Hi, I'm newly diagnosed with arthritis in my neck and have had quite a bit of time off work the last few months but for other things.
Although looking back it could well all be linked iykwim.
Firstly I was off work with dizzy spells for 2 wks. Dr thought it was vertigo.
Then my mum went into hospital and while there caught pnemonia. The week after mum got out my sis had a breakdown and is still in hospital now. I took on the care of my nephew but found it too much so had to give him up.
I'd also had a few wks off due to depression as I was being bullied at work and it wasn't being delt with even though I'd put in a formal complaint.
I went back to work and was moved areas then I ended up having dizzy spells again and so here I am now off work with what the doc thought was vertigo again.
However due to the pains in my neck and arms I was sent for xrays which showed I have arthritis.
Now my predicament. Do I tell my boss?
It's going to make it difficult to do my job. I stack shelves in a large supermarket. Lots of heavy lifting, which at the moment is a problem cos I can't lift my arms more than a few inches from my side without suffering pain.
When I was off before with my mum & sister I was advised to use my holidays. I don't seem to get sick pay. I only work 14 hrs a week doing 2 nights 11pm-7am over the weekend.
I only started the job last October after taking a 7 yr break from employment to be a stay at home mum.
We can't manage without my wage, we've just lost tax credits due to my wage, but i'm not getting it now.
I took on this job cos the hours suited and fitted in with childcare.
My eldest child has Aspergers syndrome and his behaviour can be very challenging.
Anyone have any wise words or advice on what I should do?
I am expecting another phone call from my boss tonight as I'm off yet again. He rang last week checking why I wasn't in even though I'd sent in a sick note.