A Factory Working, College Grad Getting Out of Debt

Reality Check – Medical Leave

I told you guys before that my mother had knee surgery in November.  She’s been on medical leave ever since.

In December she went to the doctor and was told that she would not be able to go back as soon as she had hoped. She was honestly thinking that she would be back in her store a couple of days after Christmas, but here we are.  I’m glad she had some more time to heal and build back the strength in her knee.  Honestly, I’m afraid that she’ll blow the knee she just got fixed again as we wait for the next knee surgery to be scheduled.  She’s going to be on her feet 10-12 hours a day, and a lot of twisting and bending happens.  I think the doctor was a little worried too, so he extended her leave to January 10th, where she’ll be going back to see if she can be released and get back to work.

You see, the worry is still going to be there for another eleven months.  Why?  Because as stated by the company policy and the Federal Medical Leave Act, she is a necessary employee because she is a manager.  To insure that her job is secure and that she will not be replaced or moved to another store, my mother will have to wait until next November to get her other knee fixed.  This sucks, a lot.  The only reason she had her left knee operated upon in the first place was because she was favoring the right too much and ended up blowing out the left in an even shorter time than it took for her to injure the right.

But my mother is going to insist on getting back to work when she goes to the doctor tomorrow, even if he thinks she still needs some time and additional physical therapy.  I’m hoping he’ll release her but give her restrictions.

We’ve been able to get a lot of things done and have enjoyed our alone time together since she’s been home and I’ve been unemployed, but I’m really hoping that she gets cleared to go back to work tomorrow.  I think she is too.  That’s not to say that we’re getting on each others’ nerves now, but as soon it became January, she has only been receiving 60% of her weekly paycheck as per company policy.  I think the stress of that plus the drama that has been creeping into the store since her absence is taking its toll and my mother wants to get back to work, straighten things back, and once again get that extra 40% she’s been missing since the beginning of the year.  And that 40% most certainly adds up when the medical bills are piling up as well as the other bills are needed to be paid.

Count those Raindrops!

-DecMeadow

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