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Posted by gerri on February 23, 2000 at 14:20:35:

I am pretty new to this board. I was diagnosed with Complex Partial Seizures (secondarily generalized) this month. I have not been driving since Jan 1 when this all started and have been out of work since then as well. I was hospitalized due to Dilantin toxicity and a killer rash. It was at the hospital they made this final diagnosis. I was there for 6 days... ahhh

Anyway, im feeling on Tegretol { a time realease kind) and ready to go back to work. My boss wants a note saying there are no work restrictions. My Dr. wrote no driving for 6 months.I work with mentally retarded adults who need my constant supervision. Some of the time I am on alone. My boss says that if a client wants to go for a walk or needs to go on an appointment..i could not drive them to the park or dr office so therefor i am unable to fill my job description. My big concern is being alone with them. I do not want anything to happen at work. Ive been with these ladies for many years.
My boss said if i cant get a note that says NO restrictions that i cant return to work and i have to go on an unpaid medical leave. I tried to explain that this wont just go away and what happens when the 6 months is up? Do I loose my job? She said yes since i cant fill the job description.
I said 90% of the job is care giving not going for a walk or driving to an appointment. I work fri,sat,sun 12hr shifts and im on with another person. She said she cant always ensure there will be someone with me so i cant continue at this group home.
I love the clients i work with and was willing to walk 6 miles to work,,,
Now im on an unpaid medical leave. This can last for 6 to 12 months....what do i do for income? is this legal? I know this is a long winded note..but i am sooo new to all this... My family can adjust for a few months but after that??????? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Gerri

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