I work in a small veterinary office where everybody knows each other well and we all talk openly about our personal lives. Earlier this week, I had mentioned to my manager that my Dr. had increased my dosage of pain medications before the weekend. I also told her that I had no issues/adverse effects with the medication change.
I was informed the following morning that I was being relieved of the responsibility/duty of performing professional dental cleanings, one that I have performed for nearly a year. I was told that it was due to the fact that I have not been as efficient as the other technicians that are licensed and have either been doing it longer/had more training. Needless to say, I was devastated. I had to leave work because I could not keep it together.
After a night to regroup, I returned to work today with a mission. I averaged time spent on this task between all technicians, only to find that I was not the least efficient worker in this aspect. With this information, I am led to believe that my employer is taking this action, not because I'm inefficient, but because I'm taking this pain medication.
In the past, when I've had an issue with a medication's side effects, I have self imposed my own restrictions. But with these new medication changes, if anything, it has helped me become more functional in the workplace.
Has anyone gone through a situation similar to this? How would you handle it? I'm absolutely livid about the whole ordeal. I want to confront my employer with the facts, but I'm afraid I'll get too emotional and shut down or blow up.