Ever take a "mental" health day?

  1. Called in to work today....not feeling well....(actually I didn't sleep a wink all night, and had a splitting headache)....probably something to do with the day from hell I had yesterday. Just couldn't do it today on no sleep....ever get that way? Where you know if you go in, you will just blow a gasket or make some huge mistake? Anyone else take a mental health day occasionally?
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   cindyln
    oh yes! We need them! You must take care of yourself before you can take care of the patient
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    Same here; we have to have them occasionally.
  5. by   deespoohbear
    Thank you....I felt kind of guility calling into work and hubby is not too impressed....I just don't think I could have done it today without have a nervous breakdown.....
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Sometimes it's more important to take care of yourself! I think that nurses forget that.

    Enjoy your day, and take it easy!

    Heather
  7. by   Lausana
    Had to take one a few months back & didn't feel bad since I rarely ever have to take unplanned time off work. I'd rather do that once in while than let myself get real sick which usually happens when I'm run down!

    Hope you get some rest today & feel better in the morning :kiss
  8. by   vettech
    No but I have had some days where I honestly considered calling in "stupid"... "Sorry, I'm too stupid to come in today..."

    Personally, I think bosses should accept that. However, obviously if you call in "stupid" too often you should be fired because you're obviously too stupid to work there.
    Last edit by vettech on Jan 31, '03
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    I called in "well" once.
    Told them I felt too good to go in to work that day.
    Didn't even get fired.
    -Russell
  10. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I called in "well" once.
    Told them I felt too good to go in to work that day.
    Didn't even get fired.
    -Russell
    Love it!! Good for you!!!
  11. by   MissdonditaBsn
    I actually took one last friday, I just couldn't bear to go in there for fear that I would have a meltdown.

    AH, but the fates are having their fun with me now. I have had to call in sick for the last 3 days. My son and I both have a "cold" that is kicking our A**. Running fevers, achy joints, chills the whole thing. I took Wednesday off because he was not feeling well and I ended up sleeping most of the day. Took him to the doctor yesterday, and I ended up with 3 prescriptions myself.

    I am Soooooooo lucky that I have a pretty cool boss.
  12. by   SeptSue
    If you needed to take that day off to care for yourself, for whatever reason, then - you must! A mental health day is just as important a reason as a day for a physical concern (can one always separate the two?) Hope you're improved.
  13. by   passing thru
    AT least Once A Month !
    Like today, I want to go to the movies tonight and see Rene Zellweger and Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones in CHICAGO. And tomorrow, there is an annual stamp collectors show at the city arena, We plan to attend......so, if I went to work, how would I FEEL? Would I be sunny and caring?

    So, consequently, I had to call in. And my hunny & I are going to the "pig out buffet", lots of sweets before the movie.

    Life is waaaaaaaay too short to spend it working like robots.
    Way to go Russell. My sentiments exactly ! A "playing hookey" day.
    In the spring and autumn there is usually 2-3 "perfect" days that make one feel "glad to be alive". I think it awakens some instinctual appreciation for life and living in us. It would be a crime to force oneself to go to work on those days.
  14. by   altomga
    I must admit that I haven't!! Although it has crossed my mind on many, many occasions. Actually I've only called in sick 2days in 5 years. Yes I am totally crazy............................................. .....................................

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