On March 8 of 07,a student blindsided me in my classroom door
trying to get out as I looked down hall to see where another kid who ran out had gone. The slam and shove pushed me back 2-3 feet and I felt to my back go pop,pop,pop, injuring
my lower back causing excrutiating pain. The kid got 5 days cafeteria duty from the principal and I was never able to go back to work again, lost house because of 8+ months with noLTD and had to decloare bankruptcy, nor do daily activities the same.
I had to go to the districts clinic , doc was going to take xrays(I told him they had 1 1/2 yrs ago and showed arthritis and swelling) and I told him he needs to send me for MRI cause this was different., and
was told rest 2 days and go back to work and come back 7-10 days. I did and next doc just gave me steroids and muscle relaxers like previous time I had injury from breaking up fight and go back to work. Had to wait 10 days according to district policy to
see MY doc who ordered MRIimmediately and imediately referred to neurosurgeon.
I filed grievance (which is now supposed to go to arbitration, but still hasn't,and now Human Resources department is trying to get it dropped)I have asked by phone, email and in person who handles this and duty disability legally for union and have gotten no response, workers' comp. , still unsettled, SSD just settled may of 08 saying I am totally and permanently disabled. It took 4 months before Insurance co. agreed they had to pay for neurosurgeon, she wanted to do surgery and when I went for pre-op testing, they said platelet level was low (which I was told 7-8 years
before, and referred me to hemotology/oncologist. He did lots of blood work up and finally a bonemarrow biopsy and said 95% of my marrow had hairy-cell leukemia and there was only 1 treatment
for this type chemo for 24/7 for 7 days. If it didnt work, I had 1/2- 1 yr if it did work maybe 8-10 yrs. It worked and I am in remission and last visit he said come back in year and get blood tested every 3 mo.
rather than every month
Had back surgery finally in NOv. 07 which helped some, but am still in constant pain and cant stand ,sit, or walk for very long. without laying down.Meds help some, and still
lower back pain is bad constantly and then gets more severe. They say nothing more they can do for that pain.
Was supposed to collect Long term disability
after 45 work days, but didnt get paid for 8+ months so lost house and lost vision and dental benefits.
So went from 2600 sq ft house with Huge rooms 5 bdrms, 2 1/2 baths , to 850 sq ft aprtment here in Flushing.
Have been filling out paperwork,making calls, and trying to get things done . Maybe another year to 2 before things are settled. So I am making do as had to use all 403b
and Roth IRA money(plus pay large penalties and taxes) to live on and went bankrupt (didnt get paid for 14 weeks
year before with eye probs.) Trying to do
best I can. Takes me long time to do most anything, and have to take lots of breaks to get done what I can(lots that I can't do). So I spend lots of time starring at apt. walls sometimes week or more before I get out. Usually for doc or
legal appointments. Tried to get a lawyer to sue district for unsafe work conditions
and lack of proper disciplinary practices as reported by WJRT's Taryn Asher in February of 2007, but no one was willing to take on Government agency without specific person to take action against.Have been denied second time for duty disability pension and told teaching is perfect job since never have to bend over(unless want to work with student or groups) and no metion of having to take valium, vicodin, and xanax 3 times a day just to relieve side effects of lower back pain, and be able to lay down to try to relieve severe back pain which follows constant pain within varying short periods of time.