Earlier this year my RA was not as bad as it is now but due to lots of sick leave my boss made my life hell when I did finally get there. Putting up with her was a job in itself and I decided to spread my wings and head for the big city. Landing myself a new job within a month of looking I was so proud and loved every minute of handing in my notice.
I was upfront with my new employer and told them I had RA and it was agreed I could leave for hospital appointment s weekly, at that point I was on sulphasazie and needed bloodtests.
My new boss and team are lovely and within a month I felt settled and at home. Then came that wednesday afternoon when I got a call from the doctors to stop all medication immediately as y white blood count was dangerously low. Thinking nothing of it I travelled to work Thursday morning bit stiff asi climbed the station stairs, by lunch I was using my stick and had to be sent home due to the pain I was in.. I'm in so much pain and have been ever since.
That was in July, I had been there 1 month. My boss is absolutely lovely and has extended my probation and seems very understanding the thing is though I only receive SSP which is only £80 per week.
I don't know how long I am going to be off for as I am know where near set on medication. Please can I have your thoughts about giving up work?
Financially I would be better on benefits but then when I am better might not be able to find a job. I just dont know what to do for the best?
Any thoughts or experiences would be great?