Problem with Osteoarthritis at work
I recently started a seasonal job that I thought I could cope with but I didn’t estimate my ability correctly.
The job involves a lot of standing and I recently needed to stand and walk for a 12-hour shift with the exception of a 45 minute and 30-minute break. The pain started getting worse as the day went on and 4 hours before my workday ended I needed to take paracetamol with codeine tablet. When I got on the bus for my over 70-minute ride home I was in agony, my feet, and knees were hurting so bad I was in tears. I could not sleep well and only fell asleep for a bit due to being so tired, the next morning I was still in pain and needed to call in sick.
I have had 8 and 6-hour shifts too which were not as bad but I was still in pain but worked through it.
I have told my supervisors about my condition and asked if I could have any assistance, but nothing has been offered. Maybe due to the nature of the job, nothing can be done and it is my fault for taking on the job in the first place.
I have been scheduled for three 12 hour shifts in a row next week, two 12 hours, one 8 hours, and 6 hours the following week, the week after I have one 12 hours and two 6 hours.
I am on a zero-hour contract that ends at the beginning of January and I know I can refuse the shifts but I feel bad letting anyone down as they were good enough to give me the job and this has been my first paid job in a very long time.
On the other hand, I am making myself ill doing this job and want to hand in my notice.
I just don't know what to do for the best, any advice would be most appreciated.
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