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All through last week, Jobsworth has been urging me to come back to work, and I suppose subconsciously I have been pushing myself to comply to his wishes. In the end though, it has impacted my convalescence in a negative way: I've been suffering from a bad case of postoperative oedema for the past 10 days, and my lower leg, which has turned the colour of red bricks, has swollen to three times the size of my healthy one.

Yesterday, Rutger sounded the alarm bell, and refused to carry on with the treatment until I had it checked out by my doctor. I've just come back from my consultation, and have been severely reprimanded. I am to 'take it easy' (and this time, she's taken care to explain to me exactly what I can and cannot do, so for one thing, I've been ordered to abandon my re-painting of the window frames and skirting boards for the time being - thank God I'd already finished most of it), and I'm not to even attempt to go back to the dreaded commute any time within the next 4 to 6 weeks.

Now all I need to do is inform Jobsworth, HR and the company doctor, and get them to agree to extend my sick leave for the duration. I have a feeling they're not going to be pleased about this, since the nature of my work means I can't do any of it from home.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
oh noes :( sorry to hear that! Sounds nasty .. does it hurt?

and does that mean DB plans are now out the window for Oct? eep!
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
does it hurt?

A bit...though it's more of a nasty, tight feeling...you know, like a Chinese burn. And the swelling makes walking difficult as I can't flex my foot as one would normally do.

I'm not sure yet how it will affect my plans -- I promised to take my niece to see her favourite band open for Pink tomorrow, and I'm supposed to see The Police in 2 weeks' time with my sister, so...Do you think I should give either of these concerts a miss, then? Or The Decemberists in Amsterdam on the 22nd?
anonypooh
Aug. 31st, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
yup ..nasty!

Tricky!!

Can you hire wheels from anywhere? I think you should make enquiries at the venues for wheelchair users (they get good spots!) and your neice and sister can push!

You'll never get to see the Police again - I'm going in a week w00!
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skylar_muc
Aug. 31st, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)
awww... no, you can't miss the decemberists! they're so wonderful live. If all else fails, rent a wheelchair for the night.
I'm sorry to hear the healing process is going so slowly... and you should probably listen to your doctor for real this time and just rest for a while... and then make one exception for the decemberist show :D
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anonypooh
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
oh noes
hmm lj ate my post

Sorry to hear that! .. is that ow? sounds nasty :(

What about DB ... he's 5 weeks away ... will you not be able to come and see him now?
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
Re: oh noes
Ah - no LJ did not eat your post; it just screened it for some reason. Were you not logged in at the time?

Anyway - 5 weeks you say? That soon? He'd better put some dates up then, because I'm not sure it'd be worth risking another reprimand for just the one show!

Or would it?
anonypooh
Aug. 31st, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: oh noes
hee - two variations on a theme you have now :)

THAT soon! Soon be Christmas.
Some UK singer geezer asked him if he was doing more dates, on myspace - he said yes - he is looking for venues.
But he didn't finalise places last time, until the last minute - did he?

BUT you probably should not risk a blown up bright red leg on a flight and all the walking even a mini-tour entails... without prior permission from le Doctor!

Rest up!

I saw a fabtastic band last night - will post on it later
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meko00
Aug. 31st, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry.

she's taken care to explain to me exactly what I can and cannot do
*winces* Well, that's a good thing, at least.

the nature of my work means I can't do any of it from home
Not a single thing? I do hope it won't get nasty.
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2007 09:54 am (UTC)
It won't get nasty, but it will get tiring. I've left them all a message, and now I expect there'll be a lot of back and forth until some bright spark will suggest I fork out for a taxi to and from work, with vague promises of reimbursing me at the end of the year, and I will again have to explain to them that I can't afford that, and they'll be miffed, and ach! you know...Tiring.
xwingace
Aug. 31st, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear you're still hurting.

But now take that doctor's advice and you'll be better all the sooner. And in the meantime, enjoy the additional time away from Jobsworth...

Get well soon!

XWA
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
additional time away from Jobsworth...

Well, that definitely is a plus! Though 4 more weeks of literally putting my feet up doesn't sound too appealing at the moment.
curiouswombat
Aug. 31st, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
Now all I need to do is inform Jobsworth, HR and the company doctor, and get them to agree to extend my sick leave for the duration.

I don't think they have much choice - if your consultant says you are not fit, then you are not fit, and the company doctor has no way of over-ruling him, because if the company doctor was a highly trained orthopaedic speacialist then he wouldn't be working as a a company doctor. Threaten them with a tribunal or something if they try to argue, even if you really couldn't be bothered!

If they were to come up with the taxi option then tell them (a) you will have to check with your consultant whether you are able to go to work under those circumstances or whether it would still be unacceptable, and (b) that reimbursment is not an option - if they insist on sending a taxi for you then it must be on the company account and they must organise it. And don't tell me a big company like HP do not have an account with a local taxi firm!

Resting properly, probably with your leg up, should get rid of the oedema pretty quickly. (Look how sympathetic nurses are.... :~P )
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
if the company doctor was a highly trained orthopaedic speacialist then he wouldn't be working as a a company doctor.

BWAHAHA! So true -- though they don't half like to take themselves seriously, these company doctors do. Pity no one else does; neither my consultant nor my GP seem to take much notice of their requests for information. In fact, they tell me to tell them to stop wasting their time ;-)

Resting properly, probably with your leg up, should get rid of the oedema pretty quickly.

Yep, that's exactly the advice I've been given (and to carry on with the physio). I mean to follow it this time, starting from Sunday (I can't bear the thought of letting my niece down, she's so been looking forward to this concert. I'll muddle through it somehow - quite literally, I suppose, as it's in a field and the forecast predicts rain).
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bogwitch
Aug. 31st, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a result to me. :)

There are ways to get around the standing at gigs thing. There's always somewhere to flop.
gamiila
Sep. 1st, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
...or a bar to prop up...;-)

I'm a bit ambivalent about the not fit for a return to work yet-thing; on the one hand, I wasn't looking forward to having to deal with Jobsworth again, but on the other...I've been stuck at home for two months, and I am starting to miss the contact with my co-workers a little.

Then again, I expect this extra month off work will fly by, and by the time Christmas comes around, I'll be heartily sick of the daily commute and Jobsworth again. I wish I knew what was going to happen with the projected redundancy...maybe I should just give up on it and find somewhere more wholesome to work.
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