I am lucky, I know it, I work in education which means I get the school holidays off - especially as I am not a teacher and don't have to plan for the coming term.
However, this summer has not been all sunny - and I don't mean the weather! For some reason my health has gone downhill with my left foot having spasms and numb areas [blood test results just point to my being run down. Strange, I don't feel any different]. Then last Monday, with no apparent reason, my back decided to play up. I have been in pain ever since. At least I had a TENs machine available along with anti-inflammatory creams and anoxia with anti-reflux capsules to help. My co-dydramol has also helped as has resting and not going out! That last was a bummer as I had a birthday to celebrate. I overdid it and sat still on a hard seat [yes I had my cushion] and know I did the wrong thing. But I am sick and tired of missing such events because of my stupid body - if I can I will. I also thought my back would recover in time to return to work. I was wrong.
Tomorrow I return for an Inset day, the first of two, where I will be sitting upright too long. I will have to remember to get up and walk around from time to time and hope that the office chair is enough to prevent it getting worse. However the biggest hurdle is actually getting to work. I have to take a taxi, which means I will have to manually push myself across the forecourt into work and then down the corridor to my electric chair. Will it have enough power to get me around all day? Well I wait to see. Anyway I then have to get to the room that stores my computer/office chair which I chose for comfort. I hope I get there!
The situation at work is I cannot go off sick, sign myself off sick, but I may be sent home if too sick to work! Yes I have used my Union to support and advise me, yes I have checked all of the legal side of things and yes they can dismiss me if I am off sick within the 365 period from that meeting in July. Please pray for me that tomorrow my back will be strong enough to allow me to go to work, stay in work and be ready for two more days of work before the weekend when I can properly rest!
Thanks for allowing me to vent.