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Sick Days


This may be a slightly whiney post, so if you don't want to listen (read?), just skip this, I wouldn't blame ya one bit. :-)

When you have a job, generally you get sick leave. I know not ALL employers provide it but quite a few do. It's a pretty sweet little deal.

Sometimes it's actual paid sick leave and other times it is just time off without a write-up, mark, disciplinary action or whatever you/they call it and sometimes your sick leave/vacation time is basically the same thing. (Of course, in a perfect world we wouldn't need sick days but, well, you know, we don't live in a perfect world. Shocker! I know. LOL.).

Have you ever felt so horrible that you couldn't move a finger, that even blinking could send you into waves of dizziness that you'd swear you were on a boat in a whirlpool?

That the mere thought of food would have you racing for the nearest bathroom and no matter how close you are, it still feels like it's lightyears away?

That any sound, touch or light had you begging for sweet, blessed relief?

I'm sure we all have.

And sick days are GREAT for that. You can lay in bed, happy that you're not feeling that way at work. You can rest, relax and recuperate in peace.

Unless.........

Unless you're a SAHM(D).........AKA stay-home-mom (dad).

We don't get sick leave; paid or otherwise.

If our children are hungry, no matter how bad we feel, how much agony we may be in, no matter if the very idea of food makes our stomach churn. If the younguns are hungry, ya gotta feed 'em.

We can feel like we're dying; sweating or freezing, coughing our lungs up, have a migraine to end all migraines, aching from head to toe and/or hugging the porcelain throne. The kids still need watching, supervising.

Some SAHM(D)'s may have a babysitter or relative to help out but not all of us are so lucky. Some may even have their spouse that can help, but generally only when they get off work for the day.

So *I* think employers should allow employees spousal sick leave. Maybe not as much as their employee is normally allotted but just a few to cover those really bad sick days where it's not quite a hospital visit but more than the regular sniffles.

And oddly enough, none of this is b/c I'M feeling like what I mentioned above right this moment but I did over the last 2 weeks, thankfully just not all at once. I finally went to the doctor today and was diagnosed with pneumonia, received two shots in the butt (that STILL hurts BTW and that was at 10 am!) of steroids and an antibiotic and received another prescription for oral antibiotics.

John, however, has been laid up in bed all day with a cold. Sure, he doesn't feel good, he's been achy, switching from burning up to freezing and just feeling puny.............but he's pretty lucky I'm just a SAHM and can play nursemaid and can give him the peace and quiet he needs. ;-)

(And before anyone can jump all over me for sounding like I'm not appreciative of my kids or my husband, I am............more than most of you will ever know. I wouldn't trade any of them for anything but it'd be nice if *I* could have sick days I could call in from time to time, that's all. :-) and when John gets off work and I'm not feeling well, I DO get my "sick time" for the rest of the evening.)

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