Hi, I'm new here and I kinda just really wanted some advice, I'm 23 & I've got severe asthma and have been in and out of hospital and taken weeks off work at doctors advice. Now I have worked as a call handler for over a year and since I started there I've had nothing but issues with my asthma, I'm currently sat at home on yet another day off as I had an asthma attack over the weekend which has left me breathless and quite dizzy so I've been staying with my parents just in case I have another attack. I set my alarm to wake up at 7am so I could get a last minute appointment with my doctor then phoned work 3 times with no answer (obviously I phoned as soon as I knew my manager would be in which was 8am) I told my manager that I had an asthma attack over the weekend and I wouldn't be coming in today an I would be seeing my doctor today. His reply wasn't what I was expecting, he seemed very stand offish and asked me again what happened and I think he was expecting me to say I had done something to exacerbate my condition which I had not, I was sat in the back of the car with my dad when it hit. He told yo me to phone him back later on when I had seen my doctor and he said ""We'll take it from there""
I have recently moved team's and this manager didn't seem to accept my condition as a real issue, when we had first meeting together he asked if anything was going on in my life and I explained my diagnosis of severe asthma to which he replied ""I don't hear you wheezing now"" as if because I'm asthmatic I have to be wheezing an unable to speak or walk without difficulty all the time.
I don't exactly feel bullied at work but mainly misunderstood as they don't seem to comprehend asthma as anything but fat/unfit people who use it as an excuse to not work. Has anyone else dealt with issues like this and how they've dealt with it?
My condition is starting to upset me because it seems no one understands.