I am experiencing a dilemma, and look forward to your thoughts. I had my colectomy in Dec 03, which went well. I started chemo for stage III cancer, 1 small positive polyp, AND 1 microscopically postive node, my ticket to chemo. I started 5FU and leuco Jan 04, and completed the 1st course without too much difficulty. I went back to work (4 -7 hour days) mid January. I took a week off at the end of the first course; my hematocrit was slipping a little, got 2 procrit injections, but I am still soooo fatigued. I called out sick today, and don't work Mondays. On my days home I can easily take a nap morning and afternoon and still feel beat, plus 9 hours of sleep each night. I feel like a slug; work days I am dragging. So...
do I apply for my total disability coverage, go beyond my official leave time at work and face potential loss of job afterwards...not an easy prospect for a 53 yo nursing administrator....or just drag along for however long I can?
Hubby wants me to do whatever I think best for me...who knows? Any of you have experience with the work/not work dillemma? Part of me feels that my symptoms aren't "severe" enough to warrant total disability. (My coverage does not allow for part time work) And part of me feels my work should be getting through the chemo in the best state possible and having something left for my husband and 2 teenage kids. Help!!! Judy