I am 60 years old, have OA in my lumbar spine, thoracic spine, knees, feet, hands, and possibly a hip (not had an x-ray on that). I was first diagnosed about 7 years ago, but although it has been getting worse over the years it didn't stop me from working until this Summer.
I work in a large homewares store and am expected to be on my feet and 'chasing' customers all day long. This is just not possible for me now as I have bad pain all down my left leg from hip to foot ad have to take 2x30/500 Cocodamel to manage it when it is bad (my normal dose is 1x30/500). I cannot drive on the full dose and as I am 20 miles away from work (public transport is not available) that is a problem too.
I have been signed off by my Dr for 22 weeks now. I went back to work after 6 weeks, but couldn't do it so was signed off again.
Work has had a Drs letter (they asked for it) and I have had a meeting with my supervisor and the HR manager.
She will be ringing me to hear my decision in a couple of weeks. They could shorten my days, but they couldn't make any adjustments to the actual job. I have talked it over with my husband and family and they are all in agreement with me that I could not return even on shorter hours.
I am concerned that if I say I can't do the job on shortened hours that they will take it as a resignation and I would prefer them to take charge and finish me one way or another. I need to be able to claim JSA or some benefit and not wait 12 weeks or whatever it is now if you give up your job.
I only have 14 months to go to my state pension and if I can just reach that without having weeks with no money at all I will be ok.