I shouldn't have had the cheap instant pasta for lunch
June 15, 2008 9:06 PM Subscribe
How do you deal with occurrences of a chronic, non-contagious illness at work?
I have been diagnosed with IBS. I have had unpredictable stomachaches and diarrhea that led to calling in sick, and subsequent doctor visits on my part. I work in a small firm, and everyone has been very good about my going to the doctor or not feeling well. (I have avoided explaining this in detail, of course, just that I "have health issues" to do with my stomach, and that they can see doctor's documentation if they want.)
I feel fine almost all of the time now, but I do catch cramps. I can avoid times like this by paying good attention to my diet, and generally I do, but they're not totally predictable and it looks like they're just going to happen every six weeks or so.
One recent afternoon, I caught an extreme cramp in my stomach of the type that a. made me absolutely unable to get up from my chair and b. threatened diarrhea. I had a prescription medicine for pain on these occasions, and took it. But it took some time to take effect, and I was just sitting there hurting. Afterwards, I was exhausted. I gave into myself, made my excuses, went home and slept for several hours. But I felt guilty. What if it had happened on 10 am on a Monday? Worse, what if someone had come in and wanted to discuss an issue while I was obviously in pain?
How do professionals deal with episodes of being unwell when they're part of life? I'm particularly looking to avoid explaining anything more about this to anyone, ever. I am not an excuse-maker and do not want to be seen as one. Do you know what it's like to deal with something like this?
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