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Hi marygon....in terms of vocational rehab, I agree with 1171.  They will want to know what is realistic to obtain by knowing your areas needs in terms of labor that support your medical restrictions.  On the other hand, do you live anywhere near a VA hospital? They are always looking for medical transcription people.  Often these people work from there home.  I have a good friend who is doing just that.  I don't know anything about salary but I know that she stays busy from her home.  Just a thought.  I wish you well.  Continue to stay with us.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
 
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#12
It is very scary to be in one career for 15 years and then be told sorry you cant do that anymore. 1171 is correct that they will aim toward something at your capability, but you dont have to let that limit you. I know in voc rehab I felt like they were just trying to get me out of the system and out of their hair. So I considered their help a step in a different direction but most definitely not all I had to look forward to.

The sky is the limit, consider this a new path in life that you can chose. I know that 20 years ago I wanted to be a medical receptionist for life...only because I still did not know what I was capable of. I went to college and chose the field I wanted to work in and that is what I am working towards now, I also have a new job that pays me more than I ever believed I could make.

So use the voc rehab to your benefit, get some good job search skills out of it and then take some time to think about what you would like to do and then go for it! Maybe CT will consider paying for college, I am not sure of the w/c laws there. They wouldn't pay for mine here in MT but I know that they do sometimes.
 
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rickandkryss Wrote:It is very scary to be in one career for 15 years and then be told sorry you cant do that anymore. 1171 is correct that they will aim toward something at your capability, but you dont have to let that limit you. I know in voc rehab I felt like they were just trying to get me out of the system and out of their hair. So I considered their help a step in a different direction but most definitely not all I had to look forward to.

The sky is the limit, consider this a new path in life that you can chose. I know that 20 years ago I wanted to be a medical receptionist for life...only because I still did not know what I was capable of. I went to college and chose the field I wanted to work in and that is what I am working towards now, I also have a new job that pays me more than I ever believed I coul
So use the voc rehab to your benefit, get some good job search skills out of it and then take some time to think about what you would like to do and then go for it! Maybe CT will consider paying for college, I am not sure of the w/c laws there. They wouldn't pay for mine here in MT but I know that they do sometimes.
Thanks again for all your words of wisdom.. today, i will call my ic and get the lowdown. I will sure keep you posted. Hey Red, thanks for that info about veteran hosp. Yes, there is one not too far from me. I will definately keep that in mind. Working from home would be a long time goal. Never would i have thought that it would be possible, but speaking to people in this forum has really raised my hopes. I'll keep everyone posted. Getting off the subject, I hope that everyone is doing wonderful and keeping their heads up also.. I understand how something like this can put a strain on all aspects of ones life. ttul {that stands for "talk to you later". I have an 11 yr old. She is teaching me the comp. lingo...lol....
 
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#14
Marygon,
You are eligible for retraining through the Connecticut Division of Worker's Rehabilitation. With respect to your case, You have a few options available to you but I would need to sit down with you and go over them.

Good luck.

Jim Aspell
Law Offices of James F. Aspell P.C.
Board Certified Worker's Compensation Specialist
West Hartford
860-523-8783
 
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#15
I was in the medical field also for 15 yrs. till my injury. Now i am in construction administration. I was thinking about medical coding myself as i hear it pays very well. I think that is a great idea to go towards. Also ultra sound is a big thing now too. I do not know your injuries so i really do not know what else to suggest. I know you said shoulders, but coding is alot of typing. Good luck. I am sure there is something out there that you may be able to find, and personally i am enjoying being out of the medical field now after being in it for so long. Just some words of incouragement there....: ) Sometimes when you leave a job for something new, it is a whole new world for you, and i think it is very interesting to learn something new everyday.
carpal tunnel recurrence/ neuropathy / RSD.
1/29/07 injury date. Permanent. PIR settlement 8/4/08 10%
 
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#16
WELCOME MARYGON!
You have been given fatastic info from many of the fabulous people here. I having nothing more to add...other than glad you found us & I hope you continue to visit us oftenSmile
Take care & good luck on your new endeavors! LillySmile
Injured worker, & tired of it all! I'm too old for games!!

A careless word may kindle strife, a cruel word may wreck a life, a timely word may level stress, and a loving word may heal and bless!
 
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