Saturday, 02 April 2011
I love to work with kids, but I swear, I am so sick of being sick!!!!
I just started three weeks ago and already I have had pink eye, bronchitis, sinusitis, and now the flu. I have had to call in sick three times and I HATE it! I feel like not only does it make me seem like I am lazy, but I hate having to go to the doctor.
I mean, honestly, the place isn't as clean as it should be to begin with. They are supposed to bleach and stuff but they only do that every so often instead of every day. Not to mention the fact that parents bring their sick kids to day care all the time. Seriously?
The best part is when they KNOW they're sick and send them anyway. They just give them some Tylenol in the morning and hope that the fever doesn't come back. Guess what? After nap time, the meds have worn off and you will have to take off work to come get your kid anyway. Not to mention, if they have certain conditions, they are supposed to stay home for 24 hours anyway, not that many day care centers actually enforce that rule, but still.
I know my immune system is weak, but this is getting ridiculous. I was still on antibiotics from my bronchitis and still ended up with a fever of 103! I even came in so I wouldn't HAVE to call in sick today. I wasn't feeling well at all, nauseous, shaking, and I still went in.
For some reason they didn't tell me I had to be in at 10:30 instead of 10, so I sat in the break room after dropping my son off in his class. A coworker happened to walk in and see me shaking, ran to get the thermometer, and took my temp. Needless to say, they told me to go home. I went to the ER, and had my mom pick my son up.
I spent 5 hours in the ER (which is good), with an IV in my arm, and when they told me I had the flu and dehydration, they told me to take today and tomorrow off. SO I called my job and they gave me an attitude, which didn't help my overall disposition. I mean, it's not like I just called and said I can't come because I don't feel like it. I have the flu.
Trust me when I say, I don't like being sick. I hate it. I feel icky and useless. However, I laughed when the doctor said, "Get plenty of rest" because I am a working mom.
Oh yeah, and did I mention that my boyfriend, son and I all got sick last Tuesday? That was fun. We basically took turns at the hospital. And nursing a man-cold is much more frustrating than nursing a baby cold.
Unfortunately, it's an occupational hazard that I am very aware of, but it is still frustrating. Sigh. It'd be nice to be able to take a day off from everything and just get some true rest, but like the saying goes, a mother's work is never done.
Do you hate being sick? Do you let yourself rest when you're sick or do you just keep going?