I have had a good old fashioned flu the last two days, with fever, chest congestion, cough & body aches. I'm pretty miserable. I called off yesterday and had to force myself to call again today. I had enough energy to wobble to the shower this morning but I'm back in bed, shivering and coughing.
My unit is super short staffed! I work in case management and and we are up a creek lately, no clerical support and we recently lost a supervisor, so my supervisor is covering until a new one is hired. Everyone's patient load is 100+. Ridiculous. It's the same old formula of hospitals squeezing as much as they can out of as few staff as possible.....they won't spend the money on more staff.
I feel HORRIBLE calling off! I worked sick Tuesday until my voice ran out. Being gone for 2 days really screws my co-workers and we are not set up to work from home (yet). I HATE this. It's generally a good place to work and I love my boss. So I feel extra guilty. Why do we nurses struggle with this, taking care of ourselves? Why am I feeling a minor state of panic, that everyone will hate me when I get back or I'll be disciplined in some way? I rarely call off or am late, and a good employee, but for some reason I feel doom.
I dunno. Just want to commiserate with anyone who can relate.