So after my optimistic post yesterday, my employer said she can't offer a phased return to work because of the nature of my work. I can't go back until I can go full time again.
I've taken the step of emailing my local CAB to see if I can do anything to protect myself or get this recognised formally so that my employer will understand. Her words were "so this is a permanent thing then"...I expected more of her.
I'm desperately unhappy...I haven't been able to go out in case I'm "seen" by parents. I'm cooped up and getting lower and lower.
In desperation, I've even booked acupuncture for Thursday for the first time to see if it will help.
I'm not sure how much more I can take between my family telling me to get over myself and my employer making me feel useless.