I’ve called in sick before, but in the past, we had to use our paid-time-off days when we were sick. In 2011, every employee at my level gets one sick day. I’ve used my quota. Guess I better stay healthy for the rest of the year!
I developed a sore throat sometime yesterday, and it got progressively worse as the day went on. I took some Benadryl before bed thinking it would stop the post-nasal drip and knock me out, and all it did was make me completely batshit crazy. I tossed and turned in a half-awake state for about two hours before I got out of bed and went on the internet. WebMD would solve my problems!
My throat hurt like never before. I could barely swallow. My neck felt…girthy. And since I spent my Saturday night in a sweaty pit full of people, and since at least one of the people I saw that night had had strep in the last week, I figured I must have caught it. I set my alarm for 8 a.m. (when my doctor’s office opens), took some Advil, and finally got to sleep.
I felt better this morning, but I didn’t want to head into the office and infect everyone if I did, in fact, have strep. So I used my one sick day. And it turns out that I probably just have allergies.
I got my taxes done. I got the first draft of a story I’m writing for Runner’s World done. I got some grocery shopping done. (Hey, I wasn’t just going to sit around when I was feeling better.) And I am just going to keep taking Advil at night until the trees stop pollinating.
Dear place of employment: I am sorry I am a hypochondriac, but it is better to be safe than to be that person who gets everyone else in the office sick.