Taking time off to focus on health

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-11-20 05:43:57 -0600
Started 2014-11-14 04:28:00 -0600

Recently I've been getting back on track with my treatments. I've been to my family doctor and my diabetic specialist. Both of them have urged me to take stress or medical leave from work for at least a month. So I can adjust to my new treatment plans and lifestyle change.

Sometimes I feel like yes, this is hard. Balancing a new lifestyle and handling the stress if my job. But in the other hand, everyone body does it everyday. Am I just a baby. Or is it legitimate, and normal to need to not work, and focus on health. And if it is legit, how does being at home all day help you with your health? I'm a workaholic, so I just done understand.

4 replies

sandyfrazzini 2014-11-20 05:43:57 -0600 Report

I would suggest that you get information on the family medical left act or FMLA it is paperwork that your doctor completes for you that can protect you in your job and can help reduce some of the stress related to taking time off. I don't think I would take a full month off, maybe two weeks and then the next week come back part time so you can ease back into things. Remember that stress is so bad for your diabetes and your boss is not looking out for you or your health and your doctor is not paying your bills either so you have to do what is right for you. Just take a minute for yourself and breathe, think about how time off would affect you and your family and also your job, in the long run you will do what is right for your health. The best of luck to you.

RosalieM 2014-11-16 12:32:28 -0600 Report

You are not a baby. I had to come to that same conclusion myself in the last few months. I pumped so much adrenalin trying to keep up with it all, I work for myself, that when I had to back off and take time off, my blood sugar dropped
quite a bit. My diet has not changed, my stress level has.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2014-11-15 21:21:13 -0600 Report

Because you are a workaholic you need to take the time to focus on yourself as your doctors have suggested. Diabetes is a hard disease to understand and until you really get everything ironed out with your daily management and get to place that you are comfortable with AND are healthy you should give as much of your attention as you can. Not everyone is able to take time off to focus on their health. But they should. So if you are able to you will find it can do wonders. Then once you get in control it will be much easier to stay in control once you go back to work.

GabbyPA 2014-11-14 08:45:45 -0600 Report

Ah, the workaholic makes it all click. Perhaps it would be good if you can get some time off to focus on you and not work. I know when I was working at one point I was putting in 96 hour work weeks. Yes, I lived it and it ruled me. I liked doing it, but when those kinds of hours started to show up, it started to scare me.

I don't do that now, but I do work 7 days a week all year pretty much. Not full days all the time, but I am always doing something that revolves around work. So I get the concept of taking time to focus on different things.

If you have a boss that will allow that kind of medical leave and you can keep your job, I would go for it. It can be a lot of fun to do. I have taken a week to do it, but not longer, and I would really like to do that sometimes. Just get away from everything and teach myself to take good care of myself.

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