Employer surprises me, sort of...

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leeloo67
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 11/19/2006 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
So, after months of getting the evil eye after each time I call in sick (thanks to infections after taking lots of Prednisone - and still ongoing thanks to MTX...) and finally culminating in my immediate supervisor telling me, quite simply, to "do more work", I went in and told the big boss that I really don't think I am capable anymore of doing the job they want me to do. I went to the big man himself as he has always struck me as a good person and he really seemed to like me. He was completely and genuinely concerned only with what was best for me, which was unexpected but not really surprising given that he really does seem to be a good person. He spoke with his #2 person and with my supervisor, and then came back and told me that I can pretty much do whatever I want: I can do a different job, work part time and do whatever duties I want, etc. We are all going to talk about it in detail tomorrow. I just hope I don't have to call in sick tomorrow...

All this has come after they kept asking me to do more and more work, to the point where I started asking my doctor to reduce my medication in the hopes of reducing the quantity of illnesses. The sicknesses have spread out a bit, but the symptoms have also been getting worse. The knee has been swollen for a few weeks now, and fatigue is kicking my butt the last two weeks.

Oh, well, we'll see what happens tomorrow!
 


Harley Diva
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 11/19/2006 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry for your troubles at work.......It is hard enough not feeling well without the added stress. I went through a very bad time at work earlier this year. After I was diagnosed I made it clear to my coworkers and supervisor what was going on with me. The medications have helped the exhaustion and reduced the swelling. I have been very careful to pace myself and stay ahead on my tasks on good days. I try to go in and do as much as I can and minimize the use of sick time. My medical insurance is linked to my job. Supervisors need information to be supportive. We are protected under the ADA. They have a responsibilty to provide resonable accomadation. I hope things improve for you..........................................Harley Diva

Harley Diva
 
....RA, HPT,  drugs: Sulfasalazine, MTX, prednisone, bp meds


leeloo67
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 11/19/2006 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Work is definitely the most stressful part of my arthritis (with a close second being my wife - she was very very very non-understanding in the beginning).

I think my supervisor got in a bit of trouble although the only thing I told the big man was "I don't think she thinks I'm doing enough work". I don't think the big man or the #2 are very happy with her performance. Regardless, it looks like things are going to work out really good for me. I was really really really getting stressed out about the work responsibilities piling up, and me feeling like I can't perform, and me feeling like THEY feel like I can't perform...
 

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