What if a ‘special day‘ falls upon an unfortunate date? What if one’s birthday, for example, happens to be on 9/11, or on Christmas eve, Valentine’s day, etc? Or, for those who strictly proscribe the Sabbath Day, what happens if one’s birthday happens to fall coincidentally upon the concurrent segment of solemnity? Does one set aside the significance of the unfortunate date, and celebrate that special day as if the former is an irrelevancy, trumped by the latter?
Is that what others tend to do, but somehow — when properly reminded — suddenly awaken from the stupor of perversity, shake off the sober face of grimaces and furrowed brows, and begin celebrations in earnest with painted faces and balloons of joy? Can we turn it on and off like a button switch, reminded of smiles with saddened eyes and inverted to frowns with the window’s soul full of happiness? Certainly, some presidents (unnamed, of course) have been able to do that; but for the ordinary actor upon the stage of life, are we able to perform with such aplomb?
Of course, people with medical conditions experience that encounter often, and no more so than Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition which prevents them from performing the essential elements of one’s positional duties with the Federal agency and the U.S. Postal Service.
For Federal and Postal employees who suffer from a medical condition, each day where the Federal or Postal employee can come into work and be productive is a ‘special day’; but because of the reputation which has already grown, and the whispers and gossip which have been imparted like a trailing cloud of dust surrounding Pig-Pen in the Peanuts comic strip, the furrowed brows and grim faces of solemnity abound, still making it into an unfortunate event.
Full well does the Federal employee and the U.S. Postal worker know, of that which we speak; where every special day is still an unfortunate event, and the coincidence of being pain-free or otherwise without debilitating symptoms of the medical condition can somehow be ignored with lack of sensitivity by everyone around.
But, then, this is a daily and common occurrence for the Federal and Postal employee who must endure the sufferings of both the medical condition itself as well as the constant harassment from the Federal Agency and the the U.S. Postal Service; and that is why filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether the Federal or Postal employee is under FERS, CSRS or CSRS Offset, becomes an important event — one which could potentially turn that unfortunate condition into an otherwise special day, once the OPM Disability Retirement application is approved and the Federal or Postal worker can ‘move on’ where coincidence is no longer ignored by sensitivity.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire