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Subject: Should I do anything else?
Date Posted: 1/7/2011 4:42 PM ET
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I am going in the hospital on Monday for some unexpected surgery and being that I expect to be there at least a week and maybe two.....I put my bookshelf on vacation until the end of the month but I was also worried about the eleven books I should be recieving in the mail next week-ish. I pm'd all the people letting them briefly know my situation and that I would appropriately mark the books when I returned home if the had been delivered. Will it look bad on my account to have such a large amount of books " go lost" and then received at the same time?

Last Edited on: 1/7/11 5:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/7/2011 6:18 PM ET
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Best wishes on your surgery.

Perhaps if there is someone at home with you, as you are recovering, they could mark them received for you?

Perhaps it would be best to contact PBS in advance and ask them if there is something else you should do about the books coming to you. Only they know the answer about what triggers them to suspend accounts, so if you contact them in advance they should be able to let you know for sure.

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 6:19 PM ET
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I can't answer your question, Tammie, but wanted to pop in with best wishes for your surgery and hopes for a speedy recovery.  I hope that all those books show up quickly so you'll have good reading while you recuperate! 

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Date Posted: 1/7/2011 6:37 PM ET
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I wish you well on your surgery. I would have a family memeber/friend be intrusted to mark the books as received. That is what I would do if I had to put my account on vacation..my daughter would be my pick.

Date Posted: 1/7/2011 6:40 PM ET
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Tammie, since you have so many books coming and there's the potential of being away for 2+ weeks, I'd see if you can make some sort of arrangement with someone to help out and check books in for you; otherwise multiple books going lost may cause PBS to contact you to see if you're still active and/or put your account on hold.

See the Help Center document called "I will be away from my account for a prolonged time; how should I handle this?" for more details -- in some places PBS defines 2 weeks as "a prolonged time".

Hope all goes well!



Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:19 AM ET
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Here is what I would do.  I would just go ahead on faith that I would receive the books and just mark them received to prevent any problems with the account.  Mark them received even though you haven't received them yet.  This is not something that I would normally do but in an emergency I think it is a good solution.

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 1:19 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/8/2011 2:21 AM ET
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I would NOT do what Kay suggests.

If you do not receive the book or it is damaged in any way when you get it, then you have no recourse.

I think you have done what you could already, and if you can just have someone log your books in for you as they arrive, then that would be the best thing you can do.

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 2:29 AM ET
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Personally, I'd do what Kay suggested. In the grand scheme of things, you may be out a few credits for a few crappy books. Your health, well being and recovery are worth more than that. The less that you have to worry about while recovering is worth taking the chance on some lousy books, I think.

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 5:04 AM ET
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Best wishes on your surgery Tammie. 

Hope one of the above suggestions works for you.  In similar circumstances, some members report they just mark the books received.  Other members view that as rewarding unpostable (or unmailed) books with a credit.  You be the judge, what will make your life easier and less stressful during your recovery, and yet as fair as possible to the sending members (given the unplanned nature of your absence)?

ETA - I'd be tempted to ask someone to fill in for you or wait and hope you are only gone a week.  You've already notified the senders that you will be away, which would be more than adequate if I was one of your senders.  Most members who stress over these things (like me) probably already use E-DC or printable postage.

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Date Posted: 1/8/2011 8:59 AM ET
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Denise, ditto.

I don't think there's a right or wrong way to do this. I think whatever makes the most sense for you is what you should do.  If youi decide not to mark the books received in advance,  I would let TPTB know what's up.

Date Posted: 1/8/2011 11:55 AM ET
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Expecting to be out a week what I would do is (1) notify the senders and (2) notify the Team. You've let the senders know and it doesn't appear anyone is worried about their credit. I personally don't think there is a need to panic and mark them all received just in case something happens unless that is what the Team advises you to do. Life is full of risks of not getting back to the site when expected so as long as you expect to be back within a reasonable time I wouldn't worry. No one is expected to be at home everyday from the time they request a book to the time they get it.