Thankful for Work
Well, actually I’m more thankful this week for the total understanding and support of my manager and workplace.
I finally returned to work on Monday, three weeks after my suspected TIA.
I was worried about how it was going to go. For one thing I wasn’t sure how I was going to cope. I still feel mentally fragile and I didn’t know what I was going to come back to work-wise.
I also wasn’t certain how work would view my recent absence. I knew they would be concerned but I wasn’t sure how I was going to slot back in and whether they would support my necessary need to alter my work/life balance.
Most of all, I was anxious about how my experience would colour other’s view of me. Let’s face it, who wants to be the one who has a potentially dodgy brain? Or who wants to be seen as the manager who can’t handle stress?
I know I don’t, even though both those statements are potentially true.
However, my colleagues and managers have been so very supportive since I returned on Monday. I was given time on Monday to get on top of emails and get up to speed on everything that had happened during my absence.
I was also able to get all the awkward questions out of the way with my colleagues. Actually, the awkward stuff lay with me. It’s not exactly easy to come out and tell your work mates that you’ve had a suspected stroke. They were understandably shocked. But I’m glad they know.
On Tuesday I met with my manager to discuss my needs and my workload. The upshot of the discussion was that I will be having a day off each week to give myself a chance to relax and manage my life. For the next few weeks I’ll also be able to work from home a couple of days a week to help me get back into the swing of things.
This is more than I ever hoped for. I wanted a day away for my own mental and physical wellbeing but to also be able to avoid the stress of my daily commute for a few days a week, that is just wonderful.
I am so thankful and grateful for their understanding and support so far. I have given my workplace nearly 20 years of my life. It’s comforting and, to be honest a relief, to know they are there for me now.
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