I haven,t posted for a while as I am trying to deal with imminent changes in my life. My employment is about to end - great. I have finally found a job in my working life that I love and I am being forced out of the door. Most people will tell me I am protected by law but honestly I have not got the wherewithall to fight it. I promise you I really haven't. There are too many complications. And I really cannot manage them all in my brain. Prior to encephalitis I would be up for the fight, but also prior to encephalitis the situation wouldn't exist. I make mistakes at work and also forget to do essential tasks and as I am a lone worker and solely responsible for our administration services across a large area covering a number of counties I can genuineley see that my employer has a point. The annoying part of all this is that I am still intelligent enough, it is just that my motor neurone skills and memory or lack of it, can often let me down. I care enough about my job and the clients we serve to accept this but it is so hard to say good bye to it.
It is ironic as the office is physically moving in 3 weeks and I still keep forgetting to hand my notice in. ( there is a pattern emmerging here....) I think that this is because deep down I don't want to do it! Or it is simply the current adage - I forget! My boss won't let me travel the extra distance (30 miles plus) to the new location so therefore I will have to go when the office closes its doors on the last day of its current location.( My boss is waiting for my letter of resignation which we have discussed and she has asked me to do. This was done verbally and I agreed verbally - keep forgetting to do it) To be very honest I agree - the thought of driving that distance in all weathers makes me very nervous and I genuinely am concerned that this extra pressure on my working day will lead to a road accident and increased forgetting of tasks to be done at work. My boss has also said that she will pay me for the last week of the month when I am not attending work because the office has moved and for the reasons above I am not able to be there. My husband retires at the end of May and we will be relying on my meagre p/t wages to feed us - well that was the plan.
Looking for and obtaining another job with my condition is nigh on impossible and the dole office (don't know the current title) will not pay me any unemployment monies if I leave my job. Could I appeal their decision? Does anybody know? Sureley these are exceptionial circumstances? Not too sure that exceptional circumstances exist in the world of employment legislation and money entitlement. This is so unfair - I have worked my whole adult life with only a break of 1 year when I had my children and it would be nice to think that the state could care for one of its hard workers who has fallen on difficult times. Guess that is cloud cuckoo land.
Sorry folks for moaning , but I am just more than a little lost with this one. I know other people have far more worries than me and live with greater disablities than myself but I really do not know where to go with this. Any suggestions will be welcome.