I work in a petrol station, part of a supermarket. We are a small team, about 10 people, so you get to hear about others quite easily.
One of the ladies I work with is coming up to being 60 and has been unwell recently. Her doctor believes she's had some kind of infection and seems to have upset her chest, they mentioned to her that it could be asthma and gave her a reliever to use. She had bronchitis when she was younger so they suspect it has left a weakness there.
As the only person in my department with diagnoised asthma, i sat and talked with her about it on friday when i worked with her. From what I could tell she mainly got a bit of tightness and a bit out of breath towards the end of the day when she was tired but seemed okay the rest of the time. She also told me that she had used her reliever a couple of times. I tried to reasure her that it might not be asthma as such but that her lungs are upset from the infection and could settle in time.
Now I may be out of order with what I am about to say, if so please tell me and / or remove this thread. I was told today that this lady suddenly on sunday told her 2 colleagues she was working with that she'd had an asthma attack, had arranged for someone else to continue her shift. She then walked over to the store, a good 10 min walk, to clock out and then went home on the bus. But she was seen in town shopping on sunday afternoon by our personnel manager!
I am quite angry about her actions. I don't believe she had an attack, i think she may have had symtoms but I think if she'd taken her reliever and sat quietly for 15 mins she would have been okay. Surely behaving like this won't help those that really are asthmatic (have a diagnoises i mean)? I am lucky and have never had an attack at work and i rarely have attacks just get the symtoms but i did have a mild attack a couple of weeks ago, i couldn't walk anywhere, i could barely speak and once i had 'recovered' i managed to get home by driving carefully but felt awful the rest of the day and the next couple of days. I have a friend whoes husband is asthmatic and i consider him to be worse than me. She pointed out that if he had an attack he would need a taxi door to door.
Am i right to feel so angry towards this womans actions? What should I say to her to get her to see what she's done isn't a good thing? Especially if she does have an attack at work, she might not be believed and that would be awful.
Sorry to go on so long :o(