posted on Aug, 8 2012 @ 01:24 PM
I was unemployed when my disability became known. There's no chance of me returning to work and after a three year ordeal I received SSDI at a
whopping 18% of what I used to earn. MY WIFE is an OR nurse and has recently been diagnosed with a disabling disease (she had been an ICU nurse as
well). She filed FMLA papers because of the hospital policy regarding illness related missed work days. She's not requested any ADA accommodations
nor does she need any at the present time.
As usual, the HR department had to be informed of her condition to get the FMLA stuff setup. So far, all her insurance (STD & LTD) hasn't been
activated or changed in any way. Texas is a right-to-work (at will) state, but I don't foresee any difficulty with retaining her job given her
present medications and therapy. Filing FLMA gave her much needed relief from the attendance policy.
I mention all this because we've undergone the same fears as you describe. Keep your attitude up and keep exploring your options - you might find
(as we did) the hospital would rather keep productive experienced staff than hiring a "traveller" or contractor at $80-$100 an hour. Try and work
WITH your HR occupational nurse, make sure your FMLA papers are filed AND that you're seeking accomodation under ADA. It doesn't sound like you're
comfortable sharing your condition with your management staff - talk to HR and see what policy is.
The LAST thing you need is any more stress over your job - that doesn't help your condition at all NOR does it make things easier in dealing with
your management (attitude always bleeds through). You should explore PUBLIC SECTOR jobs in your area, especially in the federal sector where hiring
the handicapped is standard practice. Drop the worry, do more research, and return to work with better FOCUS on the job at hand.