I’m sitting here seriously flabbergasted that this is still happening
Since my last update
The union had a phone conversation with HR whom he described as being ‘defensive’
He stated that she referenced my attendance over the last two years as a ‘concern’
He told her firmly and clearly that what she was doing was against the law and that I would NOT be submitting any doctors note and if I wanted accommodations, I would ask for it
HR made some weak comment about us not being unionized yet
Which is untrue, we are unionized but have been unable to sign a collective agreement due to difficulty with our employer
He said the call ended without HR committing to anything and said something about them consulting their lawyer
In the meantime, what do you think yours truly began to experience?
You guessed it
A flare up (for all you non MSers, new symptoms or a worsening of symptoms lasting longer than 48 hrs)
Eye pain so bad that I have to keep the lights very dimly lit
And the Scandal series we’d so happily been watching has been suspended
A flare up that your beloved author has not had the displeasure of having in approximately one year
A fucking year, people
Does this mean anything dear readers??
It means that stress is a motherfucker
Stress may have been a huge contributor to this woman’s flare up
So with tense muscles and clenched jaw, I sent an email to work including HR
I stated that I may be experiencing a flare and while I await the MS clinics call to determine next steps, I would need some time off of work
And what should I get in response?
Some pithy platitudes to get better and a request for the doctors note I was supposed to get for them on February 8th
A request for a doctors note
After being reprimanded by my union
And reminded of my human rights
Obviously I did not respond and forwarded the message to the union
But I’m seething
I want to hit something hard
I want something to break and shatter
Remember that blog I wrote only yesterday?
‘What if the term ‘MS’ was replaced with ‘Cancer’?
Imagine this then:
The cancer that you have been aware I’ve been fighting since 2013. It is possible my cancer has returned. I need some time off to deal with this.’
And your employer of over 6 years replies with some bullshit sentiments and a fucking request for a doctors note to discuss your capabilities at work.
How completely and utterly insensitive
And very unlikely
Not impossible of course
But unlikely nonetheless
Common fucking sense right?
Back to regularly scheduled MS
That desire to degrade, downplay and harass a human being?
You know the feelings they can suppress for people who have the dreaded ‘C’ word
Well that shit is right back on the table
Because, despite that MS is Canada’s fucking disease
It is, after all still
Only Multiple Sclerosis
And that apparently doesn’t warrant compassion and you know following the fucking law