I understand the concern about safety and well-being in my capacity as a teaching assistant. I'm planning to provide a list of prescription and non-prescription medications I'm taking.
A remark was made about my "judgement" regarding "marijuana" because I recently tried a CBD patch (overnight, not at work). How THAT became a concern for management is beyond my pay grade! They have some people working there who are alcoholic or recreational drug users! Where is any worry about any of THEIR performance or judgement?
I used 1/4 (one fourth) of a patch or approximately 2.5 mg of product overnight to test pain relief on a "normal" pain level day. There was no discernable reduction of pain and no advantage to relaxation or sleep over the 12 hour period, so the rest of the product was discarded. I never even tried marijuana in high school, for crying out loud. This is ridiculous!
I have never abused nor been addicted to any substance. I have never used tobacco products and I rarely consume alcohol (perhaps 5 drinks per year) and have not even been intoxicated since 1972. I am not taking any narcotics of any kind, except for Ambien, prescribed for insomnia and only 3 or so times a MONTH. You know... I'm beyond flummoxed. I think I'm beginning to get angry!
Fibromyalgia has not affected my attendance at work to date and I don't foresee that happening. After the fibromyalgia diagnosis, I explained to my co-workers that I am in daily, constant pain and they have expressed sympathy on days when I let them know I'm having exceptionally bad pain, but none have complained to me about any detrimental effect on my work performance. Also brought into question were my alertness, cognitive ability, strength, and reaction time in caring for children! I believe my capabilities are equal to most average 60 year old women. I don't think it's a great idea for anybody over 50 to be repetitively picking up 25 or 30 pound children.
If I could have, I'd have told them to "stuff-it" and walked out, but I need the income. Now I'm told I have to take a health form to my doctor and have it filled out and signed before I'll be considered for the next semester of work.
I should just tell the doctor to report me as disabled and see if I can get disability rather than wait for the employer to say so -- I don't want to go through all the rigamarole of bothering to keep the job when they have such a condescending view.
Should I just let it go and inform them I won't be coming back next year or stand up and fight to keep this job that I really like? Has anybody else run into this kind of thing?
Sad this evening, GrandmaD