Does your asthma force you to have to take time off from work?
I'm very blessed in that my job is a telecommute job, so I can work from home and "hack, hack, hack" away with no one complaining.
It wasn't just the really bad "flare" days that were a problem, either. When I worked a "public job," especially in an office setting, sometimes all that coughing would make people look at me like I was a Typhoid Mary, and my bosses would sometimes send me home. And that doesn't count
- the extra doctor's appointments, or
- the times when, even if I felt like I could work when I got there, I felt absolutely too wiped out to be behind the wheel of a car, or
- when I'd get a migraine from having to use my inhaler or a neb.
A study on said this:
Compared with patients without asthma, patients with asthma experience significantly higher direct medical costs and, although modest, significantly higher work loss. Treatments or interventions that prevent or reduce asthma symptoms may have a beneficial effect on medical costs and work absenteeism.
So how do you juggle work and asthma? Do you have an understanding boss? Can you work from home if you have to?