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    Senior Member Styxx's Avatar
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    Unhappy OT - I admit ...

    I'm scared, worried, apprehensive, and certain all at the same time. Here, the world economy is crashing (although I had a dream it was turning around) and I have to have major surgery to/on/in my right shoulder for rotators cuff injury. No idea how it happened but I suspect it happened while shoveling snow sometime. Can't be sure though due to the fact my job can get very physical at times.

    What am I worried about? Well, the Doc claims I will be out for at least six months and at least the first six to nine weeks my arm will be in a sling. P.T. will start during that time and then intensify there after. It is a long time to be on disability during these uncertain times.

    I haven't had a real vacation in 25 years although this will be no vacation by all means. I'm worrying about my job and if it will still be here when I am able to come back. Everyone who may have been in this position knows that administrators tell you one thing and then when you least expect it they find some other reason to let you go. If I lose this job I will not only lose a decent salary, I will lose total health care coverage, my home, and much more. I'm a state employee so I think I am safe. That is, could you imagine getting state disability and being let go from a state position because you're on state benefits?

    So, you can see it is not the surgery that scares me so much as my job position. In Buffalo, there just isn't much opportunity for the young people entering the job market yet along someone at my age. Do I think my hundreds of years of experience will weight in my favor? Does Washington start with a K?

    What will bother me the most is not being able to play my instruments for six to nine months!

    I'm going to call and schedule my appointment for soigery now so wish me luck.

    Thanks ye all!
    Styxx

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    Re: OT - I admit ...

    Good luck Styxx.

    I would advise you to contact an attorney about your injury, as you implied it could have been due to your job. If you are not certain, you may want to consider filing a claim with your state agency.

    States are running out of money as we head toward the next great depression - so please protect your rights while you can!

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    Yeah contact an attorney, they are really suffering and need the work. They need your support and MONEY.

    PS if you're really lucky they might even help you, but don't bet on it.
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    Re: OT - I admit ...

    Hey Styx, Well, there's no good time to have surgery, but hopefully you will be able to ride this one out. If you qualify for disability payments while you are off, you should be OK. Wishing you the best with your surgery and recovery!
    And welcome to the Golden Years! John

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    Re: OT - I admit ...

    I guess I shouldn't worry too much. I have accumulated over 9 weeks of sick days, four personal days, and four weeks vacation time under contract. Disability may not kick in till all is exhausted first. As long as I can pay my mortgage and eat pizza while listening to new compositions on the Garritan forum I'll be set.

    I guess this means I get a nice summer vacation for once. West and wewaxsation!

    Still ... I'll be home with four teenagers whinnying all the time demanding this and that and just plain being themselves.

    A Lawyer?
    Styxx

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    oh my, this is a Lot happening, Styxx. It's encouraging to hear how optimistic you're being. All the sick days you have accumulated are a big help now, glad you have those.

    But tell your Teens to not make life more difficult for you--just tell them to Grow The Heck Up!--lol.

    We'll all be thinking of you--Post when you can!

    Randy

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    Best of luck Styxx. It sounds like you have some good options already lined up, very smart of you. We are all pulling for you!

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    Strange things overthere. Here in Holland it is forbidden to sack anybody because he is struck by illness of any kind. After two years he/she gets an allowance, the first year 70% of his/here's salary, the second year - after medical investigation and reports about his/here's ability to work again - he/she gets another allowance (forgot the percentage).

    Sometimes, the boss pays a supplement to make it 100% salary during the first year, but that depends the labour agreement. As an example how things are different. My wife is still working, but last year she had to stop because of a serious burn-out. Now she is back to work again, until her pension (next june), the more hours she works the less salary she gets, solely due to the salary she'd got when she fell ill - and that was inclusive overtime, irregularity allowance, etc. some extra's though.

    It will take time -until the next century- those social systems find there way to the US, I think.

    Strength and hoping for you that nothing happens worsening your social position.

    Raymond

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    You're probably right, Raymond, when you say, "...It will take time -until the next century- those social systems find there way to the US, I think..."

    I envy you for the humanistic conditions you described in The Netherlands. There's a long history here in The States of resistance to those kind of social programs. We may never achieve the level of consciousness where every citizen is truly served by his government, because as a young, proud, stubborn country, many of our people still cling to a very narrow definition of what it means to be an independent human being.

    The rough and tumble American who can take care of himself is still the simplistic concept many of us still hold as an ideal image - and that means that the strong preference is for government to stay out of our lives as much as possible. The fact that the status quo only helps maintain the gulf between the "haves" and the "have nots" doesn't seem important enough to too many people.

    And so on - Thanks for the very interesting post, Raymond.

    Randy

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    Re: OT - I admit ...

    Styxx
    I want to share my shoulder experience with you.

    I'm not a doctor nor do I play one on TV but-

    18 months ago I injured my shoulder opening a window. After going to the specialist and being told I needed the same type of rotator cuff surgery, I entered a stage of denial and depression.

    Then one day I decided to go and get a second and third opinion. It turned out that my injury wasn't as severe as first diagnosed. The pain and discomfort was due to scar tissue from my injury and I was really suffering from adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder).

    I've spent 18 months doing gentle exercises, stretches and adjusting my live style. Now I can move my arm and shoulder with very little discomfort and without the surgery.

    I guess my point is -
    Consider getting a second opinion and inquire about frozen shoulder syndrome. It is very common.


    Best of luck and a speedy recovery to you.
    Bosco Adama

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