- 5 years ago
So, I have this condition called interstitial cystitis. It’s basically the symptoms of a UTI with no actual UTI. I have urgency, burning, abdominal pain, all that lovely stuff. I’ve known of my diagnosis for about 7-8 months now. I can typically avoid flare ups by monitoring what I eat, and practicing certain precautions when being intimate with my Fiance. However, I had a really awful flare that started Saturday, and is touch and go.
I had to call in sick yesterday, but only had a sub for half the day, and had to have teachers cover my last 3 classes of the day. It was graduation, and there were apparently 100 absences in district and no subs to cover them. I called in sick but the office manager still asked me if I could come in for the second half of the day. I couldn’t get in to see my urologist, and even then I still wouldn’t have felt any better. I called the office manager and told her (after she told me I should come in at the halfway point if I could) I couldn’t make it. If anyone has experienced a UTI or IC, you know that it’s one of the most uncomfortable and painful things you can have, and you pretty much have to ride it out.
I honestly could teach through a cold or something similar. I have before.
But with IC, I have to be able to be in a hot bath for nearly half the day, have to take muscle relaxers to help my pelvic muscles stop contracting, and manage my anxiety about being at work with this awful pain.
Today’s been okay, but I’m still not at 100%. I’m feeling a little wonky still, and am afraid that my flare just isn’t over yet.
I’m wrestling right now with what’s the right thing to do. It’s the second to the last week of school, and I don’t want it to reflect poorly on me that I wasn’t here two days out of the week. I’ve had one or two absences here and there over the past couple of months too, for various reasons, but I still haven’t gone over my alotted number.
I do think that if given a day to relax (stress exacerbates IC), take my relaxants, and be near a tub, I could be fighting fit for the rest of the week, and next week to boot. I just have this awful guilt surrounding taking a day to take care of my body. Plus, I don’t “look” sick with IC, because I’m not lethargic, pale or vomitting. It’s one of those pesky “invisible” illnesses that people don’t often take seriously. So I’m sure people have seen me today and thought “oh she’s fine”.
No one but one or two coworkers actually know what my condition is, as I believe it’s no one’s business, and it hasn’t seriously affected my work.
What should I do? Take off and get well, or tough it out? Any teacher insight?