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05 March 2013 @ 08:46 pm
Giving myself permission to be lazy  
Sunday's slightly off-colour feeling had turned into a full-on cold by Monday morning. Still dragged myself into work as I had some catching up to do but didn't really feel up to it. I did make a point of checking my sick days - the last time I had a sick day off was 28th February 2011 so I decided I wasn't going to come into work today if I still felt rotten when I woke. I've already made target for the quarter, with a month to spare, so I can afford to take the time I need.

This morning I woke up with the alarm at 5.30am as usual; I still didn't feel 100% and the rain was bucketing down outside so I switched off the alarm, pulled the sheet over my head and went back to sleep. Resurfaced at 8.30, in time to ring my manager and then my branch to inform each that I wouldn't be in, then made a cup of coffee and took it back to bed along with a magazine. When I finished the magazine I decided to emulate the two very sleepy cats who were sharing my bed; this time it was 11am before I woke up again and finally decided to face the day.

There are so many things here that needed doing; the spare bed still needs to be stripped after my visitors last weekend, and I have a side table to put together for my deck; ironing still needs to be done and my bath won't clean itself - I had no trouble at all ignoring all of this as I had no energy at all! Just stretched out on the sofa and watched The Princess Bride, read the paper, and spent some time looking at real estate online.

Foolishly I didn't turn off my work mobile, and even more foolishly I answered it each time it rang. One guy wanted to argue the toss about his loan, wanting to know how different scenarios would work out, keeping me on the phone for over 20 minutes. I didn't mind so much, until he told me that he'd gone into the branch to see me but as I wasn't at work today he thought he'd ring instead. I was a bit shocked by that! At that point I told him that if I was back in the branch tomorrow I'd have a look at his proposals, otherwise they would have to wait until I was better. What a hide, truly.

Feeling somewhat better this evening so will probably head back into work tomorrow, but that proposal will not be a priority.
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nerthusnerthus on March 5th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what nerve, to call you at home sick! I don't know if I could have been as civil to that wanker as you were! But good for you, taking a day and resting; when you're sick that's a big part of getting better more quickly, I think. Hope you're back to speed very soon. Not feeling so hot myself this morn, annoying stomach trouble; but we get no sick days where I work and since next week is Spring Break and I'll be off all week, the policy is if you miss work in the week before a week-long holiday they won't pay you for that whole holiday, yuck. So, much as I'd rather just go back to bed (I think I have a sinus infection, as well, bleh), I can't afford to miss a whole week's pay next week. So off I go to work, hope my tummy settles down!
miwahni: B7 BlakeAvon Watching over youmiwahni on March 6th, 2013 10:36 am (UTC)
That's awful, not getting sick days, especially if you're a permanent employee. And how can they not pay you for spring break if you have a day off in the week beforehand? That's unconscionable. I hope you were well enough to go into work.
nerthusnerthus on March 6th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
Yep, I think it sucks, too; you can't help it if you get sick, but if a holiday is coming up they're so afraid someone might try to add days to it (unpaid, of course, the not-holiday days) to extend their PAID holiday, that they insist you can't be absent, even if you're legit sick, or they won't pay you for the whole holiday, whether that holiday is one day or a week. It's not fair, they already know at my job which people would do that and which (like ME) who are responsible and would not do that, so they should just deal with the guilty ones, not punish everyone else. But that's the way they roll there, blanket punishment and no compassion. Sad thing is I work for a CHURCH, yet when my aide broke her pelvis around Thanksgiving and was out of work 7 weeks, they didn't give her one single day's pay or gather a church 'love' offering for her (she's a member of that church, I am NOT, I just teach there) to help her survive financially that whole time. Which I thought didn't spread a very "Christian" message, but they say if they paid everyone who didn't work, they'd go broke. Give me a break, ONE person who had a grievous accident and lives alone and has no other source of income is NOT 'everyone,' that's a crap rule.
miwahni: Pros Ray frownmiwahni on March 7th, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
It's disgusting, the way your employers treat their employees, especially as they're a religious organisation. I remember reading about Janet when she broker her pelvis, and thinking how rotten it was that she had to return to work while still in pain, in order to afford to live. I gather that there's no such thing as sickness benefits from the government either?
nerthusnerthus on March 7th, 2013 01:49 pm (UTC)
Not unless you're poor enough to qualify for 'indigent' care, but apparently Janet makes $12 too much a month to get free care. In fact, her mom couldn't find her Social Security card for her while she was in the hospital, and the financial office said they absolutely had to have it to prove she wasn't an 'illegal' alien or else she would be discharged without any rehab at all for her pelvis. One of our fellow workers was visiting her and suggested she get copies of all her requested paperwork/i.d. cards from her work file, so she had to beg our director to fax copies of her Social Security card, etc to the hospital; I couldn't believe the hospital was gonna just toss her out into the street mere days after breaking her pelvis, with no one but her 80-something mom to care for her when Janet still couldn't even walk or move without terrible pain. Health care in this country is so so messed up, sigh; I myself have NO insurance, can't afford it because I'm over 50 and have a history of auto-immune illnesses and they want more money to insure me than I can pay. It's either feed my family or get insurance. Of course, with Obama's plan I'm required to GET insurance by 2014 or be fined increasing amounts of money yearly for NOT having insurance. I don't know why we can't just get some form of UNIVERSAL care, sigh. As for work, yeah, biggest and richest Baptist church in the city and this is how they treat the child development employees, all while saying they don't have to have that center at all, they're just 'trying to help the community" (by charging each child over $400 a month so the truly poor and destitute kids who NEED daycare can't afford to go there, sigh).
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] HUGS C'MEREdraycevixen on March 5th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)

My flabber is completely gasted that he would call you at home *knowing* that you're out sick. Ack!

I do hope you feel a lot better soon. ♥
miwahni: Pros I need a holidaymiwahni on March 6th, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
My flabber was off with yours, tbh; I didn't think anyone would be that inconsiderate.
Feeling a lot better today, thanks; the 11am start to the day yesterday seems to have helped :-)
sunray45: 141 DR Raysunray45 on March 6th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear that you have been feeling a bit off, but you did the right thing by staying home and lazing around.

Except for that wanker ringing you about work related stuff. As if you'd have everything at your fingertips at home! Of course, you should not have answered your work phone, silly girl. *g*
miwahni: Pros Phonemiwahni on March 6th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
No, I should not have answered the phone - I should have changed my voicemail message to say that I was away from work and would call back when I was back. But because I forgot to change the message I felt obligated to answer, as part of my personal code of conduct involves responding to every phone call or email before I knock off each day. It's like a little guarantee I give to my customers. So, in future, I'll remember to change the message for sick days and not just planned absences like holidays.
But yeah, he's a wanker....