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panda_lupo
06-09-2011, 10:16 PM
Sorry, guys need to vent....................

So on Monday in the afternoon around 2:30 my eyes started to hurt and I took my glasses off and rubbed my eyes and then I guess I nodded off. I felt like my eyes were glued shut to the point where the sandman had me in choke hold and I was a goner. Well it felt like a few minutes but in those few minutes I was reported by two people at Work ha-ha. Forgive me if I sound a little crazy but I have been having a lot of difficulties at work and it seems to be getting worse.

But this is the first time I fell asleep at work, but I have had this feeling before where my body goes into hibernate mode; where my eyes start hurting and sometimes there is a headache and then my fight against the sandman begins it has happened at home a couple times where I wake up on my couch hours later not remembering how I got there. Or I have woken up on the floor and again no memory or recollection on how I got there (pretty scary).

Does this happen to anyone else?

On another note I guess my doctor deemed me to be able to work and my work told me told that even thou I have Lupus my doctor said it wonít affect my work............Like ummmmmm what the H*ll?

I donít even know what to say! Shouldnít my doctor know that even thou I can go to work, Iím still not 100 % healthy and that I struggle some days?

lovedbyHim
06-10-2011, 12:58 AM
All I can say is I fell asleep 6times going home from work one day. I live 40 minutes from my office. The lupus had me pretty done in that day. So sorry to hear it happens to you too.

steve.b
06-10-2011, 02:23 AM
yes, i do nothing and still need my papa naps.

lupus never affects work..............if you dont work to begin with.
for the rest of you, fatigue, stress, sore, run down, sick.

Nonna
06-10-2011, 03:33 AM
I've done this several times. Luckily, everyone is understading where I work, they ask if I'm ok

Gizmo
06-10-2011, 07:24 AM
Sorry, guys need to vent....................

So on Monday in the afternoon around 2:30 my eyes started to hurt and I took my glasses off and rubbed my eyes and then I guess I nodded off. I felt like my eyes were glued shut to the point where the sandman had me in choke hold and I was a goner. Well it felt like a few minutes but in those few minutes I was reported by two people at Work ha-ha. Forgive me if I sound a little crazy but I have been having a lot of difficulties at work and it seems to be getting worse.

But this is the first time I fell asleep at work, but I have had this feeling before where my body goes into hibernate mode; where my eyes start hurting and sometimes there is a headache and then my fight against the sandman begins it has happened at home a couple times where I wake up on my couch hours later not remembering how I got there. Or I have woken up on the floor and again no memory or recollection on how I got there (pretty scary).

Has anyone checked to make sure these aren't seizures? The fact that you wake up with no memory of how you got on the couch or the floor is suspicious. Also, your "warning" of eye pain and headache. A neurologist would be the person to see, but your PCP might be able to set up an EEG while you wait for an appointment. Make sure you go to the EEG with as little sleep as possible. If you are having seizures, your employer should remove your warning from your file and make accomodations for you.

panda_lupo
06-10-2011, 07:26 AM
I wish!! People understood :( even my boss was like I know nothing of lupus and I was considering sending her some links on lupus but now I dont know if she would even read it

Im going to see my Rhummy in July? Im wondering if I should get him to write another note for work? or Is that just silly?

Gizmo
06-10-2011, 07:57 AM
I wish!! People understood :( even my boss was like I know nothing of lupus and I was considering sending her some links on lupus but now I dont know if she would even read it

Im going to see my Rhummy in July? Im wondering if I should get him to write another note for work? or Is that just silly?

Does that mean you have been checked for seizures? I would certainly let him know about what is happening with you and how it is affecting not only your work buy your safety at home. He cannot ignore that.

panda_lupo
06-10-2011, 08:03 AM
No i havent been check for seizures, but i will let him know for sure! and I will keep you updated on what he says my appointment to see him in on July 7th

are the sleep spells and seizures the same thing?

panda_lupo
06-10-2011, 08:05 AM
Has anyone checked to make sure these aren't seizures? The fact that you wake up with no memory of how you got on the couch or the floor is suspicious. Also, your "warning" of eye pain and headache. A neurologist would be the person to see, but your PCP might be able to set up an EEG while you wait for an appointment. Make sure you go to the EEG with as little sleep as possible. If you are having seizures, your employer should remove your warning from your file and make accomodations for you.


May I ask what a EEG?

Angel Oliver
06-10-2011, 12:16 PM
Oh i feel for you as i did it many times and its not funny.Your doctor should be able to give you a note explaining this can happen.I have insomnia.One day i went for my break.2 hours later i woke hahahahahahaha.I felt so ill i didnt care what happened.Funny part is...noone missed me hahahahahaha and i was the receptionist.I felt better for the sleep though hahahahaha.Oh the joys of being sick.....NOT!!
love
Amanda.xxxx

panda_lupo
06-10-2011, 02:15 PM
Oh i feel for you as i did it many times and its not funny.Your doctor should be able to give you a note explaining this can happen.I have insomnia.One day i went for my break.2 hours later i woke hahahahahahaha.I felt so ill i didnt care what happened.Funny part is...noone missed me hahahahahaha and i was the receptionist.I felt better for the sleep though hahahahaha.Oh the joys of being sick.....NOT!!
love
Amanda.xxxx

Haha! Well that made me chuckle!

thanks Amanda!!

Linda From Australia
06-10-2011, 06:38 PM
Panda I wouldn't wait until July to see your Rheumy. I would strongly advise you to see your primary doctor as soon as possible, and tell him you want to have an EEG because you are at risk at loosing your job.

An EEG is:
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Electroencephalogram

The electroencephalogram (EEG) is a medical test used to measure the electrical activity of the brain, via electrodes applied to your scalp. Another name for EEG is brain wave test. EEG can help diagnose a number of conditions, including epilepsy, sleep disorders and brain tumours. A person with epilepsy may experience a seizure, triggered by the various stimuli used in the procedure, including the flashing lights.

The electroencephalogram (EEG) is a medical test used to measure the electrical activity of the brain, via electrodes applied to your scalp. This procedure is completely painless and can be performed without shaving any of your hair. EEG can help diagnose a number of conditions, including epilepsy, sleep disorders and brain tumours. Another name for EEG is brain wave test.

EEG procedure
Your hair must be thoroughly clean and recently shampooed. A number of electrodes are applied to your scalp (generally between 8 and 23, depending on the condition under investigation). A gel may be applied to help the electrodes to stick firmly in place. You will need to lie quietly to avoid any electrical interference from muscle contractions. Sometimes, you may be asked by the doctor to open and close your eyes and to breathe heavily. Lights may be flashed before your eyes. An EEG usually takes from 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Sometimes, a sleep recording is also required. If the patient is a baby or young child, it helps if the parents delay the child's nap until the time of the EEG. Sedatives (medications to help sleep) may be needed if sleep won't come naturally during the test.

Gizmo
06-13-2011, 06:50 AM
No i havent been check for seizures, but i will let him know for sure! and I will keep you updated on what he says my appointment to see him in on July 7th

are the sleep spells and seizures the same thing?

Good thing Linda is on the ball with the EEG info. I was out of town and didn't have access to a computer. IMO, the times when you wake up somewhere and don't know how you got there are definitely suspicious for seizures. But there are also seizures that cause you to blank out for a few seconds to several minutes - called absence seizures. Since your job is one the line, getting the possiblity of seizures checked out is important. Your personal safety is at risk as well as those around you if this happens when you are driving some day. I agree with Linda - go see your GP now. A rheumatologist isn't going to diagnose seizures anyway, so you'll need a speedy referral to a neurologist if the GP thinks it's worth pursing. I would push for tests - and let your employer know that you are concerned about what happened and are taking steps to find out what the physical problem is.

panda_lupo
06-16-2011, 11:31 AM
Well its officailly officail I got my warining in paper form..... YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

it seems they dont think im using my sick days for actually legimite sick days!! Hello walking on egg shells looks like im back on a search for a new Place and do this all over again =(

Peridot20_Gem
06-16-2011, 11:41 AM
Hello Amanda,

Christ mate i am sorry to hear that and it's terrible when people just don't understand.

I know you can't prove sick days if your not well but if you've had to attend appointments show them those mate if you still have them.

They'll most likely keep an eye on you now, well if you do look for another job i hope you find what you want.

((Hugzzzzzzzzz your way and sorry to hear it)) Terri xxx

panda_lupo
06-16-2011, 11:50 AM
Hello Amanda,

Christ mate i am sorry to hear that and it's terrible when people just don't understand.

I know you can't prove sick days if your not well but if you've had to attend appointments show them those mate if you still have them.

They'll most likely keep an eye on you now, well if you do look for another job i hope you find what you want.

((Hugzzzzzzzzz your way and sorry to hear it)) Terri xxx

Fortunatley i dont have appointments as my sicks days have me confined to my bed! Thanks for you hugzzzzzzzzzzzzz Terry! I apprecaite them :)

Peridot20_Gem
06-16-2011, 12:03 PM
Just look after number one mate and i really hope you manage to drop on another job if your looking for one...instead of beedy eyes on ya, so annoying.

lovedbyHim
06-16-2011, 01:18 PM
Hi Panda, I have learned the hard way to call my doctor whenever I am sick and asked if they would send me a note for being off work. I am now on FML and don't really need one, but with each time i am off for 2 or more days I get one anyway. It helps eliminate issues if you know what I mean(grin). This is such a hard thing to deal with. I truly wonder myself how long I can do this job. Hang in there! Hey your picture is great!

Gizmo
06-16-2011, 02:34 PM
Panda, I agree with Terri and lovedbyHim, you need some medical documentation before you get fired. My daughter's fiance got fired for something stupid and it was REALLY hard for him to get another job with that on his record. Have you made any progress on seeing your doctor(s) sooner than July?

I am so sorry that this is happening to you. I have been looking for a job, as we really need the income, but I'm afraid when I do get one, I won't make it through the day.

panda_lupo
06-16-2011, 03:39 PM
Hi Panda, I have learned the hard way to call my doctor whenever I am sick and asked if they would send me a note for being off work. I am now on FML and don't really need one, but with each time i am off for 2 or more days I get one anyway. It helps eliminate issues if you know what I mean(grin). This is such a hard thing to deal with. I truly wonder myself how long I can do this job. Hang in there! Hey your picture is great!

Thank you about my picture =)

and problem with getting notes is that my doctor charges 35$ a paper which is money I really dont have to begin with!!

panda_lupo
06-16-2011, 03:40 PM
Panda, I agree with Terri and lovedbyHim, you need some medical documentation before you get fired. My daughter's fiance got fired for something stupid and it was REALLY hard for him to get another job with that on his record. Have you made any progress on seeing your doctor(s) sooner than July?

I am so sorry that this is happening to you. I have been looking for a job, as we really need the income, but I'm afraid when I do get one, I won't make it through the day.

Thanks Gizmo! and I wish you the best of luck on your search!!!

As for my doctors im trying to see when they well let me get the time off (haha funny how that works eh?)

tgal
06-16-2011, 03:42 PM
Have him do a 1 page "doctors note" like they do for school. I know it is hard to come up with the 35 but it will be even harder if you can't get work again or if you don't have something so you can get disability.

panda_lupo
06-16-2011, 03:54 PM
Have him do a 1 page "doctors note" like they do for school. I know it is hard to come up with the 35 but it will be even harder if you can't get work again or if you don't have something so you can get disability.

I know!! but he filled out what 6 papers already telling them I have lupus and Fibromyaiga and that didnt do anyhting. Im sorry I know you guys are trying to help! But im sooooo frustrated!

Thank you Tgal and everyone else for talking with me and helping me!! Keep it coming!!!! i appreciate it all! I really do!!

Thank you WHL

Gizmo
06-16-2011, 03:59 PM
I know!! but he filled out what 6 papers already telling them I have lupus and Fibromyaiga and that didnt do anyhting. Im sorry I know you guys are trying to help! But im sooooo frustrated!

Thank you Tgal and everyone else for talking with me and helping me!! Keep it coming!!!! i appreciate it all! I really do!!

Thank you WHL

Does anyone know what Panda's legal rights are? I know a little bit about accommodating physical disabilities, but how does that work with "invisible" disabilities and illnesses? Have you applied for disability yet, Panda? If you have a disability lawyer (which I hear is the way to go), they should be able to help you out with this. I think they take a percentage of your disability award - but that it is much more likely to get approved the first time.

tgal
06-16-2011, 04:00 PM
Ohhh that is where I was not clear. I thought you said you had no medical backup. If he has already done papers for them (and you better have a copy) then I don't think they have a leg to stand on. Remember, I am not a lawyer but if the doc says you have Lupus and Fibro and one of the major effects of both of these is "severe fatigue" then I would think that you are covered.

Just my two cents worth though

Peridot20_Gem
06-16-2011, 04:35 PM
Amanda,

Mari's correct you know if you have no papers for attending appointments and it's through being ill at home.

Letters from your Doctor or specialist refering your fibro and Lupus is enough to cover you, as that's how it works here and i'd think it would be the same where you are also.

panda_lupo
06-16-2011, 05:29 PM
You would think I would be covered. In the paper (which i do have a copy just I put it away and now I need to find it) he acknowledges that I have fibro and lupus and he put that Iím able to work. And when my super first talked to me they said that its deemed me fit to work.

Here's what the letter says


On Monday, June 6, 2011 you were found asleep at your desk during working hours. Sleeping on the job is unacceptable. It is expected that when you attend work you will be in a condition to appropriately carry out your responsibilities. This letter serves as a warning that a repeat of such will result in more serious consequences, including a decision about your future employment.

I want to acknowledge your health concerns, and that {company's name} is willing to work with you in regards to this. If you are feeling fatigued at work, please utilize the sick room, or your banked sick time to go home.

From my perspective, it is positive that you are utilizing a trainer to help ease some of the symptoms of your illness. I hope you can reach your goal of not taking a sick day this month. As a reminder, sick time is to be utilized in case of medical/health related illness or injury that requires you to be away from work. Although we do earn 8 hours of sick time a month, it is only to be used when you are legitimately ill.

What I find funny is that I only use my sick days when Iím not feeling good. So for them to explain to me that it has to be legitimate is crap. And then they say the acknowledge my health concern but yet they tell me they are not too sure on what exactly lupus is so that is hypocritical.

steve.b
06-17-2011, 04:06 AM
i used to be a manger. i managed several different businesses.

this letter was written to cover the company, if anything was to happen at a later date.
it does not really address the problem.
it does not really provide a solution.
what it does do, is show tha tthe company has addressed an issue.
if they present three of these papers to you, they are entitled to claim you have not carried out your duties as an employee.
therefore you can be terminated without fear of reprisal.

they are covering there butts, and nothing more.

Gizmo
06-17-2011, 06:14 AM
My husband thinks that the company, under ADA, has a duty to try to accommodate your condition if it isn't a little company. What you need from your doctor is a letter stating what accommodations you need. For example, work 6 or 7 hour days six days a week, have scheduled breaks where it is OK to nap in the break room, minimize physical issues at your work station that might be increasing your pain, eliminate lifting, standing... if that increases your symptoms. If you are not able to do the job that you are currently assigned, I believe that they must try to find a position for you in the company that is within your capabilities. For your doctor to simply state that you have lupus and fibro isn't enough - he has to state specifically what your limitations are and what accommodations you need. You, in turn, should make a list for him of the things that are a problem at work and what you think could be done to help. Your doc may charge you for this. The other advantage of having him do this is that he may realize that maybe you can't work and then you can start the disability process. I am not any kind of expert, so get professional legal help if you can.

panda_lupo
06-17-2011, 07:18 AM
Thanks guys!! I will get on this this weekend, and keep you updated!!!

Peridot20_Gem
06-17-2011, 03:03 PM
Hi Amanda,

Find that letter mate to take in HUNT THE HOUSE DOWN IF NECCESSARY and here in the uk you get 3 writtens warnings, then your out on your ear, all the best mate with finding it and keep we updated please. xxx