I have a huge problem and I need to have a rant!! As many of you are aware I have been signed off work since mid November with asthma and related complications. I have finally got a diagnosis of acute allergic bronchial asthma. I have seen Occupational Health and they agree that I am unfit for work at present. My boss is gunning for me - I work as a teaching assistant in a primary school. I have been BASICALLY housebound since mid November. I play clarinet and saxophone in a couple of local bands, one is marching band. I have been up to band since mid November maybe half a dozen occasions at most and purely on as a social thing - get me out the house - if symptoms allow try to play. I can only manage a few bars without getting completely out of breath. In April the band chairman persuaded me to attempt a 10 minute marching gig to see whether I would be a) fit to play at all this season and b) for me to gage if i could think about returning to work after the Easter break. Unfortunately I was seen by a colleague and there is photographic evidence of me taking part in this gig. In addition, another so called colleague who used to play in the band and hasn't attended a rehearsal in a year turned up one night I happened to be at a rehearsal.
My head sent me an email stating that basically I and my doctors are lying about my condition, as i stated that I was basically housebound. And that he had evidence,photographic and what other people have told him that I am able to play for long periods of time which is a load of rubbish.
I am so angry and hurt about this - that people are so narrow minded and petty to go out of their way to stir up trouble. I was having a good day symptom wise the day of the gig - it was a short gig - and I just wanted to see how my body and lungs would react. As it was I was unable to play and march and I had to use my blue inhaler loads after and I was extremely tired in the days that followed. I haven't attended a rehearsal or gig since because of my symptoms.
I have very little quality of life as it is surely on good days I should be allowed to try do the things I enjoy doing. I am now too scared to leave the house in case someone sees me.
I have been called to have a meeting at the end of the week with my head - which I have requested doesn't take place at work as I have to catch a train, bus and walk about a half a mile to get there. He wasn't very helpful on that front. Luckily my union branch president is attending with me.