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Hello again guys!
I have had a bad episode with my arthritis as I have been taken off my last medication methotrexate around 7/8 weeks ago and have really struggled to live my life.
I have been in and out of work for the past 3/4 weeks but have had tome off previous to this as well and my absence score is quite bad at work. I know that if I was in medication still I would be able to work and I have done everything I possibly can to speed up the process of getting my new medication but unfortunately I don't control the nhs!
I went back to the hospital on Tuesday and theu confirmed that I could start my new meds and would take around 2/3 weeks but in the meantime gave me steriods to take to help with my pain and she found alot of swollen and tender joints when assessing me.
My manager has sounded really annoyed with me over the past few days this week and everyone else has been supportive saying the manager is in a bad mood this week and everything will be fine when I get back but I really don't think it will.
I don't want to lose my job I'm only 23 years ild and it's not just my job I will lose it's my life. When I'm ill I can't do anything it's not just work, I can't go for food with friends or go out with friends like every other normal 23 year old does and it completely takes over my life when I have a bad episode and I don't think work understand that.
I know that arthritis is classed as a disability and I am part of the union but I just wondered if any of you guys could help me with some advise or similar stories? As I'm really scared a tthe moment!
I have worked for this company for 5 years and I recently moved to another city but still in the same company. The old city I worked in although they of course needed me back in work my manager was helpful and supportive. This manager isn't at alll and seems moody with me on the phone. He never keeps me upto date with what's going on at work and he never says I hope you start to feel better or anything. He also this morning asked my for a sick note for 5 days, mon-fri this week, as I had last Thursday and Friday off holiday and don't work weekends. Is that correct do I have to provide a sick not for that?
Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!
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