Category Archives: relationships with colleagues

Here we go again: another EAP backlog

The last week has been fairly trying. It started off last week with me eating something that would normally not be a problem, but that obviously was not OK for me to eat so far into the treatment cycle: vegetarian … Continue reading

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50 shades of fatigue?

Sometimes I find it hard to explain the fatigue I experience to other people so that they can understand why I have so much trouble working consistently. It’s not just being tired, like feeling tired after a long day. The … Continue reading

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Just try harder

One of the things I hate very much about having a chronic/intermittent illness is that I can’t predict when I’ll be well enough to do the things I’d said I’d do or that I’d like to do, and when I’ll … Continue reading

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Sometimes I’m OK!

I went on a holiday a few weeks ago. It was the first actual holiday I’d gone on in years. I’m lucky to have a boss who understands┬áthat a) my horrible attendance isn’t something I have control over, b) everyone … Continue reading

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Sick leave: just do it, America!

OK, I live in Canada, but I like the trend toward mandating employers to provide decent sick leave, even for contract workers, that’s gathering momentum in the USA. Several large companies, including Microsoft, are in favour of it. People are … Continue reading

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Crohn’s and work: ongoing stress, flexible schedules

It’s been a while, but I’ve found some time in between rushing to get work done, getting sick, dealing with the backlog, etc. to be able to post again. First, some more stats, because I know we all love stats: … Continue reading

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Toilet talk

I’m interested in linguistics and communication in general, so it makes sense that I spend a certain amount of time thinking about the kinds of things that Crohn’s makes it imperative to discuss. At the same time, I didn’t grow … Continue reading

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“Sickness presenteeism”

Well, I learned a new term: “sickness presenteeism.” This is, as you have probably guessed, the phenomenon of people going to work sick when they really should have stayed at home. And people who come to work sick not only … Continue reading

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New stats!

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada just released a report on the Impact of Inflammatory Disease in Canada. Pages 47-49 in particular, which deal with the costs of medications and their burden for patients with Crohn’s, and pages 53-57 … Continue reading

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Crohn’s and the job hunt

This economy is not great for job hunting, and that’s a fact for pretty much everyone. But for people with disabilities, it’s even more daunting to find a suitable job. There are several issues at play.┬áDavid Onley, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, … Continue reading

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