Good evening all I am new here and in desperate need of advice. A couple of months ago I got diagnosed with a heart condition (a type of arrythmia). It occurs very randomly and the episodes can last from a few minutes to an hour. I've ended up in hospital a couple of times and it's all been very frightening. I was quick to tell my school about it as was worried about t happening while I'm teaching. They seemed good about it initially and I reciprocated by keeping them updated on the medical developments etc. Since September I've had quite a few episodes, medical appointments and various medicines I've been tried on. My recent cardiologist appointment confirmed that the condition isn't being controlled very well by medication and as such I'm recommended for a surgery (catheter ablation) that will likely take place before the summer holidays and should fix the problem for good. I've had a total of 11 days absence since September, all due to the heart problem (which I believe amounts to a disability).When the episodes do happen they are pretty frightening and i am left completely exhausted. My most recent absence was 4 days last week (due to another episode and then attending hospital appointments). I met with my line manager and HR on my return, explained that I was being recommended for the surgery and that this should fix it and I also asked whether it would be possible for them to make some adjustments, such as moving a couple of my lessons so that I can start a little later as a lot of my arrythmia attacks are triggered by tiredness and sleep deprivation. HR said they would talk to SLT and get back to me and it was great to have me back etc. This was 2 days ago. Then at lunch today I got an email from HR saying due to my continuing absences and the impact on students they are invoking a formal absence management procedure and I am to come for a formal meeting in a couple of weeks time. None of this was mentioned on Monday so I've had a bit of a meltdown and haven't been able to think about anything else since. I am terrified of what's going to happen. I have no control of when these episodes happen. I've always made sure I set cover work, communicate with school etc. I now feel like they want to punish me for having a heart condition I was wondering if anyone has any experience of absence management with a condition that qualifies as a disability? Can they try to get rid of me? Does the fact that I have this possible surgical resolution scheduled change much? Should they be giving me the adjustments I have asked for? Should I be worried? I am thinking about contacting my union and taking a rep with me to the meeting. Will this show up on my future reference when I apply elsewhere? It's all been a massive shock to me and I didn't see it coming. I've had some issues with SLT in the past (not due to my actions) and have minimal trust in them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.