I have been jumping through hoops, little ones, big ones, flaming ones, to get my bathroom breaks for work approved. Yeah, you heard me.
I work in a call center. We are on the phones ALL day, and bathroom breaks come out of your stats, making it more difficult to do well. So, being pregnant and peeing ALL THE TIME, you can apply for special leave to go to the bathroom, unpaid. Yeah, again, you heard me. I have to clock out to pee.
Anyway, when I still had FMLA left, they didn't care how often or anything, no worries. Now that I am out of FMLA, I had to refile, this time as an "accomodation". I got a letter yesterday telling me they needed more information from the doctor, specifically:
"Please have your health care provider indicate...the total estimated frequency (how many) and duration (how long) of restroom breaks that you may require each day."
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME????
So I dutifully trucked myself into the doctor's office this morning, and presented the letter to the receptionist, who looked at me and said, "Are they serious???" She in turn, tracked down the OB in charge of paperwork today, who said the same thing, and then called them. After speaking with them she came to find us.
She basically said, "What do you want me to put down, what is okay to approve."
LOA IDIOTS: "We can't tell you that."
OB: "I'm supposed to know how often my patient has to go pee-pee when she's pregnant and guzzling fluids per our instructions?"
LOA: "You just have to fill out the form."
OB: "Then how many times do you think it is appropriate for her to have to go pee-pee a day?"
LOA: "We can't tell you that."
You get the idea. This apparently went on for about 10 minutes, she tried to get someone higher up the chain, who wouldn't speak with her. And she refused to say "urinate" and kept saying "pee-pee" to point out the ridiculousness of the request.
So, the new request has been faxed, which I'm sure will get turned down again. Blah, blah, blah, blah.
I wanted to HUG this woman today. Props to Wendy the OB for giving them hell. Here's hoping I get approved and don't get docked for all my potty breaks for the last month. Sigh.
Time to go pee-pee.