How do I get them to understand

The other day, I was called into my bosses office for a quick review of my work. I work as a floating secretary in a large law office. The comments were mostly good but one really irritated me. One person said that I was not enthusiastic and that I had a bad attitude.


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When I have a migraine or a really bad headache, it shows all over my face because I am squinting under the stupid fluorescent lights or I’m yawning because of it. I was chastised about my absences or because I will wear ear phones in one ear to block the noise .

They don’t understand that just about every single day I am in some type of pain and am trying to pretend that I am not. I only miss work when the pain is unbearable or I can’t move because of the nausea. I don’t know what to do. It is so hard to get people to understand how debilitating migraines can be. They think just pop some Advil or Excedrin and keep it moving. It isn’t that easy.

What can I do?

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