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RavenGray

746d

Anyone else feel awful for missing work due to chronic illness? I’ve been having a hard time adjusting to my new job and have already had to have a meeting with my boss and call out sick due to my stress. I feel bad about it and I’m worried everyone looks down on me for having a harder time than them.

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    • dream6284

      744d

      I've been in trouble at work for my attendance for this very reason. I hate missing work, but I can't help amen I'm physically ill from stress or other fibro related issues

    • dream6284

      744d

      I've been in trouble at work for my attendance for this very reason. I hate missing work, but I can't help amen I'm physically ill from stress or other fibro related issues

    • MatchaBunn

      746d

      I’ve definitely felt like that in the past. I still do, occasionally, but having support around you to know that it’s better for your health to take the time off of work can help. You deserve to feel good going into work, and anyone who makes you feel bad for calling out doesn’t understand. I’m going to tell you, most decent people that you work with won’t bat an eye at you calling out. They may be concerned, if anything, and often most people tell me to get better if they say anything at all. There’s a lot of good people, and hopefully your work is full of them. While you’re off, just do your best to relax and get yourself prepped to get back to work at your own pace. Focusing on the anxiety and fear just makes it harder to fully recharge, and you’ll find you need another break sooner. You’re doing your best, and I hope that you can start to feel a little more confident in taking that break when you need to!

    • k8lynt

      746d

      I hate that too. I feel like I'm failing when I have to take off for work, especially when it's mental health I'm struggling with.

    • PurpleNanny

      746d

      I'm an HR Director with Fibromyalgia and several other conditions. I use this site for staff to determine accommodations and also for myself. Job Accommodation Network (JAN) https://askjan.org/blogs/jan/2020/03/the-ada-and-managing-reasonable-accommodation-requests-from-employees-with-disabilities-in-response-to-covid-19.cfm This will help you to offer suggestions to your employer and HR Director should you need to go there. Best of luck! Take care of yourself first.

    • ReikimasterWV

      746d

      I worked as a paralegal for many years with fibromyalgia. It was high stress and I'm sure you're aware that stress will amplify fibromyalgia symptoms. I would suggest that you make your employer aware of your condition. Sometimes employers will work with you in allowing an adjusted work schedule. Also they don't want a discrimination lawsuit.

    • codacola

      746d

      Honestly, I completely get you. It's really sucky sometimes, and the guilt just makes it worse too. You aren't alone in those feelings, but just know that it isn't something that you deserve to feel guilt over. You're looking out for yourself, and that's all anyone could ever ask of you. You are doing great ☺️

    • 1Jonesy

      746d

      Feel guilty for what? Your mental and physical health should always be priority.

☝ This content is generated by our users and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision

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