Hello all - haven't been on this site for some time as I forgot about it - hey nothing new I forget about stuff all the time.
Anyhow feeling a little vulnerable at the moment so thought I would seek out some support from people who understand. Briefly I returned to work 4 months ago after a lovely bout of encephalitis in March of last year. At first things were not easy but with fantastic support from my line manager I am gradually getting a handle on the job. I am an administrator for a charity and absolutely love my job. Both my line manager and I know that I cannot operate as efficiently as I did prior to my illness but together we are gradually building up my skill levels with the hope that I can return to something close to my previous abilities.
So far so good, that is until a couple of incidents which occurred recently. The charity is run in the majority by volunteers (which I am also when working directly with clients and not doing my paid job). A newly appointed chairperson of a local branch of the charity called into the office last week and was most vocal toward me in front of my line manager. She was dismissive and out and out rude toward me in front of my line manager. Unfortunately my line manager is deaf and did not hear what she said to me which I at the time just ignored. I was bruised by this event but decided to treat it as a bit of a "glitch" on the part of the person addressing me.
One day later I received a call from a long time work colleague warning me to watch my back as at a meeting this same lady and another couple of members of the area team were complaining about me, although the same line manager had stopped them.
My confidence is low, which I don't think is unreasonable as I do know that I am struggling with my job and my own sense of self pride is precarious. But I do find it very sad that people who work in a charity who purport to care about people can treat one of their own in such a way. My family tell me I am too sensitive and they are probably right, but throughout my life and also prior to my illness I have always believed in the goodness of people. I guess that I am just unlucky to have someone affecting my life at this time in such a way.
Has anyone else experienced this kind of bullying at work which relates to their abilities after a brain injury/illness?