||[Sep. 21st, 2008|01:42 pm]
The Question Club
Hey, I have a bit of a problem making a decision.|
I've never taken sick leave from work in my life, I've always been pretty healthy. Now, I have some rather nasty infected cuts in my hands, oozing puss and swollen, you can guess the details. The doctor prescribed me a ten day antibiotic cure. It would be all right for me to work, but my work is very physical and my hands get dirty - I have to, among other things, take 60 soil samples a day and in general roam around forests even when it rains. I'd need to keep my hands clean so the infection would heal, but I feel like an idiot to take sick leave for something so minor like this :S It's not like my leg is broken or something. I declined the sick leave and thought I can wear gloves, but really, no matter what type of gloves I wear my hands still get dirty because I need to be able to write all the time and it won't do with thick rubber gloves. Thin rubber gloves I'll just tear right away with my measuring equipment.
But, really, I just want my hands to heal, they hurt.. Should I just suck it up and ask for the sick leave on Monday? Will my boss think I'm a lazy idiot? I really don't know what people do in these situations - I'm usually never sick.
edit: This is also my last week at work! Then I'll just return the equipment.. it would be four days of about 9-hour days if I don't take the sick leave. If I do it's just returning the equipment after the leave and that's it.