Here is the latest update on my work injury to my right ankle and leg.
I’ve been back at work full-time in the Seafood department at Fred Meyer since June 1, 2016. It’s been a long month and my foot, leg, and hip have not been able to handle the workload or standing on my feet for 8+ hours. It is even worse when I have to lift something heavy and try to walk. My right leg is still weak. I still cannot step on the ball and outside of my right foot without pain and discomfort. By the end of my 8.5 hour day (sometimes longer) I can barely walk out to the car, limping all the way. I’m always scared I’m going to fall again, being unsure of my steps.
On top of not being able to handle the job physically, I’m having a very hard time with depression about all this, which started when I fell back on November 17, 2015. At work, everyone is trying to be nice but I’m having a hard time dealing with people asking me if I’m wearing my Shoes for Crews (which, btw, I’ve worn since day one of working), telling me they will get something from the freezer because I’m too slow, telling me to be careful, telling me not to fall again… You get the picture. This is what I feel like…
As of last week I’ve stepped away from my job. I just can’t do it anymore. I will be talking to my case manager at Sedgewick (workmens comp) to see where my case stands. It is not closed yet as I’ve yet to sign off on anything yet. My director from the store called and told me that basically Fred Meyer does not have any jobs that don’t have lifting or long periods of standing involved. Not sure what my options are at this point.
I do know that I cannot do that job anymore.
Al bought me a nice foot massager which really helps my tired feet.