Working with a Chronic Illness

Posted by karina77 @karina77, Apr 7, 2019

I am 17 years old and have a job! I work 2 days a week for 4 hours. I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Orthostatic Intolerance. My illness has made going to work and working incredibly hard. My mind and body have a hard time keeping up with everyone and everything going on. I have called in more than a few times due to this, which has upset my manager. I understand how inconvenient it can be to have someone call in. But I never know when my symptoms are gonna flare up and when I’m not gonna feel well. I talked with my manager and she was a bit cold about the whole situation and called me unreliable..she then called back apologizing. What can I do about this! I need to work to make money! But my health isn’t the greatest either! My manager isn’t to happy! Is there any chance my specialist at Mayo could make a list of accommodations I could have for work? I just need some thoughts and advice on how to deal with work!

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Karina you are such a Wonderful Spirit for your age. Many young people choose drugs or other avenues. As someone else said on this thread you have to be your own advacate! As you did with your doctor at the Mayo sometimes Special people come along when you need them. Hang in there and keep us posted. Once you understand the issues you can better work them out. And that works in reverse also. I have learned just talking to you and others on this thread. You are never to old to alwasy learn!

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