I had to see our family physician recently as I’ve been experiencing some shoulder pain for the past months (possibly close to half a year now). It really was no surprise to me when he diagnosed me with Rotator Cuff Syndrome. I’ve been researching my symptoms for quite a while now but was just too busy and lazy to see my doctor. Suffice it to say, he suspects I tore maybe a couple of muscles and would probably need physical therapy. (And no, I don't and will not look like the person in the picture below, so no worries). He ordered that I go for an MRI and I’ll be doing that this coming weekend.
As I told my (lawyer) BFF about this, her almost instinctive response was that I should not take this lightly and that she has encountered a number of cases of workers getting such workplace-related injuries. This got me thinking. Since I'm not employed outside the home, where do I file a claim for worker's compensation benefits? This is, after all, a workplace-related injury, you know.
My left shoulder, arm and entire left side have always been weaker than my right side. I don't deny that. But this dull pain that's been going on, this discomfort that wakes me up at night that I can't even lie on my left side (which is my preference) is definitely a new development. I'm inclined to believe this injury started with me carrying my son mostly with my left arm/left shoulder when he was a baby and toddler. I also bet this got aggravated by my over-reaching every time we're in the car and I'm seated in the front passenger seat and suddenly the little one drops a toy, needs a wipe, wants a drink, and so on and so forth.
Perhaps I should also file a claim for possible future deafness or at the very least, ear damage from all those endured screaming episodes when not even the Dalai Lama would've been able to appease my son. And do you think I can also include in my claim my insomnia and general sleep deprivation since having a child means needing to develop the skill to 'sleep' with half your brain still wide awake and completely alert?
If indeed such claims can be proven and substantiated, do parents such as myself have any where to go to get compensated? Can we even just file for a leave of absence??? We all know the answer to these questions and though the answer sucks, at least entertaining the questions and teasing these thoughts provided me with momentary entertainment. Now let me leave you to your thoughts while I get my dose of valium for the day...