I work at this great company since May. I am still a new guy there, but despite that the bunch is just super cool.
Unfortunately yesterday my fears were kind of validated, my mother who has affective bipolar disorder, that she stopped taking her prescription meds. Seems for a longer time. She lives alone, because she explicitly told me I would never live with her, and also the thing is she refuses to move to my apartment for the time being. We live 50km apart from each other, so 1 hour drive, give or take, one way.
Now unfortunately I have to somehow bring her in to see her psychiatrist. But I am afraid to tell my boss and also I do not know if I should tell the boss why I need the leave, or that my mother is mentally ill. Unfortunately from where I come from, the legislation for someone to be admitted to the facility makes it an uphill battle. I am afraid also this might be a recurring thing with my mother if she is not admitted straight away. The only problem is, unfortunately, my own health is quite declining as well (epilepsy, gastrointestinal issues, and orthopedic stuff), and I already had a lot of free days, and will have more to tend to my health as well.
I am quite hopeless. My mother is a ticking time bomb. She is a great person, heart of gold, but unfortunately at the age of 51 she is also seriously sick. I don't know when she loses her "cool" like yesterday, and when she does, I have to go home. But I am afraid this will be to my works detriment.
How would you deal with this at work? And would you tell your boss that your mother has bipolar disorder? Or is it too much info for the employer?
edit: I live in slovakia but work full remote for a German company.