Thanks to everyone who posted replies to my query re taking time off work. You encouraged me to stick to my guns and to speak to my employer again, who has now agreed to my taking the coming week off if (as expected) the doctor confirms his previous advice to me when I see him on Monday. To be fair, I think my employer was “reacting” rather than “responding” when I spoke to him initially — he’s not actually the irrational monster I may have painted him as at one point . . .