When is the best time to return to school?

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  1. Pi-R-Squared

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    A major question of mine was answered when payroll said sick days weren’t being used for my absences. So this leads me to my next set of questions.

    I can neither stand nor drive because my right foot was injured. Obviously, if I can’t drive, I can’t get to work but that’s not the issue. Let’s say I’ve recovered enough to be able to drive. Would that be the time to return? Or would waiting until I can stand and walk comfortably be better? If that’s better, then I’ve got more weeks to go. :(
     
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    What accommodations has your doctor listed for your job until you are healed? We have had many teachers teaching who couldn't stand due to injuries. Some had the little kneely-wheely to get around the halls but had to sit most of the day, some had a wheel chair until they were better, some had crutches but couldn't bear weight on their foot, etc. They worked and didn't stand to do so. So, I would say, as soon as you can figure out how to get to school you should be in as long as the doctor gives you the ok.

    I'm not sure where you live, but not being able drive has never been a reason to not work unless the actual reason prevents you from doing your job in the classroom (concussion). In my district, it would be dependent on you to figure out how to get to work even if that meant a cab every day or uber. However, knowing some people live a very long way from the school in which they teach, that may be impossible and other options would have to be arranged.
     
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    Your doctor probably has to give you a return to work note so it would all depend on when the doctor is comfortable sending you back. Also, you will want to only return when you are able to get around well enough in case of an emergency, fire, etc.
     
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    My doctor has excused me until next week or later if he deems more time is necessary to recover. I have appointments to see him and the orthopedist later this week. Let’s say they don’t clear me and extend recovery time. That’d be one possibility. A more likely scenario could be something like I can drive but getting around you’d need a walking boot. I guess that would mean either buying a car or having Uber drive me 50 miles to work and 50 miles home?
     
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    I don't think a walking boot is too bad as long as you're not in terrible pain with it. That's just not something you should put yourself through. What is the status on your car insurance? Are you going to replace your car? Some insurances cover car rentals so you might be able to check that out as an option also.
     
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    Also, put some feelers out and see if anyone from your school lives near you so you can get a ride. Offer to compensate for gas and most people you are on good terms with will help out.
     
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    We had a chance at a rental during our first-party claims process but declined since I wasn’t going anywhere at that time. The check has come and it’ll be a down payment for my next ride.
     
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    That's good. Just do what you can do. Don't rush it or whatever injury you have might be aggravated and not heal the way you'd like.
     
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    Yikes! I installed Uber just to see a one-way cost? $99.44!
     
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    That’s why I’m hoping for a doctor’s extension. ;)
     
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    Just let me point out that how much it costs to take Uber to work should be the last consideration. A walking boot sounds like it is in your future, and that is an accommodation that would normally allow you to return to work, with some modifications made for duties that involved prolonged standing or extra walking. Keep in mind that the school doesn't really care that you need to buy another car. Is there a second car in the family? If so, you may need to take possession of it to get to and from work. Just saying - primary bread winner gets first dibs on the transportation to and from the job that provides the paycheck and benefits.
     
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    We are down to one car. I’ll be buying a car soon. I also have a knee scooter that I use around the house. It has helped me heal faster and I believe I will be scooting around the school very soon!
     
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    We can all play doctor for a moment. I put my walking boot on to test my right foot. OUCH!! Not even putting all my weight on it and it hurts..... So I changed out of it and put on my regular tennis shoe. Ouch again! I just wonder if the doc will clear me to go back to work.....
     
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    That is not surprising to me.
    I'm sorry you are in pain though. There will probably be a fair amount of pain in the weeks to come.
     
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    Just to be clear, I didn't say it would be a painless reentry into your classroom. You may still need the boot and your knee scooter to be able to go back to school, and by the end of the day, you may be in pain as you drive home at the end of the day. I have had multiple injuries involving my lower leg and/or the foot, involving having to have bones fused within the foot, which had quite a prolonged "truly healed" healing time. I won't lie - it isn't fun nor is it easy to get psyched up to face classes of students day in and day out, when all you really want to do is take something for the pain and elevate the injured foot/ankle/lower leg. That's me saying it sucks to have both the injury and the pain. However, as I have been teaching for while, I can say that I have seen teachers take remarkable changes "in stride" in the best interest of their students as well as their schools. You need to get in contact with your doctor and spell out your job description and figure out what is doable, with what supports will need to be provided, and your doctor needs to be very clear in his written document that addresses the accommodations that you will receive, a reasonable range of time for you may still be at less than 100% clearance, which would mean that although you may have swelling at the end of the day, most of the healing is well underway, meaning that you will almost certainly be on your way to seeing PT on a regular basis to make sure you regain full functionality of your injured bones and joints. Fortunately, your school year will be winding down by some time in May - just a guess given where you are located- so you will be looking to get back into the school, if cleared, for maybe the last month of the school year, with the understanding that you will need some help along the way, and may progress to the point where PT appointments may have to become part of the time you will need to be out of the classroom.

    On the bright side, you don't have to be up and down with young children, which would be difficult at best, and dangerous in many settings involving interactions with students who wouldn't fully understand your limitations. You really do need to have a serious sit-down with your orthopedic specialist where all cards are on the table, representing all of the shareholders, and what realistic goals and objectives are laid out for everyone to question/plan around. The issue of the car is probably not something that I would make an issue, since how one gets to work is not typically the employer's concern. You may also need to get clarity on which doctor is going to be calling the shots going forward regarding the injury involving your mobility, and then make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to those decisions. That will make sure that the proper doctor receives and answers any questions, going forward, on what you are capable of doing or not doing. That will make sure that your district can seek follow-up information or proposed dates of return from the right doctor's office, which is infinitely better than having your district feel that they are being ignored. I don't know if litigation about this accident is in your future, but you want to use these same protocols in place, just in case, going forward.

    Another view of your injury would be how much pain medication you require now, and what does the doctor see as a required level going forward. If you are in enough pain to have to take medication of a narcotic going forward, that can impact whether or not you are perceived as too impaired to teach and/or drive yourself to and from work. Once again, there needs to be a consensus among your doctors, and transparency as to who is writing the prescriptions, because the use of narcotics in the workplace has become an issue. Best of luck going forward, and happy car shopping.
     
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    When you mention having pain even with the boot that will tell the doctor you need an extension.
     
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    As long as I can hover around on my knee scooter, I’ll be fine. Pain only occurs when I put my foot on the floor, boot or no boot. I was also diagnosed with a concussion and post concussion syndrome. Right now, my head is clear. No dizziness, nausea, or headaches now. A couple weeks ago, that was a different story. I believe I am well enough to drive but the foot is the wild-card. I am seeing the orthopedist and family doctor this week. The family doctor was the one providing the excuse note. The orthopedist suggested in my initial appointment to accelerate with my right and brake with the left if I needed to. Yes, that’s what he said! ;)
     
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    I have always been a left foot braker. When I was in high school the driver ed teacher did some kind of scientific experiment with the car testing our reactions when braking with the left foot or the right. I always scored higher with the left foot and that is the way I have always driven.
    For me, that created difficulty when I had left foot surgery and had to drive as a "righty".
    I'm glad you are doing better and I'm sure you will able to work out the details. How badly was the other driver injured?
     
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    Very seriously injured.
     
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    Well, my doctor extended my recovery time for 2 weeks and I am to start physical therapy during this time. I believe I will be in good shape when I go back to work. I haven’t driven anywhere since the wreck and I know that I’ll be more gun-shy when I sit behind the wheel again. But, progress has been made and I see the next two weeks as a sign of continued strength-building and healing.
     
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    I really would be lovely if they would just say ok, take the rest of this school year since we are so close to summer anyway. Ah well. Two weeks good. Make sure you are doing all of your PT work. Hang in there! Decades ago I had a walking boot. Mine didn't hurt, and I don't think they should. The hard part for me was post boot when I had to get my shriveled leg back to walking strength. PT, ballet class, and lots of cursing was how I got through it all. I was super lucky - I live in a city and had mass transit to hobble around. Feel free to keep letting your doc know about pain...don't try to "suffer through," maybe they will give you more time.
    sending warm thoughts.
     

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