Hi. I've tried looking on other threads but can't find anything that addresses my specific query.
I have a rotten ear infection. It's really flared up since Friday when I had my ears syringed; think that the syringing may have irritated my inner ear, I always have flippin' problems with them (freakishly small ear canals, always getting blocked, etc). Anyway, I can't sleep, I am 36+2 and at work for another week and a half before starting mat leave. I feel miserable; the pain is rapidly spreading from my ear into my jaw/head on that side and it's agony if I accidentally roll onto it in the night. I am going to make a doctor's appointment this PM to (hopefully) get some antibiotics, but this probably won't be until much later in the week. I haven't had a decent night's sleep since Saturday and I was sleeping like a log before then.
If I were to take a couple of days sickness absence, would that trigger my maternity leave, even though it's completely non-pregnancy related? Is there a national standard, or would it depend on my employer?
Its the last 4 wks before you are due but your employer may well have an odd way of counting weeks. Mine rather helpful wrote to me and told me what that date was off(more like 5 weeks before due date)
diploddycus You'll be fine at 25 weeks, I think it only applies from week 36/37 onwards.
Nottalotta Thanks. I'll speak with the doctor when I have my appointment (god knows when that will be! I'll make one this PM). I'm literally doing nothing at work at the moment anyway, all my handovers, etc. are done ready for my mat leave and it's SOOOOOO quiet at the moment I don't think they'd exactly miss me! Just feels a bit pointless sitting here in agony when I could be quietly convalescing and catching up with some sleep during the day at home.
It's only after 36 weeks AND if it's pregnancy related so you'll be fine. There are some conditions that are debatable e.g. bad back, but I think they'd have difficulty arguing an ear problem is pregnancy related.
Couldn't get a doctor's appt til next Tues but fortunately I saw MW this pm for a regular check and she managed to get it moved for me to tomorrow at 2pm...THANK CHRIST. If anyone has any tips on how to manage the pain until the antibiotics kick in I'm all ears! ('Scuse the pun).
Paracetamol is the only thing I can take but it doesn't touch the sides...