I have been in my red zone for the last few days thanks to a colleague who passed on her cold which of course caused my asthma to flare up.
Thanks to my new asthma nurse I now have abx and steroids on standby at home which I started taking when peak flow dropped. I have a three monthly review with her later today for which I am very grateful as I have spent most of the night coughing despite following my action plan.
Despite the fact that I can't hold a conversation with my patients I am under pressure from the management to be at work in an NHS hospital as otherwise another absence - all of which have been asthma related - will trigger a formal interview and if I am off again within a 6 month period I could be dismissed! I have been in touch with my nursing union the RCN for advice and support but in the meantime I just have to carry on working.
Are other folks under the same sort of pressure? Is there any legal way in which asthma as a long term condition can be recognised as such and more leniency shown in terms of time off sick in cases like this?
I hope this makes sense - my brain is rather addled and I will be getting up in 40 minutes to go to work after 2 hours' sleep zzz...
Hope someone can offer help!