July 29th: Injured pushing a cart, killed my knee.
July 30th: go to doctors (on site), fill out report with my manager naming my lead as the cause (she wouldnt let me have help pushing the several 100lb cart), he choses not to put her in the report. im required to do a slightly modified version of my current job, which said lead ignores. I call my union, they do nothing...
Aug-Oct: doctor weekly, physical therapy for an unknown problem with my knee. Modified lifting at work. this is on my own time, im not paid extra for this...union still doing nothing....
Oct: Doctor gives up, orders an X-Ray, shows nothing.
Nov: Doctor orders an MRI, shows nothing, since i have healed from whatever was wrong, but still in pain, reason unknown. Put on transitional duty, meaning greeter at stores, letter stuffer, etc, against my will.
December: Sent to a specialist. He orders a special knee brace. I try and pick it up several times, has me working the exact hrs my dr is open to pick it up. I try and change shifts but since im in transitional duty i cant. Also not allowed to pick up extra shifts for more money... I decide to wait till next dr appt.
January: Show up for my specialist appt. Try the door, its locked. I knock, no one answers. I go home to call, they say the dr has moved but they dont know where. I go to work 30mins early to explain to them what happened. They spend 30mins trying to track them down. the lady yells at me cuz im not at my location (5 mins before i start)...
Mid January: Forced un-documented medical leave, still cant find my specialist, try and switch doctors. Lots of paperwork, no one returning my constant calls. They wont tell me if the medical leave is paid or not, luckily it is. Also, many calls to my nurse case manager, who never answers or returns my calls, same with workers comp......
Late Feb: I get a call they FINALLY tracked down my doctor. I make an appt....he still doesnt have my knee brace.....he orders physical therapy for me. Im on medical leave , so i cant get backstage so i cant go to their physical therapy, so i try and make it with his. they have to get it approved by them first.
March: Therapy not approved yet....physical therapy calling them daily, as am i. nobody responds.
Mid March: Dr appt gets changed. I get a call the next day asking where i am, my shift started at 2pm. I explain the dr note means i cant go back to work till they approve it, so im not supposed to be working. they say i get points for not being there. I get put on undocumented medical leave, yelled at by like 10 people (10 different phone calls to figure this out) and a letter in the mail saying if i dont have a dr note by "insert date here" im fired.
Early April: Physical therapy FINALLY approved!
Last Week: Dr appt. Dr says i dont come see him till i complete 12 physical therapy appts. Nurse giving me note to give to them says she has to make the appt and says May 9th. My dr is out of town that day, the appt doesnt go through but is already on paper. I go to turn in my note and explain.
Me: ok, im supposed to have my next dr appt after i finish 12 physical therapy sessions. May 9th isnt supposed to be on there, it means nothing.
her: when is your next dr appt.
Me: there isnt one schedualed...::explains again::
her: when is your next dr appt?
Me: explains again
her: when is the next dr appt?
me: ok fine, its may 9th, but its going to be changed to later in may.
her: well may 9th we need a new drs note.
me: AHHHHHHHHHH (inside my head)
3 Days ago: I get a call from works physical therapy, saying they got paperwork from my dr and want to schedual physical therapy for me on site.I was told by like 5 people who were supposed to be handling my case that i could not have it there, which is why it took over a month to get approved for off-site physical therapy. Thats an extra month of 2/3 of my salary, which is barely enough to live off of, and the inability to get a second job.
As far as my knee goes, i lost 90% of muscle control on the inside of my left knee. It causes the left muscle to make the kneecap pull to the left, causing it to be out of place and grind. Now im going through a lot of painful stuff to get it back....all because they took several months for an MRI they should have done the following week.