What do you say when calling out sick?

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    I appreciate all the feedback on my previous thread. It was eye opening.

    Ever since my previous career and my strong work ethic, it would usually take a lot for me to call out sick. I worked at times I should have been home many times, I think to justify when I did call out, it was really serious/legit.

    I also have worked in places that feel they have a right to probe and maybe bc I had/have weak boundaries when it comes to that sort of thing I would answer in detail when they'd ask "how sick?...what are the symptoms?" etc...Maybe they have no right to ask that and they "test" in that way.

    I've never felt comfortable calling out and saying "I won't be in I'm not feeling well" or even "sick" esp if you don't sound that sick! That's why when I do, I do usually sound horrible.

    Even personal days, I feel like I needed to say why I needed a personal day but that defies the definition doesn't it?! But when the supposed caring i.e. nosy coworkers ask if everything is okay when I come back, then I feel (and have actually been told by one) that I'm snubbing them if I say "everythings fine" even if I add "thanks for asking"

    You can probably tell I'm that way from my length of posts and need to be clear

    So teach me Oh wise ones What do you all say? I have great boundaries in my personal life, I have no idea why I won't enforce them in this situation.
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    "I am taking a sick day. I plan on seeing you tomorrow. I will let you know if that changes." When asked questions, just repeat what you have already stated and politely say good day and hang up.
    Just facts. No lies, no excuses, no apologies.
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    "I am taking a sick day. I plan on seeing you tomorrow. I will let you know if that changes." When asked questions, just repeat what you have already stated and politely say good day and hang up.
    Just facts. No lies, no excuses, no apologies.
    This post says it. Go into explanations and they will talk you into coming to work and doing overtime as well.
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    By the way, I've called out twice in 26 years (once for a pyelonephritis when I called from my hospital room, and once when I was in labor), so it is largely theoretical. I just wouldn't take any bunkum from that coworker of yours IIWY.
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    "I'm not feeling well, and I won't be in tomorrow." Or, simply "I won't be able to come in tomorrow." It is not their business nor do they have the right to know what your symptoms are, how sick you are, what treatments you have tried at home, etc.

    As for your coworkers, if they feel snubbed that you did not disclose to them: well, that is their problem and you should not feel bad about it. I think "I'm feeling fine" is an appropriate, polite response.

    On a side note, I get sick now and then, whatever, it happens; I treat sick pts (and some that are not so sick) all day. I don't really want to hear about my coworkers' illnesses. I'm not sure why they would be interested in mine...beyond saying "I'm feeling better, thanks."
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    i say "this is ruby vee, and i'm calling in sick for xxx shift." that's it.
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    My personal issues and possible medical problems are nobody's business. I earn PTO and am allowed to use it as "call off" only 4 times a year. I've never exceeded 2 in a year. I feel no duty to give them any information other than I'm not coming in. If they press, I tell them it is personal. I've never had an issue with that answer.
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    I tell them I'm sick. My place does not badger, so there is no pressure to ramble on with symptoms like my formerwork place did. Usually the supervisor does ask, because I'm never sick. I call in maybe once a year if even that, so they are concerned that I'm ok, lol.
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    I say, "This is Dazglue, and I won't be coming in to work so-and-so shift because I'm sick". That's it. I don't like going into details because they write the reason in a public book for everyone to see. Not anyone's business to know why I'm out and not my business to know why someone else called out. And I've seen some PERSONAL stuff written down.
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    If you want a personal day off, plan it. I usually ask the person if I'm the one who answers the phone. I've had people tell me they just don't feel like coming to work. Really? If you're sick, you're sick. If you're a slacker, you're a slacker.
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