I have had migraines for 16 years now. They have escalated into chronic migraine since April of 2017. I frequently have to wear sunglasses and headphones while working, and I have at least 2 days/month where I either cannot go in, or have to leave early. My criteria for staying home is basically “if I can see well enough to safely drive, I can work.”
I had to discuss my migraines with my supervisor to get her to sign my FMLA paperwork. My problem is that she now brings my “headaches” up at team meetings. The context is usually along the lines of, “If you are having a headache, you don’t have to do x…” She also brought up my migraines during a review for a promotion I was up for. She said she wanted to make sure that the time was right for my promotion “especially because of [my] headaches.”
I genuinely feel that her comments are coming from a place of concern for me as a person. However, I am really uncomfortable with her voicing her concern in front of my coworkers. Also? I don’t have “headaches.” I have a chronic neurological disease, for which I am under the care of an entire platoon of specialists.
Has anyone else had this problem? I’m not at all sure how to deal with this. Any advice is appreciated.