ..... Today at the physio session I was told I'm being referred for hydrotherapy - which is brilliant as I think that would help alot. I've had to rush out and buy a swimming cossie and, although I don't like it, it will have to do! Not sure when these one-to-one sessions will start as there is a waiting list for them - but I'm not going anywhere.
I've asked my GP to provide a sick note for me until Saturday 2 October. I intend to return to work on Monday 4 October as that's when my occupational sick pay ceases. I'm giving myself as much time to recover as I can before this pay stops.
When I see the Occupational Health doctor on Tuesday 21 September next week, hopefully (fingers firmly crossed!) he'll say I'm fit to return to work, even if they may have to make some reasonable adjustments.
There are other issues I need to discuss with the doctor, but ONE OF MY MAIN CONCERNS (as an example..... and one I have to advise this doctor of) is that I work with special needs children, one of whom regularly kicks/punches/pinches (all support staff, not just me!) and he wears specially made [very HARD] shoes. There is special restraining techniques that I believe the school is adopting which entails sitting on the floor, restraining him firmly while he's facing away - so that if he kicks he shouldn't be able to make contact with me (or whoever is working with him). I haven't had this training yet and I understand all staff would have had this training when they returned to work earlier this month, but the thought of sitting on the floor doesn't fill me with glee. Who is going to help me up afterwards, ha!? There was one incident in June when he kicked me, and then immediately went to do it again - and my natural reaction was to move (and twist) myself away quickly whilst I was sitting on a very small chairs. This hurt my back and I had to complete an incident form. I had to have a meeting with two Managers about it (which none of the other staff have had, even though they also completed numerous incident forms). At the time I remember feeling that I was being singled out, especially when one Manager asked me "Are you saying you cannot do your job then?"
In my own defence, if I need one, I AM able to do my job (providing British Sign Language lessons), BUT..... I should not be expected to be used as a punch bag! Surely my employers have a duty of care to protect their staff?
Does anyone think they can say to me that I'm not fit to do my job because of this???? I'd be really interested in your comments or advice - preferably before next Tuesday!
Oh, and another good thing is that I've at last found my pelvic floor muscles, YAY!!!! I have to laugh because the day after surgery the physio lady positioned her fingers just inside my hip bones. She asked me to start 'clenching' my pelvic floor muscles and I replied "I AM!!!". She couldn't feel any difference between relaxed and clenched. Today they and I could, so at least I'm doing something right.
I welcome any comments/advice about my work situation please. Am I worrying too much? It's just that there has been talk of the education authority making cuts because of overspending and I just feel very vulnerable at the moment. Thanks.
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 !!