I just called in sick for my planned assignment tomorrow. It hurts, because I don’t have sick leave and I was counting on tomorrow’s earnings. Yeah, I can write an article on a laptop half-buzzed off so much cold medicine that my hands shake when I raise them to wipe my raw nose, but do you want me teaching your special needs child tomorrow? Yesterday, I was fine. Better than fine, I was feeling pretty good after having come back from first, a cold, and then a sinus infection that have been “making the rounds.” I’d even gotten in three workouts, after a return to the gym. So, you can imagine my dismay when I began sneezing and my nose began running as we left a football game early yesterday evening. It came on so quickly that my boyfriend and I thought it was perhaps an allergic reaction to the fallen leaves that littered our walk from the parking lot to the stadium.
No, it’s a God’s honest cold.
So, I just called in. I’m going to try and sleep this away and make it in on Tuesday morning, but the amount of medication required to stop my nose from dripping makes this plan questionable. If I don’t feel capable of driving a car can I teach a class?
I know, I know. It’s inevitable working with the variety of people I do – preschoolers to university students – that I’m going to come across bugs and germs and viruses. But I can’t recall a year where more obviously ill people have snuffled their way into work or school. Those showing up for work are people with a liberal amount of paid sick days. Civilization as we know it will not end if they utilize one of their sick days. No one is that important. And the students? The smaller ones don’t have any choice. They’re put on the bus by clueless or neglectful parents who may or may not have family sick days of their own. The older ones, the college students – who knows? They’ll sleep in and miss a class entirely healthy and then attend another one two weeks later with a fever of 102*.
Guess what? Coming into work or school sick is the equivalent of sneezing straight into a coworker’s face. Don’t fool yourself. It’s rude and it’s irresponsible and it help these bugs just keep circling round-and-round the population. Stay at home.
P.S. You owe me a sick day.