(Closed) How sick do you have to be….

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yea, fever and/or barfing. I work too far from the bathroom to be safe in case of a stomach bug! I was actually just thinking about this today, I have a cold and was looking for excuses to stay home 🙂 Didn’t find any though….

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I have to be throwing up. If the fever is bad enough and I’m dizzy/delirious I’d stay home then too.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My sicknesses usually start as a cold and then I get body aches.  Once I get the body aches, I’m staying/going home from work.  I can deal with a little stuffiness in the nose or a minor cough, but when I feel like I can’t get off the couch then I know I’m actually sick.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I hardly ever get fevers or throw up, so those aren’t really a good lines for me (annoying, because they were always the ones the school nurse used!). 

I can work from home fairly easily, so if I feel like I’m contagious or sick enough to be gross, then I’ll work from home (or more likely, since my laptop is usually at the office, go home early).  Since we have all PTO lumped together and I spent a lot of it visiting family, I am REALLY reluctant to use it on sick days.

Of course, at my last job, we had unlimited sick days (if you took a suspicious amount, they’d discuss it with you but I never heard of that happening) and I don’t think I ever took a single one.  I think all the days I felt bad enough to stay home ended up being on weekends that year.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t like it when people come to work sick, so I stay home if I have contagious symptoms.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I almost never stay home sick unless I am actively violently ill. I live 45 minutes from my work and I have a work cell phone that is the contact number for our program. Even if I was to call in sick, I would probably have to either find a way to get that phone to my other staff or deal with it ringing non-stop all day–people would be very upset if they couldn’t get ahold of anyone at that number. Usually when I start to think about that…I’d rather just go to work, haha.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Depends on how much leave I have! I happen to be saving for the honeymoon right now, but before, it’d be like oh my gosh I feel like crap, I have 26 hours of leave, I’m gonna take the day off!

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It’s more just a general feeling of “with how I’m feeling, could I be productive at work today?”

I’ll obviously stay home if I’m throwing up but sometimes my body aches so badly or my digestive system is just out of wack of something where I know I wouldn’t be able to be productive at my job if I went in.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

When I can’t speak, either because I’ve lost my voice, or break into huge coughing fits everytime I try.  It makes working very unproductive, while I spend most of my energy trying to breathe shallowly and not make any noise.  Better to be home asleep and not contaminating the office.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Fever and/or barfing. If I have had either or both during the night/morning, then I call out. I go to work if I have a cold, but not a sinus infection. Anytime I have to call the doctor for antibiotics, I don’t go. If I go to work with a cold, it usually is just to prove that I’m sick and then I go home around 1 or so. This is not often.

Fiance and I called out and played hookie once, and it was a great day. So sometimes you have to be really ‘sick of work’, and that is a good reason to call out, too. 🙂 We only did it once…it’s hard not to want to do it more!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I only have to be sick of work. 

Now, if our sick and vacation leave was combined… that would be a different story.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I rarely throw up, but at least once a year I get the really bad body aches and head ache that I need to stay home.  Most other things I work through though. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Usually I have to be vomiting or have a very high fever where I can;t think straight. Lately towards the end of this pregnancy I just am done. I know some places give mental health days….I think I need a few of those right now…lol.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Throwing up = automatic sick day. My job is very flexible and lets me work from home if I can’t be in the office, so if I have a sinus infection, fever, etc. I will usually still work that day, but work from the comfort of my pajamas on my couch 🙂

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