2017 in a nutshell

The beginning of the year or rather the end of last year 30th December saw me sent home from work with a relapse of my long-standing illness/disability. Work were less than understanding the  writing was on the wall back in January or even before that when my manager told me that with the new sickness policy if I was to go off sick they could now get rid of me

So much for the Equality Act 2010, I was forced back to work by management in April even though govt Fit For Work said I needed to stay off, the plan for me to go back to work was that I had a parking space outside my workplace. This did not happen, Day by day on my workdays my relapse was getting worse and worse also frequent calls for me to go upstairs to see my manager for petty tellings off, at one point when I told them I was dizzy she even had the audacity to ask if I had gin in my water bottle. Totally unprofessional and said in front of the PM who neither chastised her, said anything but did laugh at the supposed joke! Great way to treat disabled staff.

In June once again I ended up off sick, this time it resulted in them dismissing me in Septemeber, I found out from an ex-colleague on social media as they didn’t bother to write to me until 4th October although my dismissal date in the letter was 22nd September , no reason was given for the delay in sending the letter out nor was there any mention of any home visits whilst I was sick even though I could not manage to get to my workplace for sickness reviews

I complained to Head Office about the way I was treated, my company have a sickness policy specific to my illness

It states parking must be given near the store, this should have been given since the day I started working for them …………..The store’s response………….they gave me one, yes I was allowed to park in the from one day before I went off sick in June ( was refused parking prior to this)

Was told by one manager that if I went off sick again he would sack me, he stated I will have no problem as I have sacked people with cancer so it won’t bother me sacking someone with an illness I have never heard of

According to the policy I should be placed near the toilets, when I returned to work I was moved away from the toilets, my managers also denied this

The policy states I should have had extra breaks this never happened since Day 1that  I started work there, in fact, some days I had to wait 4.5 hours for  a break in a 7-hour shift

I feel let down that my managers blatantly called me a liar even though I had evidence to back up the amount of walking I was doing, plus witnesses to the things that were said to me

It makes me wonder how people sleep at night……….. and why they feel the need to lie….. of course we all know it’s to cover their own backs

Many of the staff record conversations with certain managers without their knowledge, I wish that I too had followed this trend but I expected management to have the same values as me ……….. a big mistake on my part

The company I worked for strapline this Christmas was Everyone’s welcome …………..My take on this Everyone’ welcome …………..unless you’re disabled




I got sacked, I found out I got sacked on Social Media, that’s how good my company was at communication. I’m a qualified nurse, illness meant I couldn’t do that anymore, I went to work for a large supermarket chain, working on the checkout as it was a sit-down job and I could manage my illness and make money.

But management bullies stepped in. I have documented every single thing that was said and done to me I contacted senior management after I received my letter telling me of my dismissal this was 6 days after I had been told on Social Media and that person had already known for 8 days.

Senior Management called me a liar (maybe not so blatantly but that was what the email implied)  and said that management in my store said that none of the incidents I described had occurred. I just hope that Karma comes along and bites them. I have dates and times of incidents and there were other people present when the things were said at least 75% of the time.

Would you stand up to management if they knew they were calling one of your colleagues a liar and you knew those things had taken place ?



Things have happened are happening with work that I can’t really talk about and that will be a massive posting in itself when things eventually get sorted

I could do without all the stress but having said that I have to stand up for myself and other people who might find themselves in the same situation as me

Ongoing health issues

So the last 3 weeks have been pretty abysmal. I started with backpain no idea where that came from then my dog was sitting next to me cuddled up and decided to straighten herself by launching off my hip, 40kgs right into my hip bone left me screaming in agony.

Along with this I had the most awful abdominal pain, couldn’t work out what was causing it. I started eating a no dairy, no wheat , no sugar diet earlier in the year to try and alleviate the awful symptoms I was having (the tachycardia) and it actually did bring some relief

I was thinking the other night what had I changed in my diet to bring about the abdo pain and all I could think of is I had changed my coconut milk to long life instead of fresh. So I decided to google abdo pain and coconut milk and BINGO there was my answer.

“Guar gum can cause gastrointestinal problems in some people. This natural thickener is made from a legume and is almost always added to canned coconut milk and canned coconut cream. If you experience symptoms when eating these coconut-based products, check the ingredients to see whether they contain guar gum. Experiment with a guar gum-free coconut milk or coconut cream to see if your digestion is better without this thickener”

I immediately went to the fridge and yes my Coconut milk had guar gum in it the previous one did not. Reading further into it Guar Gum can actually cause intestinal obstruction if it builds up too much. I am now back on the fresh coconut milk it has taken me almost 3 weeks to shift the abdo pain it’s still there slightly but not nearly as bad as it was.

I have a hospital appointment this afternoon with the Plastic Surgeons as I have a lesion on my nose ( a squamous cell carcinoma) which Dermatology wouldn’t touch as they said it needed specialist treatment as it may be quite large 😦

After that I have a telephone consultation with Occupational Health I have been referred by work. This should be fun I can’t wait to tell them all the things that led to my 2nd relapse

End of another month

The doctor has put me off sick for another  4 weeks I don’t think I’m going to be able to return to work. I now realise that when I was off sick the beginning of the year my Managers should not have put me through a formal sickness process now that I have read the new sickness policy from September 2016 it states

This process is used for all sickness absence apart from long-term, terminal or underlying health conditions (see
the section on Long Term Absence for more information).

As my illness was an underlying health condition I should not have been called in every 4 weeks, in fact, these meetings probably had an adverse effect on my health and even from the 1st meeting I was given the date of the final meeting and told this would be dismissal I was reminded of this at every meeting,  I was referred to Fitforwork at my very first meeting , this did not bother me at all as I knew I was ill and I think my Managers were hoping Fitforwork were going to send me immediately back in …….. this, of course, did not happen and I was given a Fit note from them until mid-May. My managers not happy with this then mentioned the word dismissal again and “forced” me back to work, taking no notice whatsoever of the Return To Work programme that Fitforwork recommended. I cut my hours down myself as I knew that I could not manage the hours I was on before sickness, this has left me not paying any National Insurance not being eligible for SSP and I am now in the process of trying to claim ESA

I have had no contact with work since I have been off apart from me phoning to say I have another sick note etc

Life wasn’t easy when I did go back. I was constantly being called up to the office for one thing or another, there was a VERY long walk from the car park to my work that I really couldn’t manage due to the tachycardia and low blood pressure, were they bothered? Not at all.

I was dizzy constantly, my manager did ask me one day how I was feeling I said very dizzy, she said you haven’t got Gin in that water bottle have you…………..totally inappropriate I think, her idea of a joke? Sorry I wasn’t feeling it I felt totally humiliated by this

I really do not want to go back to work even if I had some miraculous cure overnight I feel I cannot go back to work for this company. I know I am not the only one that feels like this and I know that other people have left too because of the way they have been treated and nothing is done about it.

My pay has been wrong for the last 4-5 months I keep getting an adjustment in dribs and drabs but now finally I have the Payroll Head Office address and with the help of an accountant friend I will pursue it via that channel.

I might add that my company knew when I was taken on that I was disabled, my references also stated this. Why employ disabled people and then treat them unfairly?

Not a pleasant read I’m sure but an honest one.