I'm with the others
by MA Bellamy - Posted Mon February 13, 2012 @ 12:06 PM
who were concerned that your daughter's very contagious condition (that's why they call it the "kissing disease") is what may actually be keeping them from letting her work.
However, here's another thought. My neighbor recently had very serious neck surgery to replace a bulging disk (she was treated using a cadaver bone, so it was sort of a transplant!) She was a postal worker/mail carrier before she got injured (likely from all the heavy bags and such she has to lift and carry.) and because of the long time it takes for that newly fused bone to heal properly and the high possibility that it could be reinjured, causing greater damage, her Dr. would only allow her to come back to work on light duty.
The problem is that they don't HAVE a light duty, job at the post office. Pretty much every role requires a great deal of standing and walking, not to mention, being able to pick up objects that could weigh as much as 50 lbs.
What is the post office supposed to find for her to do for the next 3-4 months until she is fully healed? She can sort her mail, but can't put it in her truck. She can deliver some items, but she could still get stuck with something she can't lift. And what if someone has an item for her to bring back on her route? Who will help her load it?
What if she misjudges the weight of a box and goes to pick it up and winds up damaging that disk more? Her Dr. has already said, certain kinds of damage before she's healed could leave her paralyzed.
But according to ADA, my friend is disabled.
How do they accommodate that?