I think I've got myself in a bit of a pickle at work and am not sure what's going to happen. Please bear with me as it may be along one!
I have OA in my feet, one of them is very swollen and this hot weather we've been having doesn't help. I called in sick last Thursday and Friday as my feet were playing up, it wasn't comfortable to wear my usual foot wear and if I did, I got pins and needles in my feet. I'd also had a bit of a hectic week - Monday I was moving office equipment about on my own for a few hours (although I took regular breaks). Tuesday morning I had to move a few computer monitors from one part of the building to another and didn't do much walking about after that as I was still having problems with my feet from the day before. On Wednesday I ended up showing someone round as they wanted to see where all the printers and copiers were in our building and I ended up on my feet for 3.5 hours with no sit-down (apart from a loo break). When I let my manager know that I wasn't happy about it and that I knew I was going to suffer for it he just said "You know you love it really!" :x That made me sooo cross!
When I got up on Thursday, my foot had swollen so much that I couldn't get my shoes on and wasn't going to walk to work bare-foot so I called in sick. My manager wasn't in the office so I let another manager know. That afternoon I'd noticed something had been splashed down the side of my car so I went to wash it off in bare feet. Whilst I was outside, I'd been seen by another member of staff with a bucket and sponge in my hand. I'd only been out for a short while.
On Friday my foot was still swollen and when I got up, my toes were numb. An hour or so later, the feeling started to come back but was hit with a horrendous bout of pins and needles in both feet. I was hoping to go back to work but had difficulty getting my footwear on and so called into work again to advise them I wouldn't be in. There were no managers available when I rang so left a message with a collegue to let them know I was still having problems. I had an appointment with my GP that day which my manager already knew about, so when it was time to go, I squeezed my feet in my sandals and walked to the doctors with my hubby. (The car had gone into the garage to have some bits fixed on it). I couldn't get my prescription from the pharmacy next door so had to walk a bit further into town to get my prescription. I had to wait for an hour or so for it to be ready so we thought instead of walking back home to walk back again, we'd nip into a couple of shops whilst waiting. I was seen by another member of staff in ashop and spoke to her. I mentioned I'd called in sick that day and said to her "You haven't seen me here".
Anyway, I get back into work this morning and one of my work colleagues mentioned that he'd seen me walking into town on Friday with hubby and I said I was on my way to collect a prescription. I then heard the colleague that I spoke to on Friday say "bullsh***er" quietly but loud enough for me to hear. At that time I didn't make anything of it. A while after, she was talking to someone in HR in front of me about if she had her way, to save the company money they'd need to get rid of all the people who took sickies just to enjoy the nice weather. I had spoken to someone else at work this afternoon to find that this person had been going round work on Friday saying I was skiving because of the good weather and it wasn't anything to do with my feet at all! I am sooo mad!
Anyway, I was due to have my 'welcome back' meeting with my manager today but it's postponed as he'd taken today off. But I'm so worried what's going to happen to me now as I have a feeling my colleague mentioned to my manager that I had been spotted doing something I shouldn't have whilst off. I don't get warnings when I'm off when my feet are playing up but I'm already on my stage 2 warning and have seen Occ Health due to other time off sick and am still in my 'review period'. Could I end up being dismissed over it? Is it worth speaking to my union (who are pally with the colleage who's bee saying things about me who just happens to be a rep of another union!)? Or am I making a mountain out of a molehill?
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