I am coming to the conclusion that working with a toxic co-worker actually does make your migraines worse. Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the water, the evil June Cleaver lady has been seated by me again. Now my stress levels are elevated, thus giving me a lot more pain at work. I think the stress of dealing with her is not helping my head one bit, and it makes for a tense atmosphere for the entire day. I can actually feel the negative energy radiating off her.
I feel like I have to defend myself against her comments when all I want to do is just sit there and do my job. Chronic pain vs a difficult work personality do not mix. Also, I'm not sure if the chronic pain makes me more sensitive as well. Here are some examples of the things she has said to me lately:
1)“Why don’t you just quit work?" she asked. "You’re never here anyway. What’s the difference?”
2)"How was your day off? Did you go shopping or the movies?” she asked in front of everyone. I replied “No. I was home puking all day.”
3)“I never see you drinking any water. You are always drinking that ginger ale. Do you know how many chemicals are in there?” she asked.
“I’m aware of the chemicals, but I have to drink the ginger ale to keep from throwing up during the day,” I replied.
“Oh my God. Why did you have to say ‘throw up’?” she exclaimed. “Couldn't you say something more lady like?”
I'm trying to come up with a list of strategies in dealing with her again. Does anyone have any tips on dealing with this kind of person.