Ah that feels better :-) Just had a frustrating meeting with HR, and now not sure how to progress, I am wondering if I have miss explained myself somewhere. I am stuck in limbo at the moment, the GP has diagnosed me as Sero negative rheumatoid arthritis, but don't see the rheumatologist for a few more weeks. I have had a horrid flare up in my wrists the past few weeks which means I haven't been able to drive in to the office as much as normal, but still working from home, so explained the situation to my manager, the tasks I couldn't do at the moment etc, will have to play it by ear as to how I am next week. This resulted in work getting the occupational therapist to asses me.
So the report came back, and focused around how to manage on bad days:
Reduce my travel, so once a week, and that this would need to be assisted, so taxi to the station.
Regular breaks through out the day, doing 2.5 hour blocks then a rest for me to walk or sleep.
Changing tasks around where possible as fatigue and discomfort increases throughout the day.
Minimise the hours work, I currently work a UK day and part of a US day as i work for a US company.
General reduction in hours will aid my overall health and hopefully go some way to reducing the frequency and duration of flare-ups. Revisit the situation once I have seen the rheumatologist as we will have a better idea of how things are likely progress
Find someone in the office who lives near me and get them to give me a lift in for my usual 2 days a week.
Move my hours to be a US day so its not so long
Identify what tasks I will and won't be able to do and how I will feel for the next 4 weeks.
Do I feel I need to look for another role
My immediate reaction is they clearly have no understanding of my condition, I wish I knew what I could do tomorrow, never mind next week. I do not want to travel in to the office with a stranger when I am feeling rough, if I am having a flare up I need somewhere to rest, a noisy crowded office provides me with nothing. For a condition that worsens with the day, working later isn't going to do much. More importantly I will not always be like this.
Am I being obstructive and overly negative? I have asked for another review in a fortnight to allow me time to digest and take on board their suggestions.
Unbiased, impartional views appreciated