Posted 11/4/2010 8:51 AM (GMT -6)
I post mostly here and the Chronic Fatigue sections, as those are the two issues I have that created the most trouble for me. My concern here is work.
I was put on a final written not long ago for missing time. They see my absences as random and unrelated - and they don't want to know why they're not. They literally told me they don't care, it's not their problem. I'm out, I'm out, period. The final written means one more absence and I'm fired. Lo and behold, over the weekend I came down with an upper respiratory infection. My doctor wrote me out for two days. I had very little voice, and when I could speak, it wasn't loud and it'd make my throat catch (if that makes sense) and I'd go on a hacking spree. Not to mention just overall not feeling well, fever, etc. Oh, I should mention that I do tech support, over the phone - so talking is essential. I do work from home - so I do have to be feeling pretty badly to call out.
Well yesterday was the first day I was back - and I waited pretty much all day for my supervisor to call me up and fire me. It didn't happen. On a co-worker's advice, I emailed him and our scheduling department to see if I could flex the time and make it up - therefore wiping out the "occurrence" (i.e. lame term they use for an absence). Schedules said no - even though this is supposed to be an option - and my supe read the email but never responded. So today, pins and needles again waiting for him to call me up. I work at 3 pm.
I'm nervous, and I'm scared. Financially it could ruin us. I'm about 12 days from being able to file FMLA/STD protection. I hate my job, I won't lie - it's the worst. But it's a job and it's good pay and hey, I work from home. The hours are awful, especially with someone who is ill - 3 pm to midnight. It's generally 2 before I am wound down enough to sleep. Then I'm up early again. I don't know what I'll do. I've started putting out applications - and even for something as simple as maintaining the greeting card section of Walmart, I'm "not eligible" - wth is that?
Ugh, I guess I'm just venting...