I had a flare several months ago, pretty bad, so initially I was calling in sick. Entocort helped me enough that I returned the next week, but my energy levels were very low, losing weight, and the rest... and I would just rush to the restroom when needed. I couldn't work more than 6 hours and just about
every other day I had to call in sick or I would ask to work from home. My boss was very understanding and it even got to the point where he pulled me aside and said, "You know you don't look so well, even other people are noticing. Your help is the most important thing and we'll work something out, but do not feel your job is in jeopardy because you are valueable to us. I'm not tell you what to do, but we'll work something out." This was about
2 months in and it was a relief to hear they were on my side. I would have worked from home and could have, but because of policy it didn't work out. Instead I went on disability because I finally got to the point of just not wanting to come in--it was way too taxing. Usually I can overcome obsticles by not being mastered by it. But there comes a time when pride gets in the way and it is needed. I had not taken a "sick" day off for the 2.5 years I've been there, so I had that in my favor (I've only taken time off for colonoscopies, dental visits, etc.). I am back full time now and doing much better.
Numb78, I suggest you use the time off well by studying the disease and focus on getting better, as if it is your full time job. Also try to do little activities to prepare yourself, like being out of the house, going on a walk or something. This eased the transition for me. If you think you will benefit from working, then take it on slowly. I have to admit the time off (~3months) just about
got the best of me, but it was a good time to get my life in order. Though I felt so much better to get back to work, be productive and around people--it does boost morale. Hopefully you can find a place that is understanding, with a nearby toliet, and nothing excessively stressful.
We should not be mastered by the disease, but should live with a healthy respect of it.
Yet to ever go into remission, additional Flare-up since Aug 12th
Time off work since 10/17. Returned to work on 1/11 and doing much better.
On Lialda (2/dy), Probiotics, Fish Oil, Folic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Borage Oil, Iron