The Write Up

I was written up at work yesterday for violating the attendance policy.  I hate my job, but I need it.I cited unspecified medical issues as the reason I have missed so much work. I’ve sat here debating if I should tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the days I have missed.

  • I missed a day of work because the busses weren’t running and I didn’t have $30 for the cab fare back and forth to work
  • I missed two days of work because I was in so much physical pain that it hurt to even have a blanket over me
  • I missed two days of work because I was curled up in a ball on the sofa in the dark clutching a bottle of pills trying to find a reason not to swallow the entire bottle and drift off to sleep forever
  • I missed a day of work because I laid in the bathtub covered in my own vomit the morning after I couldn’t find a reason not to swallow an entire  bottle of pills
  • I missed a day of work because the voices were so overwhelming that I sat on the floor of my bedroom closet and sliced my arm over 100 times with a box cutter to try to make them stop

I hate this job, I really do. I’ve been in the work force for 30 years and I can only think of one job I’ve had that was worse than this, but I need an income. I’ve been trying to figure out what to say at work, how much to reveal. I’m pretty sure that I may be protected under the reasonable accommodations clause of the Americans With Disabilities Act. I am however worried of revealing too much of my personal life and being branded as the mentally ill freak, or worse yet the cry baby. I’m frustrated, I’m confused, I’m worried. I don’t know what to do.



  1. I think you’d be covered, if you were to tell the truth. And if prime had a puerile with that, screw them. Besides, your boss should respect you and not tell other people. That kind of stuff is confidential, You know?

    1. I don’t think that my supervisor would spread it around, but I do think that she would look down upon me for having the issues. I’ve been there before with previous supervisors.

      1. Well that’s something you can’t help. I know it’s easy for me to say when I’m not in your position, but I really think you should tell so that you are protected by law.

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