I got my new job stocking overnight.
My hands and wrists started to hurt a lot more.
I went to see the hand surgeon.
The resident told me that the reason my thumb hurt was because of arthritis due to my age.
I said that the x-rays didn’t show any arthritis.
He said everyone gets arthritis in their thumbs.
I said the x-rays didn’t show arthritis.
He said he hadn’t looked at the x-rays. He asked who read the x-rays.
I told him whoever worked in his clinic.
He said it didn’t matter, we were there to talk about my hands.
I said that I wasn’t comfortable with him.
He said we were there to talk about my hands.
I told him I wasn’t comfortable talking to him.
He told me that he was fully trained in the functions of the hands and the surgery.
I told him I didn’t want to talk to him.
He stalked off.
The surgeon came in.
He talked really loud.
He said the test results said that I had mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome, but that he would say it was probably moderate based on the readings.
I said that the doctor had said the same thing at the time of the test.
He looked at me. Who did you talk to?
I wanted to tell him, “The man who came in and introduced himself as the doctor in charge of the department.” But that doctor was really nice, and I didn’t want to make him sound obnoxious. I said that I talked to the tech and then the doctor came in.
The surgeon said OK, I agree. That test was done in 2014, so things are probably worse by now. We should do the release surgery as soon as possible to prevent any more damage. You’ll have to be off work for two weeks and on light duty another two weeks.
By the way, most people do get arthritis in their thumbs when the ligaments stretch as they age.
I went to work and explained the situation. My supervisor told me that he would tell me a good time to take off.
My husband told me that he might lose his insurance in June.
I told my supervisor. He said to go ahead and schedule the surgery for the end of April.
Three weeks later the time off request was still pending. I asked if he had changed his mind. He said I hadn’t made the request in the system. I said I had.
He called me in the floor. Didn’t realize I would be off that long. The store director would have to approve it. Had I spoken with the third-party administrator (TPA)?
The TPA can’t help me. I haven’t been with the company for a year and am not eligible for an official leave.
How long have you been here?
Oh. I thought it had been a lot longer. I have to talk to the store director.
No response a week later. I ask if they have talked.
Yes, we did. The store director makes these types of decisions. The answer is no.
My head started to hurt.