Has anyone ever had to approach their neurologist for a note to provide to work management / HR regarding your condition? Is this a normal request to make of a neurologist and are they okay writing such a statement?
My scenario is I have been at this new job for 5 months now, working in office. Before this, I was working from home full-time. When I was offered the job, I told my boss about my condition and that it typically doesn’t affect my work. Me taking sick days is comparable to someone with a cold.
(To be fair to myself, that is because I push myself very hard to do what I need to do — even with an average 15 migraine days a month.)
The setup here is that it’s acceptable to work from home as needed, typically when you don’t have any meetings and you have a good reason such as kids, appointments, under the weather, etc. In the last 5 months, I’ve taken 2.5 sick days, and worked from home ~14 times for migraine, plus 2 sick days and ~10 work from home days for an unrelated surgery. I feel my situation for working from home is different from the norm since it’s a chronic illness and it occurs very often. I would probably work from home a lot more if I could actually.
I’m worried that the above will make me look bad in the long run. Perhaps if my neurologist would write a letter explaining my condition and what I need during that time (dark, quiet, no odors, ice pack/heat pad, meds) then when I do need to work from home, it’s more acceptable.
My boss is in complete support of me (thankfully!) and no one has asked me for this kind of letter. I just feel like I need to cover myself for the long term. Because of a recent surgery, I’m now in the negative sick days and I know I’m not covered by FMLA. If I need to take more time off of work for migraine, I may end up being forced onto short term disability.
Anyway, I’d appreciate anyone sharing similar situations they have been in and what is the best way to approach my neurologist for this.