Under this act, as I understand it, your job or something comparable must be held for you for 12 weeks time. After that they are not legally responsible for holding your job. Not sure if that is what you looking for but I think you can find more on the dept of labor website.
I guess it's the same thing.
This is the situation: If I decide to go ahead with the fusion, I obviously am going to need help here with my daughter. My husband can only do so much since he needs to run the business. So, my Mom is willing to help us, however she works. The only time she is off is in the summer (teacher aide), and I don't know if I am willing to ruin her summer again (and mine) like I did last year.
You had a fusion.... how long before you are able to function? I want to make certain that I will have ample time to recover before I go picking my daughter up. you know?!
Function or lift? I was allowed to start lifting 20 pounds at 3 months, but could basically handle myself after a couple of weeks. After my 1st fusion I was home alone and doing for myself as soon as I got home. But with this fusion I had 2 dural tears and was readmitted to the hospital for a few more days, so it took a bit longer.
As far as taking care of your daughter, how old is she and how much does she weigh?
Does she need you to lift her a lot or is she able to climb up in your lap. If you can find ways around not lifting her, you could probably fix simple things for her to eat, have her climb up on the bed for diaper changes or whatever after a few weeks if you have no complications. But keep the help for as long as you can. You don't want to take any more chances than you have to.
Here I am already getting anxious about a surgery that has not even been decided upon. Thank you for all your advice... I know my Mom will stick around as long as I need her.
No, she doesn't need to be picked up alot.... your suggestions were good ones. Thank you
Whatever is decided, I'm sure you will do fine. The fusion surgery is actually harder before you have it than after. Unless you have complications. The worrying about it before is worse than the actual surgery. I was very surprised not to be in anymore pain than I was after my surgery. Now 1 1/2 weeks later I thought I was gonna die. I had a major spinal headache because I was one of the lucky ones that had dural tears during surgery. But I don't think that is very common so don't let that worry you.
Oh and I have a 4 year old grandson and I'm raising a 6 year old neice, so they had to learn to climb up in my lap, lol.
If your mother comes to help you, and uses FMLA to have time away from work, I would doubt she would have to use the full 12 week allowance. You will likely be ready to get back in the swing of caring for your daughter at 8 weeks or so.
8 weeks? Then you think I'll be able to life her in & out of her crib and car seat, & bend over to buckle her into her car seat? These are the things that I am so scared of! I hate asking my Mom to leave her job, but I will need the help, and I do not think we will be able to afford to have someone come in that long to care for her. Not to mention I would rather have my Mom anyhow....
I asked this in another one of my posts... I actaully think I am going to start a new thread on it as well... but how did you convince yourself that te fusion was your best bet? I mean considering if you have the fusion there is a chance that they other discs above/below will get messed up.