Jun 11, 2010
I am returning to work Monday. It has been nearly 2 months since I have been out off work due to an infection that then turned into a relapse and an unexpected surgery. I'm returning part-time the first week and if all goes well, I'll be back full-time the next week. I will be coming back using a walker and that will probably cause a bit of unwanted attention.
My doctor in the rebab unit wrote the medical release to return to work letter. She discussed with my neuro and they both came up with the following accommodations:
1. Return to work part-time the first wee and full-time thereafter if tolerated.
2. Recommending working from home 2-3 days a week due to commute that will likely cause significant physical fatigue.
3. Fully accessable facilities (bathroom, workspace, entry to building) for a wheelchair or other assistive device.
4. No lifting of more than 20 pounds.
5. No long distance walking without the ability to take frequent rests.
I have no idea why she put in 4 and 5. She could have just as well added "no ditch digging". :)
They want me to take my wheelchair. I am so determined to minimize all this as I feel I can get by with the walker and be careful. My PT has put in her notes that I am not to walk anywhere alone. Yikes, I don't want to have to take someone to the bathroom with me. I am so glad they didn't put that in the letter.
My boss want this letter in hand when I walk in the door. That was stated very clearly to me. I am not sure how they will take the recommendation that I work from home 2-3 days a wekk, but the reason that was that summer is just around the corner and I have pretty significant heat intolerance. Getting to work on public transportation or even waiting on paratransit will cause heat fatigue. We'll see how it goes.
I am ready to get back to work, but not sure how I'll be received by my co-workers after being off so long Well, I will soon find out. Monday is only a few days away. Got my fingers crossed all will go seamlessly.