Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:13 AM
But I'm in a state now because I thought it could have been postponed! I feel a mess & my head is not in the right place at the moment if you know what I mean.
Certainly symptoms are much worse because of it!
Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:47 AM
I know all too well from personal experience what you are feeling right now. You go girl, you stick up for yourself! I agree however, you may not want to continue to work there. You may find yourself in a hostile working environment, which of course can also get them in legal trouble, if you choose to push that issue.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:39 AM
Posted 29 January 2008 - 10:34 PM
You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate
my HMO makes me wear a helmet...
Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:13 AM
Posted 30 January 2008 - 01:48 AM
Union are supportive & they say I have a case against employers & they would be prepared to go the whole way if it's needed. But they will automatically appeal which needs to be done in the next 10 days. What I do know is that I never want to work in that place ever again!
I'm devastated about what has happened & feel they have done nothing to help but quite the reverse. I also feel ashamed because my unblemished record of 30 years has come to this! Needless to say my health at the moment is not good, Have awful pains in my back & other symptoms are all much worse, Raynaud's & reflux & am barely able to drink let alone eat.
I do feel very lonely & scared about my future -
I am very grateful for the support from you! It is good to at least be able to read your messages and to talk to people who understand.
I Know that I do not have this disease as bad as some of you but along with the FM & back issues it still causes me problems from day to day.
I will not have any income soon so what I will do I simply don't know.
Posted 30 January 2008 - 06:31 AM
I have just got on disability due to this disease and it only took a month! So what you may need to do is go online and apply for Social Security disability if it's available to you and get that ball rolling. Sclero is listed as one of the diseases where they are to have "compassionate hearings" and look at passing right away due to the illness.
Again, I am so sorry. Try to stay strong.
Warm hugs from Minnesota.
Posted 30 January 2008 - 02:33 PM
Sorry to hear that too. I agree with Sweet, if you can, it would be good to stick up for yourself but know that will take a ton of energy. Sadly, some employers (or should I say bullies like that) count on people backing down from them in appeals, some people are just too sick to fight, they know it and they just try to wear them down...sounds like the old scare tactic but I hope you only do what you feel strong enough to do (or not do), whichever you decide. It's important to take care of yourself no matter what. It would be even nicer if you could have someone act on your behalf to deal with this stuff for you (with your union rep) to take some stress off of you, not sure if anyone can help you with that? I helped my sister with some stuff when she was really sick (chronic illness) years ago and all I needed was a note signed by her giving me permission to do what I needed to in order to help her, although we are not talking the exact same circumstances as in your case. Not sure if you could make anything like that work for you where you are?? On the winning side, could you then go on long term sick leave and make them pay you without being in that environment, ah that would serve them right ! Take care of yourself and good luck with whatever you decide.
Posted 31 January 2008 - 11:22 PM
Posted 01 February 2008 - 05:33 AM
I am so sorry that the hearing didn't go well. 30 years! You would think that would mean SOMETHING! Companies expect loyalty from their employees, but don't quite know how to give in return. I know it's draining, but at least you have the union behind you - so put up the best fight possible.
Big Hugs to you Darlin'
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