My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: New Mexico
I started working as a transcriptionist in the PD. In the past I had worked as a secretary or administrative assistant but I had never typed eight hours straight. After 9 months I started getting horrible pains in my hands and arms. I went to a WC doctor who prescribed Naproxen and Physical Therapy. I got a neurologist exam three and a half weeks later after WC approved it and of course it was negative for Carpal Tunnel. My employer found me after four weeks an accommodation which consisted or 30 minutes of typing (per the doctor) and two hourse of removing staples (8 hr day). My God, after two weeks of doing that the motion of pressing the stapler remover screwed up my right wrist/hand even more and two weeks later I could not tolerate the pain so I went back. Now it turns out I have tendonitis and I WILL NEVER be able to type for more than 30-45 minutes. I must take breaks in between or my tendons will just get aggravated. I am still receiving WC. I have to go to amore specialized Physical Therapy for the next six weeks. Someone from HR told me that they will try to look for another position (at my level which is the bottom, I make 10 bucks an hour) maybe taking utility payments, customer service, and so on.
OK.... so my sister was telling me, why not just let them lay you off, get unemployment, and go to school full time to finish your BA degree. I need six more classes to do so as I have been going part time. My brother tells me, you should just go to Social Security and get disability and in the mean time finish your school as 10 bucks an hour is not worth continuing to mess up your hand. My mom tells me, just hold on, they may not find me another position and if they do, quit and apply for short term or long term disability.
Emotionally I am a mess!!! I have only done clerical all my life eventhough I did work as an interpreter and translator part time in the past. I can't translate as I need to type a lot. I can interpret but they are not hiring right now. At this point, yes, I just want to finish my degree, I don't have any more hope in clerical and I need to do something or I will go nuts.