I'm returning to work on Monday after 9 months off sick. I've been very lucky so far because the company I work for has been very supportive. However, I drive for 5 hours to get to work and I work long shifts -albeit only 2 days a week. This wasn't a problem before SLE but things have changed. Anyway, having made the decision to go back to work, I have gone into a flare. I feel awful. I just don't feel I can now ring up and tell them I'm not coming in, so I'm going. Going to work usually involves getting up at 4am on a Monday morning and getting into the car. This is an impossibility now. So I'm going to drive up Sunday. I'm just worried. Worried that my brain fog will interfere with my ability to do my job, worried that the pain in the joints in my hands will prevent me from using my computer (i write for a living so this is essential) worried that the fatigue will effect my ability to drive. Worried also, and perhaps stupidly, what my colleagues will be think about the stick I use on bad days and the stone and a half weight gain due to the steroids. My husband gave up his job last year to pursue his dream of running an organic farm. I can't afford to go onto statutory sick pay. WORRIED. (Sorry for the shouty capitals) x
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