Denied

May. 18th, 2017 08:26 pm
silailo: (wah)
Got word back today that my worker's compensation claim was denied. Although I'm not entirely surprised, I'm still disappointed because I'd had some hope that my doctor's report would help get it accepted. So I cancelled the appointment I was supposed to have tomorrow. The office rep I spoke to asked if I planned to appeal the results, and I said no. I don't see the point in doing that. I think my claims examiner made the best decision he could because I really could not say how exactly the injury happened, and thus I can't say for certain it was work-related. I just hope I was able to convey that I seriously thought it was work-related and that I wasn't trying to scam the system or anything.

I'm not sure where to go from here. A few minutes ago I felt the pain as I was typing this and put a wrist brace on. The wrist brace might not do much except limit the movements of my hand, but it's better than nothing.

I'm going to see if the pain improves on its own. It is a lot better than it was when I first felt it back in September, like 98% better. However, it seems to have plateaued and I can still feel it with some movements. Yesterday it gave me a little trouble. I just can't get it to happen on demand, which made it hard for me to show my doctor, and is one reason I'm reluctant to see my regular doctor now. I don't think he would know what to do. Even my occupational doctor wasn't certain what the best course of action was. She suggested occupational therapy, but how will they know what to do if they don't know what's causing the pain?

Before I started this whole process, I debated with myself if I should even do it. Now I wish I would've listened to my first instinct. :P


Well, the rest of the day wasn't too bad. Met with one of my profs to get my last letter of recommendation, so that's good.

Updatey

May. 17th, 2017 05:51 pm
silailo: (bottle rose)
I finally used that Amazon gift card I got for my birthday. I meant to buy music, but I suddenly lost interest in searching for new artists and bought two books instead. They came in the mail today, There Is Power in a Union and The Six Gun Mystique Sequel. I didn't realize Union would be so big. For the price I though it would be thinner. It's 500+ pages. I can't read either of them right now because I'm still not done with four other books I started a while back and haven't touched lately. I get overwhelmed if I have too many books going at once. And only one of them is fiction. I am a super slow reader of nonfiction.

I got a call back from my case examiner after I called and left a message yesterday. He said there will be a decision on my case this Friday. I have an appointment that day with my occupational doctor, and he said my private insurance would have to be billed, but if the case turns out in my favor then my insurance will be reimbursed. My hand has been doing okay, but I still feel a bit of pain if I move it the wrong way. Sometimes I'll feel it more if I use my hand more intensely, like when I cleaned the house the other day. It felt sore for a few days after that.

Earlier I went to the store and bought a twin bed sheet set and a twin mattress pad. Both are going to be a little too big for the mattress I'll be using because they are made for 12" and 15" mattresses respectively. I think my mattress is going to be one of those thinner types, like the old styles they used to make. I'll just have to tuck the sheets under really well.

My entire family has been getting those horrible "robo calls," or scammer calls. My dad will get several of them a day. I went around town with him today and he must've gotten three or four calls. We block every number that comes through, but they could be using thousands of numbers for all we know. They think they're sneaky by using local numbers, but I never answer an unknown number unless I have good reason to think it's someone I know (like if I've seen their number and/or location before). My dad got two messages left on his phone from people talking about loans, one from Quicken Loans and another from some other place, all in a span of six minutes. He suspects maybe someone is trying to use his identity to get a loan, but they won't get one because he has a credit freeze. It's either that or a scam, but either way he's not worried. It's just annoying. I found there are subscription services than can block known scammer numbers for a small fee but I'm not even sure it's worth it.

Dentist

Apr. 11th, 2017 02:34 pm
silailo: (wah)
Went to the dentist today. Since I have Medicaid, I can only go once a year, but they wouldn't reschedule my next year's appointment because they can't schedule that far out right now due to the dumpster fire that is Congress, so they didn't know if they'd be accepting Medicaid this same time next year. I want to say something that is way out of character for me, so I'll just say darn all Republicans straight to heck and I hope someone steals their wallets and cars.

At least my checkup went well and there were no problems.Glad for that because I really didn't want any more fillings. The last ones I had done were awful.

I finished my Information Security Awareness training exams for work, so that's finally out of the way.

The only other thing I've been trying to get myself to do and can't because of random episodes of depression is fixing my personal statement, sending it to my prof for critique, and rounding up professors willing to write letters of recommendation for me. I want to be ready when the application is posted.

Also I've got some stuff on eBay again. Hopefully it'll all sell for at least the cost of the packing supplies. I'm sort of pissed my last auction sold for a measly 55 cents, so I almost decided to put the others away and wait another ten years. Having a fixed price on them would take too long to sell. I only have until May 1 to sell things.
silailo: (she monster)
Answers to questions for OWCP are in the mailbox. I would've just uploaded them to the website they provided but it's not working for me (figures). I just wish I could stop feeling like a fool. < : ] I knew I shouldn't have filed a claim. It's just that after five months of feeling the pain in my hand, and the genuine belief it happened at work, I figured I should do it. But I didn't realize not knowing how it happened would create a problem. Why did they let me get medical help in the first place when I stated on the claim form that I didn't know how it happened?

My hand has been a lot better anyway. I haven't had any problems at all today. I will be seeing my doctor next Thursday since I'm apparently allowed one more visit, and from there she can submit a report about whether or not she can find a valid diagnosis. I think by then my hand will be fully healed.

silailo: (perfume)
The interview came sooner than I expected because the people doing it are in a time zone one hour ahead of mine. They were apologetic, but I said it was fine if we started at 9. They liked that I was flexible. :)

I'm not sure how I did. I don't think I did awesome, but not terrible, either. They asked some unexpected questions, and they did ask if I had any experience with backcountry camping. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU. I had to say no, and that the closest I ever did was some car camping for the Passport in Time project. I expressed interest and desire to do more primitive camping, but I have a feeling they're looking for someone with experience.

Personally, I don't think I got the job. They said they'd have a decision made in about another week. This forest sounds really cool, though. I would try again for a GS-7 if one opened up there again, or even a GS-5, crazy as that sounds.

In other news, I got my letter in the mail from OWCP. It said I'm not providing sufficient evidence that my injury is work-related, and I really can't blame them for coming to that conclusion, because I legit can't remember how in the heck I hurt my hand. I only know I first noticed it during work hours. There is nothing else I do during my off-hours that could bother my hand like this. Someone told me I should say I fell on it because it only seemed logical that I fell on it, because I fell quite often last season, and I could've put my hand out to stop my fall. But then my claim examiner would ask why I never mentioned it on the report I filed. And really, I'm hopelessly honest. When you were raised to believe telling even the smallest lie was a sin, and punished any time you told a lie, it becomes very difficult for me to tell one and not make it obvious or confess later.

So now I have to answer a bunch of questions to send back to the claims office, and also have my doctor write a report. I recall her mentioning a while back that I should be getting a letter that would prompt her to...do something, I can't remember, but it kind of went in one ear and out the other and I forgot all about it. I think this letter I just got is what she meant.

I'm just going to be up front with them when I send my answers in. If they decide to deny my claim, then so be it. I can't blame them. They're only doing their jobs, and I don't feel like they're trying to prevent me from getting care I'm entitled to. At least my injury is getting better--well, I did hurt it last week when I was slicing cheese and all. But it's about 95% better compared to when it first started.
silailo: (bottle rose)
Two pieces of good news.

First, I finally heard back from my claims examiner. Now we can get the ball rolling on making my case active again.

Second, I have a phone interview Thursday morning for a GS-7 archaeological technician. I'm actually pretty darn surprised about this. Though I don't think I'll get the job, I'm amazed I was selected for an interview. I filled out twelve applications for either GS-7's or GS-6's. Four were referred, one just says "reviewed," and the other is still in "received" status because it's for the BLM's applicant pool. All the others were rejected for different reasons (not qualified, not among the best qualified, not enough experience/education, etc.)

I just want to do decently. Interviews have always been a huge weakness for me, even when I practice. I've learned about how to do well in interviews through both my university's career center and Worksource. But I'll still blank on my answers sometimes, repeat myself, or my answer will come out weaker than I intended. I also have this annoying habit of being too honest, making me give more detail than necessary or slipping details that actually hurt my answers. I'm not feeling too confident about this since I don't feel I have the experience to be competitive, but I just don't want to look foolish.

Update

Mar. 1st, 2017 01:12 pm
silailo: (mingchao colors)
I've been silent on here because I simply haven't felt like posting. I'll make some quick updates.

The funeral went well. Sadly, my mom didn't go because she got into an argument with my dad (long story), and he pretty much told her not to go. The aftermath of that has made the last few days pretty rough. I stayed in my own hotel room, but didn't go swimming because I forgot my swimsuit, but then I was too tired and it was too late by the time I would've had a chance. I saw a lot of my family, many people whom I haven't seen in several years. We used to have family reunions, or "mini" family reunions, but this was the most people I'd seen in a long, long time. There were even some people there I was shocked had come because of the past drama that had surrounded them. My grandma was highly regarded by everyone, so it was necessary to put aside our problems to celebrate her life. It's still hard to believe she's gone.

I had a doctor's appointment today to test the nerves in my right arm, because of the problem I'd had with my hand. The doctor used a device to send little shocks through my nerves to see how well they worked, and then used these tiny needles to do another test on my hand. Everything came back normal. He guessed that I had probably irritated a nerve or stretched it or something, but it wasn't serious. I can still sometimes feel it, like just now as I was typing. But it's almost completely gone. On Monday I go back to the occupational doctor to have her clear me.

I'm trying to sell a couple of things on eBay. It's been so long since I've sold anything there that I got to experience their new selling page. Typing the item description is annoying because my cursor will suddenly disappear and I stop typing, so I have to click on the box again to begin again. The whole thing is kind of glitchy in that way. I hope I can sell these two things. I've tried to before and had no luck. Anime and manga depreciates in value so bad. You pay through the nose for manga or DVDs, and sell them for a tiny fraction of what you paid. I look on eBay for titles I'm interested in and see how high people try to sell them, but when I look at what has actually sold I realize I just don't catch the cheaper listings. I remember when you used to get really good deals on eBay. That's what it was known for. Now it's no different than Amazon or some other store, at least for some stuff.

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