The on-running saga of work. How employers are getting away with things is fascinating to watch. I have got RA which is in a flare up at the moment, still recovering from a left hip revision, and as of 3 weeks ago have been told my other hip is now sufficiently arthritic to be done (I am going to have a break though I can't face it for at least 6 months).
Had a meeting last week with my Head and the Shaw Trust- it was like pulling teeth. She informed me that I shouldn't come into work unless I am 100% fit. I felt like saying to her that on that criteria I probably shouldn't have been in work at any time over the last 5 years. She thinks I should be as capable as a non disabled person. She seemingly does not believe in any concessions as I should be fit enough to do the job. Finally got her to agree that I should not have to do a lunch time duty (she didn't even know that she had put me on one outside in the cold). I think she thinks my electric wheelchair is an attention seeking device!!!
She is making me feel like XXXX
She is now trying the capability route. I am getting to the point where somebody is going to have to point out to her that if the school had done what it should have done over the years and provided me with support in the beginning I might not be struggling now. (I think I will leave that one to the union).
If I can't get her to understand that nodding her head, saying she understands and supports me is not actually helping. I need some concrete understanding of the nature of my condition, and not constant stress and the feeling that she is watching for every little mistake I make so she can clobber me.
I have a nasty suspicion that I am about to become a statistic - i.e. another disabled person who bites the dust because they become inconvenient in the work place.
I am tired and in pain most of the time and feeling like a leper. I am reaching the point of having had enough. There has to be more to life than this.
Thanks for the whine.