Good morning everyone,
I NEVER thought I would be writing about this but today is the day! I work in a Level I trauma center as a X-ray tech. We rotate through the different areas ER, OR, Portables, Ortho, Main and that was never a problem for me. In fact I welcomed it - it was a change of pace weekly! The other techs are still rotating and I was informed this week, not really informed - left to find this myself on the schedule, that I would be returning to the main hospital to resume rotating.
When I was diagnosed in Jan 2012 I told my immediate supervisor (whom I trusted) and he placed me at an outside clinic away from the hospital itself to keep me away from all of the contact patients we see. And it's not basic level MRSA stuff. We have from necrotizing fasciitis to TB to possible cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus. We have changed supervisors multiple times since being diagnose and I know that this current one knows my sitiation but evidentally doesnt care. The argument could be made "Well, if you wear you PPE correctly it won't be a problem" and ok. I understand that. BUT there are MULTIPLE cases of pt's either being diagnosed with one of these contact precautions AFTER they have gone through the ER/been admitted or patient's with lazy nurses who don't inform us techs what we are dealing with. Or other techs not wiping down their equipment correctly. I just don't feel like I can take that chance. Even though we might be "undetectable" aren't we more susceptible to illness?
So, I contacted my union and am following their instructions. Start with my immediate supervisor and if that doesn't work they will get involved. They said I have a pretty tight case. I'm just sad that it has to come to this. I even went so far as looking into disability retirement and it says "you are considered disabled if you are unable to perform useful and efficient service in your position because of disease or injury." I CAN perform my job and I can perform it well. I just don't understand why they can't leave me where I am. Am I wrong?