I have been back at work for 2 days after having 2 days off last week and during that time my boss has been pushing me for a prognosis on my recent attack of suspected Optic Neuritis. I had two days off 6 months ago for the same thing.
I never disclosed the fact that I had myelitis when they employed me 8 months ago and have hidden the symptoms pretty well. I had to use my stick one day but blamed it on back problems.
My boss has been really insistant that I need to let them know when I am likely to be off work and I have tried to explain that it is impossible to tell and that I may never have another attack again or could have one tomorrow. I am back at the eye clinic again tomorrow for a check up and when I go in on thursday he wants answers.
Prior to this happening, I was looking at a possible promotion but I feel like now they are being really unsupportive now.
I am seeing neurologist on friday for results of loads of tests on friday. He has been my consultant for 8 years. I have always only had a clinically isolated attack of myelitis but the ON triggered all the tests… and now I have had a 2nd attack it looks as though I may well get an ms diagnosis (although I am living in denial until friday).
Problem is that I didn’t divulge my illness at the start of my employment and as they are only a small firm any time I have off sick will impact them. I feel convinced that they will dismiss me like my previous employer on ill health grounds.
I love my job and although I get exhausted after the 3 days I work I still manage it and want to continue doing it. Have I shot myself in the foot by not telling them? Is it better to be honest and fill them in? What rights do I have if any after only 8 months of employment?
I feel sick with worry because it took me a long time to get back into work after dwp decided I was fit to work (they didnt care about the impact on my family life and trying to keep on top of housework etc as a single parent to two boys). Now I am scared I am going to be chucked on the scrap heap for the 2nd time.