Posted on February 01, 2019 in Administrative Law
It is always something to look forward to: Whether the regular rhythm of the 2-day, the “extra” delight of the 3-day, and the deliciously unexpected 4-day weekend when the time of rest is doubled and by the end of it, you’d almost forgotten about the frenzy of your day-to-day work schedule. Do we “make up” for sleep? Those so-called experts who claim that loss of sleep, once lost, can never be redeemed, clearly don’t know what they’re talking about. A couple of naps; an extra hour of dozing; of coming to a profound realization that the sun can actually rise while a person is still asleep, and that consciousness need not precede the earthly rotation that allows for a peek of dawn — these are all revelations that can come on the weekend. But then there is Monday; or the day after the 3-day weekend; and the day after that. Years ago, in the idealism of one’s youth, one resolved never to live like this: As each day is a gift from some higher being, one should not lack the relish of living during the week any more than on the weekends. Yet, that is the cycle that most of us accept — of a bifurcation of leisure/work, enjoyment/dread. And, in the end, there is nothing wrong with such a distinction; except when there is a despised exaggeration between the two. The weekend is meant to be the respite away; but when the respite engenders a greater fear and dread of the following Monday, where restorative sleep cannot be attained no matter how much slumber is embraced, and when pain and recovery can never attain a level of coherent balance, then it is time to reconsider: Is this how life is meant to be lived? For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal employee from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job — and, just as importantly and concurrently, where beyond the weekend respite there never seems to be an end to the race for recovery — it is time to consider filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS. When leisure is merely a time of suspension in the dreaded Mondays of work’s cycle; and where the treadmill of life’s spectrum between work and time-off is so out of balance that one cannot distinguish between the waking moment and sleep, or work and play because the medical condition is all-consuming; then, it is time to consult with an attorney who can guide you through the complex process of filing a Federal Disability Retirement application through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire