The concept of progress normally implies a positive trajectory of events; but when combined with a negative idea, it reverses the trend. To deteriorate in a progressive manner is to turn the concept on its head; it results in the upward trend spiraling downward; it reverses what should be, and transforms the positive into a negative statement.
The progressive deterioration of a person’s health can be an insidious, incremental and slow trending of the state of one’s being. For the Federal or Postal employee who is experiencing such a phenomena, that experiential state of being becomes compounded with decision-making events which only exacerbates and complicates: Am I taking too much time off from work? What impact will this have upon my agency? How will the work get done while I take off? What will be the response by my agency?
Such questions must always be in the context with the progressive nature of one’s medical condition — will it be a chronic and intractable deterioration, or will the negative trend at some point be reversible?
Cessation of the trend itself might be the acceptable point of positive inclination; reversing the trend in order to become better, healthier, stronger, etc., would be the greater goal. But if the trending sees no end in sight, then considerations for the future must include the reality of filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS.
The linear trending of decline is the indicator of those peripheral future actions which must be concomitantly taken, in order to help support the negative trend. Filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through OPM is a parallel course of action in order to support the trending declination, and one which should be considered in a timely manner.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire