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Cookie's Wife
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   Posted 9/12/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Quick update...
 
I talked to my current employer today and I was told the only other option besides staying where I'm at is to not work there at all. 
 
It's not getting any better... I worked 7 hours with only one break, and today I said I was using the restroom and was told I couldn't leave the floor.  So I left the next time and was told that I need to write on "the board" where I'm going next time I leave...UGH!  Needless to say, I'm looking for a new job AGAIN! 
 
Since this is the first time EVER in my nine years of having this wonderful, suprising and always learning something new disease, that my job(s) have been affected, I did some research about working with chronic illnesses and came across this site that I thought was very interesting.  Here's a link;
 
 
Let me know what you think?

~april
 

 



FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/12/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
You might need to start using some key language such as:

Crohns is a disability covered under the ada and I am asking for the reasonable accommodation of being able to use the restroom as needed. (However, you might want to goole ADA and see the minimum employee requirements. You employer might be too small to qualify. But many states have adopted their own versions of the ada and some have much lower minimum employee numbers.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/12/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
OH and that is a very interesting website.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Cookie's Wife
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   Posted 9/12/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't told them WHY I need to use the restroom all the time. With being on probation, that's still a touchy subject, you know? I don't want to get fired and have no job at all. All I can say is FRUSTRATING!

Thanks for your support Fitzy!
~april
 

 



FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/12/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I think at this point you may need to tell them. They can't accommodate your disability if they don't know that you have a disability. I think you need to let them know that waiting is not an option for you and that although you may not go frequently, when it happens, it happens.

It is a very personal decision but for me it has always worked out well. In corrections you were just expected to "hold it" until someone was available. But as soon as I explained why that didn't work for me (and brought in a doctors note backing it up) I always had someone available to relieve me.

If I were you I would ask to speak to my manager and say, "i hope I didn't throw you off asking for a different position here. Actually, I really like this job. But I have a medical condition that makes me need to use the bathroom urgently. Actually, its crohns disease. So, I might just need some accommodations. I didn't want you to think I was being demanding by needing my breaks before other people. Its just that when I gotta go I gotta go." Or something to that effect.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


pb4
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   Posted 9/12/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Ya, or they'll assume you're just a slacker or something.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


karendee
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   Posted 9/13/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   

I think you should tell them....

I would be upset if I had to write on the board where everyone can see that I was in the bathroom....

I agree they might think you are a slaker or something if you do not explain your situation.

 

good luck....mention the ADA. I think that is no matter the size of the company  I think FMLA is the one that the company has to have a certian # of employees.

good luck


 ...

Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and Clonazepam 

 


Cookie's Wife
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   Posted 9/13/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   

I am going to tell them. They already know that I have Crohn's cause I had to "cleared" by their doc before I was even allowed to begin there.  It's hard cause when I talk to my mom about it she tells me not to say anything and deal with it when I get worse.  She's worried they're going to let me go and then I won't have insurance.  She's my mom and she worries so it's hard for me cause my mom is my support.  I feel that I'll lose her support.  I guess I have to take my chances and let them know.  If I get fired I guess I'll deal with it! 


~april
 

 



FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/13/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Just because their doc knows doesn't mean they know. They are not allowed to share your medical information. Even when I told one of my supervisors he couldn't tell the other supervisors without my permission. I personally think you are more likley to get fired for being perceived as a slacker than you are for disclosing a disability. But, please don't hate me if I'm wrong. Even if they illegaly fire you litigation is expensive and a long time consuming emotional process.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


bentwistle
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   Posted 9/13/2008 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you should tell them too - Their setup is too weird (making you sign a board indicating that you're in the bathroom) not to advise them why you need the frequent and immediate trips. A liitle understanding and knowledge might be all that they need to let up on the stringent requirements. A valid medical reason is a lot more understandable from their point of view than just wanting to go to the bathroom as a potential "slacker" move. I think you're more apt to get fired by not telling them, and letting them think you're just avoiding work.

Good luck, and please keep us updated.

Bev

beartooth
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   Posted 9/13/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you should let them know what is going on, but also start looking for another job ASAP. FitzyK seems to know what she is talking about (her being a law student and all), so I'd listen to her. I'd hate it if i had to sign a board everytime I was in the loo. Your employer sounds a little strict, and that must be pretty stressful. That probably doesn't help you to feel better. Good luck, and keep us updated.
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Prednisone 30mg


Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 9/14/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
oh sweetie! I am sooooo sorry that you are going through this. Keep looking while you are working. I was offered a job at a law firm and still kept interviewing with another company. I just found out that I am getting the offer from the "good" company... we shall see.

Hang in there!!!

FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/14/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Brandon, thanks for the vote of confidence but just remember I only give life advice here, not legal advice. I'm not quite qualified for that yet.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


beartooth
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   Posted 9/14/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy, I understand you are not doling out legal advice. It just seems that you might have a more enlightened perspective on this matter. Besides, life or legal, your advice made sense.
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Prednisone 30mg


broomhilda
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   Posted 9/14/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Fantastic, resourceful website!  Thank you! yeah smilewinkgrin

Cookie's Wife
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   Posted 9/14/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   

broomhilda- I like it too! It's very encouraging and helps to know we're not alone!

Well tomorrow's the day I let them know!  I'll let you all know how it goes.  Thank you all for the support!


~april
 

 



FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/15/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck. Looking forward to hearing from you.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


jujub
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   Posted 9/15/2008 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
As a former manager, I can tell you your chances of getting fired will most likely be cut in half by telling them and using the ADA language Fitzky suggested. In the US, it's illegal to fire you because you have a disability if you are able to do your job duties with reasonable accommodations.

After you tell them, if they still insist you sign the board, sign in "reasonable accommodations" or just "RA". Having to put up there that you're going to the restroom creates a hostile environment for you, also not legal. If your company is large enough to have an HR department, talk to them about reasonable accommodations.

Good luck! You may just find that they're more than willing to work with you when they know the nature of your issue.
Judy - Southern US 
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/15/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
but I wouldn't say that having to tell someone where you are creates a hostile work environment. I think it might be one of the necessary functions of the job. I'm thinking about teaching or corrections where it would be irresponsible to use the restroom without informing others you are leaving the floor. I think it is the same in her job. So, while I agree bathroom access is a reasonable accommodation and that putting it on the board is going over the top, having to tell someone she is leaving the floor is reasonable in my book. I think even a waitress would need to do that.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


jujub
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   Posted 9/15/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree, FitzyK, but telling a supervisor or lead person is a totally different story than writing it up on a board for the world to see. That may subject her to ridicule. It's a fine line between appropriate and going too far on both sides.
Judy - Southern US 
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/15/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Really pulling for you lil and hoping you post soon. I'm afraid no news from you may be bad news.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


beartooth
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   Posted 9/15/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Good advice Judy and Fitzy. I do have to side with Fitzy about throwing in the reasonable accomodations language. When I was hired at my current employer, I was told we do rotating shifts, 4 weeks on days, 4 weeks on nights. A while ago, one of my coworkers had her doctor write a note saying that rotating shifts was detrimental to her health. My employer countered back with you knew what the job entailed, and if you can't perform the basic functions, bye-bye. And my employer is not hard to work with. They have been more than willing to work with me and my constant bathroom breaks, but it more a matter of having a co-worker stick around to monitor things than it is me leaving things unattended.

April, I'm pulling for you on this one. And if they aren't willing to work with you, perhaps it wasn't meant to be. Things will work out for you one way or the other. Let us know how things went.
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Prednisone 30mg


FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/17/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Bump
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/19/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
And another bump. Hope to hear from you soon!
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


beartooth
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   Posted 9/22/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Bump. Let us know how you're doing!
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor 3/day, VSL#3: 2 caps 3/day, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda 2.4mg 2/day, Prednisone 15mg, Colocort retention fluid

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