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What do you mean you're sick? How dare you!

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This happened to me today. Urinating blood, feel like there's a war going on in my abdominopelvic region. Pardon me for scheduling a doctor's appointment.

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cracklingkraken said:
Oh no, I hope it's nothing too serious!

My doctor says it's probably just a UTI. If my symptoms don't improve in three or four days, then I'll go back in. But I have zero back pain, so I'm not very worried. But my boss sent me about a dozen texts and called me THREE times to try to get me to come in. (For a three hour shift that could easily be covered by any one of the hundreds of other caregivers in the company.)

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Purple_roses said:
My doctor says it's probably just a UTI. If my symptoms don't improve in three or four days, then I'll go back in. But I have zero back pain, so I'm not very worried. But my boss sent me about a dozen texts and called me THREE times to try to get me to come in. (For a three hour shift that could easily be covered by any one of the hundreds of other caregivers in the company.)

Ugh, hate when that happens. Sending prayers your way! 🙂

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cracklingkraken said:
Ugh, hate when that happens. Sending prayers your way! 🙂

Thank you so much! :inlove:

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T-Bird78 has 6 years experience.

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Happened to me a few years back. I'd called out for nausea/vomiting/hyperemesis gravidarum (very rough pregnancy). I'd been throwing up for a few hours and couldn't even keep water down. Manager called and asked if I could come in later that afternoon. I told her I'd love to--except I was on my way to the ER for IV fluids and zofran. She backed off after that.

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T-Bird78 said:
Happened to me a few years back. I'd called out for nausea/vomiting/hyperemesis gravidarum (very rough pregnancy). I'd been throwing up for a few hours and couldn't even keep water down. Manager called and asked if I could come in later that afternoon. I told her I'd love to--except I was on my way to the ER for IV fluids and zofran. She backed off after that.

I think it's ridiculous that you would even have to explain yourself. I think calling in sick and then later providing a doctor's note should be sufficient. This interrogation stuff needs to stop.

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quiltynurse56 has 3 years experience as a LPN, LVN and specializes in LTC and Pediatrics.

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Purple_roses said:
I think it's ridiculous that you would even have to explain yourself. I think calling in sick and then later providing a doctor's note should be sufficient. This interrogation stuff needs to stop.

Those ones who call in sick when they aren't are the reason for the inquiry. I have seen nurses and CNAs out and about and not sick and then call in to work not many hours later claiming to be super ill. Have seen people in the parking lot and they call in sick and leave. Okay, you just drove 45 minutes to work. Things that make it hard for those really sick.

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Part of the problem is that people call in sick instead of just calling in.

I learned a long time ago not to tell people why I'm not coming to work.

I just call and say that I won't be in that day. If they ask why, I tell them that it's personal.

Prevents a lot of problems.

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Some places require a reason for a call out so they know which time pool to pull from (sick, personal, vacation). The really bad thing is I was put in intermittent FMLA shortly after that because I was hospitalized and on home health care and missed most of one month, so my annual review was dinged for my "attendance" because of excessive absences. No, my manager did not have kids.

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T-Bird78 said:
Some places require a reason for a call out so they know which time pool to pull from (sick, personal, vacation). The really bad thing is I was put in intermittent FMLA shortly after that because I was hospitalized and on home health care and missed most of one month, so my annual review was dinged for my "attendance" because of excessive absences. No, my manager did not have kids.

By law, as long as you're playing by the rules, FMLA can't be used against you for attendance purposes.

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canigraduate said:
Part of the problem is that people call in sick instead of just calling in.

I learned a long time ago not to tell people why I'm not coming to work.

I just call and say that I won't be in that day. If they ask why, I tell them that it's personal.

Prevents a lot of problems.

It's tricky for me because I don't get any benefits/sick/personal days at my job. So if you call off, they always want to know the reason.

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