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Thread: Recent Accident to My Son

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    We had a scare just before Christmas but it's okay now. Brian incurred a pressure sore. Fortunately he caught it early enough before it undermined. After he discovered the pressure sore he worked from home one day and stayed off of it over the Christmas Holiday. Now it's almost completely healed, thank God.

    Brian thinks that it might have been the car seat that caused the pressure sore. He's looking into getting a cushion for the car seat.

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    Just wanted to mention that my husband, a para, recently went to a Seating Clinic and saw a seating specialist as well as a Physical Therapist, also a seating specialist. They "pressure mapped" his bottom as he sat on the device in his wheelchair, and then trimmed the wheelchair cushion (which they had prescribed 5 years ago), as there were noted some additional pressure areas developing. After they trimmed the cushion, they pressure mapped again and his pressure areas were acceptable. He can't stress enough the help he got from the Seating Clinic.

    Also wonder what kind of power chair Brian uses as you mentioned it can be a little awkward maneuvering in the Element. Is he aware of the ZX-1 power scooter that attaches on the axel bar under a rigid frame wheelchair? That's what I have been using for about three years now - this device does not change the profile of the wheelchair itself. Allows a person to use a regular, rigid wheelchair, and is useful when one does not need a power wheelchair.

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    Roger, I have a Roho low profile cushion that I keep on the driver's seat and it seems to work fine even though it seems too thin to really do anything. I also recently got a Smartdrive, and find it much better than a power chair. I am able to leave the unit on my Icon ull time, and only use i when I have to go up hills, across grass and carpets, etc.
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    Brian filled out the paperwork to protest his grade level. It took a while to navigate through the 10 page resume form because he wanted to make sure that he used his work experience and publications to the maximum benefit. He's not sure how the federal hiring freeze might affect him.

    I was suppose to go to Baltimore next weekend but because I'm busy at work I'm not going to be able to go. Ann decided that she's wanted to fly back to Phoenix next Sunday. She went to book a ticket and an interesting thing happened. She was looking at a non-stop ticket from Baltimore to Phoenix on Southwest Airlines, it was $460. Then for some reason she looked at a ticket from Baltimore to Las Vegas with a change of planes in Phoenix, that ticket was $200. It turns out the Baltimore to Las Vegas flight uses the non-stop Baltimore to Phoenix flight for the first leg of the flight to Las Vegas. So she booked a ticket on the Baltimore to Las Vegas flight. As long as she only takes a carry on bag she can just not get on the Phoenix to Las Vegas flight. I didn't think that the airlines did this anymore, kind of crazy.

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    Brian's grade level protest has been caught in Trump's freeze of federal employees. He submitted his protest but the human resources representative said nothing can be done because of the freeze that in effect. The money is not the important thing here. Brian likes the job but he wants his contribution to be properly recognized. I told him to do the very best job he possibly can and in the end he'll be able to pick his next job because of his reputation Brian agreed. One thing about Brian is that he has never done anything other than his very best effort whatever the assignment.

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    Brian is still caught in the Trump federal employee freeze and it seems like there is nothing he can do at this time. I was afraid that this would happen when he accepted a position that was way below his qualifications. He likes the job but he feels like he's being disrespected.

    I told him to think strategically, learn as much as he can and establish and outstanding reputation. If he does those things eventually he'll be recognized for the contribution that he's making.

    Roger

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    You're giving him very good advice.

    The hiring of GS-15 Medical Officers for clinical positions is not frozen. Brian's current position is not clinical, nor can it be. He's an M.D. by education and degree who hasn't completed an internship or residency, doesn't have a medical license and is not seeing patients in a hospital or outpatient clinic. His request for a grade increase is different than most as he's asking for the same salary as a M.D. who generates clinical revenue for their department. It's likely a first for his agency. Nothing moves quickly in government Human Resources with or without a freeze.

    For now, he has:

    A secure, full time government job.
    Good, low cost medical/dental/vision insurance coverage
    A retirement plan
    Paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.
    Long term care insurance (if he bought it on hire).
    A step increase in salary every 2 years.

    He should continue to press for what he believes he should earn but at present it's likely out of his or his supervisor's control.

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    Thanks for your insight. There is one correction, Brian is not expecting a GS-15, it's more like a GS-13.

    When I talked with Brian this weekend he sounded mad enough to go back and do residency. His only hesitation is the internship year which he said would be a year of pure hell. If Brian told me that he wanted to do residency and he needed me to help fulltime, I would move to wherever Brian was doing residency.

    This is not about money it's about respect. Unfortunately in the workplace grade level and salary are the metrics that show an employee how much they're respected. In the long run this situation will be corrected but it's not going to be corrected as quickly as he would like.

    Roger

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    The difference between a 12 and a 13 is about 10K pre-tax. You're right about those grade levels currently being affected by the freeze.

    He's got some time to make his decision. The 2017 residency match results come out in 2 weeks. He'll start the 2018 applications in September, then go off on the interview trail and match in March 2018 to start Internship in July 2018 if that's what he chooses.

    In that time he'll have been a government employee for a year and will have passed his "probation" period.

    For now, as the saying goes: "Bloom where you're planted"

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    I've never heard the expression: "Bloom where you're planted" but I like it a lot. I think Brian will bloom at this job.

    My wife has figured out why Brian should continue with the health care policy job. She says that during residency Brian would constantly be reminded of his physical limitations. Physical limitations don't restrict his ability to make an outstanding contribution doing health care policy.

    Roger

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