How to deal with frequent doctor appointments?

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  1. bewlove

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    Hey, there! Not to go into too much detail, but my husband and I are trying to start a family and I have some fertility issues, thus causing me to need medical assistance and frequent appointments throughout the whole process. The doctor wants me to come in 3 different times in January alone. I would try to schedule my appointments for after work, but we are a later school and don't get out until 4 PM and they're closed by the time I get there.

    I hate missing work, and I can take half days, but it still worries me to have to take off so many days. How would you recommend that I deal with this? Should I give my principal a heads up?
     
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    Early morning?

    You need to tell your admin that you are going thru some medical testing and ask how you can schedule your appointments to have minimal impact on your students. I gave a colleague who was going thru radiation at the beginning of the year. She scheduled for the absolute earliest appointments so she missed just hometown and s few minutes off first period for each treatment session for which they got a para to cover.
     
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    I would talk to your principal and explain the situation, if you feel comfortable. Ask your principal what he/she would prefer... that you take half days or that you have another teacher or para cover your class for the last half hour (or whatever) of the day. Be honest and say that you don't want to leave your students or your colleagues hanging but that you have personal business that needs to be taken care of during school hours and you want to move forward doing what is best for everyone involved.
     
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    I don't think you need to share details unless you're comfortable doing so, but I do think that it's important for you to give the office a heads up that you'll need to take some time off for medical appointments. I think this is a good idea if for no other reason than to cover yourself so that you aren't accused later of abusing your sick time or of being a flake.

    A couple of years ago I had numerous medical appointments within a relatively short period of time (a few months). I tried to schedule multiple appointments on the same day whenever possible. I ended up using a lot of sick days that year. I kept my supervising administrator in the loop, which he seemed to appreciate. He let me know that I should take all the time I needed and not worry about anything at school, which was exactly the right thing for him to say.
     
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    While I don't think you need to go into any detail, or really tell admin anything, I would try to schedule the appointments during mid-week (it is usually easier to get subs), and I would get a doctor's note at every appointment so if you are ever questioned you have documentation of your appropriate use of sick time.

    Good luck; I know from experience that it can be very stressful.
     
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    If you're comfortable talking with admin, that's the easiest route. They'll be a lot more likely to work with you and overlook things they normally wouldn't overlook if they know this situation.

    If you aren't comfortable talking with your admin, definitely aim for early appointments, because if they need to pull a para to cover you, it would be easier for everybody for them to be "crowd control" during morning work time, than to actually be teaching something at the end of the day. Some doctor's offices will do 7:00 AM appointments specifically so working people can go before work, and even if your doctor won't, you can always ask how long an appointment will be... if you get in at 8, there will probably be some appointments where you can leave by 8:15 or 8:30 and still be at work before the kids arrive.
     
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    Do you have any specials at beginning or end of the day? Or maybe you could switch so you had one of those times. When I was pg I had a couple appointments that were at end of day. I talked with principal & the special teachers. Principal okayed special teacher walking students to busses as long as they were ok with it. Those teachers were great. I just had everything ready so they either brought stuff to specials class or they would walk from my classroom.
     
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    I have a teacher who went through some medical issues earlier this year. She didn't go into great detail about what was going on (and I definitely didn't ask because it's not my business), but I was able to take over her class several times so she could leave early or come in late. I was more than happy to teach her class myself--rather than having random subs in and out of the room.
     
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    Ytg... That was nice of you. I think you have to give the admin a heads up & see if there are other solutions that would be easy to remedy for you & class.
    Your students don't need to know details. I was far enough along students knew so I would tell them the days the others would be taking them out. I usually put it in the parent note...never a big deal.
     
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    Can you go over lunch? We have a teacher who sometimes has someone cover her lunch duty and then uses that hour to go. It works out pretty well.
     
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    If your admin has had any experience, you won't be the first teacher they have with medical needs. Let them know you have many appointments and ask advice on scheduling. Unless you have admin from you know where, they'll work with you.
     
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    I explained to I explained to my principal that my specialist only took appointments between 11-2 due to his surgery and hospital schedules, so I had to go then. I was able to get the latest appointments and take half days. We worked it out so that I could get the same sub each time to help with consistency for the kids.
     
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    Thank you all so much for your responses!!!!!! I took your advice and sent my P an email. I didn't go into too much detail, but explained that upon return I had some appointments scheduled for January, that I was going to try and arrange them around the school day as much as possible, to please let me know if there was an issue, etc.

    He hasn't said anything. :( I know it's break, but he is usually very prompt with emails. So hopefully he isn't upset. I didn't really tell him the reason why as far as what the appointments were for. I just told him they were medical procedures.

    My school starts at 8:30 and we are allowed to leave at 3:50. My doctor's office is open from 8:00-4:30. It's about 25 minutes from my school. We only get 30 minutes for lunch, so I can't go then. Missing work is so stressful!
     
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    I was in the same boat, my husband and I used IVF to conceive our twins. I was able to make most of my appointments for first thing in the morning and I was waiting at the door when the nurses turned the lights on. An aide would cover my class in the mornings and I was able to make it by the time announcements were over, or she knew how to get them started in a writing activity the few times I didn't make it as quickly.
     
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    Congrats on your twins!!! Wanted to update you all and let you know my P has been very understanding and all is well. Hopefully the treatments work and I can have a success story like yours!
     
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    Oh good!!! Good Luck!!!
     

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