I was looking at my sick days for the year the other day and counted them all up. I am sitting at 18 days in the last year. 16 days of that are arthritis days. That doesn't include days I took vacation days rather than sick days. It's time to face the music and start thinking about applying for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). I haven't done much research on it yet. Honestly I have been stalling hoping it wasn't going to be a reality. One of those if you ignore it, it doesn't exist kind of things, but unfortunately it does exist.
I talked to a friend the other day who has Chron's disease. She suggested I look into FMLA. She is on it, and said it offers a level of protection against being discriminated against at work because of your illness or disability. It kind of feels like giving up to admit I am at the point that I need to go on FMLA, but the truth of the matter is I am at that point. So Thursday when I go to see my Dr I am going to have him help me fill out the paperwork. I am going to give in.
I wish I didn't have this decision to make. I've known it would come to this at some point. Just as I know the day will come when I can't work. It doesn't make the path any less rocky when you know those rocks are waiting for you to climb over them.
I guess it's time to start doing that research. Let the fun begin!