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My final bellyache
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juggzy From: juggzy Date: June 8th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meeting was productive, but the boss thinks that the reason I'm ill is "stress" and thinks I "may be in the wrong sort of job". Yes, I am stressed; being in discomfort and pain a lot of the time tends to make most people less-than-relaxed, I would have thought. But now I'm worrying about getting fired for being ill as well. (Yes, I know they can't fire you for being ill, but in straitened circumstances they're less likely to make an effort to keep the flaky sickly people, & the effect is the same.)

That sounds pretty similar to the catch 22 I got caught in last Autumn when I had the kidney infections. However, look at it like this:

It is possible that you are not well. Illness doesn't always manifest itself as flu or malaria. If that is the case, you should be taking the time off to get well to prevent further dribs and drabs of days off; be properly ill for a bit, and then be properly better. If you are at a job where you are too scared to investigate the possibility of being ill for fear of being seen as weak (which is what I was feeling last autumn - I'm not saying it's the case with you) then the job probably is adding some element of stress to the situation, albeit unintentionally or even accidentally.

As other people say, you probably need to go see a Doctor and register the illness, and then talk to HR about it. This would not be whinging or being a slacker or being feeble and weak; it would be being sensible and proactive. I wish I could take my own advice sometimes.

Edited at 2009-06-08 07:52 pm (UTC)
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