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subdued
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   Posted 6/1/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a new job. I'm required to go to daily morning meeting and as a result I had to change the time of my weekly appointments with my psychiatrist to afternoons. I expect I'll need to leave the office for a couple of hours every Monday so that I can make my appointments. I do not want my company to know that I'm seeing a psychiatrist. What excuse can I give?
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
 
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).


stkitt
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   Posted 6/1/2010 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,


Is there anyway you can make your appointments during the hours you are not working? If not wondering if you mentioned this to your new employer that you have a standing appointment once everyweek and perhaps your hours could be adjusted accordingly?



I would try to stick to the truth as much as you can. Explain to your new boss you have an appointment with a Dr. every week and at what time and work together to make everything alright.



Good luck. You do not have to divulge what kind of a Dr. or why you are seeing one.



Kindly,



Kitt

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   Posted 6/1/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,

I've already asked my doctor. He is also a professor at a local university and only sees patients early morning to late afternoon. I did not mention it to my new employer, because I was seeing my doctor in the morning before work; so it was not a concern. Now that I'm required to attend morning meetings, I won't be able to see my doctor in the morning. Oh, yes, I'm also required to attend meeting right before lunch; so I can't use my lunch hour for seeing my doc. I'm not worried though about taking a couple of hours off in the afternoon. Our work is project-based, not time-based. It's the excuse. I don't think it will bode well for my career if I let them know that I suffer from a social anxiety disorder, especially since I want to have more contact with people in my career, not less. This means I will not be able to tell the truth on this one. Any suggestions on what excuse I could give?
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
 
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).

Post Edited (subdued) : 6/1/2010 9:48:48 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 6/2/2010 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,


I would stand by my original suggestion and try to simply say you have a Doctors appointment without saying what is going on. You are not required to divulge the reason for you Drs. visit. I would avoid lying as it is not a good idea.



If your work is project based can you not just go when you need to without telling anyone?



Good Luck,



Kitt

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   Posted 6/2/2010 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
One of my jobs is fixing bugs. I'm a web developer. I need to be available, not 24/7, but I need to let people know when I'm not at the office and when I'll be back.

They are going to ask. I need to tell them something, and I know, in this case, the truth will only hurt my advancement within the company. I have a tendency to be too honest. That's probably why I'm having trouble coming up with an excuse. However, I have found that the telling the truth at work, especially in regard to taking time off, is not always the best solution.
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
 
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).

Post Edited (subdued) : 6/2/2010 9:05:30 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 6/2/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,


It feels to me like you are going to have to decide what you want to tell your work. Everyone would handle this situation indivually in their own unique way.



Kindly,

Kitt
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