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My Covid Story: From the Other Side of the Bed

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Specializes in Oncology (OCN). Has 16 years experience.

In March 2020, the face of our world changed and I was admitted with COVID. I cringe just recalling it. You are reading page 2 of My Covid Story: From the Other Side of the Bed. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Cricket183, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology (OCN). Has 16 years experience.

10 hours ago, canoehead said:

Can you tell us if this illness was treated as a Workers Compensation case? Did you get any consideration from the hospital as far as bills or time off?

I filed a WC claim.  The hospital is a non subscriber to my state’s WC but has a private carrier.  They denied my claim stating that 1) I used the wrong date.  I was unsure whether to use the date of my 1st known exposure so I contacted HR and they told me to use the date I first knew I was Covid positive.  And 2) I could have contracted Covid anywhere.  I’ve retraced my 2 weeks prior to being sick.  Of the 336 hours, I spent 114+ at work and just 4 hrs in “social” situations”.  That being more than myself present.  I had a Dr appt. where I was masked, called from my car to an empty waiting area and escorted back to a room.  Staff & doc were also masked.  A five minute trip to the pharmacy.  Again masked, no one other that the pharmacy staff present (all masked).  A praise team practice.  6 individuals (one being my husband), social distancing maintained.  No one else symptomatic or tested positive at that time.  And a church service.  Less than 50 people present.  Social distancing strictly maintained-only family members in the same household sat together, every other pew blocked off, processional style exiting afterwards, etc.  At that time, no one else present was sick or tested positive.  The rest of the time I was home with my husband and mean little chihuahua, Taz. And my husband was never symptomatic or ever tested positive. So if you do the math…

I have an attorney and we are appealing that decision but it’s going to be a long battle.

As far as compensation & medical expenses, I received 72 hours Covid pay.  That’s it.  I am currently back on disability.  It’s complicated but I had been on SSDI for 11 years due to CRPS.  I worked very hard to reactivate my RN license and in 2019 returned to nursing.  I was 8 months into my 9 month SSDI trial work period when all this happened so thankfully I did not have to reapply for SSDI.  My review was due in August and they reinstated my disabled status.  It’s a fraction of what I made as a nurse, but thankfully we never budgeted my income in our finances.  We live on my husband’s income and what I made was extra.
My initial hospital stay was covered under the cares act.  As was a second 2-day stay for cardiac issues.  Everything else not covered by my insurance has been out of pocket.  And it is well over the $5000 mark last time I calculated it.  My insurance company has also filed a claim for reimbursement should my WC case go through.  
The only other consideration I received from the hospital was to be fired!  (Yes that’s loaded with sarcasm!).  In Nov I received an email stating I could access pay stubs, etc through the FORMER employee portal.  What???  I called HR and asked if I had been fired.  They hem hawed around and basically said the were taking everyone “off the books” who hadn’t worked in more than 3 months and even though they knew I why I had not worked and that I wasn’t medically released it was necessary to “clean up the books for an upcoming JAHCO visit.  But it wouldn’t reflect negatively on any referrals and once I was medically released I could reapply and they would welcome me back.  Gee thanks!  

First and foremost, I would like to say thank you for your service. I have always had a strong admiration for nurses, particularly those that work at the bedside. During this pandemic, the sacrifice you and others have made has been astronomical, and I have immense gratitude.  Finally, I am so happy to hear that you are getting better, and I wish you continued good health and professional success. Thanks again for sharing your story, and I pray that God continues to bless and watch over you.

toomuchbaloney

Has 43 years experience.

1 hour ago, Cricket183 said:

I filed a WC claim.  The hospital is a non subscriber to my state’s WC but has a private carrier.  They denied my claim stating that 1) I used the wrong date.  I was unsure whether to use the date of my 1st known exposure so I contacted HR and they told me to use the date I first knew I was Covid positive.  And 2) I could have contracted Covid anywhere.  I’ve retraced my 2 weeks prior to being sick.  Of the 336 hours, I spent 114+ at work and just 4 hrs in “social” situations”.  That being more than myself present.  I had a Dr appt. where I was masked, called from my car to an empty waiting area and escorted back to a room.  Staff & doc were also masked.  A five minute trip to the pharmacy.  Again masked, no one other that the pharmacy staff present (all masked).  A praise team practice.  6 individuals (one being my husband), social distancing maintained.  No one else symptomatic or tested positive at that time.  And a church service.  Less than 50 people present.  Social distancing strictly maintained-only family members in the same household sat together, every other pew blocked off, processional style exiting afterwards, etc.  At that time, no one else present was sick or tested positive.  The rest of the time I was home with my husband and mean little chihuahua, Taz. And my husband was never symptomatic or ever tested positive. So if you do the math…

I have an attorney and we are appealing that decision but it’s going to be a long battle.

As far as compensation & medical expenses, I received 72 hours Covid pay.  That’s it.  I am currently back on disability.  It’s complicated but I had been on SSDI for 11 years due to CRPS.  I worked very hard to reactivate my RN license and in 2019 returned to nursing.  I was 8 months into my 9 month SSDI trial work period when all this happened so thankfully I did not have to reapply for SSDI.  My review was due in August and they reinstated my disabled status.  It’s a fraction of what I made as a nurse, but thankfully we never budgeted my income in our finances.  We live on my husband’s income and what I made was extra.
My initial hospital stay was covered under the cares act.  As was a second 2-day stay for cardiac issues.  Everything else not covered by my insurance has been out of pocket.  And it is well over the $5000 mark last time I calculated it.  My insurance company has also filed a claim for reimbursement should my WC case go through.  
The only other consideration I received from the hospital was to be fired!  (Yes that’s loaded with sarcasm!).  In Nov I received an email stating I could access pay stubs, etc through the FORMER employee portal.  What???  I called HR and asked if I had been fired.  They hem hawed around and basically said the were taking everyone “off the books” who hadn’t worked in more than 3 months and even though they knew I why I had not worked and that I wasn’t medically released it was necessary to “clean up the books for an upcoming JAHCO visit.  But it wouldn’t reflect negatively on any referrals and once I was medically released I could reapply and they would welcome me back.  Gee thanks!  

Please tell us that you had switched from sick time to medical leave. 

Cricket183, BSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology (OCN). Has 16 years experience.

11 minutes ago, toomuchbaloney said:

Please tell us that you had switched from sick time to medical leave. 

I was PRN and did not accrue sick time. 

Forgive my ignorance, but what would that mean?

toomuchbaloney

Has 43 years experience.

2 hours ago, Cricket183 said:

I was PRN and did not accrue sick time. 

Forgive my ignorance, but what would that mean?

If you were in medical leave the employer cannot terminate your employment while the leave is active.  https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/benefits-leave/fmla

I'm sorry that you weren't eligible.  

Curious1997, BSN

Specializes in Psych, Medical. Has 13 years experience.

Sorry for your experience. But, you definitely need to be a professional writer. It was riveting and thank you. 

Seriously, even medical thriller writers would have a hard time being this good. The only critique might be, it's good that we are nurses so we understand the situation and the medical jargon and the descriptions, but when you write your first novel, reduce the technical terminology and please alert us when it's coming out. I will be the first to order one! 

The thing is that even with the medical terminology, it's so well presented that even though I've been away from the medical side of things for years, I was totally able to follow your narrative! 

Superb job! 👌👍👏👏

blushpink, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac, NICU, CCM. Has 11 years experience.

Thank you for sharing. I lost three family members. I pray that you continue with your recovery. You’ll definitely enjoy case management and writing. 😉

10GaugeNeedles, BSN

Specializes in Acute Dialysis. Has 12 years experience.

On 8/24/2021 at 8:06 AM, Cricket183 said:
My Covid Story: From the Other Side of the Bed

 

This was very informative. Thanks for sharing your story.

Edited by 10GaugeNeedles

Nurse Beth, MSN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience.

Thank you for sharing, I can't imagine going through all that.I would read anything you write, you're a great writer 🙂 Who knows what's ahead? 🙂

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

A very good, thoughtful read! I'm so sorry that you had to go through that. I was luckier with my experience, I had a fever for a few days, some SOB-which I still occasionally struggle with. But no hospital, was back to work in 14 days. My hubby was hospitalized for 4 days-off work for 3 weeks, but has had no after effects. The way this pandemic has run the gamut of signs/symptoms is so crazy. My heart is out to you while you continue to mend ❤

So happy to hear you are improving!

thinbluelineRN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Corrections, Public Health, Occupational Medicine.

I'm so sorry for what you went through, I hope you continue to recover. And you are a great writer- you should seriously consider this path.