I think this site is mainly US-based but maybe someone can give me some pointers.
Short story is - I've been ill since the start of April and a few weeks ago was diagnosed with cerebellitis. I've been going to work throughout, because a) I'm a workaholic and hate being off, b) I've always been a sportswoman and have a "play through the pain" mentality, and c) most importantly, I work in law, and if I'm not at my desk my clients end up paying the price.
My medical certificates (needed for the handful of days I was off) basically say I should have been off work from April to October (at least).
Anyway, I've had a "bad day" that feels like it's lasted a couple of weeks now. I'm considering asking my notoriously unfriendly and unhelpful HR department if I can switch to 4 day weeks, to at least give myself another day of sleep to recuperate a bit.
Problem is while I think I can manage my caseload like this, what I can't do is manage my finances - 4 day weeks would also result in a 20% pay cut. So I'm wondering what potential benefits may be available to me. I haven't really looked into it out of a stupid pride thing, but I'm opening up to the idea that I flat out need them.
As I am now, I can't walk any length and can only get the bus to work a couple of days a month (relying on door to door lifts) because I'm so tired and have gait disturbances. As a result I'm pretty much housebound at weekends too. My mother (who is herself in her 70s) drives me just about everywhere, and her and my co-workers don't like me walking anywhere alone (even when I can).
There isn't consistently enough strength to make or even eat proper food all the time - I've been on McDonalds the last couple of days because I feel like I don't have the strength or co-ordination to use a knife and fork (and I feel pathetic for even saying that, heh).
I haven't even properly washed in a few days because I'm not sure I could get in or out of the bath, and I know I couldn't stand long enough to have a shower. (I've also injured my head a couple of times in the shower, so the whole thing just stresses me out.)
My memory (mainly short term) is so poor right now and for the last while that almost everything at work takes twice the effort.
Anyway - from my limited understanding of benefits, I gather that there is a limit with some as to how many hours can be worked. Can anyone point me to anything I would be eligable for on a 4 day (28 hour) week? I kinda feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. Keep working a full week, have enough money to live, and feel like I'm dying . . . or cut time, feel a bit better, and starve to death. Heh.