RTW? HERE I COME! Wyndham acquires the Queen Mary? WorkComp Policy is still like the Titanic!

How Does an Injured Wyndham Worker Return to Work?

WorkComp Epic Fail!  WCAB, DOI, CAAA won’t help; FBI can’t help…so…Social Security makes legit medical care possible now  – How do other companies facilitate return to work for injured workers?  Let’s ask on Social Media, shall we?

OUR WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE BRANDS?

OPEN LETTER TO WYNDHAM LEAVE SUPPORT CENTER

….with copies to “Supplemental People”

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Dear Wyndham Leave Support Center Staff:

As repeatedly attempted, and per the most recent leave accommodation, it is my intention to return to work on or before July 27, 2015.  

Remember, I have not worked since date of injury, 1/9/12, and medical care provided by the insurance carrier has been minimal indeed.  Chiropractic and physical therapy and a few first year clinical psychology sessions, and a few more neuro-psychology evaluations do not meet MTUS, ACOEM or common sense guidelines.  Self-procured treatments were interrupted with threats, and MPN designated Orthopedic Surgeon Primary Treating Doctor for a diagnosed brain injury was allegedly threated with termination of referrals to his multiple offices if he did not cease and desist attempts to secure medical care for me.  A leading industry experts discusses this very practice as common place in California.

This may further sound alarms in my particular case, to add to various agency investigations.  One doctor, in my case, apparently succumbed to the extortion type practices, although his office did try for nearly 2 years to help me get legitimate brain injury medical care.  Another doctor “lost my file” and could not even write the self-procured report, and falsely alleged a visit that never happened months later, and refused to correct the records or refund the fees paid for the consult with his verbal recommendations for immediate (2013) admission to the Casa Colina Brain Injury Day Treatment Center.  The doctor did, in 2012, do a short evaluation on behalf of the insurance carrier to prevent the revocation of my driver’s license at that time.  EEGs were not done by the carrier until April 2014, and follow up with medical records was also not done, as recommended by the INDUSTRY appointed neurologist.  Goodness.  CNA seems to think treating brain injury with a few (limited) chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy sessions are all that is necessary.  In reviewing the pages of CorVel denials, it seems that the only times doctor’s are not required to sign a report for a modified recommendation are for those modalities–chiropractic, acupuncture and PT.  D’oh.

Is THAT form letter from CNA, or is this an industry standard?
Is THAT form letter from CNA, or is this an industry standard?

There were neuro-psychologist sessions for a while since April 2014 with an authorized exception to the alleged MPN. The diagnosis and testing facilitated a request for 3-6 months of interdisciplinary treatment and what was authorized was 16 sessions of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, and 8 more sessions were authorized on zealous appeal.  The cost to CNA was approximately $50,000, not discounted due to interdisciplinary guidelines, not subject to heavy WorkComp discounts, much to the apparent surprise of the defense counsel during a sandbagging session and further delays that preceded treatment.

In April 2015 the authorized non-MPN provider resigned since nearly all recommendations for medically necessary treatment were egregiously denied, with false allegations made against the doctor as well, by the carrier continuous attempts to deny medical care.

My out of pocket expenses to survive the Wyndham WorkComp claims handling exceed $43,350.44 now, unreimbursed, and I lost professional credentials (CA Real Estate Broker’s License, California Notary License and Hawaii Real Estate Sales license) due to the injuries and failure at obtaining medical care.

My CA Real Estate Broker’s License has been reinstated and the CA Notary license is being reinstated.  Self-procured medical providers were repeatedly threatened by defense, treatment interrupted, and none completed, from vision therapy, auditory therapies, MRI’s for the brain were self-procured, speech therapy was finally authorized in 2014 for merely 24 sessions, that would have been more beneficial in the first year, but some TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors) have up to five years of intensive speech and occupational therapies.  I have lost nearly 4 years of earnings in an industy that tout’s newcomer’s can make six figure incomes and my current earning capacities are now a serious unknown factor.  Return to work will clarify that, won’t it?  Nobody at Big Bear or Indio knew about how to deal with a work place injury, so while the Admin Manager told gave me an incomplete DWC-1 Form and told me to “see any doctor that takes work comp insurance” and didn’t even offer a ride to the Emergency Room, so I drove down a snowy mountain WITH A HEAD INJURY…. It’s another Miracle that I survived that!

Employee Assistance stepped in and got me to some doctors, although defense lawyers repeatedly mis-state that injured worker was “properly served” info about an MPN.  There were no treating neurologists, neuro-psychologists, clinical psychologists or others in the know about Brain Injury on the alleged list (that I didn’t receive a link to until JANUARY 2013!) AND JUST RECENTLY CNA CONFIRMED THEY STILL HAVE NO LOCAL TREATING NEUROLOGISTS OR NEURO-PSYCHOLOGISTS OR BRAIN INJURY EXPERTS.

I asked the EAP Clinical Psychologist, “What will I do if I don’t get my brain back?”   He shrugged and said something to the effect of, ‘Well, if you don’t get it back, you can probably assemble widgets.’  Social media efforts while off work have been much like putting puzzles together and ASSEMBLING WIDGETS.   I never aspired to be a WIDGET ASSEMBLER.

So, how do we move forward for return to work or about July 27, 2015?   By copy to the Industry and Workers At Large, let’s ask for greater input, since Wyndham apparently does not have a RTW program?    ASKJAN.ORG is the Job Accommodations Network which may help HR Staff comply with the laws.   Here is the link for a search of their database on brain injury accommodations.  Remember, CNA originally accepted the claim, as the records note,  as a CONTUSION.  JAN defines  Contusion: “A contusion is bruising or bleeding of the brain (Brain Injury Association of America, 2006a; TBI Recovery Center, 2006).”   Nice, they knewor suspected my injury was that bad, and upon diagnosis, terminated all benefits and hoped I died.  

Here is a JAN.org list of accommodations for employers: http://askjan.org/media/BrainInjury.html    Feel free to peruse the site further and we can explore as we commence the interactive process, hopefully this week.

I anticipate engagement in the FEHA required Interactive Process shortly, to explore and determine a timeline of necessary accommodations. In addition to previously submitted accommodation requests, which I will have to find, I will need to submit the finalized plan to my treating doctor and to the Coastline Acquired Brain Injury Program team as a “transition to work in Palm Springs sales office” plan for final approvals.   Tina Jordan is fully aware of our need to meet as soon as possible.  My next doctor’s appointment is Thursday, July 9, in Palm Springs and I could meet with Human Resources after noon on the same day.   

Unknown variables include the dates of the next 2-week sales training classes, which will be factored in to a return to work transition plan from Coastline Acquired Brain Injury Program.   When are the next two Indio Sales Training classes?  What are the hours of work these days, and how are “breaks” handled when tour flow is heavy?  I have been listening to the Steve Wilcox AFFIRMATIONS FOR SUCCESS  (In-House and Front Line editions) along with the “AS A MAN THINKETH” presentation “With an Extra Track: Affirmations for Success” from July 2011.  I AM MENTALLY PREPARING TO REJOIN THE SALES FORCE.

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For example, if the training begins July 27, I will request authorization from Coastline to attend the full two weeks of training, knowing that it may be necessary to “repeat” the class at the following class.  My processing capabilities are much slower than previously, but with hard work and repetition and systematic training, I may be able to succeed again.  After completion of the 2-week training sessions, I am thinking that in order to complete the Coastline Acquired Brain Injury Program, a “work-schedule” could be reduced days at Coastline to “TWO” days … Mon/Tue or Wed/Thu.   That would facilitate “THREE DAYS” return to work at the Palm Springs Office, on the busiest days, the weekends… Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

Real doctor appointments for medically necessary but denied for nearly 4 years will be made during non-working times whenever possible, and any WorkComp legal chicanery and further “evaluations” must be paid-time-off, with miles and lodging, if out of the area.

Quiet (low decibel) work area.

Work schedule to be determined based on actual start date, training (may need to take sales training class TWICE, TBD) while completing the Coastline Acquired Brain Injury Program via an approved “Transition Plan” to be submitted prior to doctor’s release so that informed decisions can be made by all parties.

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Ability to use memory devices for compensatory strategies (smart phones, livescribe smart pen, photos, notes, audio recordings etc. See ASKJAN.Org.

Designated go-to-person/manager for liaison on any TBI/Work/Accommodations/ADA compliance chain of command clearly described (In one conversation I was advised that a go-to/coach type person would have to be the sales manager, and it’s highly unlikely that any Wyndham Sales Manager is versed in Employment Law and ADA compliance to serve in that function, and would only exacerbate the issues.  I would like a phone contact in New Jersey with someone like Patricia Lee to keep matters from escalating further.  I will never forgive the callous disregard for my very life, but in timeshare sales, I have learned that we ‘leave our problems at the door” and it’s JUST BUSINESS.   I don’t get all my brain power back, that’s a given; I do not intend to live in poverty any longer because of the epic fail of the slip and fall I experienced when I was just trying to help my manager find an open window so the Big Bear Team could get INTO the locked office in the middle of a snow storm.  For being a team player, and putting the needs of others first, my life should be destroyed?  I don’t think so.

Wyndham executives may need to speak directly with Norin Grancell, CEO of the law firm mis-handling my case since the beginning to ensure that the abuse stops immediately.   This blog may be included in further evaluations by the insurance company leased/owned doctors, so they can have a better chronology of the abuses experienced and documented.  In a discussion with one work comp expert, it was indicated that some of these people give “organized crime” a real bad reputation, and expose many of their minions to legal consequences.

Return to work, of course, requires a doctor’s release to work, which will be a possibility upon presentation of a viable plan in accordance with FEHA guidelines.  Since Wyndham seems unaware of corporate responsibilities, and legal counsel provides inaccurate information (remember I attended a Public Career Night in December 2014, in hopes of learning more of how Wyndham has grown since I’ve been trying to recover, and the Project Director told me that Human Resources advised that he could not talk to me.  Well, I still have an unresolved WorkComp Claim, how will that issue of communicating with me be resolved upon return to work?  These are issues that must be clarified TO ALL PARTIES CONCERNED, wouldn’t you agree?

BRAIN INJURY HANDBOOK A Resource Guide for Employers  may help in the creation of a return to work program.   I have been diligent in collecting information that may help me successfully return to work.   I would like a contact upon return to work to help make such a transition transparent and successful.  Again, asking an untrained timeshare sales manager or human resources manager to fill that role does not seem reasonable.

THE BRAIN INJURY HANDBOOK

Pro’s and Con’s and accommodations must be explored, in addition to those already submitted, so that we have a finalized plan that my team can approve and release me to.   An assignment for my next doctor appointment includes writing a Pro/Con list for return to work, and while the doctor seems to hold significant reservations about my ABILITIES to return to work, he will consider the case for return to work that I will attempt to present this week.  I wrote FOUR PAGES of PRO’S FOR RETURN TO WORK, and merely 3 statements for CON’S:

  1. The abuse I have experienced at their hands is criminal.
  2. The risk of further abuse and further attempts at financial harm is possible and probable.
  3. Their actions have been incompetent and in bad faith repeatedly, and without integrity, to the top of the heap.

Those are weighty experiences and accusations, and my outrage is a legitimate response to the horrors of the Epic Fail.  With the protection of Federal Laws, ADA, and FEHA, along with EEOC, I do believe that we can work together to transcend the life destroying legal-chicanery I have been subjected to, put WorkComp on the back burners, and let the proper authorities sort that out, while we move forward with a RETURN TO WORK PLAN.

At the top of the return to work at Wyndham list is not personal, it’s strictly business.  The employability of the brain injured community is low, and continued employment of the brain injured community is even lower.   One need only ponder the question, “What Hiring Department would knowingly hire an older worker with a brain injury and an open and public Workers Compensation claim?”  Makes sense?

Other Pro’s listed on my ‘project for the doctor’ include (unedited)

  • It’s a job I already have
  • Risk of (further)  job discrimination due to age, disabilities, gender, work comp is minimized by the existing work comp case (and protected against by ADA law)
  • There is slow/down time that will enable me to “perfect my craft” as the company has grown dramatically in the 3.5 years since my injury (and lost wages and earning capacity) — so I will have time to get up to speed in time for the Winter High Season.
  • Necessary accommodations, including a proper back support chair and a quiet (low noise decibels) environment are more likely at Wyndham that at a competitor, because the patterns of continuous harm have already been well documented, and now is a chance for Wyndham to right the wrongs and create a safe, positive and non-adversarial, bullying and discrimination free, non-hostile environment for my right to return to work.
  • Palm Springs is approximately 35 miles away, straight down the hill.
  • My Medicare provided doctors and interdisciplinary treatment team is now beingbuilt in Palm Springs, and the Palm Springs Wyndham Sales Office seems to be most conducive to any hope for a successful return to work that:
    • Allows opportunity to restore income and possibly compensate for nearly 4 years of lost income and earning capacity and professional licenses;
    • If successful, great; if not, it must be considered in ultimate case settlement;
    • I can either relaunch my sales career from Palm Springs, or springboard to new realms
  • On-Going Fraud Investigations – they will either right their wrongs or commit further documentable crimes
  • “Screw me once, shame on them; screw me again, shame on me.”
  • HR and RISK MANAGEMENT staff is untrained and consistently violates Labor Codes; I could be an asset in clean up, nationally.
  • RTW gives me time and opportunity to update/revise/clean up social media sites and records to return to more positive professional, and update my resume to reflect the changes in personality and abilities due to the Brain Injury and legal and medical mishaps.
  • A new position could be created to utilize my experiences for the benefit of many working people,  worldwide.  Not many Injured Workers have the ability, wherewithall or voice to expose the atrocities of America’s Work Comp system, of which this case is just one of millions.
  • Structure is critical to a TBI Survivor — Functioning capacity is currently at 3-4 hours and increasing.
  • If necessary, I can rent a guest room to “reboot” at the resort in the events of  long days of successful selling, in order to minimize “Cognitive Fatigue” and ‘crash and burn’ from cognitive fatigue.
  • It’s totally a financial strategy — it’s a job I ALREADY HAVE.
  • Hours can be light – 8:30 to 1-ish or 3-ish.
  • 45-90 minute spurts with guests, with “scripted” (re-learnable) sales presentation.
  • Repetitive stories, like my work-comp injury tales, have been repeated so often the telling is often without halting, dysfluent speech; therefore, it stands to reason that with practice of the sales presentation, and possibly become a Group Presenter, it would be win/win/win.
  • Palm Springs office is “hybrid” – owners and non-owners with 45/90 minute presentations.
  • Palm Springs, like Big Bear (where I was sent to assist during extreme management and sales turnover in January 2011, and where I was sales person of the month many times) is a smaller office, so, theoretically, there is more opportunity to earn (more opportunities for tours divided by fewer sales reps)
  • Small shops – can close my own deals.
  • Have California Real Estate Broker’s license (lapsed due to injury; reinstated) and Notary License (lapsed due to injury; reinstating) but Hawaii Real Estate Sales license was lost due to injury, no hope for reinstatement.  If attempts at sales fail, perhaps a salaried + bonus “contracts person/VLO position can be accommodated in Palm Springs.
  • Wyndham is the largest hospitality company in the world.
  • Great benefits (unless hurt on the job) and benefits resume practically immediately – health, vision, dental, matching 401(k), discounts [on-going medical care includes continuation at Coastline ABI program, Cognitive therapies, RTW counselling and coaching, Acupuncture (weekly), Neurology (further exams denied by carrier for nearly 4 years), Chiropractic, Vestibular Disorder (balance), Auditory Processing, Vision Processing, and medically necessary devices to compensate.
  • Base pay is a “draw” against commissions and would not count against Social Security “trial return to work” guidelines if income does not exceed $___. (I forgot how much that is, less than $1,000 a month I think they said.)
  • Tuition reimbursement (could complete a degree program and or a Certificate Program in Sales/Social Media)
  • It’s a job I already have, already paid dues in full, and since the injury and permanency of the injuries was caused by Wyndham, seems only right that my working career resumes there, and we’ll see it goes from there.
  • Always better to leave a place on a successful high note than bleeding from a conk on the noggin;
  • Quitters never win and WINNERS NEVER QUIT.

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If my injuries prevent success as a salesperson, as you know, I am willing to work with the Human Resources Top Executives in New Jersey to establish a position as Advocate for Injured Wyndham Workers, worldwide, and/or be of assistance with social media policies and procedures.   When some key managers have LinkedIn profiles that show website links to their former employers, well, there’s another “quality control” issue, that directs candidates to competitors?  Armed with two monitors, I could provide valuable input to assist Wyndham, imho.

A WorldMark by Wyndham owner recently advised that the Queen Mary is now part of the Wyndham portfolio.   I had to laugh as it made me think of the Wyndham WorkComp policies, practices and providers, and how an Injured Wyndham Worker can be treated like a “Woman Overboard” as the life preserver (allegedly WorkComp) is ripped from her clutching fingers, falling into the sewer of WorkComp, with providers simply asking, “…when ARE you going to die?”

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Despite the obstacles and hardships, I  have worked very hard at Coastline Acquired Brain Injury Program since October 2014, and I am still gaining more and more compensatory strategies that may facilitate a successful return to work.  As mentioned to Tina Jordan, Regional Human Resources Director, with the brain injury, my success as a timeshare sales executive might be like “The First 50 Dates” movie…. with a fresh title, “The First 50 TimeShare Presentations.”

While the movie is a Hollywood version of a brain injury, there are some insights to be found, and bear in mind, multiple lobes of my brain were involved, not just the temporary lobe as in the movie,  in the initial and second impact traumas.  Again, had treatment been immediate, reasonable and appropriate, my injuries would not likely be as severe and debilitating as they are.   Muddling was never before a ‘life strategy’.

50 first dates  (temporal lobe)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBLMZXMgCf4

Here is an article that will explain more about brain filters and processing, as BRAIN INJURED WORKERS  may relate to the sounds, sights, problems, demands of the timeshare sales room.

SENSORY OVERSTIMULATION

Since the WorkComp experience was an epic fail, let’s move past that, and let the proper authorities deal with CNA and Grancell and related complicit parties and move forward with Return To Work planning.  Obviously, Wyndham has little-to-no experience in helping someone with an untreated brain injury return to work, so whether or not my return is successful, let’s work together to ensure that a return to work path is created for other Wyndham Workers who follow.

The interactive process required by ADA and FEHA must commence immediately so that we can work out the variables and so that I can obtain “trial return to work” authorizations from my treating doctor, and also approval from the treatment team at Coastline Acquired Brain Injury Program (both are self-procured since CNA willfully and callously and apparently  by a web of fraudulent means, with complicit doctors, succeeded in failing to provide medical care, pay Temporary Disability Benefits in the first two years, and continues to refuse to pay estimated Permanent Disability, causing what the social security administration says is permanent and chronic injuries to my brain.  Nobody believes I can return to work, but my current doctor instructed me to write the Pros and Cons of returning to Work at Wyndham, per the in place accommodation request.

While Human Resources has been unable to meet to engage in the interactive process (we did have a meet and greet last summer, but no progress was made).  CNA did pay approximately $50,000 for 24 sessions of speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and an extensive auditory processing evaluation and driver safety evaluation in the Summer of 2014.  That Interdisciplinary Treatment Program had been requested for 3-6 MONTHS, and 16 days were authorized, then extended 8 more days.  Also included in the fees was assistance in the Interactive Process, where the SCRIPPS BRAIN INJURY DAY TREATMENT CENTER Occupational Therapist was to go to the job site with me, meet with HR, and explore necessary accommodations.  Apparently, the Defense Firm, who seems to relish in lack of expertise of ADA/Return to Work/Employment Law, forbid HR to meet with me and qualified professionals.  The early termination of the program by the Defense also muddled those return to work plans, as no doctor would release me to work without care.

Other professionals have indicated that had I received medically necessary treatment in the first year, it might have been possible to return to work in some capacity back in 2012.   In a pattern of practice of omitting hundreds of pages of medical records with clear intent (and years of success now), the defense has implicated many doctors in their sham.  Bear in mind, upon diagnosis of BRAIN INJURY, CNA immediately terminated Benefits and all treatment, and resorted to financial terrorism, bullying and worse.  Nothing has changed, and now they include Judges in their chicanery.

After a very positive conversation with an agent of the FBI, it is clear to me that there is no agency that can help me personally in the horrors I have experienced at the hands of the Wyndham Worldwide WorkComp insurance carrier and their defense counsel.  While California Labor Codes allegedly provide an Exclusive Remedy for injured workers that includes immediate, reasonable and appropriate medical care, with disability payments, all with an alleged aim to help injured workers recover and return to work as soon as possible, this was not and is not my experience.  The evidence of my case may prove valuable in investigations of “similar” cases, and I have assured the FBI agent that my “arsenal of work comp records” is at their service.  In the discussion, I mentioned that as an “OLDER WORKER” I fortunately had the fall back position last year to apply for “early retirement” so I did not join the increasing ranks of the homeless injured workers.  It is my very strong belief that as an OLDER WORKER, I have an obligation to expose the crimes that I have been victimized by, and that millions of other Americans are being subjected to daily, in a Grand WorkComp Fraud.

While the Wyndham Worldwide Director of Risk Management, Michael Dougherty, has never once responded to my pleas for help since 2012, the congenial relationship between Wyndham’s Risk Management Department and Insurance Carrier Defense firm can be summed up in the public recommendation by the Defense firm below (It smacks of collusion to me, but they say since the brain injury and denials of medical care while doctors profit by writing false reports and attorneys profit by omitting medical evidence, that I am extremely “suspicious”…)

Shareholder/branch manager at Grancell, Lebovitz, stander Reubens & Thomas

I have worked with Michael for quite a while now. Since the time I have worked with him, he has successfully moved his program from its prior claims administrator to its present Third Party Administrator. In addition, Wyndham has continued to expand its business which includes aquiring other companies. This requires the integration of the new businesses into his existing program. This has been accomplished in an admirable fashion.

Not many states can boast the complexity, frequency and severity of Workers Compensation like California. I think Michael’s grasp on the California system through its many iterations as well as his knowledge of Workers’ Compensation in other states has truly benefited his employer in his ability to strategize, collaborate and manage the entire program.

Michael’s ability to work with all partners in his program and draw on their skills especially in complex cases is key in management and expeditious claim resolution.

January 20, 2015, Stewart was with another company when working with Michael at Wyndham Worldwide

As the records indicate, had I received more than chiropractic and a few visits with a clinical psychologist in 2012 (interdisciplinary treatments WERE requested, but were denied by non-medical personnel) the possibilities for return to work existed.  In October 2012, the primary treating doctor attempted to facilitate return to work, but again Wyndham refused to engage in interactive process and simply extended leave without pay or benefits.   In August 2014, through the expenses and efforts of an interdisciplinary brain injury day-treatment program, efforts were made to engage in interactive process repeatedly by hospital staff, and Wyndham was apparently mis-directed by the defense firm to refuse to engage in interactive process.  SCRIPPS has recently offered to resume the effort to facilitate the interactive process, with a minimum of 2 more weeks of the interdisciplinary Speech/Occupation/Physical Therapy Program (and approximately another $25k?) to do what they were not allowed to do to facilitate return to work last year.

Perhaps we can now work together to organize a viable return to work plan with increasing work days as the Coastline Acquired Brain Injury program reaches completion and the Desert high season begins.   I have approximately 3″ of communications of attempts to organize return to work, all failed attempts included spread sheets of if this then that.   Let’s plan on a working meet to put something in writing this coming week so that my treatment team can determine if indeed a TRIAL RETURN TO WORK IS POSSIBLE.

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I would further suggest you advise defense counsel to put the case and chicanery on hold until we get through developing a return to work plan, with aim toward July 27, 2015, and identify all the necessary accommodations, scheduling, locations, and paperwork.  Again, you can let Mr. Norin Grancell know that the injured worker intends to return to work despite the atrocities commited by his firm, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.  He will understand and explain it to Stewart, we’re sure.

I truly do not know if I am CAPABLE of returning to work; at Coastline I have heard that some people with most severe brain injuries are amongst those say most adamanatly that they can return to work…when they can hardly speak, have zero working memory, and other major issues.  Nobody has told me they think I am ready to return to work, but as I have always said, I AM INJURED, NOT STUPID.   One Work Comp doctor in 2012 said, when I asked, “When will I know I am ready to return to work” and he said, ‘You’ll know you’re ready when you’re back at work.”

OK, let’s get to it.

Please let me know about a meeting the afternoon of July 9th in Palm Springs or Indio, and advise who I will be meeting with and if Wyndham Leave Support Management can participate by phone to document.  This, with prior requests, seems to give you what you need to propose what can work for a return to work.  I know I still struggle with being concise, and untreated vision processing with working-memory issues makes editing a challenge, so perhaps the best next step is for Wyndham Leave Support Services to send a proposal for return to work, subject to medical release and we can either finalize or fine tune from there.  The professional help that was paid and every effort was made to get Wyndham HR to participate with the SCRIPPS INTERDISCIPLINARY TREATMENT TEAM to facilitate return to work was refused repeatedly by both Wyndham HR and it’s legal counsel.

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I cannot reasonably be expected to do the work of a team of professionals who are allegedly well versed in such matters as return to work.   So, I await response this week, and as I have said to HR repeatedly, let’s do what we can to avoid a FEHA complaint and get me back to work and earning capacities, with an aim to have me fully integrated into the work force by December, starting July 27, 2015.

Thank you.  I look forward to return to working and to magnificent outcomes that help not only me, but other injured workers at Wyndham Worldwide, and everywhere.   PS The Ramada people are tops!  They reallly exude COUNT ON ME behavior!

How Does an Injured Wyndham Worker Return to Work?  BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

Let’s get down to business.

Sincerely,

Linda Ayres, In Pro Per

ADJ 8181903

CNA E3269102WE

PO Box 835

Yucca Valley CA 92286

760 368 7236

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PS  As I try to edit this and check for typos, I just keep adding more text and I have to prepare to drive to Coastline.   I will send it shortly and hope to receive the proposal from the Wyndham Leave Support offices this week, in time for my Thursday morning doctor’s appointment.  I will print and take this blog with me to that appointment, as the doctor is just now reviewing my medical history.   Thanks a bunch.   Hope to see you all July 27, 2015.  Please advise if the training class starts sooner or later, and assign a “table” to me at the Palm Springs Sales Office….. “I’ll be back!”   If Bobo is there, I want to sit by him, or by Rodney!

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From: Aaron Steckman <aaronsteckman@gmail.com>
Date: May 28, 2015 at 5:13:13 PM PDT
Subject: Your Vote & Support Counts! 

Greetings, I am writing this letter on behalf of myself and my good friend Shawn Miller.  As those of you who know us are already aware, Shawn and I are both attending the Coastline Community College Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program in Newport Beach, CA.

Shawn and I are both working hard to recovery from our respective injuries…his, a stroke suffered approximately a year ago, mine traumatic brain injury suffered as the result of my military service.  Our recovery has been aided in great part by someone who means a great deal to both of us, Michelle Wild.  Michelle is one of our senior cognitive rehabilitative instructors at Coastline College and to us, is likely the closest thing to an angel that either Shawn or myself will likely ever see.

After realizing the possibilities of how smart technology (IPADS, Smart Phones, Laptops etc) could be used to help her students recover from brain injury, Michelle took the initiative to develop a computer application called Manage My Fatigue that allows her students to do something that most of us after brain injury are no longer capable of doing…keeping track of time and properly managing our levels of mental fatigue.  Although it might not be immediately clear to others, in most cases, where most people who have suffered a brain injury really struggle are in two areas…we lose track of time and we get easily overwhelmed.  Unfortunately, when this happens…to one degree or another, many of us also struggle with controlling our emotions too which often times makes an already bad situation, worse.  The Manage My Fatigue Application specifically addresses these issues and many more…and for the first time in history…gives people struggling with the effects of a brain injury a tool that can help us prevent many of these struggles, struggles that many of us live with every day, from ever even occurring.

As most of you who already know me are aware, aside from facing the struggles that everyone who has suffered a brain injury faces…regardless of how their injury occurred, my story has had a few additional twists and turns which until the Walter Reed Hospital and the VA scandal’s broke over the past couple of years, would have probably have been thought to be unimaginable.

Unfortunately, as those stories and the stories of many of your own loved ones who served their country can likely attest, as of right now, stories such as mine are not the exception, but the rule.  I mention this not for want of sympathy because sympathy without solutions, serves no purpose. I mention this, because my experiences have given me the unique perspective of realizing just how important Michelle’s work truly is.  I have observed through first hand experience just how the system works or more importantly, where it doesn’t…but until recently, I had identified a long list of problems…but was short on solutions.

Why do I say this?   Because the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Coastline Community College was not where I began my search in seeking help for the many cognitive problems I was having…but only where I ended up here after becoming hopelessly lost and homeless after spending nearly three years trying and failing to get the help I desperately needed through first the VA and then the Army before ultimately becoming homeless.

As a U.S. Army Master Sergeant and Chief of Training who spent many years designing training programs for thousands of Marines and Soldiers getting ready to deploy into harms way, and often training the instructors who were responsible for training our nations service members to make sure many of our nations sons and daughters were ready for what was to come who again, has experienced some of the worst scenario’s imaginable firsthand…one and off the battlefield, and who was recently medically retired from the military due to traumatic brain injury, let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that as of today, neither the VA nor the Department of Defense has a program that currently comes close to treating those of us who have been affected by brain injury in the way that Michelle’s Manage My Fatigue Application has done for Shawn and I and has the potential to do for thousands more yet to come.

For the first time in years, Shawn and I have the hope and faith that one day, with the help of this application and the many other gifts that our instructors have given us through their efforts…that not only will we one day make a full recovery, but so too will the many friends that we have both made who sit to our left and right in class.  By writing this letter, it is our sincere desire that we can share that hope with the thousands more who, if given the Manage My Fatigue Application as part of their treatment, could likewise benefit and share in the modern day miracle that we have both received.

It is with that in mind that I am writing this email and asking that you send it out to everyone that you know and ask them to do something that would mean so much to both Shawn and I and vote for Michelle Wild’s Manage My Fatigue Application using either your Gmail or Facebook Accounts and include as many supportive comments as possible to help bring this idea to the attention of our nations senior military leaders and God willing, put it into the hands of our nations injured military veterans being treated throughout the VA and Department of Defense health care systems for Traumatic Brain Injury through a unique competition being offered through the Defense Centers For Excellence.

Through this open competition, the Defense Centers for Excellence (A division of the Department of Defense tasked with finding new and inventive ways to treat veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD) all who receive this email and vote, will have the opportunity of a lifetime…the opportunity to do what’s right and do something amazing that will truly make a difference to those out there who need our help the most…that we can both tell you from personal experience and testimony…really works!

With your help, Michelle Wild’s Manage My Fatigue Application has the potential to help thousands of veterans (nd many others in need) who have given so much so that we could all enjoy the freedom we just recently celebrated over this past memorial day weekend and who simply want one thing…the hope to live a normal life again.

Through speaking to so many people over the past few years doing my best to advocate for veterans, I know very well that nearly without exception, that as a nation, nearly all of you are grateful for the sacrifices that our nations veterans have made and again, almost universally, most of you would love to do something to help…but just didn’t know how.  Well folks, here’s your chance.  Here’s your chance to thank a veteran in a meaningful way by doing something special…spmething that won’t cost you a single dime…just a moment of your time…the time it will take each of you to read this email, follow the directions below, and vote for the Manage My Fatigue Application using the instructions below.  If there were ever a cause worthy of your time and support…this is it!

For those of you who already know us, you likely already know the following as well, but for the sake of those who don’t… it must be said.  Neither Shawn nor I were ever approached or asked to write this letter or ever offered any incentive for doing so…we just knew in our hearts that it was the right thing to do and ask that you share it with your loved ones as well because we know that with your vote, it could serve as the miracle to so many others that it has been to both of us!

If any of you have a difficult time in getting your vote submitted, please email me at aaronsteckman@gmail.com to describe the problem you are facing and I will do my best to provide you with a written response that will walk you through the problem to make sure that your voices are all heard!

Again, thank you all for your love, friendship and support and may God bless you and our great country!

Very Respectfully & Sincerely,

Aaron A. Steckman

U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Retired) 

Acquired Brain Injury Student, 

Coastline Community College,

Newport Beach, CA 

To Vote For The Manage My Fatigue Idea through your Google, account, please follow the below directions…

Step #1:  Go the following website:  dcoe.ideascale.com.

Step #2:  Scroll to the bottom and click on the Tired? Overwhelmed? Unproductive?  Manage my fatigue idea. My name (Michelle) is just underneath the title of the idea

Step #3: Click on the name of the idea (Tired? Overwhelmed?…). Click the up arrow to give a positive vote. This will take you to a registration page. You can create a new log-in or use an existing social media account.

Step #4:  Fill in your name and answer the three required questions.

Step #5:  Click save changes.  This will take you back to the DCOE website.

Step #6:  Scroll to the bottom and click on the Tired? Overwhelmed? Unproductive?  Manage my fatigue idea. My name (Michelle) is just underneath the title of the idea

Step #7: Click on up arrow again. At this point, you should see the vote number increase!

Thanks for any help you can provide. There is 2 weeks left and ideas are getting posted all the time.

To vote on Facebook for Michelle’s Manage My Fatigue application, please use the following directions…

1. Click on http://dcoe.ideascale.com.

2. Scroll down on the website and click on ManageMyFatigue.

3. Where it says votes click on the up arrow.

4. Click on the Facebook logo on the right side of the website.

5. Enter your email and password for Facebook.

6. Click the Okay button when the pop up comes up.

7. Enter your name in the Name box.

8. Then click each tab that best describes your situation.

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IDEA SCALE
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https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelleranaewild
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