How do you approach your boss?

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   Posted 7/20/2011 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've just been diagnosed with Lupus over the summer break for school. In two weeks I'm back in the classroom under the fluorescent lights and going out for Recess (20 minutes, 15 after restroom break).
I'm prepared for outside- SPF +50 cover shirt, wide brim hat, SPF +100 sunbrella, and sunscreen SPF +70. I'll be under a shade tree also. cool
However, I'm sensitive to the fluorescent lights. After 3 hrs I get a headache, turn red faced, eyes burn, and tremble. skull
I need the lights covered or off and use lamps.
What I need is to discuss with him the options in a rational manner. I've already informed him that I have lupus, but he has no idea what it involves and I didn't either when I told him. I thought it just involved covering up from the sun, not the lights.
Does anyone have any tips for me? confused

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   Posted 7/20/2011 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you have covered the basics - I've found telling the truth about an illness, even if we think it makes us look weak or needy, is usually met with compassion.

You might check on the costs of the fluorescent light covers - I know other teachers have found them quite expensive and have offered to bring in some incandescent lamps.

I'd tell him the lights are affecting your health, you didn't expect it, here are the options I've found, what you're willing to do, and what does he think. I would just say photo-sensitivity unless he asks for details - maybe tell him how you plan to take care of yourself outside.

It does more than the symptoms you mentioned -- it adds to overall stress, which always makes lupus symptoms a big more troublesome. Good luck!
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   Posted 7/20/2011 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I've priced the covers-$275!
I can afford lamps if he okays them.

Thanks, I'll talk with him as soon as I can catch him at the school.
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