Oh NO!!!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by shari1677, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. shari1677

    shari1677 New Member

    I just found out that all positions with my company may be terminated at the end of this month due to financial issues.

    I have just moved out of my sister's home and have responsibilities.

    Anyone with FM knows we do not do well under stress.

    On the plus side - I have 9 days of vacation time left that I can take, and I could probably get unemployment without a problem.

    Who knows - this may be a good thing. I may be able to take the summer off with pay and relax......

    Still worried though! The company I work for is very understanding of my medical condition. They allow me to sleep during my shift if I need to, take off if I'm tired, etc. I will never be able to find another company who treats me so well and I dont know if I can handle working for another company.

    I'm wondering if maybe it is that time - to go the disability route. I am just keeping my head above water now anyway.
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  2. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    You really had a great employer! Ive never heard of such a thing. What a shame. Youve really got some thinking to do. If you go the disability route...the sooner the better. It takes time. I wish you the best.
  3. glenda2

    glenda2 New Member

    now might be your time to file for disability..it takes a long time to get so you might want to think about that if you do not think you can do another job. good luck
  4. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

  5. AuntTammie

    AuntTammie New Member

    I would get someone at your job to write a letter for you explaining all the accommodations that they have been giving you and basically how much this illness effects your work

    .....if it is written right, that should give you some good evidence to show if you apply for disability (it has to be clear, though, that those accommodations are ones that you desperately need and that even with them, you are barely managing.....and also that most work places would never even consider giving someone similar accommodations - that you have been there for 22 yrs and that's maybe why they made the accommodations that they did)

    (plus showing that you worked there so long and were trying everything you could to continue shows that you really do want to work and are not just trying to get out of it by getting disability - I can't imagine ever choosing disability over work if one has the choice, but I know that the people who decide on your eligibility may think otherwise)

    ETA: I would check very carefully into the repercussions of getting unemployment if you are going to apply for disability.....from my understanding if you are on unemployment, it is looked at as meaning that you are still able to work..... and proving that you need disability means showing that you are unable to work
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    [This Message was Edited on 06/16/2010]
  6. AuntTammie

    AuntTammie New Member

    you're welcome!

    I think you are rt re the 3 yr limit, too....I know there is definitely a limit, but am not positive re the time frame

    as to, "Some just can't make it financially on disability and some just aren't able to continue working"....& then there are those of us who fall into both these categories.....can't make it financially on disability, but also just cannot cont working (it is NOT a fun place to be)
  7. HU1981

    HU1981 New Member

    I got wind of some terminations coming down the pike due to a new attendance policy at work that the GM is going to toe the line on.. now. I thought I'd have been fired during my relapse this summer cause I was dropped from my insurance for working more hours and earning $800/mth (too much for state MA) to cover vacationing coworkers and then I was without my meds so I couldn't sleep or get up once I collasped from exhaustion and pain and was a couple hours late on several occasions.

    I shouldn't have taken the bait but I get so tired of being broke and living in poverty. I just wanted to earn a little more cash to go to a family reunion and wouldn't you know it I collapsed after the trip home and couldn't attend the reunion I was in bed the entire time except for the last 30minutes of the banquet the last nite of the reunion, then I couldn't shake it off after the long drive back home so I just ruined my whole situation And, now I have only a few days on schedule each week, last week's net was $83 and now I may lose my job.

    I have less than $200 coming next week and when I lost my MA and SNAP and my subsidized rent was increased due to the extra $200 I made a couple months over the summer so all my outlay increased last month and I haven't even got any money saved cause I finally broke down after 2 mths w/o prescriptions and paid cash for them soI could bounce back and try to salvage my job. On top of it all my employment specialist and job counselor don't understand why I haven't been actively applying for jobs these last 3 months...Cause again I don't look sick so they just treat me like a complaining Debbie Downer when I tell them I constantly fight depression and experience suicidal ideation.

    And, then there's the feeling once I began my meds again that I should hit the ground running as soon as I get a couple nites sleep and just a bit of relief from the chronic pain. When I know I need to apply a 3rd time for disability and just hang on by my finger tips and ask for General Assistance and MA and reduced rent, BUT it terrifies me to put my fate in their hands when no one can look at me and discern that I have a disabling disease called CHRONIC PAIN from the last 25 years of my inability to hold on to any real jobs because I always become exhausted and get fired.

    Yet this may be time to just let go and fight for my disability after 30+ years working with nothing to show for it - and I do mean nothing. Just venting but you see I do identify .. completely. Hang in there and fight to have more above water than our heads is what we have set before us. We are worthy you know no matter what they say
  8. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    We are in a triple bind financially. We have high medical costs; we often cannot work; and the economy isn't good right now. I'm sending up a prayer for you. I pray for all of us everyday because we face not only illnesses but all the things which come with being so ill.

    HU1981, I took the liberty of inserting some paragraph breaks in your post to make it easier to read. Many of us cannot read long paragraphs without breaks. Don't want anyone to miss anything.

    Love, Mikie
  9. HU1981

    HU1981 New Member

    I think it comes from Doctors and others being dismissive, short and curt as soon as you start to answer them when they ask questions about my health then commence to tell me what they think about my " excuses " . One friends thinks I have too much time on my hands and asks "when is the last time you went to church ?" And, tells me I wouldn't be tired if I had fellowship to occupy my time.

    Thanks for the edit Mikie.

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