Dear Forum Readers,
This is my second post having tested the waters on 5 September (From regular to MS in two months… http://www.mssociety.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=1273#p3499 )
Thank you for the warm welcome and helpful advice I received then. I have lurked since and life is returning to normal and with it some questions.
I returned to work three weeks ago on a phased return. The first two weeks I eased myself back into work and in the third completed a normal working week. My initial symptoms have improved greatly over these three weeks and a stranger wouldn’t know I had been ill. Some symptoms remain but they aren’t prominent and only have a minor effect on my day-to-day activities.
I’ve not told my employer but plan to once I have something official in writing. My employer has been understanding and although I can continue as before believe they’ll be open to changes in my working practice or routine if necessary to ensure they get the best out for me with the least amount of disruption.
Is there any advice out there on how to manage the employer/employee relationship. Should you tell if you don’t need to? Does a diagnosis provide any protection for future episodes or medical commitments?
I’m due to meet an MS nurse for the first time next week. Is there anything I should ask of the nurse, such as a contact email address or arrange follow up appointments? Or should you just wait until you need help and wait for an appointment?.
I am meeting with a doctor from the disease modifying drugs section the following week. The nurse says they’ll (the nurse) arrange an appointment soon afterwards to talk about whatever arises from the disease modifying drugs appointment.
Finally my GP’s practice has invited me to have the annual flu jab. I’ve never had flu, not the proper one, or a ‘old style’ cold. Is it wise to have one or do all active patients get sent one automatically?