I have been out of office for about 3 weeks now due to illness. I feel bad about leaving my coworkers in a lurch. After all, we’ve been pretty short staffed in our office for some time now, so I can only imagine how annoying it’s been for them. However, a girl has to worry about herself sometimes, so I am trying to let it not get to me. After all, if I’m stressing myself about work, how in the Hell am I supposed to get well?
The job is pretty much kind of forcing the hand on my inability to return. Or rather, the company is. I work in healthcare and as it turns out, they’re pretty picky about the health of the employees. I guess that might be a good thing? I’m not really sure. Anyway, I have to be on IV antibiotics for the next 4 or 5 weeks. FUN! I have to do them every 12 hours, for 60-90 minutes per go, depending on dose (which keeps changing). I do this myself with this cute little ball IV thing. You snap it in to the PICC line and it just goes all on its own. It’s rather ingenious, actually.
Honestly, I would have no problem popping the sucker in at work since there is so little to it. Unfortunately, the Occupational Health gang at my job say that’s a no-go. I can’t do my IV at work. Finding that out today was a serious cog in the old machine.
They say I can come in to work after I’m done with my treatments. Well, thanks. Here’s why that won’t work:
- I can’t change the time of my IV because at least once a week a home nurse needs to come in to take my blood and change my PICC line dressings. I’m already doing my IV goodness at 9 AM which would put the nurse’s time in at about 8:30 in the morning. Seems like the earliest they can do is 8 AM, so…
- It takes at least an hour for the thing to be done, which would put me leaving out of the door at 10ish, though most likely 10:30 since it’s usually closer to 90 minutes.
- My commute via public transportation is about 90 minutes in itself.
- The phones at my job shut off at 5 PM
All these things put together tell me that I’m pretty sure OH has screwed me on coming back in to work. It’s not worth my while when I can just take the slight pay cut and go on Short Term Disability for a month with Family & Medical Leave backing up the cause.
Eh, at least it gives me a month of unbridled writing…
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