I am so glad I have found this site. It makes me feel as though I'm not so alone. You guys are so knowledgeable and I'm grateful for any input you can give me. I have recently been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, hypothyroidism and CFS. I also have IBS and high bloodpressure and was totally healthy a year ago. My Dr. told me he wanted me to take a medical leave of absence from work. But, I can not afford to do this right now. For one reason, the medical bills from all the tests I just went through are outrageous, even with insurance. I had 2 MRIs, a sleep study, EMG, NCV and oodles of blood tests. But, I visited with my boss and we agreed that I can cut my hrs. from 8:00-5:00 (working straight through eating lunch at desk) to 9:00-3:00 for a month and then re-evaluate. I told her I would just work 8:00-4:00 and see if that would work, which would be my technical 8 hr day, but she wanted me to start lower and build back up. I also have an hr.(1/2 hr each way) worth of drive to get there and back. Now, I hope this help me get back on my feet, but the real question is: should I get something in writing from my Dr. and from my boss. Can she use this as excess absenteeism to fire me? My place of employment is looking at layoffs, but not in my dept. I will be using accumulated vacation time to do this, and this has been ok'd both by my boss and her boss. I've only been working there since early aug. so I feel badly that I am putting them in such a bind. I just feel uncomfortable about the whole thing.