Patient Comments: Are You Too Sick to Work? - Experience

Question:

Please describe how you decided to stay home from work. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Lorilo, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 27

I'm a nurse and have to worry about my patients. I'll usually stay home, say, if I've been throwing up all night or have a fever. A couple of weeks ago, I woke up queasy with a fever in the middle of the night and threw up all night long. I work evenings and was still vomiting everything I put in my mouth at 11am, so I called in and told the supervisor I couldn't stop throwing up. I'm a nurse and didn't want my patients to get it.

Comment from: Bessie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I have to think about my patients, their families and my co-workers, including myself. I work with patients who are terminally ill. If they get sick, they could die, so I have to be careful. If I go to work, I stay far away and wash my hands like crazy. My job is intense, so I have to figure out if I feel I can perform my job. Basically, I consider how contagious I am, along with how bad I feel and decide if I have to stay home from work.

Comment from: Claudann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I have a cold, so I'm contagious. There are two pregnant ladies and a lady going through chemotherapy in my department. So I'm working from home. I thought about going in to work on the fourth day of the cold, but after reading here that a cold is usually contagious for a week, I've decided to work from home all week.

Comment from: RLM, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 22

Although I was very anxious, I did not feel I could return to work after I had 3 stents. I'm 64, and not used to taking medicines. I've felt fatigued, a bit confused and anxious. My work is stressful and strenuous.

Comment from: Aditya , 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 05

A sick patient is suffering from high fever and constant headache since last 5 days, so staying home from work. His WBC count is around 29000 and it is not decreasing.

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