For the most part I think it's been minimal, except when I've been on leave. I've had one summer I had to see fewer patients in outbuildings, although nobody really listened to that restriction. I've been moody of course, and tired and haven't handled every situation well. But I've also made sure that the major things were ok.
I have an assistant who has MS. I've not been told this, but she left a doctor's note about it sitting around on her desk and I have to get things off her desk frequently. She has only been there a few months. And she misses a LOT of work, often a few days at a clip. Last week she missed every day. I worked 55 hours last week. Which is good because I need the money, but at the same time I'm now dangerously tired.
I'm very confused by this. I'm all for people with disabilities working. I'm also for being realistic. If I had to miss that much work I wouldn't be doing it. First and foremost it is totally unfair to the patients who don't get seen, and the treatments they get are not the best. Second, it's unfair to me because it means I have to work far too much. Third it is unfair to other staff who have to absorb things she's not done/can't do.
I was told by my state's vocational rehabilitation services people that I should quit working. My doctors disagreed and I ignored them and it turned out to be right for me. But I am left thinking now about when you need to stop. I can't feel supportive of her working when she is gone at least every other week for at least a day. My suspicion is that they'll replace her when they find someone. Which is too bad. But accomodations don't mean only working 75% of the time.
So I find myself very torn. I know what it is to want to work when you can't. I've done it time and time again. And yet I've always removed myself from the situation when need be and done so in a way that the patients and co-workers weren't stranded.