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Re: PLEASE HELP, MY JOB IS AT RISK!

Re: PLEASE HELP, MY JOB IS AT RISK!

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Posted by Roy on December 20, 1999 at 09:25:27:

In Reply to: Re: PLEASE HELP, MY JOB IS AT RISK! posted by James Bonner on December 18, 1999 at 19:11:04:

: I do not have RLS, but I have been an employer and over the years I have made special arrangements for employees schedules both short term and long term. Believe it or not, one of the most important things the employer must do to make it work is to get an agreement from your coworkers.

: Otherwise they will sabotage the whole effort.
: Both they and your employer must agree you are providing fair production or service in return for your wages and benefits. Above all it must appear fair to your coworkers otherwise the employer is stuck with a terrible morale problem if he or she appears to be giving you special privileges. For example, I don't believe they can or would agree to your wandering in whenever you please, but a later starting shift may seem fair to everyone as long as you're producing as much as other employees on the early shift. The question of course is; If you could guarentee to be in by 10:00 a.m... what makes it possible for you to guarantee that? And why could not the same behavior guarentee an 8:00 a.m. start? The problem is yours and the burden of providing a rational for the solution is yours. Try to think like those affected the employer and your coworkers. If a couple more hours sleep would solve your problem.... go to bed a couple hours ealier. Why should your employer and coworkers "correct" or "compensate" for your problem if the fix is within your own power?
: Good luck.

: I have had RLS for about 10 years now and I suffer from depression and anxiety. I started taking Zoloft 3 years ago and I've been on Ambien nightly for about 4 years. My doctor treats all of this as though it is just Insomnia and depression, but RLS has been in my family for a long time. My right leg burns, feels agitated, can't sit or lie in one spot for very long, etc, etc... I finally got referred to a rheumatologist who put me on Neurontin after he finally understood my family history of RLS and the Ehlers Danlos I inherited from my father. My PROBLEM now is once I finally get to sleep it is VERY, VERY difficult to get up in the morning and alot of times, I'm still very tired even after what seems like a good nights sleep. Because of this morning problem, I have had many problems with my jobs the last few years. I have a job now, that I really like, but even after a doctors note referring to insomnia (I didn't reference RLS, because they would never understand it) they are still giving me a hard time about getting to work early. I say early meaning 8am, but when you hardly sleep, or don't fall asleep until 3am, or are catching up for days of lost sleep 8am is early.

: : The reason I tell all of you this story, is because I'm wondering if anyone has any experience in working these issues out with an employer. I wonder if they consider these health issues a disability and if so, would it give the employee (me) some leeway. I want this job, but it adds even more stress to my ability to sleep and relax and ignore the pain, when I'm so worried about being able to get up the next morning and not be fired for being late to work?

: : PLEASE HELP! THIS IS BECOMING VERY SERIOUS FOR ME.
: : You may email me individually if you like.
: : brandi_hart@yahoo.com
Zorloft will make rls worse. If an anti depressent is necessary wellbutrin is a better choice for those with rls.



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