On Wednesday I met with work to discuss my sickness and how things were going. I had been dreading this meeting as I was worried about the response I would get to the reasons why I had needed to take time off work. However, despite this being a formal sickness meeting my manager was very supportive and understanding. She made me feel at ease straight away and listened to everything I had to say. I even felt comfortable enough to open up to her about my OCD and how it can effect me – something I had always been too afraid to do in the past.
It was a massive weight off my shoulders and I feel very lucky to be so well supported by my work. I know that many employers are not so sympathetic, especially towards mental health related problems. I am hoping that this will start to change now that mental health is becoming much less of a stigma and is currently prominent in the media. I really hope that the campaign to increase funding for mental health illnesses in England is successful.
The work in my house is continuing to go well and the dry rot experts are due to start work on Tuesday. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to it, but I will be very glad once it’s done. I can’t wait to finally clean our house and get it back to some kind of order!
I had some very sad news this week. One of my work colleagues passed away very unexpectedly. She was only in her 40’s and she was always such a fun person to work with. I will always remember her taking the time to ask how I was when I returned to work after my long period of sickness. I was so shocked and saddened to hear what had happened. More than ever it has made me realise just how precious life is and never to take it for granted.