I had been toying with the idea of telling my bosses about our fertility treatments lately, and yesterday when a friend blogged about the same thing I knew it was time to pull the trigger. Our treatments and appointments don’t interfere with my work schedule much, because thankfully our RE’s office is in the same city….but it’s a bit much on a week like this week where I have 3 doctor’s appointments, I had an ultrasound yesterday morning, I’ll have another ultrasound Wednesday, then probably my IUI Friday.
I’m pretty sure my bosses will be more than understanding. My workplace is flexible and accommodating, but I think by being honest with them I will be less stressed on days I have appointments about missing time. Currently I just get anxious about taking time off, I don’t want them to think I’m abusing the system or anything like that. No, I definitely didn’t HAVE to tell them anything except that I have doctor’s appointments, but I just felt like being honest would alleviate some stress on my part. And during this very stressful time if I can do that I think it’s a good thing to do.
One of my bosses came into my office this morning. He said, “I got your email, and I wanted to let you know I’m rooting for you. If you need ANYTHING just let me know. Don’t worry about the time for your appointments, just take care of yourself”. This really made me feel so much better, and I’m happy with my decision to “come out of the closet” with my bosses, I know they won’t tell anyone else in the office. I just wonder if the other 2 will be awkward around me from now on, or if they’ll say something too.
How has infertility affected your job?