Well, it has finally happened!

  1. In two years at my place of employment- I had to call in sick tonight FOR THE FIRST TIME.

    I know it is silly of me, but I was so proud of two years=no sick time.

    However, I developed head cold, cough, runny nose ( NOT FEBRILE!!- since if I did have a temp over 38- and I work in Ontario-Canada- and I work in ICU..... well SARS is the first thing to spring to mind)

    I take my temp every four hours and so far....... so good.

    Reading about SARS however, certainly is a concern.... for everyone I am sure.

    Off to drink more water and take more VIT C !
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   plumrn
    Take care JMP. Had the worst cold I've had in years, a few weeks ago. Had to miss a day of work. I never thought I would miss work for a cold, but it really knocked me down. Thought maybe it was a light case of the flu; I did have a flu shot last fall.
    I'll bet with your record, you really surprised them calling in!
    Lots of water and rest, and hope you feel better soon.
  4. by   jnette
    You take care of yourself JMP.. I'd say it's worrysome with the SARS situation up there. I'd be kinda skeered, too !

    I jsut called in the very first time myself two weeks ago.. first time since I've been employed there.. 6 years now ! I hated it, too.

    Still have a wierd sore throat going on.. some days it's gone completely for 3-4 days and I think GREAT.. finally ! Then, sure enough, it's back. Not scratchy.. just painful lower down near the "goozle", y'know? Benn going on over 3 weeks now.

    Right now I'm fine again.. see howw long this one lasts..

    You get better !
  5. by   RRMLPN
    Hope you get to feeling better soon JMP, sorry you had to call in. Take care of you!
  6. by   hoolahan
    I don't know what I have had, but I have taken at least 4 sick days in the last month for this horendous sinus/cold/chest cold thing. I will spare you the details, but it has taken me down, in more ways than one. Couldn't use my cpap and added to the dragged out feeling, I am extra wiped out, can't do my exercise program I had just gpottne off to a good start on.

    I'm off Mon-Fri this week, and I am going to try to at least do the easy exercise video so I don't get completely soft!

    Nothing worked for me, Vit C, my old trusted echinecea, nada!!

    I was on 10 days of augmentin, and just started to feel more alive on day 9, so before the weekend hit, I called my doc, not sure if AB's are re-ordered for a second round, but he thought it was a bad idea to stop them now, so another 10 days. Now the side effects, esp the GI tract...lovely. And I can't smell or taste anything, have this weird metallic taste which I think is from the augmentin.

    I am glad you called out. Stay homw, take good care of yourself. I had been burning the candle at both ends, working OT, school, etc, and burned myself out on top of it. Make some homeade chicken soup w lots of garlic in it too.

    Hope you feel better soon!
  7. by   Nurse Ratched
    Originally posted by hoolahan
    I don't know what I have had, but I have taken at least 4 sick days in the last month for this horendous sinus/cold/chest cold thing.
    Wash your hands before you use your keyboard - I think I caught mine from you . Haven't had to call in sick (yet) but considered it heavily this weekend.
  8. by   aimeee
    Take care, JMP. Hope you feel better soon!
  9. by   cwazycwissyRN

    take good care of yourself JMP