Thanks for all the nice replies -- I really needed them this morning.
You guys won't even believe this -- I just got home (8am CST) from my 3-11pm shift YESTERDAY. So here's what happened: I went to work, feeling crummy, but I managed to psych myself up a bit - I was like, it's only eight hours, I can get through anything for eight hours. I was going along and running my butt off and trying to get stuff done so I'd get out on time b/c I have a lot of things I need to get done today (my day off), when a little more than halfway through my shift the house supervisor calls me and says well, you're on call for 11-7 (I am an OB/GYN nurse, and we have to take turns taking call - there is always one of us on call in case the "bus" shows up...) - and so the supervisor couldn't find anyone to come in to work (or so she said) b/c we were really busy and so she was like well, you'll have to stay and work a double. I didn't say a word and she's like "okay?" and I told her - what do you want me to say? It's not like I can say "no" -- despite the fact that I am ILL, I am here and I am on call for the following shift! I had my fit, cried for a few minutes, and got on with it. Long story short, I got through my unplanned double, and my plans for today are shot to pieces b/c I am beyond tired and am about to crash. (However, after reading all of your replies, I probably should have thrown myself on the floor, "unconscious" and let them deal with the aftermath.)
As for my mystery illness this week - I think the majority of my problem is exhaustion. I worked all last weekend, and we were busy. I found out Tuesday that my pregnant best friend that lives 1000 miles away tried to kill herself over the weekend - I still don't have all the details on THAT one... Tuesday was the day I actually managed to stay home and that was the day that I passed out at home. I live in an apartment, and it seems that every time I lie down to rest lately (no matter what time of day) there is some kind of noise or whatever that keeps me from falling asleep when I need to.
In response to some of your comments:
I forgot to mention this in my previous post, but I actually have a doctor's appointment this coming Monday - I am going in for another issue, but I will talk with him regarding my syncopal/near-syncopal episodes this week. I have sick time at my hospital, but I can't touch it until I've used two vacation days first (totally ridiculous -- if I could actually take a vacation, maybe I would not be quite so exhausted...it has been a while since I had a "real" break, and even then, it wasn't a vacation...long story). We also have the point system mentioned by another poster - but it's on the discretion of our immediate supervisor as far as having points added for being absent from work -- and I don't really think my supervisor believes a whole lot of what I say when it comes to my being ill. There probably IS a policy someplace (I'll have to look into that), but if I threw that in their faces, who knows what'll happen. One of the house supervisors told me they aren't supposed to ask us what is wrong with us when we call in because it is a HIPAA violation -- I don't think I've ever called in when I wasn't interrogated (What's the problem? Did you take something? What did you take? etc., etc.) I think you have to be one of the "important people" in my facility to be able to take FMLA for idiotic reasons -- honestly, one of the nurses on my unit had designated FMLA days on the schedule -- scheduled FMLA days?? What is THAT about?
Yeesh. I think I'm through ranting and raving for the moment; I've lost my head of steam..
P.S. I'll have to remember the handshake thing...I could just see the look on my supervisor's face...