(Closed) Guilt surrounding calling in sick (teacher)

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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justwondering2015:  I get UTIs hella bad. I found hibiscus tea helps. This past April I was in the hospial for a week because of them. So, I know it sucks. Also, I know you said it’s not a UTI but maybe the hibiscus tea will help. Also, I take cranberry pills. That helps too.

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee

Someone whom you trust in your union or teacher’s organization should know what you’re going through.

Just be sure you impress upon whomever you talk to that you need to trust them with confidential information.

You need to do this because, as you are aware, you owe it to yourself to do whatever you can to reduce the stress in your workplace.

Hoping your present flare improves quickly……

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Poor you! Take the day off. I would also consider telling them why. It may not be anyone’s business, but you may find them better at empathising if you tell them.

I’m not a teacher, but a nurse. I feel guilty when I’m sick too, which is terrible. If you’re sick then you’re sick! You have to put yourself first, don’t power through when you’re poorly, it isn’t good for you at all.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Take the day off!  As another high school teacher, seriously, take care of yourself.  You haven’t gone over your days, and if your school is anything like mine, tons of kids are leaving early for Memorial Day weekend anyway.  The kids can review and do book work and/or take notes over a documentary and be more than fine.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
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I have celiac, so I get the pain and needing the bathroom aspect. Here’s what I’d do– I’d call in sick if you need it. When you return, tell a trusted neighbor teacher and your supervisor that you have a “completely manageable condition, but a few times a year you’ll have flare ups that’ll require frequent and urgent bathroom breaks. I’ll call out If I know I’m having a flare up and if one starts in the middle of the day I’ll ask neighbor teacher to cover you while I run out”

 People are so much more understanding when they know the why– it’s just like when I was pregnant and visibly sick at work. Telling my boss and trusted coworker even though I didn’t need to ended up being an asset to my career. Instead of thinking I was hungover or trying to take away my responsibility, they rescheduled lunch time meetings so I wouldn’t smell my coworkers lunches and covered for me as I ran out to puke during meeting s.

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sumshine.dawn:  

IC is very different from UTI’s, however the pain is similar. The lining of your bladder is damaged from chronic inflammation. This causes anything acidic to damage and irritate the bladder even more. Teas and cranberries are a big no-no with Interstitial Cystitis. There isn’t a cure, however there are medical treatments that help some people.

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