August 7th, 2006

I really really hate calling in sick...

I don't know why I have such an issue with it.  I just feel really responsible for the night the other nurses could have if I'm not there I guess.  I should be more concerned about how they will feel if they all get sick.  Management always makes me feel like I am getting away with such great evil when I do call in sick that I would rather just suffer it out.  Now that I work in the intensive care unit I feel a bit more concerned that I might give something to my immunocompromised patients... but I could always use a mask.  I use one half the time anyways.  

I just haven't decided that I want to call in just yet.  I went to bed around 11:30pm last night, and got very little sleep.  Mostly because whenever I lie down I cough.  I tried lying on pillows and that didn't help.  I tried medicating myself, and that didn't help.  For god sake.. I even took Buckleys... twice!  If that isn't a scream for help, I don't know what is!  lol 

I think I will try and get some rest this afternoon and if it is a no-go I will call in.

I am just not sure what my chances are of doing three shifts in a row like this.  The staffing on Wednesday is the best though.. and it is my last shift.  It would look pretty bad though calling in the last shift before my holiday.  I will have to think about that one.


14:20 update: Well I did it... I couldn't sleep, and the coughing was getting more and more painfull, so I called the nursing office and told Lynetta that I couldn't come in.  *sigh*  Now I can spend the rest of my night dying of guilt!   lol
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