I've been signed off work for 2weeks and confess that I'm quite sad that its my last day now and I will be back at my desk on Monday. I have RA and vasculitis, just got the diagnosis 2 weeks ago. I only work 3 days a week but I'd just had 2 quite heavy work weeks and was already very weary. My 2 non working days plus the weekends weren't really enough to recharge the batteries fully. Even my OH had remarked on the Wed after work that he thought I'd gone as long as I could without time off.
I'd pretty much decided that I'd self certify for a week and then on the Friday evening the GP phoned with the results of my blood tests, chest xray and ct-pet scan. I told him how tired I was feeling and how all my joints felt like they'd been rattled together and the nice man signed me off for 2 weeks.
I feel a bit guilty saying that I've really enjoyed it. It's been a bit like a stay at home holiday. I've relaxed and wandered about as and when I've felt like it. Still done some basic house things as well - washing ironing cooking shopping but no big cleaning jobs. OH says I look so much more relaxed and seem to be moving about easier. Don't think I can give the credit to the mtx as I only started it the Monday after the GP called me so I think it is just that I'm better rested physically and mentally now.
How will I get on at work I wonder. My job is almost entirely customer facing and we're 1st point of contact for visitors to the office. The bulk of customer queries we resolve there and then and the remainder we pass to relevant dept/people It all means that we're (there are only 2 of us) at the desk the whole time, only moving to eg take customers to meeting rooms or copy documents or such like. When I return from any holiday I've always been very aware how restricted I am re moving about and that was before I had any medical issues. Not sure how things will go. I've been told by my managers (when all this started) just to keep moving and to rest when I needed to, but in practice it's not that easy. Can't really say to a queue of customers that I'm away for a nice wee rest for 5 minutes.
However, I must think positively about it - maybe the rest is just what I needed and I'll not feel just as tired as I was before. AND I've still got the weekend to enjoy so I'll not worry about Monday yet!