Back in May I started a new role at work as a site manager, and as such I wanted to impress, so agreed to take a week off after the job was completed in late september. My boss kindly agreed to pay me this week as long as I wouldn’t mind popping in to let tradesmen pick up their snags and then next week I can have a proper break, (unpaid of course).
Now as anyone who has worked in the construction trade knows, the final week of a job is the hardest. This is when the unexpected happens and anybody who might let you down, let’s you down, which is exactly what happened to me.
In that last week, I was doing 12-14 hour days, sorting out loads of problems, arguing with sub contractors, running around the south East of England for materials and certainly not eating as healthily as I would normally like.
The old me would be happy to do work like this, but the MS me knew my lifestyle that week was the perfect cocktail for a relapse, but my alternative was to tell my boss I’m going home early as I’m concerned I might relapse and the job won’t get done on time. As nice as boss as he is, I also know he is a business man 1st and as such needs reliable managers on site who will get the job done, so what did I do?
I gambled with my health!
Thursday I got to work at 6am, finished at 9pm, back again at 6am to meet the cleaners, did another 12 hour shift, getting stressed when my boss was snagging the job with me.
Anyway, the good news is the job got done and my body let me get away with it this time, but it’s a dangerous game I played and I certainly don’t want to do it again.
Is there anyone out there who has had a similar experience, or who has found a practical solution to the work and MS juggling act?