Originally Posted by Lisa in Ohio
Hi all, I got a nasty little surprise in the mail today, a letter from my employer stating that I would be fired on Dec 2 since I have been on long term disability. I really don't understand what is going on as I was just approved for a SCS trial and treatment is still possible. Of course I can't get hold of the person due to the holiday and I am really freaking out. I have had this job since 1979, and would love to be able to go back to work. If this has happened to anyone else, please let me know what to do. Thanks, Lisa
After 18 months on disability, I have received a termination letter from my employer. Here is my situation:
In June 2009, I was rushed to the hospital and admitted due to severe lumbar pain. I had two very long and complicated surgeries that left me paralyzed from the waiste down. After months of rehab, I learned to walk again, but still have residual pain from the lower back down my rear and legs, as well as lack of sensation in parts of my legs and feet.
I have done the SCS trial twice. The first one was a catastrophe with a severe CFS leak and lead to discontinuation of the trial and removal of the leads, as well as two blood patches (the first one failed). The second trial I went into with a lot of apprehension for fear of a repeat situation of the first trial. Thankfully, the second trial was successful. It was during the second trial that I received my termination letter. I had been keeping my employer (a large insurance company) informed of my situation and procedures, as well as my disability company (though they were horrible and looked for every way out of paying... basically they never contacted doctors like the are suppose to and then claimed I was uncooperative, which I easily disproved with email correspondences that proved I went above and beyond what was required of me). I was shocked to receive the termination letter, but later found out that the treating physician at the time, the pain management doctor, filled out my ADA paperwork incorrectly. I am currently working with the physician (whom has only met me a couple of times and in my opinion was not truly qualified to fill out such paperwork, as he was not fully aprised of my condition and physical situtation) to try to rectify this situtation. I pray we are able to or there will be not SCS permanent implantation.