Saturday, December 22, 2007

Oh No, Not Again!

Here we go again. I received a call from IMG, my long term disability carrier. We had been playing phone tag for several weeks, but I wasn't in a hurry to speak to them. It can never be good if they call.

Well, to make a very long story short..."my" representative feels that I should be ready to go back to work because I am responding to the rituxan.

Considering that I told her that I just had my last treatment in July, and am only now doing better is no indication of things to come. Yes, my docs are pleased, but we should not jump the gun. I said I would speak to my docs about it and get their feelings about it. And guess what she said?

To quote her exactly, "YOU know what is best for you, not your doctors."

You've got to be friggin' kidding me! I guess the fact that I am immunosuppresed has no bearing on sitting in an office filled with people that could be ill. Or, that I am taking it one day at a time right now.

According to the employee benefits representative, I had a change of definition for my disability. Even though I can not perform at my own occupation, I should be able to do any occupation. According to their labor market survey, I can do a sedentary job with no restrictions. Possibly even rehab employment. OY VEY!

I am the first one who wants to work and make money. Believe me. But not until I am given the green light from my doctors. They are the specialists that have saved my life and I will NOT risk listening to someone who is being paid to get me off of LTD.

I am still collecting from social security disability. They agree that I am totally disabled and there are no problems. Who needs this aggravation?

On another note, we lost a friend this past week. A friend of our son's mom. We met Michele over four years ago when Jarrett played little league with her son. It was a freak accident that took her young life, and the display of love and support from our community was overwhelming. I am honored to live in North Babylon.

May God rest her soul and bring comfort and direction to her grieving husband and two young sons.

Mom took me shopping for a wedding dress this week as well. Believe it or not, I am going to get a bridal gown afterall. As soon as I put it on, I felt special...beautiful...everything a bride-to-be should feel. Sally and I are going to look at a few more shops before I make a definitive decision, but I am almost certain I found "the one!"

Only a few more days until Christmas, and in just a little more than a week, it will be 2008. Bring it on!

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