Imust be crazy,
I read the link that was first posted from INnurse, and it really helped me understand.
If I am reading correctly, I CAN apply for another 12 weeks of leave in October, because my "year" runs from date of filing until 12 months later (unless you use all the time up in the meantime).
I DO have a qualifying medical reason, a handful actually, but I am only claiming one. They refuse to let me go part-time, which would really help me out, and I wouldn't need to use my FMLA time. I am essentially using FMLA days to work a reduced workweek schedule because my employer won't accomodate me. Their loss, I guess.
They are giving me a lot of grief. I have 5 specialists telling me to file for disability, which I am in the process of doing, but in the meantime, I have to make just enough to get insurance for me and my kids. I have to support my two children, since my ex has no part of it. So I have two doctors (my main ones) right now signing my paperwork, since they didn't "believe" the first doctor.
I always provide notes if I am getting treatment, going to appointments, etc. Taking intermittent leave for my illness, I have always kept track of my days calling in, and what reason I gave. I am only in the 10 week range right now, but I read in the FMLA paperwork that leave can be taken in increments of minutes. While I never got that indepth, because I never took it like that.
If I couldn't reasonably work, I don't go. If I am not safe to work, I don't go. I am very easily replaced by a whole slew of nurses who love to pick up my days. I can see it from my employer's side as well, but I am not, nor have I ever, abused my leave. I have been living in fear that I will be asked, "why did you miss such and such a day?" and I have it all written out in my little calendar. I keep the originals of all my notes from doctors related to my illness.
Thank you all for helping me to understand this. It is so very confusing. If anyone has stories they can share with me with regards to how your employer accomodates your FMLA, I would love to hear them.