Nurse2Doc2008 22 Posts Nov 9, 2008 About 6 weeks ago, I got a horrible GI bug...I was totally dehydrated, orthostatic, and every few hours, I'd go down to the ER and get a bolus of fluids. I vomited twice on rounds, and kept having to run away to the bathroom throughout the day and night. And I had to take a 30 hour call during all this. The chiefs basically said that there's no one to back you up, and if you leave, you screw over your fellow interns/residents in to having to cover 12 extra patients and take an extra call. If I would have left, I would have taken so much crap from my fellow residents for being "soft." I think it's ridiculous that there's not a sick call back up person available for both nurses and doctors....and it's particularly ridiculous that there WAS someone to back you up, and who ever was in charge wouldn't let it happen. Further, I think it's even more crazy that we in healthcare give eachother so much trouble about taking sick days! I mean, the manager at the Gap, where I worked in high school, was more reasonable/understanding!