I’ve been away from work for a month due to some medical issues resulting from the brain injury.
Last week, I had to turn in a letter from my doctor that I couldn’t work.
The HR “specialist” took the opportunity to chew my ass. Short version: she asked in the past for notes from my doctor. To anyone in mental health or healthcare, “notes” means charting. I sent in several months worth of medical charting, not realizing she had no right to actual charts. She never corrected that misunderstanding and continued to ask for notes. She never explained exactly what a “note” needed to contain. She never put anything in writing. the letters from my doctor early on just put down hours I could work, not specific duties. She never told me that wasn’t sufficient, just kept asking for “notes.”
So, part of the lecture was that I didn’t have Traumatic Brain Injury, I “just” had a “concussion.” She demonstrated her ignorance. The ICD9, the manual medical professionals use to code diagnoses, doesn’t have a code for TBI, just concussion. And post concussive syndrome. So, by ICD 9, I could have been in a coma for two weeks and still have “only” a “concussion.”
Part of why I’m off work is the doctors recently diagnosed a seizure disorder. I had at least two full seizures right after my injury, when my brain was swelling. (Short story: two ERs missed the brain injury severity. One sent me home with unequal pupils because my MRI and CT scans were ” clear.” What the actual f*^%” was that?!). So, according to this “specialist” in HR, my seizures aren’t connected to the “concussion” because people can just have seizures for no reason. I have complex partial and absence seizures. They’re easy to miss. I didn’t realize I was having absence until a friend pointed out what was happening. The complex partials leave me exhausted and confused. I have trouble putting words together. I put it down to overstimulation and exhaustion.
The HR person decided that she would not provide OWCP with the written request for pay. Ironically, now she has “notes” from my doctor excusing me from work. But, not the ” acceptable” diagnosis because my seizures aren’t related to the brain injury.
Fortunately, family is now involved directly with OWCP to help try to resolve this. All I really need is my neurologist to write something that connects my seizures to the brain injury. Not that the HR person told me this.
I have service connected disability pay right now. Between that and savings, financially I should be ok for a while.
This is a rant. I won’t even get into the crap my new supervisor was pulling.
Sadly, I used to love working there. It was my dream job, turned nightmare. The only good thing now is working with other veterans.
I always struggled since the injury. It was exhausting and I often cried, got migraines. And was always exhausted. The only reason I succeeded in very limited work my old supervisor had me doing, was duty was so light and she buffered me from the stress.
I am pursuing medical retirement. I really can’t do the job.