Going to My Happy Place
- May 7, 2006
I text my boss when I wake up and realize going to work isn't going to happen. Just a quick "Hey, sorry, but I won't be in today." Luckily my department realizes that we are all adults and illness happens.
Leebee, being on IV antibiotics you must be in the hospital right? s to you and feel better soon.I'm out sick right now. I manage the organic chemistry labs at the University and also teach one of the lab sections. I have to be in the building when labs are in session, to monitor the sections, replenish missing/broken items, and "put out fires" as I used to call it (until we actually HAD a fire in one of the labs that I had to put out.. now it's not so funny). Anyhow... I am on IV antibiotics for an infection so once diagnosed I knew I'd be out all week. It's basically up to me to make sure my responsibilities are covered for the time I'm out. I had to find a TA to cover my lab section this morning, make arrangements for someone to physically be present in the prep room when there are labs the rest of the week, and send a detailed document outlining what someone needs to do for each day for the rest of the week to do what I'd normally do. It's a pain, and it took me about 4 hours to get everything in place. However, labs and classes go on even if faculty/staff are out sick, so arrangements must be made for coverage.
So you’re expected to go to work sick & spread your illness to young children . I certainly would much rather my preschool tell me they’re closed for the day then have me send DS to be exposed.I work in a small preschool/childcare so there is no calling out. Unless I can get a coworker to work for me, I have to go to work. It really sucks sometimes. I'm pretty flexible with coming in for coworkers but they aren't so much for me.
Depends. I've had recruiters contact me about hourly contract positions. A few actually said that the client mandated that there be sick/vacation time and benefits comparable to what they provided for their own employees.Probably varies by company and whether you are salary, hourly or contract employee. Typically, if salary you still get paid when out ill but if hourly/contract you do not. Some companies have a specific number of 'sick' days you are allocated each year. Others feel like this rewards those who are ill vs those who aren't. Just depends on where you work.
You could definitely do so at my workplace and never even have to make up an excuse. Over the past couple of years we have centralized all our HR functions to our head office in another province and gone to some whiz-bang software that does everything on-line. Our policy is 7 paid sick days per calendar year, which don't roll over. Managers are also not permitted to ask about potentially "sensitive personal issues" or require any verification for any absence of three days or less. What that means at this time of year, is that practically every morning I've got a notification or two saying my staff members are out sick. Or more to the point, not sick - just making sure they exploit the paid-leave policy to it's fullest before the end of the year. Grrrr - it po's me to no end and this kind of thing never happened when they actually had to lie directly to me to fake a sick day.I so wanted to call in with a case of "disneyplusitis" today!
Oh wow, hope you feel better soon! IV antibiotics sound serious!!
Thanks for your good thoughts. It is pretty serious, but as long as the infection doesn't seem to spread, we're going on the "it's getting better" train of thought. I go into the clinic every morning for a dose of IV clindamycin and am also taking it orally. My fever has broken, so that's also a positive sign. My eye itself isn't involved yet, which is the best thing of all. I have consults with the ophthalmologist and the oral surgeon to make sure everything is OK with my eye, jaw, and gum line. I guess this can "go south" fairly quickly, which is why they are seeing me daily and I'm monitoring my temp. As crazy as this all sounds, I don't feel really awful and it isn't very painful. Mostly it's just boring, as reading is quite challenging (there is a bit of double vision) and daytime TV stinks! As long as things don't spread or there isn't a new symptom, I won't need to be hospitalized. Fingers crossed!Leebee, being on IV antibiotics you must be in the hospital right? s to you and feel better soon.