I had my diagnostic lap on 16/12 and have been on self certified sick for a week and then one week from my doctor. Im due back Weds 4th, but i'm still not feeling right.
I was really ill from the lap, it was the worst pain i've ever experienced, was put on various drugs and oxygen and kept in over night. I only got out of bed xmas eve, and i've been taking it easy ever since.
I was diagnosed with endo, although im yet to have my follow up app on 24/1. I've suffered horrendous periods for nearly two years, and have had at least a week off work a month over this time.
My job involves a lot of stress, dealing with emergencies across Bristol, lifting people, on my feet all day, managing 8 homes, driving everywhere. Im also on call at least once a week throughout the night; i'm actually due to be on call next weekend from 7am sat to 7am monday, which can involve attending to life threatening emergencies across the city.
I just don't think i can do this job anymore, i'm always off sick at least once a week. And then in the middle of that i have bad pain and PMS. I don't think it would be so bad if I sat in an office with access to toilets and a chair at least.
My manager makes me feel like i just want time off and belittles me. I'm also going through fertility treatment which she is aware of, and makes me feel like this is all my choice. She also 'accidently' told half my team i'm trying to a baby and said she can't wait for me to have my op because it will cure everything.
I'm due on in the next few days, and i'm really worried that it will be my first day back and i'll have to go sick again, because it leaves me unable to function or walk. I'm still experiencing sharp pain in my wounds, my stiches still havent desolved, im experiencing pain when i bend, and pain under the surface. Im still exhausted.
I know I can now be classed under the Equality Act, but how do I get this recognised? I can put forward reasonable adjustments but i doubt these will be recognised. She still hasn't referred me to Occ Health, can I contact them myself? Can I ask my doc for more time off? What are my rights? And how do I put forward evidence? Not many people know about endo. I don't want to loose or have to give up my job.