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First time I've called in sick since.....

Yesterday was the first time I've called in sick since March 10, 1970 when I called off of school sick.

It's not exactly the first day of work I've ever missed. I missed a Friday to get a vasectomy, plus had to extend vacation once or twice because of some kind of crisis (flood, car trouble, etc), plus I've missed work to be in the delivery room when my kids were born, plus I've taken vacations ..... all things Cal Ripken never would have missed a game for!

Still, that's pretty significant. I just never get sick.

In this case, it was my son's fault. He had acute bronchitis bad enough he was coughing up blood and had to get medical treatment. I caught it from him. I didn't have it nearly as bad, but bad enough. I went home early on Friday because I felt so miserable and was over the worst by Sunday, but I was surprised how miserable I still felt yesterday morning.
 

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Sorry to hear you're feeling bad :frown: . Maybe you should see a doc...it's probably best to go before you start coughing up blood, IMO.
 
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Wow, I'd still say you have it good. I've called in sick a lot. I mean, it was always because I was sick, so I guess I just get sick too often...
 
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That's 48 years! Nice, well done. It sucks that you're sick though.
 
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That's 48 years! Nice, well done. It sucks that you're sick though.
38 years.... unless I was so sick it's later than I think :surprised. And I'm over it and back at work with a cough that usually lasts longer than the worst symptoms.

I'm not much for doctors for something like this. Anti-biotics might reduce the symptoms by about half a day. (Bronchitis - Wikipedia; Bronchitis treatment - eMedicine

You can usually treat it by at least trying to get as much rest as possible and drinking a lot of water. Of course, catching this the last week of the quarter in a class that was basically a two-quarter class project made the rest part of it kind of tough, which is why I probably got it as bad as I did. Our final presentation was coming up and our project still didn't actually work, so getting a lot of rest wasn't really all that viable.
 
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38 years.... unless I was so sick it's later than I think :surprised. And I'm over it and back at work with a cough that usually lasts longer than the worst symptoms.

I'm not much for doctors for something like this. Anti-biotics might reduce the symptoms by about half a day. (Bronchitis - Wikipedia; Bronchitis treatment - eMedicine

You can usually treat it by at least trying to get as much rest as possible and drinking a lot of water. Of course, catching this the last week of the quarter in a class that was basically a two-quarter class project made the rest part of it kind of tough, which is why I probably got it as bad as I did. Our final presentation was coming up and our project still didn't actually work, so getting a lot of rest wasn't really all that viable.
I read 1960. :rofl:
 
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Feel better, Bob. When do you finish school?
 
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Feel better, Bob. When do you finish school?
I graduate end of June.
 
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Bob, Sorry to hear you're ill.

If the bronchitis is due to a bacterium (e.g. pneumococcus) or mycoplasma (e.g. M. pneumoniae) then an antibiotic would work. If the bronchitis is caused by a virus, then an antibiotic won't resolve it, but only prevent a secondary (bacterial) infection.

Hope you feel better.
 
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Ive been put in the hospital 2 times in my life for acute bronchitis, so I know its nothing to mess with. Hope your feeling better very soon.
 
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I graduate end of June.
Wonderful! My commencement is in mid-June. Bill Clinton is our keynote speaker, so thank goodness my grandmother decided not to come. She'd throw tomatoes at him. :rofl:
 
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I usually get a seasonal cold every year but that's usually about it. I thought I was particularly immune from sicknesses!

Get well soon, Bob.
 
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Indeed get well soon. I lost my last job due to sickness absence, it was all Dr approved, but I spent to much time off sick. And such as such sickness is unavoidable, you get punished for it. Such is the workplace.

I've had bronchitis before and still turned up to work, it was a desk job though. When I had asthma in my latest job it was not and it was very physical; Dr's actually said to me that I was not in the right job given my asthma. Way it goes, if you're not suited to a job best you get laid off and find a more suitable one.
 
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Wonderful! My commencement is in mid-June. Bill Clinton is our keynote speaker, so thank goodness my grandmother decided not to come. She'd throw tomatoes at him. :rofl:
Don't forget your Obama/Richardson sign! :biggrin:
 
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I've had bronchitis before and still turned up to work, it was a desk job though.
I did that last year and the bronchitis developed into walking pneumonia. It's a good idea to take 2-3 days off and recover.

Companies usually allocate 10 days or two weeks for sick time. Any longer, and companies worry about cost.
 
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I did that last year and the bronchitis developed into walking pneumonia. It's a good idea to take 2-3 days off and recover.

Companies usually allocate 10 days or two weeks for sick time. Any longer, and companies worry about cost.
Sadly asthma that is seasonally induced, ie only when its cold, does not work to a drum beat, thus having 5 years of seasonally induced asthmas, lead me to be laid off. No hard feelings to my employer, really it just wasn't the right job as it was very physical and particularly when it was cold, worked in a hospital. Way it works, don't really hold it against them, wrong man in the wrong job.

Seems annoying that I only get it for the winter months, when it is cold, and that it has been so warm here recently that I haven't even needed an inhaler, but that's just bad luck. :smile:

It really is for only 3 months of the year even at the worst of times, I am thankfully immune from it outside of winter; can't complain; It's horrible and I feel for people who have to put up with it all year round.
 
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Don't forget your Obama/Richardson sign! :biggrin:
LOL :rofl:
 
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Don't forget your Obama/Richardson sign!
LOL :rofl:
Even better - ask Bill to autograph it!

And have someone take his picture when you ask. :rofl:
 
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Sadly asthma that is seasonally induced, ie only when its cold, does not work to a drum beat, thus having 5 years of seasonally induced asthmas, lead me to be laid off. No hard feelings to my employer, really it just wasn't the right job as it was very physical and particularly when it was cold, worked in a hospital. Way it works, don't really hold it against them, wrong man in the wrong job.

Seems annoying that I only get it for the winter months, when it is cold, and that it has been so warm here recently that I haven't even needed an inhaler, but that's just bad luck. :smile:

It really is for only 3 months of the year even at the worst of times, I am thankfully immune from it outside of winter; can't complain; It's horrible and I feel for people who have to put up with it all year round.
I had chronic asthma and bronchitis as a child, which usually put me in hospital in an oxygen tent for several days. At time breathing was painful (imagine each lung with a knife stuck through it - with every breath). The doctors thought I had CF, and some doctor apparently told my parents that I probably would not live past 10-11 yrs of age. Needless to say, I developed a high tolerance of pain in order to survive.

I was finally tested by an expert who determined my asthma was primarily caused by allergies, and I underwent a program (several years) of allergy shots and inhalation therapy. I was pretty much over the asthma by the time I turned 13, and then I was able to participate in sports year round.
 
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Yesterday was the first time I've called in sick since March 10, 1970 when I called off of school sick.
I'm sorry to hear that. Eat chicken soup, wear garlic around your neck, rub down with goose grease, engage in aural and aroma therapy, eat Echinacea, pass a few doses of Almighty Cleanse, drink herbal tea, and pray for forgiveness. You should be better in a few days.
 
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I did that last year and the bronchitis developed into walking pneumonia. It's a good idea to take 2-3 days off and recover.

Companies usually allocate 10 days or two weeks for sick time. Any longer, and companies worry about cost.
The company I worked for before my present employer allowed 3 "personal days" a year. All illnesses, dentist appointments, parent-teacher conferences, flat tires...no more than three days in a year. And you could only take them in 4-hour increments!

I hated that company. But I had a good relationship with my boss; I got a good reference when I finally left.

My present company allows one day a month for "personal time." How beautifully civilized!
 
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Sadly asthma that is seasonally induced, ie only when its cold, does not work to a drum beat, thus having 5 years of seasonally induced asthmas, lead me to be laid off. No hard feelings to my employer, really it just wasn't the right job as it was very physical and particularly when it was cold, worked in a hospital. Way it works, don't really hold it against them, wrong man in the wrong job.

Seems annoying that I only get it for the winter months, when it is cold, and that it has been so warm here recently that I haven't even needed an inhaler, but that's just bad luck. :smile:

It really is for only 3 months of the year even at the worst of times, I am thankfully immune from it outside of winter; can't complain; It's horrible and I feel for people who have to put up with it all year round.
Cold-induced asthma is better recognized now (and gets worse with exercise in cold). But, yeah, it would make it very difficult to have a physical job outdoors.

Bob, you've avoided sick days longer than I've been alive! :eek: (Not by much though.) Feel better...definitely get rest, and you should get it checked out by a doctor to verify if it's viral or bacterial.
 

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