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Meeting With Hr

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I was just diagnosed with Narcolepsy a little over a week ago. When I got the diagnosis, I had my neurologist/sleep specialist print out a copy of his report, which included his recommendation for a scheduled nap every 4 hours while I'm at work. I made a copy of the report at home, and when I went in to work that night, I sat down with my supervisor, gave him a copy of the report, and showed where the doctor had written his recommendation for a scheduled nap. My supervisor and I agreed to accomodations, and we went our merry ways.

I emailed my HR rep and asked if I needed to register those accomodations with them and if there was any kind of paperwork I needed to fill out. The response was that she would look into it and get back to me. My supervisor likewise contacted HR and sent the information I'd given him on to them--and then got lectured, by HR, about HIPAA violations. At first I thought that was silly, but I've just realized the lecture wasn't about me giving him the information--which isn't a violation because it was my choice, not his request--but was about him passing that information on to them. Anyway, he asked if I'd heard anything from HR, but I hadn't, so I emailed my rep again and asked if it would help to have a face-to-face meeting.

So, today, she's coming in early, and I'm staying a little late, and we'll meet to talk about Narcolepsy and accomodations. I've read what kind of problems a lot of people have had, so I'm kind of nervous about it. I'm also hopeful, though, because I'm not asking for much in the way of accomodations. Every 4 hours, I go down to my car and take a 20 minute nap. Unless it would be unsafe to do so (temperatures below freezing, severe storms, etc.), and then I'll use an empty office in our area. Frankly, though, I prefer my car. For one thing, it's quieter, and for another thing, I have a pillow and blanket, and I can curl up on the back seat instead of leaning my head on my arms on a desk.

So ... keep your fingers crossed for me! I'm really hoping for a nice, relaxed, calm meeting. I'm not very good at confrontation ... or, rather, I'm much too good at confrontation and not at all good at keeping my temper and keeping my mouth shut when it comes to one.

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Well, that was nowhere near as bad as I'd feared! Explained what I'd worked out with my supervisor, and the HR rep accepted it. No paperwork or anything. The main point of the meeting was apparently to tell me that if I have any other issues or need to change my accommodations I should come straight to her and not to my supervisor. Se said that's so the supervisor doesn't think about the Narcolepsy when it comes time to make decisions about job changes or schedule changes--like deciding to put me on day shift, which would mean losing a significant shift differential. I can understand that. Even if he didn't MEAN to think about it, it would still be there in the back of his mind.

So relieved!

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