I'm hoping to get a bit of support from some of you that maybe have been through similar...like applying for FMLA and/or disability.
Here's my story. A year ago, I was the most energetic mom and nurse around... and suddenly my knees started to hurt badly. It came and went, no big deal I never missed work or complained (much. Ha.) I have small and medium vessel vasulitis (which is freaking me out because I have a history of migraines and an atrial septal defect.)
Okay - long story short. I don't like to call in sick... and I'm seriously considering going on disability now. For the last month, I can't hold a toothbrush in the morning, I can't write with a pen at times, I have a hard time walking. But I feel like a slacker and a scam artist even thinking about not working... and then taking assistance?? Wow.
I think it is that "nurse personality" thing. We work when we are sick, in pain, whatever. We're excellent at coping. We make do. And I'm having an almost impossible time considering the fact that I may not be able to do that this time.
Has anyone else been through something like this: applying for FMLA and/or disability?
Thanks for reading my novel of epic proportions!