Saturday, 23 November 2013

Why I hate being off work sick...

Right now I am suffering with a viral chest infection, which is fecking agony as it is aggravating the damage done by plueresy a few years ago. It's worrying me but that for me and the doctor to discuss when I next see them.

But that is not what this post is about (but the context is required I feel).
You see that above has meant that I have missed 3 days of work last week and am likely to miss a few more in the upcoming week.
This I hate.
You see I hate the idea that I am letting anyone down.
I hate the idea that this, which is beyond my control (and let's be fair I have done everything I could have done [apart from moving to a continent where the temperature never gets anywhere near zero] to avoid this current bout of illness) , is going to cast a shadow over the hard work I have put in trying to establish a good name for myself.
I hate the fact that whilst I am unable to get myself to work or be in a fit enough state to work that my colleagues have to effectively double up on what they are doing day to day. They are good people, who won't grumble too much about it, but that's not the point, my illness makes their lives a little bit harder.

The daft thing is that I am only ever off sick when I really cannot perform my duties, such a now - this is not just a bit of a cold, a snuffle or the manflu, it's nasty, it hurts and if it gets any worse it's going to border on getting scary.

I hope they know that this is not something trivial and that as soon as I am able I will be back at the coal face.

I know that the above post may sound slightly self pitiful but it's not intended to be and I needed to externalise this somehow.

1 comment:

Jayne Craven said...

Gareth, I feel exactly the same as you about being off work ill, working in a small team of people, I know if I'm off my colleagues have to fill the me shaped gap!
I also suffer from bad chest infections, on average twice a year, no matter how I try to avoid them. I have to say the smoking ban has helped me tremendously as tobacco smoke seems to be the worst culprit, along with air con.
Sometimes we have to give ourselves a break and admit that we are human, not machines, and just rest and heal. No one worth a light will judge us for being ill. Just as you would not judge your fellow colleagues when they are poorly. It just shows what jolly decent people we are!!
Let work go for a bit, stop worrying and get well soon x