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Medical Retirement

Discussion in 'Jobs and Employment' started by Roscoewalford, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. AndBreathe

    AndBreathe I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Roscoe, T2 per se isn't considered a disability, and T2 is supposed to be considered, taking into account case-by-case factors which might impact on the individual's ability to perform their job. However, I would say anyone injecting insulin to control their diabetes should be afforded the required adjustments etc.

    HR/Equality Act isn't my area of professional expertise, but I do have a decent understanding more of the HR stuff than the specialist DDA/Equality Act stuff.

    Honestly, in your shoes, and certainly as an outsider, looking in, I would urge you to take this very steadily and don't rush into any decisions. When the going gets supremely tough, and we're battle-weary, it can be easier to have the odd feelings of, "they can just stuff it", and want to carry that through, even when we know that's not the "usual us" talking. What I would really hate for you would be for you to walk away and regret it once you'd had a period of respite from the pressures.

    I would urge you to work with your employer/HR to clarify what, if any adjustments they can agree with you to allow you to re-grasp this thing by the throat, and to get your overall mojo back. It could be that a period away from work would work well, to afford you thinking time and to work out some strategies for remembering some of the things that get overlooked when it gets hectic.

    I'm sure if you went to your GP complaining of diabetes burnout he would be sympathetic; especially as you say your sickness record has been exemplary.

    Do have a think about a couple of weeks away from work to really chillax and think about it all. I'd be trying to work out where the "hot spots" are in your working day and see if you can think of ways your employer can help ease those a bit, even if it's just for a while until you can see the half filled glass for what it is. Something you have enjoyed for many years.

    It's not an easy one, and who knows? Perhaps at the end of all that thinking and planning you might feel the same about retirement, but it will be a decision not reached in a time of crisis or haste, but based on consideration and calculation of what's best for you and your loved ones.

    If you were to retire, have you considered how you would spend your time?

    I sold a business and tried to give up work. I lasted a grand total of 3 months! Yes, I had successfully sold a business and put my financial security on place, I wasn't happy with the lack of direction because the sale happened very quickly and I hadn't done my personal preparation (personal referring to my personal life, outside of work).

    After 3 months, I found myself "a little job" and ended head hunted and hungry, back into the heat of the fire. Retirement isn't just about packing up our desks and putting the briefcase to the back of the wardrobe. It's way, way more complicated on a personal level.

    I do hope that doesn't come across as any form of lecture, because that's not my intent, but the written word doesn't always convey full context.
     
  2. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    "chillax"?

    I thought you were a HR bunny from your previous posts?

    I would really suggest speaking to the union, as I think under the equality Act, many type 1's injecting insulin would be able to carry on with normal work
     
  3. AndBreathe

    AndBreathe I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    HR? Moi? Not I. I have had many interactions, over the years with HR, in my management and policy making capacity.
     
  4. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    But 'chillax'?
     
  5. Roscoewalford

    Roscoewalford Type 2 · Member

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    AndBreathe, and everyone else,

    You have been more help than I can have ever imagined.

    It maybe that I was/am in a 'rut'.

    I am ambitious and I do expect to be shouted at and abused and do and have dealt with stuff that would make your eyes water. I expect that it's my job and I'm happy to do that for the community I'm charged to protect.

    That isn't really an issue.

    It's the sense of being left on a shelf, pushed aside etc and that worries me.

    It is something that I need to challenge and will, diabetic burnout maybe a good description of how I feel. Always having to think about normal stuff all the time.

    My boss has referred me to occupational health and has asked the question, if I can still perform the role of the office of Constable?

    I'll cross that bridge later this month.

    Some great food for thought.

    Thanks again everyone, admire your strength.
     
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  6. norwaycook

    norwaycook Type 1 · Member

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    I'm coming up to 62 with the same work ethics as yourself. Been at my present job for 3 years and never been sick. But beginning to wonder how many more years I can keep this up. Very little pension funds. I'm a Head chef always on my feet beginning to get knee problems. I'll be looking for something part time soon I think
     
  7. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    Hi @norwaycook
    your job sounds quite physical , being on your feet all day in a hot kitchen.
    I do feel for you -- it is not brilliant having to work beyond your physical abilities !
    from your age it sounds as though state pension age is less than 4 years away though !!
     
  8. Osidge

    Osidge Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    @Roscoewalford people who are Type 2 and taking medication are considered to be disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act.

    A good place for advice and support is the Disabled Police Association. I was a member of, and supported the work of, the Met association when I was an officer of the Met Police Authority. They have done a lot of work on diabetes. The National association is at http://www.disabledpolice.info/?doing_wp_cron=1491944123.0761170387268066406250 Your Force may have its own association.

    Take care

    Doug
     
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