Frustrating week! What rights do we have?
I want to apologize if it seems I only come here to vent. How do you do it? Where do we stand?
I've been doing really well with my "naturopathic" treatments and Accupuncture, but this week it felt like I was hit with a frying pan again (cast iron, not aluminum). Lots of pain, tiredness, difficulty focusing.
I got a letter from the unemployment office determining I don't get any because "Claimant's absense was either or not properly reported. The Claimant's actions show a willful disregard of the employer's interests. Therefore, the discharge was for misconduct in connection with the work"
My response is: "I followed every rule and signed every form I was given. I was given a form by my primary care physician that clearly stated I would be unable to return to work until the date of 30 April 2007. I was never absent without such a document. I had a progressive illness that demanded hospitalization and home nursing care. I was NEVER willfully absent, not did I refuse to work, without the doctor's signed statment that I was unable to do so."
What is really irritating is that they decided I'd been gone long enough 2 .5 weeks before I was scheduled to return. They demanded I return, I told them that I was both unable and was told by the doctor that I could not work until the 30th. Can you say PI$$ed off?
I've been hopeful that I would recover enough to work, but the damned sporadic wipeouts that seem to be a part of this would not make me somebody I'd want to hire--in short, I'm not sure I could keep a job if I could get one.
To top it off, my wife is saying I should apply for permanent disability, but I have no idea where I stand on that score. Do we have any rights as handicapped, disabled, or other protected group? What I've seen says no.
Finally, I've worked hard to get off the pain killers and other medicines, but now my Rheumatologist wants me to start "remission" drugs that are supposed to attack the arthritis and fibro that have invaded. Well, without a job, I have no insurance, and I've gotten off most of my meds because I simply can't afford them.
Good lord, what are you supposed to do?!
This is making me nuts.
Sorry for the rant--but this week has really been extra-special miserable.