(Closed) Guilt surrounding calling in sick (teacher)

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Take the day. I’m a high school teacher (but currently in school for my masters) and Fiance is a teacher too. Take care of yourself first. Plus, you still have days. Spend them if you need them.

Post # 3
2990 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Ugh. That sounds awful! I used to get UTIs when I was going through puberty, and they were the worst. 

I am a school secretary, not a teacher. But even so, a lot of people are counting on me everyday. I would be up-front about having a pain disorder so people understand that there will be times where I won’t be able to work, and focus on self care to minimize these flareups. 

Staying home when you are in pain instead of trying to teach, stressing out and wearing yourself down, and possbily extending the episode is part of self-care. So I recommend taking care of yourself first. The kids and their problems will still be there tomorrow; it’s not as urgent as the student or your supervisor may think. I use the “it’s on my list!” or “I’ll get that done as soon as possible!” or “I’m on it!” to buy myself time. 

Post # 4
288 posts
Helper bee

I myself am a teacher and know how sometimes being off is worse than going in! Therefore, I understand you must have been majorly poorly not to go in. 

You have the right to self certificate for the first  5 days and noone should ask you to go in off you’re poorly. That is poor management in their part. 

Certainly don’t suck it up. You can only be good to those children if you’re well!! 

Post # 7
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have IC too. It’s the worst. Take the day off!

Post # 8
3067 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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justwondering2015:  honestly since you are probationary AND that you said you are doing better today I (personally) would try to tough it out. Just concentrate on the fact that you are getting better, today is good, and you are over the hump. Thinking positive will lower your anxiety.

That being said, that is my opinion and my opinion only. Take care of yourself!!! If you feel too sick to go then you are too sick to go. 

Post # 9
50 posts
Worker bee

I used to be a teacher and had undiagnosed Celiac disease at the time, which can be invisible as you don’t want to tell everyone the gory details. Right now,  I also have frequent UTIs, so I understand the pain. While I wish I could tell you to just take the day it’s not always that simple. When I looked to change schools when I was teaching, I had a principal bring up in an interview my absences caused from the celiac disease, even though I did not take more sick days than I was alloted. I did get hired at a different school though. Good luck and feel better! 

Post # 11
6 posts

Research FMLA!!

IC and am a teacher, I was recently diagnosed with a few other concurrent inflammatory disorders. Basically, I’m in near constant pain and have 2-3 doctors apptments every week. I hope that things will get better, but until then FMLA! It provides a good deal of protection, and unless your in a super tiny school district they have to offer it. I’m lucky I’m permanent not probationary, but it’s still nice to have peace of mind. 

There are times to tough it out, but stress is not great for IC. I personally work, but I’m lucky that I get regular pee breaks since I don’t teach little ones. I don’t think I’m in a place to tell someone with a medical disorder to work despite being sick. That’s a question for a doctor. Feel better! 🙂

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 5 months ago by  christobel. Reason: Don't mind the grammar. Brain fog. :)
Post # 12
47444 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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justwondering2015:  Take the day off if you are uncomfortable. You said it’s the second to the last week of school.  My Mom used to call this the silly season. No one is learning anything new. There are sports days, field trips etc etc. If the kids get a babysitter rather then a sub, no harm done.

Post # 13
50 posts
Worker bee

JustWondering: I would miss just one at a time for celiac tummy issues, if I recall correctly. When you’re teaching, you can’t just run out of the room for the restroom. Sorry to be Too Much Information. I also had a bad time with bronchitis that year. I think I missed two days in a row for that. It was years ago now. I tried to work through bronchitis, and my students were even telling me to go home from that one. The days missed were not excessive for the year as I was under the limit, but still was a problem for that principal in the interview. It was my first year teaching, and I too was probationary. I left my school voluntarily as I moved out of the city, so I wasn’t let go because of attendance, but that can happen too.  

Post # 15
50 posts
Worker bee

Good luck. If you think you’ll still be able to come back next year, then by all means take the time you need. Just wanted to warn you from my experience that it can come back to bite too, even though it’s not fair. PP is right about the FMLA as well. At my current job, which is not teaching, they know about my celiac, and are very understanding when I’m ill. Your reviews sound great, so I wouldn’t worry too much. 

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