I love my job! I work in a Special Educational Needs school. I am a British Sign Language communicator and I work with a little boy who is deaf & has cerebral palsy.
My employers are the local county council so an excellent employer to be with. I am on a temporary contract until August when I will have worked there for 2 years and in that time they have bent over backwards to help me; i now work just 3 days so my family life & work life balance doesn't suffer with my health issues too much (I am married and we have 3 children).
Anyway, I had a bad flare up at the start of December and was signed off work. ( I have 4/5 prolapsed cervical discs and am in the process of seeing a neurosurgeon, having an EMG next week so NS can decide which is worse affected disc so he can fuse that 1 and perform foramenotomies on the rest. I have no idea when I will get this surgery as the nhs is so slow). I'm due back at work on the 1st of Feb.
My employer referred me to Occupational Health and I had a phone consultation with a spine nurse on Wednesday and she has decided I'm not fit for work. I told her I disagreed but she insisted I was not fit.
The thing is, my boss - the headmaster - has said to me that if I'm not able to return then he will have no choice but to replace me. I don't know how to fight it or what to do. In all honesty, I don't feel well enough to work but I'm sure most of us here are in that boat....but we want to or have to.
What can I do?? Any suggestions would be lovely, thank you.