I'm just feeling a bit worried about work because of my sickness absence. I've been at my current workplace a year and I'm now on my fifth absence. But these absences have all occurred since June. I had two absences due to neck and back pain, and it turned out I have damaged discs, my manager then referred me to occ health. The occ health was really good, explained that I'm covered by the disability act, that I may have more absences etc etc. Anyway, after that I had a couple of days off for gastroenteritis, and then towards the end of last year I had a bad bout of vertigo. None of my absences have been longer than 4 days but after my last one my manager said they may need to look at managing my absence, referring me to occ health (again?) and she also mentioned taking disciplinary action.
Today I have had to phone in sick again as I've got tonsillitis and a sinus infection! I felt rubbish all last week but decided to go to the docs yday as my whole face was killing, he looked in my throat, said there were white spots and gave me antibiotics. But when I called my manager she sounded really annoyed and was already pushing to see if I'd be in tomorrow (we have an annual away day tomorrow that they like everyone to go to). I now feel really worried that they're going to take disciplinary action, it really annoys me as other people also seem to have time off for normal colds etc but they all time it so they don't get disciplined.
Just wondered if there is anything I should do in advance. I don't really want to have to go to HR or come across as too defensive at this stage. I just feel like some people don't have a clue what it's like to have a chronic condition.