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Old 06-04-2018, 07:47 AM   #181
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Two eeks post-op today. Getting better in some regards, not in others. I am getting more mobile and doing better there than I thought I would at two weeks. Today the hom PT person had me walk 10 minutes round-trip down my road using a cane. That's a big increase over any walking I have done thus far. Unfortunately the pain is not improving. It looks like I have nerve damage. The in home nurse thinks I have meralgia paresthetica caused by the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve(LFCN) being entraped under inguinal ligament. Or the LFCN could have just been stretched during surgery and is damaged. Either way I will likely be having nerve pain for months. The numbness is no big deal but the pain is a huge deal. If the nerve is entraped then I could need another surgery so hopefully it was just stretched and will gradually heal itself with a reduction in pain along the way. The muscle, tendon, incison pain are all reasonable but the nerve pain is really bad resulting in very little sleep. I hope it starts improving soon. They want me back to work on light duty in 4-5 weeks.
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Old 06-04-2018, 09:03 AM   #182
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LFCN is a big deal, if it is entrapped the sooner it's fixed the better the result. You need to see your surgeon and not rely on the home nurses opinion.

Your work can just wait, try not to stress out about that now. Chronic severe pain at the 2 week mark needs to addressed now. Hope things improve soon.
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:54 PM   #183
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Sorry to hear about the pain. Agree that this is worth talking to the doctor about sooner rather than later...
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I wonder how the surgeon can tell the difference between entrapment and "stretching" (I guess that must be the nerve equivalent to a muscle sprain). Perhaps an MRI is called for, or perhaps only "waiting and seeing" will tell the tale.

Like the others who have replied, I would want to get the surgeon's opinion. So sorry for your ongoing pain.

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LFCN is a big deal, if it is entrapped the sooner it's fixed the better the result. You need to see your surgeon and not rely on the home nurses opinion.

Your work can just wait, try not to stress out about that now. Chronic severe pain at the 2 week mark needs to addressed now. Hope things improve soon.
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Just thought I would give an update. I am over a year post-op on the total hip replacement. When I reached one year my Dr said I was at maximum medical improvement and gave me permanent restrictions. Those restrictions prohibited me from doing the job I held and my seniority didn't allow for me to get any job I could physically do. They found me temporary work within my restrictions for a while but on Monday(Aug 12th) they called me into the conference room and said I was terminated effective immediately and walked me out. I guess now I apply for unemployment and start thinking about what to do next. I can not do the physical labor work I have always done. I have no degree or office experience and school is not likey to end well since I have always struggled to get a 'C' average. Surgeon suggests I limit myself to no more than 33% of my workday in a standing position and no lifting over 35 pounds. I guess I will have to apply for low-level office jobs and hope someone will give me a chance and then slowly work my way up. Otherwise I could try for a drving job whether it be a forklift, van, or CDL level truck.
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OTR truck drivers always seem to be in demand and make pretty good money. Best of luck.
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Just thought I would give an update. I am over a year post-op on the total hip replacement. When I reached one year my Dr said I was at maximum medical improvement and gave me permanent restrictions. Those restrictions prohibited me from doing the job I held and my seniority didn't allow for me to get any job I could physically do. They found me temporary work within my restrictions for a while but on Monday(Aug 12th) they called me into the conference room and said I was terminated effective immediately and walked me out. I guess now I apply for unemployment and start thinking about what to do next. I can not do the physical labor work I have always done. I have no degree or office experience and school is not likey to end well since I have always struggled to get a 'C' average. Surgeon suggests I limit myself to no more than 33% of my workday in a standing position and no lifting over 35 pounds. I guess I will have to apply for low-level office jobs and hope someone will give me a chance and then slowly work my way up. Otherwise I could try for a drving job whether it be a forklift, van, or CDL level truck.
Sorry this happened, what protections or compensation do you qualify for since this was a OTJI? Why didn't that override the seniority issue.

Maybe you need a lawyer..
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The department of Vocabulary Rehabilitation can help you find a job or pay for short term training if they think you need it. It’s free because you have a disability. They hire job placement specialists to help.
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The department of Vocabulary Rehabilitation can help you find a job or pay for short term training if they think you need it. It’s free because you have a disability. They hire job placement specialists to help.
I applied to DVR yesterday and have an orientation scheduled for August 26th. Not sure if I will be considered 'disabled enough'. I seem to be in that position where I can't do alot of the things I could do before but not considered disabled because i'm only 39 and can probably do sedentary work.
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Sorry this happened, what protections or compensation do you qualify for since this was a OTJI? Why didn't that override the seniority issue.

Maybe you need a lawyer..
They can't just give me a job over someone will higher seniority and they can't make a job just for me.

My surgeon gave me a 40% permanent disability rating. Loss of the hip is worth 500 weeks and have a 40% loss of the hip so that's 200 weeks. In the year of my injury(2017), the weekly rate is $362 so 200X$362= $72,400. I will get that paid out in monthly installments over the next few years. I think that's it. That money will be gone in a few years but the disability will be there forever.
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Sorry I didn't go back and read the whole thread...Have you met with a lawyer yet? I think you should...
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Sorry I didn't go back and read the whole thread...Have you met with a lawyer yet? I think you should...
I had a couple consultations in the past but nothing since I got fired two days ago. I will probably get a new consultation done next week but don't want to hire anyone unless i'm sure there is something they can get me beyond the $72,400 that is worth paying them 20% of everything. The $72,400 is mine with or without an attorney but if I get an attorney they get 20% of that plus 20% of anything else they get me so it has to be worth it.
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Totally understand. But getting fired has completely changed the situation, so for sure worth another chat.
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That is vicious. My heart cries out for you. The seniority thing sounds like BS.

How is the nerve pain in your hip? I am thinking truck driver. That's a job they can't outsource, only automate. And self-driving trucks are a ways off yet. You seem sensible and steady; you seem like you'd be good at driving truck.

But you need to be able to sit comfortably for long periods (unlike an office job where you can get up and move around).

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Just thought I would give an update. I am over a year post-op on the total hip replacement. When I reached one year my Dr said I was at maximum medical improvement and gave me permanent restrictions. Those restrictions prohibited me from doing the job I held and my seniority didn't allow for me to get any job I could physically do. They found me temporary work within my restrictions for a while but on Monday(Aug 12th) they called me into the conference room and said I was terminated effective immediately and walked me out. I guess now I apply for unemployment and start thinking about what to do next. I can not do the physical labor work I have always done. I have no degree or office experience and school is not likey to end well since I have always struggled to get a 'C' average. Surgeon suggests I limit myself to no more than 33% of my workday in a standing position and no lifting over 35 pounds. I guess I will have to apply for low-level office jobs and hope someone will give me a chance and then slowly work my way up. Otherwise I could try for a drving job whether it be a forklift, van, or CDL level truck.
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That is vicious. My heart cries out for you. The seniority thing sounds like BS.

How is the nerve pain in your hip? I am thinking truck driver. That's a job they can't outsource, only automate. And self-driving trucks are a ways off yet. You seem sensible and steady; you seem like you'd be good at driving truck.

But you need to be able to sit comfortably for long periods (unlike an office job where you can get up and move around).
It was a union company so everything is based on seniority. I know I wouldn't be happy if someone took my job if they had less seniority so I don't expect to take someone elses. That's fine.

I have numbness and pain in the area between my hip fracture surgery and THR surgery scars. It is not too bad but noticeable most of the time. I still have what I think is soft tissue pain that gets worse the more I walk. That is the main thing limiting what I can do for work. I had to use a cane for the last few months at work. Not all the time but whenever the pain was getting worse.

I agree truck driving is probaly the best option. Although last time I took the CDL permit tests I failed all three of them. I would have to study a lot to pass them. I am a horrible test taker. I think I would do fine at actually doing the work once I have enough time behind the wheel with a trainer.
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It was a union company so everything is based on seniority. I know I wouldn't be happy if someone took my job if they had less seniority so I don't expect to take someone elses. That's fine.

I have numbness and pain in the area between my hip fracture surgery and THR surgery scars. It is not too bad but noticeable most of the time. I still have what I think is soft tissue pain that gets worse the more I walk. That is the main thing limiting what I can do for work. I had to use a cane for the last few months at work. Not all the time but whenever the pain was getting worse.

I agree truck driving is probaly the best option. Although last time I took the CDL permit tests I failed all three of them. I would have to study a lot to pass them. I am a horrible test taker. I think I would do fine at actually doing the work once I have enough time behind the wheel with a trainer.
Sorry aaron...I don't think it's fine they said don't let the door hit your A$$ on the way out.. it's not fine
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I would have to study a lot to pass them. I am a horrible test taker. I think I would do fine at actually doing the work once I have enough time behind the wheel with a trainer.
Study up boss! If you want it bad enough you can have it!

Make post its. Write notes. Make flash cards. Find a study mate who has taken the test and is also a good mentor/teacher. Find someone who is not an expert and try and teach them the materials (I find studying myself isnt enough I need to do it, and teach it as well before it really sticks).

Ask other people what the most difficult part of the test was/is and focus on that area the most.

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It's not your thing, but once you pass them, that's that, right? No re-taking at a future date. Maybe use some of your settlement $ to hire a tutor to help you memorize answers, and pump up your test-taking skills (it is a skill).

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I agree truck driving is probaly the best option. Although last time I took the CDL permit tests I failed all three of them. I would have to study a lot to pass them. I am a horrible test taker..
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Sorry to hear. Seems like you hated the conditions there though. Hopefully you'll find a better work environment. The settlement + unemployment gives you some time.
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Pain comes two ways... one is the physical, and the other is the mental pain... read that "worry".

Worry... (part 2) can be even worse. At age 40 or so, the financial part of thinking about the rest of one's life is a very real concern.

Been there... done that... for me, cancer @53, but it could be for any reason.

I can only speak for myself, but peace of mind came from taking a hard look at the realities. A longer term look at the possibilities and probabilities. Numbers.

Instead of looking for the what if's, putting the numbers down on paper. income, outgo... for the extremes of what might/could happen.

You know we all wish you the best. The few hours of putting the possibilities down on paper, could give the peace of mind to make the physical part more bearable.

Best wishes...
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