Last September I contracted Viral Meningitis and my world was turned upside down. I was off work for 6 weeks in hospital for 1 of those weeks and went back too quickly. I started back with little information on what to expect of myself. Neither did my manager. With my normal processing, memory and evaluation skills depleted I struggled on working extra hours to make up for my shortfalls. For the past 10 months I have had constant coughs, colds and infections without taking any time off to recover. Recently I had chest pains and a heart valve problem has been identified, probably not connected but worrying and intrusive procedures. When I came back from being off from having the procedures. My Manager pulled me into a meeting room saying she needed someone with good health and full strength and is this the job for me. I was given the option to downgrade my job and move to another team. Feeling so week and unable to function I accepted the change. I am unwell again (another cold/cough) and off work and can't stop crying huge anxiety and coming to terms with what's happened. It's been so public and feels humiliating.
This has knocked my confidence, my well being and I feel powerless to move on. My OH at work has been supportive and suggested reduced hours to get my stamina back. Just feels like it came too late. This should have been done when I first got VM and my and my manager's expectations could have been monitored.
For anyone who has had this awful illness please do not push yourself too early otherwise you may pay for it later on. If you can take as much time as possible and ask for an Occupational Heath assessment to protect yourself from not only demanding unsympathetic managers but yourself. If your like me you are hard working and a people pleaser it can have a detrimental effect in looking after your best interests.
Your health is way more important, protect yourself and put your recovery first.
I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts and views on this please x