sorry for this, but i could do with having a rant, please. i dont need medical assistance (got enough meds to sink a ship!). i have read the T&C's. thank you to the members that have recently posted about working and the trouble that we seem to have in getting employers or line managers or workplaces to understand this condition. it helped me to realise i'm not alone!
i am having (now into it's fourth week) an excerbation of my usually well controlled asthma due to renovation works at my place of work. i asked when the idea was mooted that i have a different desk to work from as far away as possible from the building work (demolition, brick and plaster dust, paint and carpet glue fumes). this was not facilitated. the solution when i had a PEF fall from 400 to 320 at work and i stated that i couldnt manage anymore, was to give me a flexi day off and shut the doors. (actually the door that they closed only stays closed if we arent answering the public counter). this didnt really help.
then a couple of days i later had a full blown asthma attack at work, got to see the asthma nurse while stilll in the throws of it who agreed that this ""reasonable adjustment"" of closing doors wasnt enough. i went back to work after the appointment and told line management that the nurse said i needed to move desks. they sent me home after my colleagues had come back from lunch.
i had one and half days off sick and returned to find that they had found me a different office room to work in. PEF not really recovering much even after working at this desk for 2 and half weeks.
i am still plagued almost every night and i can feel my PEF falling as the day goes on. i start the day pretty good approx 410 and by end of play 8 hours later its down.
it has been intimated by more than one colleague that its all in my head. i've been told to wear a mask or sit in a bubble or a box. i've been told that my ""asthma"" (the colleague used the finger quote action) is no worse than someone elses weak chest (from childhood bronchitis) (this colleague hasnt shown any chesty symptoms). i've been told that i always have daily asthma attacks at work (i beg to differ!) i would say i have had 4 full blown attacks in the last 2 years due to renovation work and one before that in the 10 years i've worked for this organisation.
i've been asked why working at my desk would be any different to sitting in a different room now that the work is complete, since i'm still saying that i'm unwell. i am expected to return to my desk on Monday when the painters are not finshing until tomorrow. the cleaning company have been asked to deep clean (however i fear they have no idea what the words deep and clean mean) and how can they when the decorators are in on Saturday and the cleaners dont work on Sundays.
i have given my manager a wellness & recovery plan as suggested by occy health, which received little positive response. occy health and the GP have written to manager to make recommendations. when occy health report was received it was ""this doesnt tell us anything we havent done or didnt know already"". Occy Health are on my side and have said i must do what is best for me. but the working regs say we must do everything we can to limit the amount of time we have off sick and that if we have three episodes of sick in 12 months then HR can start investigations.
do i battle on and risk getting more unwell with the inevitable trip to Costa (it would be my first ever)? do i see the GP again and get them to sign me off sick (which is counterproductive as if i stay at home i'm well enough to work)? do i try my desk and then ask again for a ""reasonable adjustment"" of moving to yet another desk, and then for how long? and no they will not let me work from home (i'm not in a high enough ranking role to be allowed a roaming access card).
i wish my lungs would just recover and stop causing all this hassle.
thank you for taking the time to read this rant. sorry it doesn't sound more positive but i'm feeling rather fed-up. i know lots of you are severe asthmatics all the time and i just cant comprehend how you cope! well done. Bless you all xx ><>