Okay, I know I had mentioned before (I think in the parenting agreement thread) about NCP taking turns with CP about calling out of work when kids are sick... and someone mentioned it should really all fall to the CP because it's part of the deal...
Here's the situation. Both of my kids have medical things going on. DD was diagnosed with asthma last month and is suffering a lot of secondary sinus infections due to that with allergies. Anytime she is running a fever, I have to call out of work.
DS is a preemie and at high risk for respiratory issues. He was just hospitalized this past weekend with pneumonia. (he is doing okay now, came home Sunday night, still sick, but is able to be home)... but docs told me straight out he is at high risk to end up in the hospital pretty much everytime he gets sick, which will be often the first few years of life.
I have already exhausted nearly a week's PTO time and we are only on the third week of the year. I only have 3 weeks PTO a year. I have zero FMLA time left because of being out with pre-e, and then the "maternity" part of that time, and some extra time since DS was in the NICU.
I had a meeting today with HR to see if there were any other accomodations for someone in my position... because basically once my PTO time is gone (which I forsee happening by the end of the stupid cold season)... I will lose my job with only a couple more call-offs. There is no way two weeks is going to be enough PTO time to get me to next year at the rate I'm having to use it for my kids.
HR flat out said it's still an attendance issue, regardless of circumstance and they have already terminated people in my situation. Lovely....
If I lose my job, I have no way to pay my bills. I'm searching for various telecommute jobs now, but nothing is really popping up.
I just am not sure what to do here... If STBX and I were still married... we'd take turns calling off work... so why should it be different now?
I know I've waffled back and forth about keeping my job or not, but I'm solidly in the camp of wanting to keep it at the moment because of how crappy the job climate is. I'm really afraid of not being able to find a job again if I lose this one.