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Friday, May 27, 2016

So this is 50 - Week 2

So this week I learned about FMLA and Scandal............

So my recovery is going well. I have followed doctor's orders; rested and walked for exercise maintaining a balance of activity and resting, additionally, my daughter has been educating me on the show Scandal, against my will. I hate to admit it but I have been sucked in .............ughhhhhhh. I am so glad she is finally on the last show of season four. If it is on I find myself sucked into the show even though I try to resist. You know there is a trainwreck coming and you just keep watching unable to stop. The worst is when for a second you actually kinda like Cyrus only to despise him again a few minutes later.

Moving on, this week went really well except for one day, I woke up with a sinus headache that did not want to be tamed. I felt sick that day and spent the day in bed but around 8 pm, until I finally started feeling better and managed to get my daily walk in at least. I do want to confirm that the battle with post surgery constipation is real. I have found Weetabix, Almond Milk and Prunes for breakfast helped greatly.  I also got my pathology reports and I am happy to report everything was benign, although they did find several cysts and fibroids.

On a fun note I made it to the monthly BUNCO night that was held this week. I had a chaperon (who won for most BUNCOs) to ensure I made it home safely.

My other stress point of the week was being told that I had to file for FMLA leave of absence even though I am using sick and vacation leave for my time off and not short term disability. When I was having children 20+ years ago there was no such thing as FMLA. I am happy that there is a program in place to protect jobs however I always thought it was up to the person to request FMLA. I found out that your employer can require you to take FMLA if they believe you have a serious illness - a night in the hospital is considered a serious illness even if it is elective surgery. So even though I am 2 weeks into my recovery and will be returning to work in another 2 weeks. I have to go through the process of getting approval for FMLA leave - which by the time I get it all settled I will be returning to work. I will get the doctor's office to do my clearance to return to work at the same time I submit my original request paperwork that way I can get everything done is one easy visit. I really don't understand the point of this horse and pony show but I will comply with the request - grumbling all the way. (Amusing point - since I did not request the leave at least 30 days prior to my surgery, a planned event, they can make me wait 30 after surgery to start FMLA at which point I would already be back to work and would not need it.)

Also, next week the hubby and I are heading to Florida for the Annual Handcraft Soap and Cosmetic Guild (HSCG) Conference and visit with family near Orlando - Ahh Vacation and Soap - now this I am excited about.

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