Friday Two Cents: Sick Days


I am curious if many of you out there do what I do when I get sick.  Most of the time I take a few aspirin or over the counter medicine and just go into work.  The problem is that I work with children and I think that the children won’t function without me there.   But you are not at 100% or even 80% you are doomed.  

Well this week I had something like this happen to me but I did not go to work, sort of.  Wednesday I went into work and was feeling fine, the kids where ok and I was going through the motions of the daily routine. But at the children’s lunch time I started felling nauseated when I smelt the children’s food.  I got worse until I had my own lunch and my stomach was doing backflips.  The other staff said that I was not looking great.  I said I felt a bit sick but I can stay until the end of the day, and I’ll see about tomorrow.  

I was still functioning all right when I thought to myself, what the hell am I doing.  You idiot, you are sick, you cannot come in tomorrow.  I told the principal I wasn’t well that I was ok until the end of the day but tomorrow I would be taking off to recover.  She was fine with it and got a replacement. 

The next day I stayed home and slept in until 1000, usually I wake up at 0700 so this was unlike me, so I knew I was sick.  But then something happened that made me feel stupid.  I felt bad that I wasn’t there for work.  As if they cannot function without me, but of course they can.  So in the spirit of letting it go this year I said, “Forget this feeling and just rest and enjoy the day of peace and quiet.”  Which I did, no guilt, no regrets.

Last year I took a total of one sick day, just one.  I do not get sick very often, working with 300 – 400 children you develop a strong immune system, you have to.  Yet there were times I could have easily stayed home and recovered but didn’t.  Looking back the sickness persisted several days longer during those times.  This bug was gone within 24 hours.  Hmmm.  All right, lesson learned, rest and thinking and looking after myself works better than suffering through it.  The children were fine without you and so was the class.  From now on I will just, let it go. 


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