I'm stressing about job too!!!! is this alot of work to miss?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by judywhit, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. judywhit

    judywhit New Member

    well, I have only been employed at this school district since september and I have missed 3 days already. Today being day number 3. I have not slept for 4 days and I feel so tired and numb. I have not worked alot outside of the home so I do not know if this is alot of work to miss. My kids are grown now so I thought I wanted to get a job. I drive school bus which I enjoy for the most part. However, the early morning hours (no sleep) and the cold temperatures in the a.m have proven to be my biggest battle (not the kids!)
    I was also wondering if to be covered under the ADA does one have to go to a specialisit to get a written letter or will by country MD's letter be sufficient. I think I should let the district know whats going on and that I do have fms. Would appreciate feedback.
  2. amaryllis

    amaryllis New Member

    Three days does not seem like "a lot" of missed time to me. The most difficult aspect of this DD I have found is that I have to slow down and take things easier because pushing myself to the limit is disastrous in the long run to my health.

    I was lucky enough to quit my job before I was diagnosed with this DD. Only had one previous boss who would have been understanding to the diagnosis, so I am not sure what to tell you as far as whether or not you should tell the district. I think that telling them would go a long way for you if they understand the illness or at least are open minded.

    Sorry I cannot help with the ADA issues. I just do not have any experience with it.

  3. coyote

    coyote New Member

    Three days is NOT a lot of time to miss from work in five months. Do you get sick leave, or do you go unpaid when you don't work?
    You can't get in trouble for using your sick leave when you aren't feeling well. It's not like you're out shopping at the mall.
  4. catgal

    catgal New Member

    I don't believe that 3 sick days in almost 5 months is anything to be concerned about--especially when so many people are out an entire week with the flu this time of year.

    I only work 3 days a week, but the Winter months can be brutal here in the Rocky Mountains, and when I wake up so early in the morning it is looks like midnight; the howling, bitter cold winds blow the snow around, and midway through getting dressed I have to go out and start the car so it will be defrosted (and warm) by the time I leave for work. We've just been hit by a horrendously cold artic front today with a big storm forcasted to come in sometime during the night. And some mornings it is all I can do to force my tired, stiff, aching body up out of bed, rush around to get ready, and then brace the cold weather outside.

    I think you are 'worrying & stressing' needlessly.

    Although I would keep a doctor's letter handy, I am not sure at this point that I would tell my employer that you have FM, have difficulty sleeping, and feel tired alot. Since you are responsible for the safety and transportation of children--they may construe your disability to be a liability to them. They may consider that the last thing they need is someone driving a school bus who is tired and sleepy at the wheel. Just my thoughts.

    Take care of yourself, and I hope you get some warm, comfortable, soothing, restoring sleep soon. Best Wishes, Carol....