(Closed) I feel so guilty for calling in sick!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2755 posts
Sugar bee

No. Especially since my company only gives 3 sick days a year. I’m at work with the flu (including a fever) right now. I wish I could afford to call off, but instead I guess I’ll just infect everyone.

Post # 4
3751 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I always feel guilty calling in sick. And we have a pretty liberal sick time policy with plenty of time off. The problem is, if I’m out sick, someone else has to cover me and do any urgent work that comes up for me. We all work together and it’s not a big deal, I just feel bad. But there are a lot of people that abuse the sick time policy here so then I remind myself that i’m NOT one of those people and only take the time when I really need it. 


Post # 5
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Before maternity leave, I worked as a behavior specialist at an elementary school. I have a therapist as a partner, but leaving her alone to deal with not only her regular appointments with kiddos, but with the crises I usually deal with made me feel terribly guilty. Plus, then the teachers didn’t have the support I usually provided. It made me feel awful, so in 1.5 years, I took exactly .5 a sick day 🙂 (Though I missed other days for a funeral and some trainings, so I felt guilty more than that.)

When I was a teacher, I felt horrible leaving kiddos with the awful subs we had available, so in 2 years, I took 1 sick day. I was so sick once that I would get these terrible coughing fits, couldn’t breathe or talk, and I would hand an empty glass to one of my students, who knew to go fill it up in the hall and bring it back. One of the kids said “Teacher, you ought to take a day off.” I looked at him and said “would you behave for a substitute?” And he said “oh, I guess not.” “That’s why I’m here.” 

Post # 7
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I feel terrible when I call in, even when I’m really ill.

In November I came down with a wicked case of bronchitis. I couldn’t go a full minute without having a coughing fit and actually bruised my ribs from it. I felt extremely guilty for using two sicks days haha

My company has only eight employees so we really depend on each other. I didn’t feel as bad when I worked for a company of 150+ employees!

Edit: Wishing you a speedy recovery, OP! Hope you can get plenty of rest. 🙂

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