I currently have some ongoing health problems for which I've been getting passed from waiting list to waiting list courtesy of the NHS since before Christmas...you may have seen me whinging on here before, because I'm an appalling patient and am finding it all very frustrating! To sum it up, at some point - most likely after the summer holidays now - I'm going to need two separate operations on my feet for an orthopedic issue (about 6 weeks off work each time), plus surgery for uterine fibroids which will either be a minor op with a couple of weeks off work or a full hysterectomy with 6 weeks or more out of action. This is obviously all going to add up to some fairly significant blocks of time off work next year, and I've already forewarned my HoD and the HR manager at school. Until recently I've been doing OK at work despite being in some discomfort and needing a wee all the time, but since shortly before Easter all of my symptoms seem to have been getting worse and I'm in more pain than I was before. I have no energy as I'm not sleeping very well due to annoying pains and needing to go to the loo at night, and I think that being in constant discomfort and having to take painkillers every day is just draining me. I've never been in a situation like this before, I've obviously had absences for short illnesses like flu but I don't really know how to go about dealing with having ongoing problems that I know aren't going to get treated for at least another term. I'm certainly not so unwell that I can't go to work, but I'm definitely nowhere near my usual standard and I'm really struggling to teach all day and get all of my marking and planning done. I don't know if there's any point discussing it with anyone at school because I can't think of anything they could reasonably do to solve the problems so I feel like I'd just be going along and saying "hey, I'm not very good at doing my job at the moment!", plus I'd have no idea who to approach. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions? I really don't know if there's anything I can reasonably do or if I'm just going to have to stick it out!