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Bleah.... [Feb. 22nd, 2005|12:41 pm]
Zoethe
[Current Mood |nauseatednauseated]

There's no lovelier feeling than being at the office when you are sick. My stomach is doing the wave, and I honestly don't know if I'm going to make it to the end of the day. So why am I here?

1.) Vacation time is a premium commodity and I need to save it up to spend on my kids. We don't have separate sick time here, just 4 weeks of "personal time" to expend as we see fit. (European friends, you may feel free to react with horror at the appalling paucity of time off we get here in the U.S.)

2.) There is a big filing that needs to be finished and as I am the one who has been assisting with it, I feel an obligation to be here to help meet the deadline.

3.) It's one of those things that comes and goes, and if I go home and then feel fine, I will feel really stupid.

I'm now at that wonderful debate: will lunch make this better, or worse? I'm going to try and eat. Let's hope that a big chunk of this is hunger right now, or there may be chunks later on.
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[User Picture]From: hookncrook
2005-02-22 05:52 pm (UTC)
4 weeks is way better than what I get!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-22 06:22 pm (UTC)
It's actually not bad, and I generally don't complain. But I do have to hoard those days.
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2005-02-23 03:08 am (UTC)
Haha, yeah, thought I am a temp so it sort of figures. I can take time off whenever I want--but I'm not paid for it ever.

I don't like the policies where sick time and personal time are bundled together. People will use up their personal time on their vacation and then come to work sick, and so forth.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-23 03:32 am (UTC)
[shamefacedly raises hand]

Yeah....
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2005-02-23 03:35 am (UTC)
Well, they make it easy to do that. So no wonder people do!
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[User Picture]From: jmfunnyface
2005-02-22 06:00 pm (UTC)
Maybe you could try some soup for lunch? Like Lipton's Cup of Noodles or something kind of brothy?

I hope you feel better soon!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-22 06:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'm having sushi. And it seems to be helping. Keep fingers crossed that it lasts!
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-02-22 06:19 pm (UTC)

Good choice?

Because nothing calms down a queasy stomach like raw fish and dried seaweed.

(And I like sushi.)

-1em
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-22 06:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Good choice?

I know, but I'm weird. Sushi was the thing that appealed to me, and usually that's the best bet for me.

I may be eating my words (so to speak) in an hour. We'll see...
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[User Picture]From: paradoxicalme
2005-02-22 08:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Good choice?

Sushi's awesome. What did you get?
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[User Picture]From: jmfunnyface
2005-02-22 07:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, you're brave! Just the thought of sushi would push me over the edge if I was feeling sick.
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[User Picture]From: keonandra
2005-02-22 06:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe try some ginger tea when you get home, or at the very least, some ginger ale?
Ginger helps sooth the stomach, and ease the queasy feelings in the day...

I hope this helps hon *big hugs*
I don't work any longer, thats true, but I used to get those days myself back at my last job. Seemed though that sucking on a piece of peppermint worked a little. (I found later peppermint is actually very bad to have in access, where it will actually weaken the muscles in your stomach sphincter, making it harder for it to close, meaning when you go to head to bed and lay down? It makes the acids in your stomach leak out and get at your food pipe, throat, etc...
At least ginger, from what I know from both reading about it in the past and personal experience, doesn't do that. *chuckles*

At least I can say with full satistfaction that I know I'd be quoting her right, My mom knows how you feel. Its just along with the crap she deals with, she's got the people who really 'should' stay home, hacking it up near her desk and her areas... Its like 'yes, I do have a neon sign saying infect me'...
I hope at least that doesn't happen to you?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-22 06:20 pm (UTC)
I am not being a hacker, and I am careful about washing up, so I don't think I'm all Typhoid Mary around the office.

Not having ginger tea right now, but am having pickled ginger with my sushi. Maybe it will have the same effect!
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[User Picture]From: keonandra
2005-02-22 07:26 pm (UTC)
Wasn't saying you were a hacker, and glad you're not that sick :) At least thats one silver lining *groan, sorry, bad cliche*
But yeah thats the kind of crap my mom deals with. This in a court house. You'd assume better *laughs*

Pickled ginger I've never had, but lets hope that helps!
Update us on it :D
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-02-22 06:35 pm (UTC)
Good grief--4 weeks is incredibly generous in the U.S. right now. My company tells me that 2 weeks and about a week of "PTO" (sick leave essentially), along with scant holidays, is "very generous". And you know what--the way things are going here, they're not too far off-base. "Generous" has been redefined in the U.S. to the level of "essential".

I have a friend who gets 4 weeks, plus the company shuts down at Christmas for 2 weeks, plus all state and federal holidays. Plus, I'm not sure what additional sick leave. Oh, and after he just had a triple bypass, they offered to let him work part-time from home for as long as he needed, just because they felt bad. That may not seem too 'generous' until you compare it with using up all available leave and taking unpaid medical leave (and requiring 100% health insurance contribution during the unpaid leave), which is the most that would be required. Call me jealous.

/rant
I'm sorry, but the U.S., and by extension Americans, suck in many ways. Humans live to make money, rather than money exists to serve humans. And Europe is nevertheless beginning to kick America's economic tail with their policies that would 'be too expensive' for America. Here's a message for long-term economic health--stop outsourcing, calm down, and stop expecting double digit growth as a minimum for survival. Dealing with health care in a rational manner might also help.
/rant
zig
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[User Picture]From: old_hedwig
2005-02-22 07:10 pm (UTC)

Federal Employment rocks

I work for the US government - I think these are the only jobs in the US with anywhere near decent time, except some real small businesses. Hubby and I each get 4 weeks vacation, plus 2 1/2 weeks sick leave a year, and you get to use your leave in hourly increments, so if you need to go to the dentist for 2 hours, or wait for the plumber, you don't have to burn the whole day. Eventually, you work up to 5 weeks annual leave/year. And they have leave sharing/donation programs so if you have sommajor health related emergency people can choose to donate their leave to you, so you don't lose your house while you recover from cancer.

My husband gets to work from home every day except once every 2 weeks he goes into town to sign cases etc. I work 9 hour days so that I get to take off the day he goes to the office, so the dogs don't get lonely and the children don't need to be institutionalized on school holidays.
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2005-02-22 07:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Federal Employment rocks

Yeah, working for the government is the best, although mine is state, not federal. We get all sorts of holidays off, two weeks of vacation, two weeks of sick leave, and three days per fiscal year of "personal leave" (for dr's appointments, funerals, etc). All my family is jealous. ;) (Oh, and we get fabulous insurance rates. ;))
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2005-02-22 07:20 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I'm not exactly feeling wonderful today m'self. If you can get some, ginger's supposed to be good for helping settle the stomach. Either some herbal tea or even a ginger-flavored Altoid might help out a bit.

Hang in there!
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2005-02-22 08:21 pm (UTC)
sometimes food is just the thing..... keep a cold 7up or sprite and take a couple of sips during the afternoon.... believe it or not it also settles the nausea.
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[User Picture]From: gailg
2005-02-22 09:03 pm (UTC)
Back when I worked at Sybase, I thought they had the most sensible policy with regard to sick time. You could basically take as much sick time as you needed. If you were out for more than three consecutive days, you went on short-term disability. (After some higher number--two weeks or a month--you went on long-term disability.) Aside from that, as long as your supervisor was satisfied with your work, you were okay. (Obviously, if you took too much time off, you couldn't get your work done, and your supervisor wouldn't be satisfied.)
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[User Picture]From: kimmaline
2005-02-22 09:06 pm (UTC)
I think I am feeling about the same as you, and I'm supposed to be going to The Sex Worker's Art Show in a few hours. I SO hope I feel better soon...
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