Head is in a whirl...

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traluvie
traluvie Member Posts: 2,579
edited 11. Jan 2011, 12:04 in Living with Arthritis archive
Morning all..

Just got back from a meeting with occupational health at work..
To cut a long story short, i've been told to think realistic of possibility that i might not be able to work :cry:
She believes this because of the fact that i have good days and bad asnd that i would probably have alot of short term absentes.. she also believes that there is not a flexible hrs option available where i can obviously come in on good days and not on bad days(i understand that)..
I think it is hard aswell because i do not have a diagnosis so am not currently recieving right medication..
Too be honest my head is all over the place.. i have worked since i was 15 an the prospect of not working seems so scary reaally(no disrespect to those that don't)
She said from seeing me today that i was not ready to come back to work(today is an ok day too so god knows what i must look like lol).. and she believes that by the time i got to no pay(which is roughly 5 months) they will prob decide to terminate my contract through ill health...
So now i don't really know what to think???? :?:
I have tried looking at jobs from home before when i was bad with my endometriosis, but failed to find anything worthy...

Has anyone else familiar with this???

Take care
Tracy :roll: xx :roll:
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  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,486
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Tracy

    Have you posted on the working with....forum?

    Yes people have had this problem before lots of people. Problem is they sick you off then you have to apply for ESA and they say you ARE fit for work!! ( not always though) have you a union where you are?

    Maybe your hours could be CUT so you have more time to rest between work shifts??? Is there REALLY no other work which would suit you better there?

    I totally get what you are saying about the thought of NOT working on your own identity too :sad:

    If I think of anything else l will let you know.

    LOve

    Toni xx
  • traluvie
    traluvie Member Posts: 2,579
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Toni,

    Thanks for your reply.. i have just copied and pasted it on a topic in the working forum...

    Yeah i am a bit shell shocked .. not something i can say i saw coming lol...
    I am with the union, thay have attended all my meetings, i have not been able to get through to him regarding today as of yet, but too be honest i not too helpful, he said to me at the last meeting that the only way they could get rid of me is by saying i am unable to do the job.. which at the moment is true... I will speak to him though as u never know..
    I think that they would adapt to change of hours on the understanding that i would be able to return to full duties... doc and occy health are unable to support that...
    I am a housekeeper at the hospital so there really isn't any lighter duties that i can do as it's a demanding job... there are other departments .. but wether i can move to a different department i am unsure(will have to ask union on that so thanks) and i suppose it would be down to if there was a vacancy too...
    It's going to be one of them where we will have to wait and see...

    Thanks Toni

    Take care
    Tracy..xxx
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  • janie68
    janie68 Member Posts: 1,186
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Tracy

    I am not surpirsed you are in a whirl. I am currently going through the ill health retirement myself. I am the same as you, but my days go from bad to worse. I wish we could have that job where we could work when we feel we can. Toni has suggested a good point, reducing your hours, I did that first and it did help a bit. I could rest between days. Have they considered reasonalbe adjustments? they have to by law if you are covered by DDA, direct.gov.uk for more info.

    If they are adamant on going down the route they suggest, then let them as you'll be entitled to benenfits then. 5 months is along way off and you may find in that time, medication that works and then you will be in a different place and be able to stick two fingers up to occy health.

    If you need any more info, I'm happy to help

    Good luck :smile:

    Janie
  • traluvie
    traluvie Member Posts: 2,579
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Janie...

    Thanks for your message... :smile:

    I have been through adjustments before with my endometriosis, (have had alot of previous time off, an op every yr for past 5 yrs) but have been able to go back to full duties..
    Now all this has started and they are kind of saying.. you don't have a diagnosis, you don't know if your going to get worse or better and that there is strong possibility that if you return to work you will be not be able to fulfill all duties and will have bouts of sickness off... loosing them money..
    So i kind of feel that they want me out the door, cause i am costing them too much(regardless i one of the best there and always praised by matron and ward sisters of my hard work) and will prob be off sick more than i am at work..
    But then like you say you never know.. there is also that possibility that i get a diagnosis and can have it controlled and manageable...surely they should be able to give me a chance to be able to see if i can do it???

    xxxxxx
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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Oh this is soooooo irksome! You don't know where you are yet, surely they should wait and see. I supppose the HR people have to say these things, but as you don't yet know exactly what is wrong, and you are not being treated for whatever it is, I think it is very early days for them to be saying such things to you. Now they have set an un-necessary hare running in your head when you least need it. Grrrrrrr. Here come some silly, stupid words: don't fret. Yeah, yeah, I know, easy for me to say, but honestly, traluvie, you SO DON'T NEED THIS at the moment. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • traluvie
    traluvie Member Posts: 2,579
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Thanks DD..

    Your so right with what you said...
    They are presuming too early... i could get sorted and be in a situation where i am able to work.. i think it's because of my previous sickness regarding my endo that they have basically had enough of me and want me out the door.. am going to try and get in touch with my union over the next few days and see if he can shed some light on the situation..
    As you said though DD.. i'm not going to fret.. i have had my rant and got it off my chest and i'm just going to take each day as it comes... otherwise i'd be a wreck lol..
    So i'm gonna try and be positive and look at working from home too...
    One of them where i will just have to see what happens as i don't know anything myself other than how i feel so i have no answers for my own future lol..

    Chin up :mrgreen:

    Take care
    Tracy

    xxxx
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