What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Michigan
I don't really have one question I guess. I just don't know where to post this online for help and advice. Please bear with me and my lengthy message. Please, if anyone can offer any help, I would be very grateful.
About a year and a half ago, I was moved to a different location for work. My office is enclosed. I am in the I.T. department and my office is restricted. I also have 3 air conditioners blowing into my office to keep the systems cool.
Right above me is the smoking area. Next to my office are cubicles. When I am out working on those PC's, I can smell the cigarette smoke from above and after 10-15 minutes it starts to bother me. My eyes burn and my throat hurts are the main symptoms. I also have to go to a network closet that is located IN one of the smoking rooms. On average, I have to go in there daily. I am thinking this daily exposure to second hand smoke is causing major health issues for me and I just don't know what to do.
It hit me just the other day that the AC units are constantly blowing that second hand smoke into my office. They are blowing in from the cubicle side of the office. Which is where I know for a fact that the smoke gets to that area. I am in my office a lot. Sometimes all day.
Since I have been in this office, I just can't stay healthy. Every sick day or vacation day has been used for sickness. And my symptoms never really go away. I've basically been sick for a year and a half now and am so very tired of it. I have spoken to others that worked out of this office and they too could not stay healthy. Everyone who has worked out of this office was always sick.
My symptoms include: fatigue , weight problems, cold intolerance, depression, irritability, slight memory loss, trouble concentrating, decreased libido, constant post nasal drip, my nose is always plugged up, headaches, need I say more?
Before I go any further, I do have a nasty case of sinusitis. I had a CT scan and I guess I'm completely plugged up now. I am seeing a doctor for this and it looks like I'll need surgery to clear it all up.
I am also having some stomach issues that are looking like an ulcer. I just had some tests this past weekend, so I should know more once I talk to my other doctor.
To elaborate on my symptoms; I know for a fact that smoke is causing my fatigue. I went to the casino this past weekend with my brother. We were only there for about an hour or so, but that smoke was just killing me. It bothered my eyes and throat, but the main thing is it made me so tired. For nearly two days, I just could not fully wake up. I just couldn't stay awake.
I know my office is cold becuase of the AC units. But even when I turn one off and wear my jacket plus wear long sleeves, I'm still cold.
I hate to say I have depression, but I'm realizing more and more that I do. I just don't care anymore. I have no drive right now. No drive at work to do work. No drive at home. Hell, I've even lost my sexual drive.
I have been noticing more and more that I'm getting more irritable and less patient.
Memory loss is a hard one to describe. I do forget simple things. And I'm also having problems concentrating at times.
Been popping Advil like they are M&M's at times it seems. I know I shouldn't take them too much and I try not to. But on average I need to take two Advil on a daily basis at the very least to help.
I have a doctor's appointment Monday and will be speaking to him about all this. I just can't take it anymore. Something needs to change. I did some research and found that smoke can cause "hypothyroidism", and I seem to have a lot of it's symptoms. The more I think about this, the more scared I get.
I do believe that it is my workplace that causing most if not all of my health issues. I'm not a "sue happy" person. And I don't know if I really want to go that far. But if my employer IS responsible, then I do feel they should be held responsible.
It would be nice to find a new job, but I can't. There are no jobs here right now. I can't just quit my job. The job market sucks. I have a mortgage. I just need help! I don't know what to do anymore. But something needs to change.What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?