Were due to start our first round of IVF later this month. I have quite a hefty commute I live in Wolverhampton but work in Manchester and will be undergoing treatment at Birmingham Women's Hospital and at this moment in time I cant see how I'm going to juggle work and treatment at the same time???? I have quite an active job as I work in a conference centre, I'm not mainly desk based and some days I can be on my feet quite a lot serving refreshments and moving furniture combined with a 90 minute journey each way (traffic depending) so much so some days I come home feeling absolutely shattered! I've been quite open with one of my colleagues and she said she will cover me for whatever I need - she's going to imagine I'm not going to be in work for the duration of my treatment but I still need to have the conversation with my manager which I'm a little anxious about as I don't know how she will react (she does know I've been having fertility tests etc). In my head and heart I've come to the decision that I'd rather be off work for the duration of the treatment as I don't know how I'm going to feel with the medication, the days when I do have appointments its going to be too much for me to drive from Wolverhampton to Birmingham and then on to Manchester, if there's an accident on the motorway that'll just add to my stress of thinking I need to get to work and also I'll be knackered!
My question is do you think I'm being unreasonable in wanting to potentially take 4-6 weeks off work for treatment? is this excessive? any advice would be much appreciated xxxx ps I work in the NHS!